Monthly Archives: May 2006

Furry Heatsink

This is what an Athlon heatsink looks like if it is not cleaned for three years (as captured by my crappy old digital camera). The grey stuff under the fan blades is a thick blanket of dust which blocks almost … Continue reading

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Why We Haven't Met Any Aliens

Here is an excellent article I finally got around to reading.  A must read for anyone who has an interest in guessing what the future holds for our species and what the possible pitfalls are.

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Microsoft taps Elvis to fight piracy

Normal companies send you literature about their newest and best products. Microsoft sends you literature warning you of the dangers of piracy, or at least, what they think is piracy. Elvis is used to add levity and disguise the threatening … Continue reading

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Switching to Linux, part 5

[part 1] [part 2] [part 3] [part 4] Bob attempts to make multimedia stuff work. Linux has all kinds of multimedia abilities, it’s had them for years. The trick is to get it all working. My install of Fedora Core … Continue reading

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Switching to Linux, part 4

[part 1] [part 2] [part 3] Bob deals with filesystems foreign to Linux. It starts with the seemingly simple process of making a CD. I need to burn off some files for someone. Making a data CD in Linux is … Continue reading

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Switching to Linux, part 3

[part 1] [part 2] The install seems to have completed without problem. Now comes the moment of truth — the first boot. I’ve had Linux systems crap out on me right here. Normally you just shrug and deal with it, … Continue reading

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Switching to Linux, part 2

[part 1] I’ve installed Linux a bunch of times before, but most of my experience with it is making server stuff like Samba and Apache work. My typical interface with a Linux machine is an SSH session. Since I’ve only … Continue reading

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