Useful software tip of the week

Use your Wacom tablets on Ubuntu Linux.

This will let people with a wacom tablet to use it on their Ubuntu Linux machine.  some of them may work out of the box, but the newer models require a newer driver to be installed.

To install the updated driver, you copy and paste these lines into a terminal window. on Ubuntu the terminal is at Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:doctormo/wacom-plus
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wacom-dkms

After you’ve installed the driver, your tablet should work.

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Up in the air!

Well, today was a crazy day, a storm in Minneapolis caused the airport to be closed last night, and it caused major backups in the Atlanta airport, causing the plane that was going to take us to Atlanta to be 3 hours late.  We were supposed to leave shortly after 2:00 PM, but we didn’t get on the plane until 5:00 PM, and didn’t leave until 5:30, due to the fact that we would disrupt the flow of traffic through the Atlanta airport.

Well, now we’re in the air, going from Atlanta to Minneapolis.  This was one tough family trip, but it was worth every minute. 🙂  I’ll be getting back to my regular stuff soon.

See you tonight, Minnesota! 🙂


EA says offline Single-Player games are “Finished,” Online is the way forward

Well, now EA wants to convert to making games that have no ‘offline’ component, no true singleplayer mode.  I have to wonder what’s up with this?  First Blizzard with Starcraft II, and now EA wants to make online games.  Yes I hear the ‘It allows us to reduce piracy’ argument, but it can lock a lot of paying customers out of the game that they bought.

I’m not fond of this type of stuff.  What if you have no internet connection, or a bad connection?  People using dial-up, and satellite are going to be unable to play any game of that type, at least it wouldn’t be too fun.

In the end of the day, I believe that the best way to stop piracy is to sell the game for a good price (Not $60.00+) Don’t lock people out from the game, the Pirates will remove that part anyways, so it doesn’t stop them.

Go to to read the article.


Long time, no see

I think that someone may have noticed that this blog hasn’t been updated in a while.  I’ve been at Chef school for almost a week and a half, and they haven’t given us much free time, so this blog hasn’t gotten updated.

If you want to know what I’ve been doing out here, check out another blog that I post at.

I should be able to start posting again after Monday, which is when I will be arriving at my house again.

Till then… Have fun 🙂

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It’s Veterans Day!

Sorry about taking so long between updates, A few computers crash, and I’m stuck fixing the mess for quite some time afterwords…

I never really thought of this before, but I now have two marines in my extended family, an Uncle that was an active marine some time ago, and one of my cousins joined the Marines earlier this summer, and will be finishing Boot Camp within the next few weeks.

I’ll get back to posting my usual stuff tomorrow.

Have a good day 🙂


Wow, It snowed!

First Snow of 2010
First snow of the year

I woke up this morning to this.  A white blanket covering the ground for the first time since last winter ended.

It was very windy yesterday, Trees fell, and a number of signs broke off due to the high winds.  Those winds must have died down some time last night, otherwise, we couldn’t have gotten such a blanket of snow 🙂

The Holidays are right around the bend now!

I will post the rest of my story later this week.





Regional Weather Map for the morning of Oct 27, 2010
Regional Weather Map for the morning of Oct 27, 2010

My History with Computers Part 2, Windows XP, and Linux

I’ve been having some issues with a Windows Vista install that has gone on the fritz, which is why I took so long to post this…

Well, here is Part 2 of my History with computers.

Now, somethime between 2001 and 2002 we got a Windows XP E-machine, it ran well, but my mom thought that Windows XP looked too much like a clown to be good in business :), E-machines was a good company … at the time.

After that one I got a Windows XP Compaq desktop.  Once again it ran well, though fairly slowly, it was eventually pointed out that I had gotten a computer with a slow CPU, so this wasn’t Windows XP’s fault.

One of my aunts had also just married a European man (From the UK to be specific) and he brought some disks with Mandrake Linux 9 on them.  This is what started me onto Linux, I installed it on the Windows 98 E-machine, and ran it for a fair amount of time.  It wouldn’t update due to the company behind it changing the name to Mandriva, which broke the older updaters.  I ran it off and on for a while, but stuck mostly with Windows.

