I finished another book "Prep Kit General Linux I" in preparation for taking the LPI 101 but I still want to run through the lab s at the end of the book. I was quite surprised to find I know a lot about most subjects I had a working knowledge of the others, and it taught me about a couple of commands I had never heard of like paste,tr and od not forgetting tac.
One of the reasons for reloading my machine was to get Gish working http://www.chroniclogic.com/index.htm?gish.htm This is one amazing little game, the first I have ever bought for Linux (first software I have bought for Linux).
You are a ball of tar, with the ability to roll, squish, jump and 'make heavy' not to mention stick to the walls of anything else as you have no hands or feet. The physics and dynamic lighting blow you away with what looks from any static screen shot to be just another platformer, get the demo NOW ! (even has a windows version).
I must echo one of Linux Formats 58 Cool Hacks, this is something that has been bugging me r a while.
In Mozilla/Firefox when you open a link in a new tab, the focus switches to that tab, but my whole point of loading the link in a new tab is so I can continue to use the current page.
in the address bar type
and find the
entry and change it from false to true !!
Everybody wants a USB ......
http://nerdorama.com/showproduct.php?ProductID=177 air freshener ??!?
I watched "Shaun of the Dead" very funny but in the end only an OK film, recommended if you liked channel 4s "Spaced" (with the same actors). At some points I did cry with laughter.
KMail has now stopped processing my filters so all my mail goes straight in the bin, apploigies if I have not replied to your email.
Ah, it appears apt-get upgrade is not as powerful as I thought.
When I had run it earlier it told me that KMail (amongst other) were being 'held back'
(which I thought was for upgrading Debian versions) did the trick !!
happy happy happy !!
Quick apt-get alsa-utils followed by alsaconf and alsamixer (oh and add use to audio group) and I have sound !!
But KDE seems to be a bit broke not even XMMS will run, but lots of stuff, does, need to investigate.
I upgraded to KDE 3.3, nice but it has reset loads of my font size options all over the shop !
And I get a SEGSEGV for KOranizer (which I never use or have ever used) every time KDE has finished loading.
Upgraded to Kernel 2.6.8 with some worryingly quick apt commands, I ignored the initrd message and the system failed to boot but holding down SHIFT at boot got me to the LILO menu and I could boot to my old 2.4 kernel and fix it by adding the initrd=/initrd.img then I had to rebuild NVidia drivers and even though I did an apt-get source ..... that does not get the kernel source, then I got the source but it was a generic 2.6.8 version and did not match mine, finally i got the kernel-source-headers-2.6.8---- and NVidia would build.
Tried X and the NVidia logo appear and then dropped me back the console, after sometime trying to fix NVidia I found it was a missing modprobe of the ps2 mouse drivers and I am in X now typing this in KDE 3.3 :)
apt-cache search RDF
apt-get- install liferea
and I have a wicked (fully working in every way) RSS/RDF news feed reader !!
WooHoo, it even comes with a decent collection of default feeds.
Ah just set back and let the news roooooll in ....
I have been playing with Xnest, very cool you can run an X session inside another. I had gnome in KDE !
And i was going to sing the praises of aKregator, an RSS reader, but the damn thing has cashed three times and given me numerous errors, so I going to try Blam.
I wanted to try out one of the article I read while on holiday in the October 2004 edition of "Linux Magazine", "FVWM Themes".
Seemed simple enough install the FVWM window manager and install the FVWM-themes manager and away we go.
Well those to steps were easy enough,
apt-get install FVWM
then download the debs from the http://fvwm-themes.sf.net web site and
dpkg -i fvwm-themes_0.7.0-1_i386.deb
(as root) and
dpkg -i fvwm-themes-extra_0.7.0-1_i386.deb
(for the extra themes)
now its all installed just need to tell KDM (the login manager for KDE) to show the fvwm-themes session option on the login screen.
Should be easy with KDE3 (KDE3.2) just open kcontrol centre onto the Login Manger page and hit Add Session ....
But there is no Sessions in the Login Manager ?!!?
Check documentation, no it all says go here.
Many hours later I find that KDM looks in a set of .desktop files and checks if the TryExec line and if the executable shown is found then the choice is added to the list.
cp fvwm.desktop fvwm-themes.desktop
and edit the new fvwm-themes.desktop file to use
(and edited the Comment-A to be in line with the other changes
And hey presto the FVWM-THEMES option shows up in my list of available sessions !!
(blame this all on http://www.freedesktop.org )
Well I tried all the themes and although some were endearing nothing struck my fancy
In an unexpected move I have create a quick anchor hack so each flog entry can be linked dynamically
lets see if it works ....
16 Oct 2004 16:07 --
no distributed network project statistics for the mo
I have been on holiday in hot sunny Tenerife all last week and it was great, even got to go snorkeling and scuba diving !
While on holiday I read most of the next Steven King "Dark Tower" book "wizard and glass" and then yesterday on the train to work I finished the 845th page. I can actually same something about the plot in this one as 90% of the book is a flash back of the gunslingers teenage years.
Again, without a doubt the word that sums this book up is Gripping! Many plot twists and fun stuff but the next book will not be out in paper back for another three months !
I finished watching the second (of two) Nuku Nuku DVDs from America, oddly this one entitled Vol 3 had episodes 9, 10 and an Xmas special. A bit weak, I think I will avoid Nuku Nuku in the future :(
I expect to re-upgrade my machine to kernel 2.6 and a faster processor in the coming week.
http://www.debian.org rocks ! now I have broadband, just use the magic apt-get and programs download and install as if by magic !
1 Oct 2004 21:32 --
no distributed network project statistics for the mo
Nothing much has been happening other thans things that you bore you but I have finished a few DVDs and another book.
I used a 10 WHSmith voucher on the DVD box set of "Family guy season three" 450 hours of (surprisingly) season three, what so strange about that ? no extras nothing nada zip, still for 10 it was entertaining, just give me simpsons or futrurama any day.
And speaking of -ramas try http://www.nerdorama.com which is a euro freindly http://www.thinkgeek.com just without all the import tax ;) "danger will robinson danger" maybe I should hid my credit card :)
I also finished the next part of Steven Kings "The dark tower". book Three was entitled "The waste lands" and as previously I can not say much without spoiling the plot, needless to say its more of the same gripping 'odd' stuff, and I took pause before starting the forth, but I will have to be patient as the next three books are still only available in hardback (difficult for train travel)
And finally I finished the "Amazing Nurse Nanako" 3 DVD series, I was already to slat this one off as I had the two before it but it actually goes somewhere and (half) makes sense, but the ending is more of a chapter ending and I wonder if will will see more of her as well as expand on the odd characters at the hospital...
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