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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

 

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My Samba class

I have been learning to use Samba (a Unix equivalent to Windows Server). Samba is used to network Windows and Linux machines. It is being finicky. I am doing most of this in VMWare Player. It is fun getting school credit to learn to do something I would have wanted to learn about on my own anyways. I also aim to learn Apache (a webserver), Xen (similar to VMWare only linux only), and tons of other server software. I hope to have a full Linux web server soon enough. Linux has been awsome on the desktop, and I can't wait to see it on the server.

In other news Microsoft has released Windows Vista. I am curious. I have heard from some it is a lot better, but I have heard from some it is far worse. I will stick with XP for my Windows partition as it is pointless to upgrade an old PC, I would only use Vista if it comes with a PC or if you really need something such as DirectX 10. Vista ain't nearly as good as Linux, I know that.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

 

My new classes

I haven't posted in forever. I am now taking a class in server administration through my UHS independent study. I hope to learn to use Apache, Xen, VMWare Server, and Samba. I will need another independent study because I did not get into history of rock and roll. I need ideas so if anyone actually reads this, could you please post them.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

 

Retro emulation

Hello friends, I have been messing around with DOSBox which is an open source DOS emulator. It can emulate the x86 platform and allow you to play all your old MS-DOS games and software. You can adjust the speed of DOSBox as well as the frame rate. CTRL+F12 speeds it up, CTRL+F11 slows it CTRL+F8 increases frames per second, CTRL+F7 slows it. You can mount directories using the mount command. I suggest making a DOS folder to store your DOS software in. Let's say you want to mount the dos folder which is located at something like /home/monsuco/dos/ then you would type
mount c /home/monsuco/dos

and it would mount the dos folder as C. Then just type C: to switch into the fake C drive. DOSBox is an emulator, so if you have a really crappy computer, it may not be able to do really well at those later DOS games that were released. It works on Windows, Linux, and Mac. If you want to use it for gamming, you could go to Abandonia to download some abandonware games. I am uncertain of their copyright though, but many are completely abandoned.

Monday, September 18, 2006

 

Time for a trade in

I finally made a claim on the warranty of my Palm Pilot. My Tungsten E has served me well for the past few years. I am pleased with how well it has performed but it has been messed up over the years. The screen is partially unilluminated, there is a chip in it, and the charger shorted out, as well as scuffs and other stuff. I think it is time for a change. I intend to get a TX to replace my Tungsten E. Currently, Palm makes a few different PDAs. There is the Zire, which is their basic entry level organizer. There is the Tungsten E2, which is like the E only with a newer PalmOS, more memory, and Bluetooth. There is the TX, an extention to the T5 and T3 line up. The TX has more space than the E2, as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, the Blazer Browser, and some other stuff. There is the Palm Lifedrive, the first Palm with a hard disk in it. It features WiFi, Bluetooth, a 4 GB HDD, and some flash space too. Then there are the Treos. The 700 P has palm OS and the 700 W has Windows Mobile.

I believe I will go with the Palm TX if it ever goes on sale.

Monday, August 14, 2006

 

School is starting soon

Well, school is starting fairly soon. I am sorta glad, it was getting rather dull not having anything to do but my latin for the summer (and maybe I can get a bit of help on it when school starts). I will miss hanging around at home but I am getting bored. Plus I will get the laptop back. I wonder if I ever really will learn to program Java and C? I sure hope so. I might learn a tad bit of C++ as I think most GUI's for programs need C++.

I have been playing around recently with the LiveCD of Sun's Project Looking Glass. It is a fun little 3D desktop environment written in Java. It is fun to play with. The CD is based on Slax (Slackware Live) but it is easy enough to use. It needs reasonably modern hardware. I wouldn't try it with less than 512 MB of ram (and a swap partion) and reccomend 1GB. I would also reccomend having either an ATI or NVidia graphics card (it comes with drivers). It is much cooler looking than Windows Vista's Aero, and OSX's Aqua.

Friday, August 04, 2006

 

Lenovo to Load Linux on ThinkPad Laptop

Recently, IBM and Lenovo announced they plan to sell a laptop with Suse preloaded on it. I am glad that they decided to do this. I personally believe that the one major thing holding linux back is that no major PC makers preload linux onto PCs or offer PCs without Windows. HP has also allowed a few of their PCs to have linux on them as an OEM option, and Dell has the nSeries that are sold with FreeDOS. Sure, that is a start, but what would be nice is if a company offered to sell all of their PCs with the option of choosing between linux and windows (with a lower price for linux of course). It would be an easy way to sell computers for a lower price without risking profits. I am not surprised that IBM did this, as IBM has disliked MS ever since their messy breakup over the OS/2 project. I suspect HP may also start supporting linux since they feel MS's choice to delay Vista has hurt them a lot more than it hurt rival Dell as HP sells goods via store and Dell sells via internet or phone order.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

 

The ultimate live CD

Sorry I havent posted in a long time.

Earlier this week, I was playing around with Knoppix a useful and powerful linux distro. Knoppix is designed to be used entirely as a "live" CD. All you do is download it, burn it to CD, and then reboot with it in the CD drive. No installation needed. It is a great way to learn linux (it is rather slow though, as it must run from a CD, also, you need about 256 MB of RAM for it to work.) When you reboot and remove the CD, it goes back to using your normal OS. There are two versions of Knoppix. The CD and DVD. The CD has about 2 GB worth of compressed software (it uses on the fly decompression) and the DVD has about 8 GB of software. If you have a large enough swap partion, you can actually design your own knoppix CD. Knoppix comes with lots of FOSS software preinstalled (and if you have a large swap, or a lot of ram, you can temporarily add more). It has multiple desktop environments and the like. It also comes with Fuse installed (previously it used captive) to write to NTFS, the file system normally used by Windows XP and 2000 and NT. It can also write to Fat, Fat 32, Ext 2, Ext 3, and I think Reiser, Reiser 4, and HFS are supported too. It comes with a rootkit checker to remove linux rootkits. It also has ClamAV to allow you to disinfect a windows partion if your system gets infected, so it makes a great recovery CD. It has loads of FOSS stuff installed and is a great learner disk. It can also be used to investigate hackings. It can also assist in the backing up of data if your windows or linux partion is so screwed up that it must be formated or reinstalled or if the boot sector of the HDD is damaged. You can also have it set up swap partions if it needs more RAM. It uses the Union FS to enable it to merge CD data with RAM. It also has several linux games, open office, firefox, konqueror, Wine, winetools, and many other useful programs installed. You can install knoppix to the HDD (it is a debian based distro) but it is probably better to use debian or ubuntu as knoppix is not ment to run from the HDD and it may not work out too well.

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