Around this time is when I started to see problems with some of our computers.  My mom had gotten another E-machine around the time that I got the Compaq desktop computer.  Her E-machine computer started randomly re-booting, and crashing.  we took it into the Geek Squad… for a whole week, and they gave it a clean bill of health.  it died two days after, motherboard failure.  She got a HP Desktop from Walmart with Windows XP Media Center Edition.  This was just before the release of Vista, so it had one of those ‘Windows Vista Capable’ labels.

The HP Machine ran very well for over a year, then it got a Virus which wasn’t detected by the Virus checker, it did a lot of damage to the OS before I installed AVG Free Antivirus to replace the older, paid, program.  The viruses were detected and removed, but the computer was far too unstable for work.  My mom needed that computer running well within 24 hours, and she didn’t trust the Geek Squad since the last machine.  I decided to try out Ubuntu Linux.  The machine was running by the next day, able to boot between the unstable copy of Windows XP, and Ubuntu 7.04.  In retrospect, this was the first step to our ongoing removal of Windows from our main machines.

At this point I got a new E-machine, which had a very badly bugged copy of Windows XP (Last XP Machine at Walmart, everything else was Vista) The copy of Windows XP could not run any Full-screen programs, even though I installed a high-end graphics card.  It was soon running Ubuntu 7.04, and it got upgraded to 7.10 in October of that year.

Whew, that was a lot of text 🙂  Tune in tomorrow (I hope…*) for the third part of this series! Windows Vista, and Beyond!

*My Windows Vista/7 Laptop just died, time to put Ubuntu 10.10 on it 😉


My history with Computers Part 1, The early days

Windows 95 Desktop
Windows 95 Desktop

I’ve used computers since I was a little child, so I have quite the history with computers, starting with DOS/Windows 3.11, and ending currently with Ubuntu Linux, and Windows 7.

As I said, my first computer ran DOS/Windows 3.11, I got used to the command line with DOS, and worked with the GUI in Windows, it was a good system, it was actually fast (It still feels faster than some modern Windows 7/Vista machines…) I still have that computer, and it works, no Y2K problem with that one 🙂 .

My second computer was a Windows 95 Gateway.  This computer is still functioning as well, so I can still try out good ol’ Windows 95.  This is also a very good computer.

My third computer was a Windows 98 HP Pavilion.  This computer died a little while ago, Disk drive failure, this is going to be used in a project in the future :).  I didn’t think much of Windows 98, the computer crashed on a regular basis, and was really SLOOOOWWW… Needless to say, I wasn’t fond of this computer. This is when I started to learn how to Re-install the OS, as I did it a few times to speed this thing back up, before the drive failure.

The next computer was a Windows 98 E-machine.  Now Windows 98 ran as well as the Windows 95 Gateway computer.  I don’t have much to say about this one, but eventually Windows did die, I got a copy of Windows 2000 to put on that computer, and it has been running perfectly since then. I’m glad about the HP, it allowed me to learn

My fith computer was an old DOS compaq laptop, it stopped running a while ago due to a virus 🙁  all of it’s rescue disks were destroyed by it.

My sixth computer was a Windows ME Compaq laptop.  I don’t have much to say about Windows ME, except it crashed a lot.  It went Blue-screen when I opened Netscape! or Windows Media Player!….  I didn’t like that one.

Well, in my next post, I’ll post about my Windows XP Days,  it gets a little busier there, as things changed with the release of Xp.  it was good, but had it’s pitfalls…  See you tomorrow 🙂


Useful Computer Tip of the Week

Use BleachBit to remove your files.

Bleachbit is much like CCleaner, which I recommended for Windows users a while ago.  I still recommend CCleaner for Windows Users, but since it’s Windows only, it isn’t useful for Linux users.  You can remove files, shred files (Completly wipe them) and wipe the free space on the disk drive.

The reason that you would want to shred a file is to make it impossible to recover later.  There are programs that can recover files that have been deleted, which is why you would want to ‘shred’ your sensitive documents.