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2006 April

  • Sun, April 2, 2006, 3:01 p.m. / / blog / #tech-life / Syndicated: flickr / 💬 1 / 176 words

2006 March

  • Ballmer, Bemused -- An interview with Steve Ballmer -- a lot of "Microsoft is cool" gibberish, but one nice quote stands out for me: Right now, I can go out and get a free alternative to just about every product Microsoft sells. Why do people keep paying you for something they could get free? Ballmer: One, people value their time. Our stuff does more, and they like that. Two, people value their time, and those [free] things tend to be clunky. Let's say you think you can save $50. And then you go and waste three hours. You

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  • I think I'm starting to get the hang of this :p This whole thing with Kubuntu, where I have to use Adept to install stuff is really weirding out my Windows-geek tendencies. For today, all I wanted was to get some mp3s playing on Kubuntu. Unfortunately, the default included players (Kaffeine and Amarok) were giving me trouble, claiming they could not play mp3s! I asked around for some help, and read some FAQs, but I kept getting errors trying to download and install gstreamer-mad 0.8. After a while I gave up and started mucking around in Adept to find an

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2006 February

  • Previously: I installed Kubuntu, but failed to get the internet working. But now, since we got a router to service our home network (whereas previously we were using a cross-cable directly connecting two computers), I decided to give it another shot. Apparently, if I have a router between my PC and the DSL line, I can use something called DHCP to automatically configure my ethernet connection. And I did that! Woohoo, and now I'm posting from Linux! Now, the question is, what next? I seem to be a total newbie at this Linux thing, I even downloaded Firefox but couldn't

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  • Sun, Feb. 19, 2006, 2:43 p.m. / / blog / #tech-life / Syndicated: flickr / 19 words
  • Some people I know enjoy puzzles. (So do I.) Here's a neat one: 85 37 655321 64389000 466 64 24601 101 980 95 057 42799 6 The only hint provided is: It's not something you'll figure out by just thinking about it, but with some creative Googling you can get it. Via J-Walk (Warning: the link will show you the answer!) Edit 2017: The link above is dead, so I've recovered the answer from the Wayback Machine, for my own sanity. They're all prisoners! 1) 85 -- Al Capone 2) 37 -- Paul Newman's character in Cool Hand Luke 3)

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2006 January

  • So yeah, out of a strange mix of adventurism, inertia, coincidence and plan old boredom, I decided to install linux on this machine. At first I just wanted to see how easy the install would be, but after I nuked my Windows XP install I sort of had no turning back. (-_-!) Anyway, I went for a dual boot of Windows XP and Kubuntu, supposedly an easy-to-use Linux distro. So yeah, I even watched this video online that showed how to do the installs. (The video shows two guys doing the dual boot install with XP and Ubuntu, same difference.)

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    Tue, Jan. 10, 2006, 11:25 p.m. / / blog / #tech-life / Syndicated: blogger / 194 words

2005 October

2005 September

  • Bought a brand-spankin' new 160GB hard drive yesterday. Seagate Barracuda 7200. Yessir, ups the total hard drive capacity at home to 240 gigs, I hope we don't fill it up too fast. Moved the 40GB hard drive on the primary computer to the secondary (for a total of 80 on the secondary), and installed the new one on the primary. My brother Alvin was working with me on this, and it took us a better part of three hours to get the connection right (one of the casings wasn't very agreeable) Installed a fresh XP on the primary, that took

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    Mon, Sept. 5, 2005, 11:16 a.m. / / blog / #tech-life / Syndicated: blogger / 327 words

2005 August

  • As you may have heard, Google Talk is up. The client looks neat and all, but there's not much reason for most people to start using it. Sure, the voice chat thing is neat, but I know that Yahoo Messenger supports it, and probably some of the others do? Otherwise, the client seems awfully thin. Simple, like Google, but it needs to be a lot more than that to make a difference. Interesting thing about the service itself is, it's actually seems to be just a server running the open source jabber protocol. Since it's jabber, you can have more

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    Thu, Aug. 25, 2005, 12:02 a.m. / / blog / #tech-life / Syndicated: blogger / 151 words

2005 July

  • Or so the paper says. The Philippine Daily Inquirer had an article today about Oracle targetting local SMEs. Apparently they have an advantage because they use "the Linux shareware." Too bad I can't find the article online.
    Sun, July 17, 2005, 11:42 p.m. / / blog / #tech-life / Syndicated: blogger / 37 words
  • Should I get a Hipster PDA? I'm thinking about it. Or something similar. Not really for organizing tasks and stuff. Only for jotting down temporary things when away from a computer. So I can remember them later. I often think up incredibly clever world-shaking ideas while commuting, it would be nice to remember all of them. I still largely prefer the advantages of electronic storage: cut/paste functionality, easy to make backups/copies, distribution, easily searchable etc. I'd really only use paper for temporary stuff. Or when I need to use a pen to think. A notepad would be nice. You know,

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    Mon, July 11, 2005, 12:28 a.m. / / blog / #tech-life / Syndicated: blogger / 💬 1 / 108 words

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