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[Detux] 2 Years of Ubuntu

Posted by Lex Fear on January 30, 2009

It’s almost 2 years since I freed myself of Microsoft’s propriety OS and I’ve even converted my wife (though she occasionally falls back onto MS Office when OpenOffice just doesn’t quite do it the way she wants).

I’m still using Ubuntu, despite playing with other distros, I’ve found myself coming back just because of the great support forums and hardware support. I use Red Hat Linux at work and on a VM, but with my home PCs I just want it to work out of the box as much as possible, I don’t want to spend time installing wireless drivers or tweaking xorg.conf – I think this is the success of Ubuntu.

My desktop PC is now running Ubuntu Ultimate Edition, after running Linux Mint for a few months. My Ubuntu installation was crashing every time I plugged in an external drive, Mint performed better but even after upgrading my PSU I had the ocassional crash. Ultimate Edition seems to have cured it and had no problems when I added a 500gb internal drive.
Ultimate Edition also has some wicked themes and pretty much all the software you’ll need pre-installed. So the lesson is, if you distro isn’t quite working, try out a derivative or another one entirely. Some are more stable due to later upgrades.

Anytime I have to log into a Windows machine I am reminded of why I switched and no matter how bad problems can get with Linux, all I need is to boot into my Windows partition to remember how bad things really could be!

The lastest Ubuntu distro now comes with a handy USB Live Disc creator which came in handy when I wanted to replace the old, outdated default Windows XP Home Edition on my new Samsung NC10. For anyone that has an NC10 and wants to put freedom on it, this blog was a lifesaver – read before you start, there are a few customisations needed after install.

The NC10 has an 89% full size keyboard which I’m using right now, so it’s not difficult to type on. It has 1gb ram, Atom processor and 160gb hard drive, the spec is so good I’m using it instead of my work laptop – even running VMware player.

It’s light weight and 6 hours battery life means I can use it on the tube or long car journeys. I occasionally download and read graphic novels with Comix or Okular, it’s just the right size to rotate the book 90º and hold the netbook lengthways like the way books are supposed to be read. I even found a neat little script to rotate pages of pdf files automatically using pdftk.

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[Travel Guides] Londonland Part 1

Posted by Lex Fear on June 18, 2007

This Post Is Rated: M for Mildly Offensive. Londoners may take particular offense at the revelations of this post (and they are welcome to it).


Inserted with Windows Live Writer… Impressive eh?

Last year I moved from Warwickshire, England to Ealing, Londonland and having been in this strange culture for several months now, I feel able to comment on it fully.

Londonland is ruled by Supreme Dictator Red Ken, whose rule has been unchallenged for 7 years and at this rate looks set to go on forever. Natives of Londonland refer to it simply as London, but it is quite obvious that the Supreme Dictator considers London to be a separate state from the country of England, where I come from. After all, in England, mayors of large cities tend to serve the inhabitants of their cities and are concerned with matters within their jurisdiction. It would be rare to see an English mayor flying all over the world to attract business and mass-migration, posturing on the world stage like a prime minister, president or royalty would.

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[Anecdotes] Health and Safety Concern

Posted by Lex Fear on February 27, 2007

Time to share with you one of the memorable moments of the New Year.

Walking the streets of Munich at 23:45 on December 31st 2006 was a refreshing experience. Minimal police presence (by UK standards), crowds of people walking around clutching commercial size (UK illegal) fireworks in one hand, matches in the other. I must admit that they can be a little odd but the Deutschlanders sure know how to live it up ‘Mr Invincible’ style.

Standing on the balcony of D’s apartment, 4 floors up overlooking the street, I tried to count how many H&S infringements were taking place at one time in the street below.

Small firecrackers were being lobbed into the street as cars drove by, whilst the braver of the Barbarian Bavarians held the commercial fireworks in their hands as they set them off. Much beer was consumed which left plenty of spare bottles for the non-immortals to balance their rockets in. Occasionally the odd bottle would tip over and the rocket headed into the crowd of hammered Bavarians, funnily, it didn’t seem to upset the dogs that were present.

Rockets shot past the balcony, one even passing by my feet, exploding just meters away from the balcony. Quite an awesome sight to be staring straight across at exploding fireworks, as opposed to ground level.

As the night wore on me and D retired to watch CNN with a bottle of Erdinger each.

