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Today put to sleep a myth about overcrowding (27/03/2007 05:30:34 AM)

Hi all,

image001Been a few days since I have posted here, but there really hasn't been anything to post about, unless you really want to hear about Trains being delayed, me standing up for a period of 2 hours to Warragul from Caulfield. On top of that, standing up 4 trips in a row. Anyway, I have installed Ubuntu Linux again, and found a way around the shell scripts (thank you Pranesh for your help) issue with it not liking ()'s. Cedega along with my VPN Client now fully work under Ubuntu. I even have GTA San Andreas, Counter Strike Source and Microsoft Train Simulator running at acceptable speeds under Linux.

The next step is Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash and Fireworks. If these can install properly over Cedega, then well... what else can I say? Windows has no need on my system - besides, Beryl actually has useful features (even though some are 'borrowed' from Apple) and with a Glass theme looks more 'WooooW' than Vista itself. All of this, running on my ATI Radeon 7500 is working brilliantly. If for whatever I need a quick infrastructure network, I can simply enter the following commands:

ifconfig eth1 down
iwconfig eth1 mode Master
iwconfig eth1 essid NETWORKNAME
ifconfig eth1 10.1.1.1 up
/etc/init.d/dhcp3 start

After doing this, I have just set up my laptop as a Wireless Access Point (ie acts as a true router would rather than Windows and it's dodgey Ad-Hoc mode) and its done. What's even better is I have turned that into a shell script residing on my desktop. I simply run the shell script and dependent on whether I 'ap' or 'no', I can revert back to a search of current wireless devices.

ubuntulogo_400I also have Webmin set up on my Ubuntu desktop meaning I can monitor all of my processes from anywhere in the house, or even whilst I am on the machine directly, I can even use it to configure my web services for webdev. The 3D Cube is a lifesaver, especially when confined to my LCD only. Using Multiple 'Screens' means I can have a blank desktop, one with firefox, one with aMSN and one with OpenOffice all loaded up at the same time, and the push of a button, I can show them all up at once. I can then press F8 and all my windows show up on one screen zoomed out so I can see what's happening in ALL windows at once.

It's features like this I can't understand why Microsoft doesn't put in Vista. The whole OS seems to be about 'woooow'... even their advertisements state clearly 'Wow'. Yet, you show beryl in action (even on my relic ATI Radeon 7500 32MB 1xAGP), and it tends to get more of a 'Wow' than others :P

Sure, Linux has it's faults like the lack of native DVD playing support or MP3 support, but all these are fixed by downloading codecs, and/or running PowerDVD or WinDVD in Cedega :P I suppose for what it lacks in software, it makes up for in processing power. I have customised my desktop edition of Ubuntu so much that I know EXACTLY what is on the system. it barely uses over 100MB of RAM (in a 1500MB RAM system) and yeah - not bad for a desktop system with more 'wow' than Vista ;)

I have work on Thursday which should be good - means more money for my car I will get one day ;) Also - if you are coming to GreenTubeLAN 5: CNAP for Short , you probably should look at working out what CNAP stands for. You have approximately 1 month to do so, and a prize will be available on the night for the correct answer :)

Anyway, time for me to do some assignment work and excuse the picture above ;) But it's like the first picture for the Ubuntu logo on Google Surprised

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