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Archive for April, 2007

[Free At Last] Going Open Source

Posted by Lex Fear on April 28, 2007

So I finally found the nerve to uninstall MS Office 2000, which I have faithfully relied upon for 5 years for my letters, spreadsheets and database needs. I’ve never really had the money to keep current with MS Office versions, and never really had the need either, but Office has now moved on a bit, it was crunch time.

Lately I’ve been on a sharp Unix learning curve, for work, which inspired me to install Linux on my ‘puter duel booted with Windows XP. Later I decided to revamp an old laptop with Linux and it’s worked quite well. It was during this I discovered the beauty that is Open Source (free). I also came across OpenOffice.org.

I have now decided to become an Open Source Evangelist and broadcast the deep joy in my heart that it has brought. For almost every copy of proprietary software out there, there is an open source alternative, so I’ve decided to list a few that I have been using for a couple of months now. I can say, with the exception of being on a Vista operating system, I am probably using 60% Open Source software. I encourage you to join the revolution:

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[Misunderestimation] Mission Accomplished?

Posted by Lex Fear on April 28, 2007

Source: Tell us the MISSION
Referral: Osterley Times

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[Freedom] Xubuntu…

Posted by Lex Fear on April 26, 2007

Is what I went with in the end. I am now posting this from my 266mhz, 64mb ram Laptop with Xubuntu installed… it’s a Xubuntop!

I actually had it up and running with the wireless last week but I found the OS just a tad slow to respond, as well as surfing. I then de-installed it and tried Vector Linux (also based on XFCE) which was reasonable speed at performing tasks on the desktop, but once I got the wireless going and onto Firefox the thing fell over. Xubuntu runs Firefox, but as I type the letters take half a second to appear onscreen. I still may go back and test Damn Small Linux, I also downloaded some over ISO distributions I will try soon.

I currently have no sound, the software updates take hours to download, indeed the Xubuntop itself took over 10 hours to install. But in the end the wireless is actually easy to install since Xubuntu has the drivers for my card (Netgear MA521). Video and even YouTube is a no go. I could do it but I’m not going to attempt to add pictures to this post. But it will be useful for the odd game (I intend to download Pingus) and for some lightweight blogging.

No links in this post, sorry but once again it would take me a while to load web pages! Just highlight any of the words and right-click, select google “…” to search for it (don’t know if that works in IE).

Xubuntu is a version of Linux and open source (‘freeware’ for you who are still hooked up to Microsoft), I’ll be doing a follow up post on my move to open source software soon, and how I almost ditched Vista for a Linux OS on my main PC! Unfortunately I shall be remaining with Vista for now (it was a free upgrade) but again, I can’t recommend this enough, if you have any one these below, step out of the boat and go for Linux:

  • A slightly older machine that could not support Vista
  • Can’t afford or refuse to pay the high cost for Vista
  • Desire to cut dependency on Microsoft
  • Want to get your hands on tons of free, secure and up to date software
  • A system that doesn’t crash or hit you with the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) every now and then.

And If you want to try an alternative to MS (and wanting to avoiding Mac), but are still unsure of Linux and how it all works. Don’t be afraid, there are

  • Thousands of helpful people out there on the forums,
  • hundreds of different brands of Linux for different levels of knowledge and experience

I recommend Ubuntu as it comes with lots of drivers and software pre-installed, lots of Microsoft Asylum seekers are switching to it and raving about it. It has great support forums.

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[Up The Irons] Holy Smoke

Posted by Lex Fear on April 25, 2007


Believe in me, send no money
I died on the cross, and that ain’t funny
But my so called friends, they’re making me a joke
They missed out what I said, like I never spoke
They choose what they wanna hear, they don’t tell a lie
They just leave out the truth as they’re watching you die
They’re saving your souls by taking your money
Flies around shit bees around honey

Holy smoke holy smoke
There’s plenty bad preachers for the devil to stoke
Feed ’em in feet first this is no joke
This is thirsty work making holy smoke, yeah
Making holy smoke

Jimmy reptile and all his friends
Say they gonna be with you at the end
Burning records, burning books
Holy soldiers, nazi looks
Crocodile smiles just wait a while
Till the tv queen gets her make-up clean
I’ve lived in filth
I’ve lived in sin and I still smell cleaner than the shit you’re in

Holy smoke
Smells good

They ain’t religious but they ain’t no fools
When Noah built his cadillac it was cool
Two by two they’re still going down
And the satellite circus just left town
I think they’re strange and when they’re dead
They can have a lincoln for their bed
Friend of the president trick of the tail
Now they ain’t got a prayer 100 years in jail

Lyrics: Iron Maiden

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[Hiatus] Busy Elsewhere

Posted by Lex Fear on April 16, 2007

I haven’t been blogging for a while.

The truth is I’ve been trying out different versions of Linux on an old Compaq Presario.

Specs:
64mb Ram (feel the speed!)
4.1gb hdd
266mhz P2 with MMX
Whopping 800×600 screen resolution!

So I’ve tried Damn Small Linux, Damn Small Linux-Not, Vector Linux and now Xubuntu– all which have worked (Xubuntu being slightly sluggish). I also tried a couple of Puppy Linux versions and Debian but I couldn’t get the GUI to boot despite googling forums.

The main problem I have on all of these flavours is to get my old Netgear MA521 wireless card to work. There are 2 ways of doing it, with Netgears driver and with the source files from Realtek, but so far I’ve failed on both, there are different problems with each OS I use.

(If anyone has any suggestions- either a Linux OS or Netgear solution, please email me or leave comments- thanks!)

