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Sat, 19 Mar 2005

Ubuntu and Travel…

So, I come home from shopping today and check my mail. Inside of it is some white-enveloped package along with a brochure from the Dallas Symphony hyping their new season. “Strange,” I think. “I ordered a lot off things off the internet in the past week, but none of them should have come to my house, and certainly none should have arrived yet.”

Carrying it, my groceries, the mail, two frisbees and a 12-pack of Dr. Pepper upstairs, I open it up to find…… Ubuntu CD’s! Gloriously packaged, with covers looking like the infamous login screen, live and installation CD’s for x86, and install CD’s for PowerPC. Totally free, by the way (visit for your own). Unfortunately the PowerPC CD’s aren’t “live”, and I haven’t (yet) been able to get the x86 Live CD’s working on my beast of a linux box (all consumer-grade SCSI make Linux go crazy). So I actually don’t know if Ubuntu is as awesome as all the reports say, but first impressions are definitely excellent.

The real reason that I wanted to get a Live CD of Ubuntu is to see if my little wireless dongle is supported yet. Linux Box is on the other side of the apartment from my wireless / wired router, and I don’t particularly want to string cables back and forth or move my Linux box (even temporarily!) into the living room. Too Much Hassle(tm).

This all has spurred me to drag the 200gb USB hard drive over to my Linux box (since it’s turned on now) and start moving over the 25gb of personal files and 20gb+ of music onto that drive. With all my important junk backed up, I’ll feel much better about futzing with installs and such, not worried about:

  1. Blowing away all my important data (thank you Western Digital).
  2. Not having a computer available to work on (thank you Apple Powerbook).

…and on the Travel note, I’m prepping all the stuff necessary to head out of town this Friday, to pick up Bety. We should be returning on the 29th (at last!), and I’ve got some time off work scheduled in order to spend time with her, and help her get up to speed. Went over today and actually bought the piece of furniture I was interested in, just the right-hand pier. It’ll give me a place to display some of the nice things that I’ve got, hide some of the clutter that I’ve got (in the bottom section), and will make a better spot for the DVD, cable-modem, router, hard drive, etc. that is “resting” next to the TV. MMmmmmhhh… cleaning and organizing. Lots of that to do, probably should throw away a lot of things too, but I guess I’m too much of a pack-rat at heart (do I really need two empty PC cases, a HPIIIp Laser Printer, and extra 15”/21” CRT monitors? Is an era in my life ending? :^).

In DarwinGames news, Dominoes is rounding out it’s beta period, and I was able to spend some time yesterday and today fixing some config issues that DreamHost changed, causing to not work. Looking better, but not done yet. Over and out.

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