Showing posts from August, 2007

Ubuntu progress

Well I have been having a lot of success with my ubuntu install. I have to get it to mirror windows functionality or the rest of the family will be frustrated.

I have an Acer Aspire 5100 and its a powerful work horse. It has AMD Turon 64 x2 processor in it but since I couldn't get the broadcom wireless 43xx card to work in 64 bit I am having to run 32bit.

The range of the wireless is also less than windows however I did find a link (which I'll post later) which explained that the developers hadn't worked out the best power settings yet and that 2.6.23 kernel would be better. Ubuntu 6.04 has the 2.6.20 kernel and runs the depreciated SoftMAC wireless stack so I am probably hampered until next year's release of ubuntu (or creating my own kernel).

Current successes are:
World of warcraft
Thunderbird sharing address books and accounts and filters sync'ed
Firefox bookmarks and settings sync'ed
Pidgin setup for home
Power management (much better than Vista)
Installing Tux …

Zen habits and me

Well for the last two weeks I have been reading and have tried some of the advice.

First I cleared my office desktop.
Second I take time with my cleaning (Buddhist monks use sweeping as a form of meditation/contemplation time).
Third I cleared my windows desktop of icons (have to do this regularly).
Forth I tried concentrating on just the moment, which is very hard for a long period.
Fifth removed all but 5 RSS feeds.
Sixth I cleared out my inbox and promised myself I would only check it once per day.

Now the last one was the hardest, but I figured out a system. I have a folder and a filter for all mailing lists or automails. I never need these beyond a week or two so I told Thunderbird to delete any emails older that 14 days in that folder. The inbox I changed to move read emails to an archive folder after 7 days. I get about 10-20 emails in my inbox now. Somehow it seems fresher, I have an archive for referring back to something important and stuff that isn't is dele…

Blog reborn

I have been running my own blog for a while.

I hadn't worked out as I gained nothing from hosting it myself.

I want to put some effort into making a new start on this one.

Updates promised.