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[Wildlife] If you go down to the woods today…

Posted by Lex Fear on October 19, 2006

Actually, if you drive through BC Forests…

We spotted this fella meandering across the road as we drove from Calgary to Cranbrook on my 3rd day. He got about 10 feet away from the car and started sniffing the air. He must have smelt the A&W.

Today we went downtown Cranbrook and ordered our wedding rings. We got ones with a Native Wolf/Eagle, gold/white gold, recess design- unique to Canada. Unfortunately the rings won’t arrive before we leave for Maui but we have some basic ones on loan for the event and we will be able to pick up our Native rings before we leave for England.

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[Travel] Canada, eh?

Posted by Lex Fear on October 13, 2006


I’m flying to Canada tomorrow. I’m not sure what to expect as most Canadians I’ve met abroad, up to now, have had a sense of humour bypass (with the possible exception of my fiancee, who will be reading this).
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[Travel] Oh, Canada!

Posted by Lex Fear on October 13, 2006

Tomorrow I fly out to Canada for my first visit. I’ll be meeting some of my new family and exploring for a week then flying down to Maui to get married to my ultra sexy Canadian fiancee, D, who is not feeling very ultra or sexy right now as she has a cold.

I will be flying into Calgary and possibly staying overnight. We’ll do some shopping and more importantly look for our rings.

I had to give up on the parking ticket and pay it off. The courts were demanding the money and since I will be away for 3 weeks I won’t be able to defend. However I intend to see if it’s possible to lodge a complaint against the Central Fine Oriffice or potentially sue the council for misleading road markings- I’ll keep you updated.

I don’t know if I will have time to blog anything of particular relevance, however I might try to post some images I take with my digital camera. For now, however, I will leave you with recommendations for some excellent blogs and sites.

If you’re looking for some deep conversation from an open Christian perspective then check out Dead Yet Living, though it’s mostly run by students so the blog seems to have gone into recession recently. If you’re of the political persuasion and are interested in an alternative to the evil Christian Right, God’s Politics might be for you, I read Jim Wallis’s book this summer and it altered or confirmed my perspectives on many things. There’s always a lively debate going on at Mark DeHoog’s blog and Nowheresville.

Southampton University CU Chaplain writes some very witty commentary on life at the university and beyond. Please visit, especially if you are far away, because the site stats will really confuse him. If you’re looking purely for laughs, I recommend the aptly named Hot Chicks with Douchebags, or the irreverent Chase me ladies, I’m in the cavalry.

If you are interested in UK law, you should check out The Magistrate’s Blog for an eye-opener into the thoughts of a magistrate, You’re Nicked is another coppers blog, where, if you are like me, you may be surprised to find similar views to your own. Bill Sticker is Walking the Streets hoping to issue you a PCN for parking on double-yellows. Speaking of which Neil Herron is one man taking a stand against the system- and inspiring others.

For straight up politics and current events Kel writes excellent commentary on The Osterley Times. The Gun Toting Liberal also offers some great commentary, and Snafu asks some probing questions at Not Proud Of Britain (But Would Like To Be). For political protest, look no further than Tales of the Freewayblogger, I’m sorely tempted to join in this fun and start it up here in the UK.

Help – The Bailiffs are here!

I’ve had some hits from people googling for what to do about Bailiffs turning up for unpaid fines and parking tickets discovering this blog and finding just a rant. Therefore if you are one of those people looking for legal help, you will probably need to contact a solicitor, however there is some research you can do before then to get you in the picture and understand your rights. Check out my links to Social Justice & Responsibility on the sidebar. There is nothing specific about bailiffs, however you will find links that will lead you to information that will be helpful in your situation. Also check out my previous post: Thick As Legal Thieves.

If you find that you have a speeding or parking ticket you may want to check out Neil Herron’s blog, the forums at Pepipoo and the Association of British Drivers website. If you feel you are being persecuted by authorities in anyway and need to know your rights check out Your Rights, Liberty or get in contact with Justice.

Are the banks giving you hassle, over-charging you in fines or harassment? Go to the Consumer Action Group forums or Penalty Charges.

Have you been ripped off/mis-sold a product or concerned about a rogue trader? Visit Rip-Off Britain and get tips from the Money Saving Expert.

Hope to hear from you soon!

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[Images] From My Travels…

Posted by Lex Fear on September 1, 2006

The gentleman in the last 2 pictures is my younger brother…







You may use any of these images, provided you credit or link back to www.abandonallfear.org.uk.

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