Still it’s fun to learn. If you have an old computer, I highly recommend injecting some new life with a low ram Linux alternative. There are little or no copyright laws to worry about, and lots of free support forums with people willing to answer your newbie questions.

This blog shall be on hiatus until I can get the damn Netgear card to work, then I shall signify my victory by blogging a post from my new (old) Linux laptop.

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[Australia] Howard Opens His Mouth, We All Have To Smell It

Posted by Lex Fear on April 13, 2007

Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard is considering banning individuals with HIV from Australia, saying they should not be allowed into the country.

Good call Mr Howard, because, you know, anyone with HIV must be a raving, sex maniac desperate to screw anything that moves.

Actually, I’ll support his stance as long as he promises to take back all the Australians that have invaded Londonland, and promises not to let himself or any other Australians, HIV or otherwise, out of Australia.

Nice one.

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[Abortion] How to be Pro-Life and Pro-Choice

Posted by Lex Fear on April 12, 2007

Image Source: Abort73.com

As a Christian, I believe that scientifically, life starts at conception. In fact I kind of believe that life doesn’t start there, since the tissue is always ‘alive’ though egg and sperm are separate. But of course I have trouble with that theory, since, if you follow it to it’s logical conclusion then you’re basically committing genocide every time you spank the monkey.

So then I kind of also think that life starts not just with the biological, but the soul. Since I believe the soul does not end with death, then why should the soul simply start with conceived life? Indeed, the bible itself testifies the fact that “Long before [God] laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind…” (Eph 1:4 Message).

So it seems to me that our bodies are just a temporary vessel, condemned to death, but we are not without hope of eternal life.

I guess this puts me slightly in the ‘pro-choice’ camp. However, I have given this a lot of thought and I’ve come up with a solution to the whole debate, as well as getting around the controversy over the age of the fetus.

It’s simple. If a woman is considering an abortion, give her the option to wait until the fetus is born, then she can be free to decide if she still wants to abort. They could extend this to maybe 5 years after birth, just in case it doesn’t work out with the fetus.

By the way, no apologies for the image. Reality is often sick, and the truth can be pretty ugly.

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[Iranian Guests] Captive Audience

Posted by Lex Fear on April 10, 2007

I haven’t said anything on the 15 British sailors who were taken captive by Iran. It’s pretty obvious it was a sick publicity stunt in order to goad the US and UK governments.

Ahmadinejad has to know that Bliar is on his way out and holds little sway with the British public or even elements of his own party. It is hardly likely such a dubious case as made for the Iraq war could be made for Iran now without solid reasons.

Regardless, it must be a harrowing experience to be taken captive as many former innocent Guantanamo Bay captives will tell you.

But the most striking element of this media circus is how Iran has unwittingly or otherwise, proved that there is no need to use torture to extract the confessions you want- at least not when it comes to British soldier-sailors.


Image: Beau Bo D’Or

I had respect for them when they refused BA’s complimentary champagne and for changing back into uniform once safely on the plane. Unfortunately they began to lose this respect as the truth emerged that they offered zero resistance to the Iranian authorities, going the extra mile for the Iranian propaganda machine and making money (with the exception of Captain Chris Air) from the experience when others who have gone through much worse situations have not.

Which is why I find Inspector Gadgets opinion the most common sense and on-the-money, that I have read so far.

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[Housing Market Myths] House Prices Always Rise

Posted by Lex Fear on April 9, 2007

Some months ago I posted my intentions to blog regarding the UK housing market.

I will begin with addressing some of the myths that are commonly cited with absolutely no backing, usually by vested interests (VIs) and home owners.

The First Myth: House Prices Always Rise

This is usually the first one pulled out by those VIs who want to motivate you to stretch yourself to get on the first rung of the ladder. Statistics prove the exact opposite. Certain areas will rise and fall depending on age population, land value, attractiveness of the area and changes in infrastructure just to name a few. Below is a graph of average prices in the postcode area I currently live (edited to remove address details):

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[Translations] How To Speak New Zealand

Posted by Lex Fear on April 9, 2007

Continuing my trend of insulting other nationalities, say out loud for full effect.

Milburn – capital of Victoria
Peck – to fill a suitcase
Pissed aside – chemical which kills insects
Pigs – for hanging out washing with
Pump – to act as agent for prostitute
Pug – large animal with a curly tail
Nin tin dough – games console
Munner stroney – soup
Min – male of the species
Mess Kara – eye makeup
McKennock – person who fixes cars
Mere – Mayor
Leather – foam produced from soap
Lift – departed
Kiri Pecker – famous Australian businessman
Kittle crusps – potato chips
Ken’s – Cairns
Jumbo – pet name for someone called Jim
Jungle Bills – Christmas carol
Inner me – enemy
Guess – vapour
Fush – marine creatures
Fitter cheney – type of pasta
Ever cardeau – avocado
Fear hear – blonde
Ear – mix of nitrogen and oxygen
Ear roebucks – exercise at the gym
Duffy cult – not easy
Amejen – visualise
Day old chuck – very young poultry
Bug hut – popular recording
Bun button – been bitten by insect
Beard – a place to sleep
Sucks Peck – Half a dozen beers
Ear New Zulland – an extinct airline
Beers – large savage animals found in U.S. forests
Veerjun – mythical New Zealand maiden
One Doze – well known operating system
Brudge – structure spanning a stream
Sex – one less than sivven
Tin – one more than nine
Iggs Ecktly – Precisely
Earplane – large flying machine
Beggage Chucken – place to leave your suitcase at the earport
Sivven Sucks Sivven – large Boeing aircraft
Sivven Four Sivven – larger Boeing aircraft
Cuds – children
Pits – domestic animals
Cuttin – baby cat
Munce – usually served on toast

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