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Wednesday, January 21, 2004

The Joys of Linux 

I've been tinkering around with Linux for a couple of months now. I Installed Debian on my old laptop some time back with very few problems, so thought I'd try it on my "hobby" desktop. There's a very real possibility now that I can get it networked, which will be great!
Anyway, I stuggled trying to get Debian on the desktop, as I was unable to determine what graphics card I had, (and those of you who know Debian will know that it will not detect the graphics card automatically and you have to specifiy the settings yourself.) So, a little disheartened, I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to try a new "flavour" of Linux.

Enter "Mandrake" (or MDK as it's affectionately nicknamed).
I found a download site for the ISOs without much problem, that was the easy bit. 12+ wasted hours later, I realised that I really needed to get a download manager. So, with a copy of "Leechget" I finally got all 3 ISOs. Now I was armed and ready!
So, there I was, with my 3 newly burned image discs, attempting an install. Disc 1 went without a hitch and, unlike Debian and it's "dated" install program I was presented with a friendly GUI. Unfortunatley, disc 2, which was required to complete the installation, failed. Another download was promptly scheduled for a fresh copy. Being unable to complete the install, I had to resort to a forced shutdown. When the download was complete I attempted to reboot the machine and start again. Well, that was the plan anyway. However, when I tried to do this Linux was unable to find the hard drive!! The hard drive that had performed so promisingly only hours ago was now FUBAR.
I guess I shouldn't grumble. The machine has been "created" using parts from redundant machines and up until this point the only part I'd really paid for was the second-hand monitor. I guess my luck was bound to run out eventually.

Presently, I'm awaiting a new hard drive (I'm not going to risk a reconditioned one) to be delivered tomorrow and then we can try again.

When someone tells you "Linux is an adventure", they are telling the truth. However, I'm sure this isn't the definition they have in mind when when they say it!!

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Thanks for the memory 

I love this new app that I've got running on the PC. It's called MemTurbo and it helps you manage your PC's memory more efficiently. I found it by accident, but it's great. It releases RAM and redistributes it, which is great for me because I like using memory-intensive programs like Photoshop. If your interested in this kind of thing, check it out:

Thursday, January 08, 2004

Disturbing new trend 

I've noticed a lot of talk about this recently and I witnessed it first-hand last night. Web pages cloned from originals intended to deceive the unwary into giving personal information away. It started with someone who I rarely talk to on my contact list logging on and posting a URL. I asked what it was and the reply I got was. "It's my new webpage"..."meet me there". I thought that was a rather odd request anyway and then I looked at the URL...... an IP address followed by /MSNGROUP/PIX. It just looked....I dunno......wrong. Anyway it turned out to be a clone of the MSN Communites page. I saw another friend online who I knew was on mine and the hacked list , so after establishing it was him I warned him. At which point he told me it was too late. The only reason he was still online was because he hadn't logged off! however, he could now not log into his mailbox.
There was a semi silverlining to this tale. Before he was logged off, he managed to send a quick email to MSN telling them what was happeneing. Within 2 hours his acount was reset and he was able to use it again.

Monday, January 05, 2004

Who turned the lights off? 

Damn, it's so dark. So not used to dark mornings. First day back at work. Been off since the 12th December. *Sigh*, back on the gravytrain again.

Saturday, January 03, 2004

New Year - New surprises! 

January always seems to be a lucky month for me, don't know why. Last year I wanted a cordless screwdriver for work and also some way of boosting the mediocre signal to my PC. In the space of a week I found a screwdriver for next to nothing and an external aerial and it's only the 3rd!