September 2004


Dual Boot blues …

Or how I was a happy Suse 8.2 user until one day…

Today I decided that a good project would be to archive all my old stuff in my Linux /home directory, and use the 40 gig HDD as a slave to the first, reformat and install Suse 9.0 which I had picked up on CD as a coverdisk from one of those brilliant UK computer mags. My home directory actually topped out at 684 megs so I had to trim a few directories to bring it under, hit burn on K3b and walla, walla… there was my archive. Then the fun began, I looked high and low for the Seagate user manaul so I could determine the correct jumper settings, and it had completely disappeared. Great luckily Seagate prints the jumper settings on a decal on top of the HDD. Western Digital puts theirs on the bottom of the HDD so some quick plier-fu and the drives were set. After getting the drive recognized under Windows and I loaded the Suse 9.0 which was painless enough, until I found out the the configure, make, and other compiling tools had not been installed. Aggghhhh! I had Suse 8.2 tweaked and twiddled until it rand absolutely brillantly. I loved Suse 8.2. This particular install of 9.0 is crap right now until I get the time to do a major overhaul of the installation and install all the missing stuff. Yeesh! Linux is super for customization but it takes a while to get all the stuff the way you want it …

D20 Filtered …

My friend and former editor, Bradford Ferguson resigned as the D20 section head at Silven Crossroads because he could not devote the time he needed to as section head and work on d20 Filtered. So I wondered what d20 Filtered was? Patience, Young Grasshopper… Here at last is the answer, D20 Filtered is a monthly eZine covering the RPG scene. The first issue is mostly reviews and is a free download. Good Luck with the mag Brad, 🙂

Journey to the Backwoods Festival…

Today I reluctantly went to the Backwoods Festival in Thornville. Four hours of my life that I would love to have back. The rains Friday had turned it into a mudhole of huge proportions, and because OSU had a late game today it was packed with people. The vast majority of the crap sold as “crafts” now is just bought wholesale from some company that had a few thousand made in Guatemala or somewhere. The few other things people pawn off as “crafts” anymore are wooden cutouts of snowmen and pieces of hurricane fence painted red, white, and blue. The best booths were a whittler (Laura bought a Hummingbird that was really neat) and a person selling dried herbs of all kinds. I loaded up on Oregano and various other stuff, with a fresh bag of Catnip for Genny and Jesse. I picked up a bottle of Jose Madrid Salsa which is made locally in C-bus and is very good. Got home in time to watch a little gridiron action so the day was not a total waste. Genny and Jesse got into the catnip as soon as they caught a whiff of the bag. Jesse was zooming all over the house and Genny was just zonked out. Cats on catnip is a hilarious thing. 🙂

The Libertarian Party reports that Michael Badnarik will appear on the ballot in every state except New Hampshire and Oklahoma. Do yourself a favor and vote against the system. Vote against the media domination that allows the clones in each party to run every year and not really change anything. Vote for liberty and real change and show that you are not a simpleton proletariat sheep who goes “baaaa” every time a media puppet utters a phrase that a pollster tells him is getting a positive response. The Green Party is on the ballot in 28 states, Ralph Nader is on in 23 states, and The Constitution Party is on in 34 states.

Assimilated by the Redmond Borg…

I bought Win XP and installed it on my PC on a new 80 gig HDD. so now I have been assimilated by the Borg monsters in Redmond, but I get GAMING!!!!! Been lost in games and demos. I have a lot of software that needed a new home to run, Campaign Cartographer, Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, plus I have been wanting to get into a MMORPG for a while. So I picked up Lineage 2 and am waiting on a llllooooonnnngggg download to update this. I might just get a friend to download the update, burn it to a CD, mail it to me and install it that way. Microsoft’s Rise of Nations seems very kewl, I really like the little demo I have been engrossed in. I have a demo for Joint Ops, a first person, present day shooter that is very buggy and refuses to work. Laura has been on this boxen a lot to play Myst:Uru, she really likes that game, good Christmas gift if I don’t say so myself 🙂 . I used Media Player to rip a large part of my small and eclectic CD collection.

I am going to turn this machine into a dual boot Linux/Win industrial strength boxen when I get a chance to install Suse 9.0 and slave the other HDD. I will miss the GIMP, I need to find some nice image manipulation software to replace it. I have Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird as the browser and email client. Outlook is sucky and IE is about a secure as Swiss Cheese. OpenOffice has solved my need for a word processor package.

Screensavers had a fabulous show tonight. They had a set of the new Star Wars trilogy DVDs in the studio and a pair of Segways. A company was demonstrating their Bluetooth hacking abilities by showing that they could read a Bluetooth signal from a cell phone from over a MILE away!! Bluetooth only works 15 feet away according to Nokia.