November
29
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2003-11-29

For about two weeks now I’ve been attemptin to make the switch to Linux as my primary operating system. Needless to say, it’s been rather successful for the most part. I’ve had to switch over to Windows a couple of times, but it’s pretty amazing how resourceful I’ve become at getting things figured out. I am lucky to have a mentor who has been blazing the same trail ahead of me for a few weeks longer than me, and we’ve been getting a lot kinks worked out with double the resources. There are only a few grievances that I have:

1) Game Support – I gotta have Battlefield and the forthcoming HL2.
2) Web Authoring – I’m really hung up on Dreamweaver for my web site development.
3) USB/Digital Camera support – I have a 6-in-1 Media Card reader that is somewhat flaky under Linux.

If these three issues were resolved, I could format my WinXP partition to an ext3 or ResierFS today and live happily ever after. I don’t want to use the phrase “catch up to Windows” because I don’t feel like it is really behind. I would actually be first in line to say it’s way ahead in many ways. Linux is just going too many directions thank to each company creating their own distro’s. I did read a few days ago though that the big three (Suse/RedHat/Mandrake) are planning to have a united desktop over the next few years. Very interested in seeing where this goes. If you’ve ever been curious about Linux, keep your eyes on GOTC for command help and such. I’d highly recommend getting yourself a copy of Suse 8.2 Professional if you’re interseted at all in learning. The install is easy and configuration is a breeze. Email me if you want more info…

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November
29
Filed Under (Life) by Justin on 2003-11-29

Well Thanksgiving has come and gone and I’ve managed to gain about 40 pounds I think. It was really great to spend the time with all of my familes (by blood or otherwise). The holiday season is now in full swing and the next month is packed slam full of stuff to do. Lunches, dinners, get-togethers, parties, shopping, gift wrapping and exchanging. I can’t even imagine how exhausted I’ll probably be in another month. Somewhere amongst the craziness I’ve got to find time to work as well so I can pay for this holiday season. I do love this time of year though; the seeing everyone and just knowing how lucky I am to be surrounded by such great friends and family that I get to share the season with. Much love to you all!

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November
22
Filed Under (Life) by Justin on 2003-11-22

I promise I’m not dead and I haven’t forgotten about you readers yet either. Just been caught up in a lot of stuff lately. Not much has changed though, same old stuff everyday. Back soon with more.

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November
11
Filed Under (TV) by Justin on 2003-11-11

Well I’ve been living in the new house for over a week now and things have never been better. I have digital cable now and I was able to get a DVR box as my receiver. I love it. The Scientific-Atlanta Explorer 8000 is perfect for me. Pause and rewind live TV, record all my favorite shows automatically each week. It’s just a fantastic device. As a matter of fact, I can hardly stand to sit down and watch anything live now without getting the urge to want to fast forward through all the commercials. So nice though to never have to worry about missing CSI or CSI Miami 🙂

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November
09
Filed Under (Movies) by Justin on 2003-11-09

Saw Matrix Revolutions again last night, this time with my sister and her friend. Not really a good idea to see the 10:00 show on Friday night after such a long week though. I could hardly keep my eyes open towards the end. As far as the movie is concerned though, I do think that the Wachowski Brothers are fantastic at what they do: creating confusion through genius.The Matrix Trilogy all has a deep meaning underneath all the fighting and love story. I don’t think there are two people on the planet that have the same ideas and beliefs about what that meaning is. Heck, I’ll even go as far to say that the Wachowski’s are the only people who REALLY understand the entire movie. Of course some of the actors and crew have a better understanding than us lowly viewers do, but I don’t think there are good enough actors, special effects, and time to convey the full ideas that Larry and Andy have in their heads. I’d love to see a book or trilogy of books that allow us to dig a little deeper into the rabbit hole. And I do think they ended the trilogy in an odd way, but not in a way that I disagree with. Some amount of closure, but not tying up all loose ends. The way I see it, they left it wide open for at least another movie in the distant future. And I’d venture to bet a large sum of money that they would deny that the 4th installment is already written and locked away.

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November
06
Filed Under (Movies) by Justin on 2003-11-06

Just got in a little bit ago from seeing The Matrix Revolutions. All I’m gonna say about it for now is that I enjoyed the movie and look forward to seeing it again and of course snagging the DVD when it comes out a few months down the road. As with the previous films in the series, the more times I can watch it, the better to understand it all. I’ll wait a few days and give everyone who is interested a chance to see it before writing a full-out review and analysis of the flick. The Wachowski Brothers are just simply amazing though….

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November
04
Filed Under (Stuff) by Justin on 2003-11-04

Well I think I am finally finished. I’m moved in, unpacked, settled in, and even fairly comfy in me new home. This of course didn’t happen without a hitch, the weekend I was originally was supposed to move in, the house flooded. That’s right: flooded. I had the water connected on Thursday, one week before I had to be clear of my apartment. I came by the house on Friday night to pick up a DVD before heading to Polk County, and there was three inches of water standing throughout the house on the linoleum and the carpets were completely soaked. I wish I would’ve taken pictures then. The cold water hose that connected to the washing machine had burst and has been running for most of the day it appeared. Thank goodness for a fantastic landlord though. He was on the ball first thing Monday morning. By Monday afternoon, the insurance adjuster had been out and decided that all the flooring needed replaced. All the old flooring was ripped up by lunch on Tuesday and the new wood down Wednesday. The carpet and linoleum installer was in Thursday morning and I was able to get my stuff in that afternoon. The floor guys finished up on Friday morning and I was able to to be completely moved in by lunch on Friday. I finished unpacking the final box late last night and it is such a relief to have this place all finished up. Granted, I do have a lot of touch-up to do on the paint and some more general cleaning and arranging to do, but it is finally feeling like home. I LOVE my new office space. I don’t feel at all claustrophobic in here like I did in my old closet office. I snagged the Matrix Revolutions poster at Wal-Mart Sunday night and my collection is now complete.

So that’s what it looks like. I hope to have some pics of the entire house up by the end of the week. Just gotta catch the sunshine in a good mood so that it can help my camera out with good quality images. But to make a long story short, I’m home and loving it.

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November
03
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2003-11-03

Here’s the deal yo: A few weeks ago I decided that since I rarely talk on AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) anymore, that I would just not use it anymore unless I needed to talk to someone. Well, the quitting cold turkey worked just fine, and I would sign on just every few days when I needed someone. So today I signed on to use their text messaging feature to send Bon a message and I was confronted with a bizarre pop-up ad after a few minutes of use. I didn’t notice at first that it was coming from AOL, just that it was loading in Internet Explorer, something that shouldn’t be happening regardless since Mozilla Firebird is my default browser. This caused me to start examining the programs I had open and sure enough, AIM was the culprit. The pop-up ads were for a movie called Elf or something like that, and the ad above my AIM buddy list was for the same movie.

So I began digging a little deeper to see how the ads were loading and boy was I surprised when I saw the JavaVM icon in my system tray. I’ll just leave it at this: I’m pissed at this type of ad design. This is one reason I don’t like the use of Java on websites period. If the virtual machine is installed, practically any sort of code can be executed if you go to the site. And sure enough, this Java code was executing IE and loading an ad. I’ve got an away message up on my AIM right now giving my friends fair warning, because I’m uninstalling AOL and never looking back. Email me people if you need me. There is a contact button at the top, and email button to the right, a MSN Messenger icon to the right, and you can even text message my cell phone with the SMS ME buttons. So don’t say you can’t get in touch with me.

Sionara AIM. I hope you rot along with your developers and ad salesmen.

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