May
30
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-05-30

The New Slashdot is set to go live over the next few days. It looks good, too good really. It’s very “Web 2.0ish” to me, and has a little too much Mac look-n-feel to it. I’ll stick to reading the headlines via RSS. It is nice to finally see them embracing CSS and more modern XHTML markup though.

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May
30
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Linux) by Justin on 2006-05-30

Over at the SuSE PR blogs, there is a post pointing to a MadPenguin review of OpenSuSE 10.1. I just left this comment over there:

Obviously, the folks reviewing 10.1 didn’t try to use ZenUpdate or YaST to add new installation repositories. Any idea when this might get repaired? And with online updates broken, how will you distribute the fixes?

I just want it to work. I miss SuSE 10.0 really badly right now. Banshee is detecting my DAAP share, but I can’t get the online repositories added so that I can install MP3 support. Shame, shame Novell!

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May
26
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Linux) by Justin on 2006-05-26

I mentioned a few months ago that Google was supposedly working on releasing Picasa for Linux. Well, they were, and they did. I don’t want to get labeled a Linux-elistist for the comment I’m about to make, but I’ll say it anyway. I was initially excited about it, but now I’m slightly hesitant to install it, simply because its not Open Source. In that previous post, I noted that digiKam is my photo app of choice, and I think I’m going to keep it that way. Well, at least for now.

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May
25

DailyTech is reporting that Canon is abandoning film in favor of going all digital. Konica-Minolta has already done so, and Nikon made a similar announcement earlier this year, so I guess this was to be expected. Film as we know it will probably never completely disappear (not in our lifetime anyway), but we’ve long been to the point where quality in a digital camera surpassed that of a film-based one.

Personally, I feel that Canon’s digital cameras are the best on the market, and the fact they they are moving to all-digital means more R&D money in the digital camp, so two-thumbs up for Canon.

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May
25
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Linux) by Justin on 2006-05-25

KDE has had 24 applications selected to be involved in the Second Annual (I think…) Google Summer of Code. KDE has created the
Summer of Code 2006 Projects page where you can see what is in store. Personally, this is the one that excites me the most:

  • DAAP Support for amaroK

DAAP just rocks. With mt-daap running on my server in the basement, I’ll be able to rock along to any of my tunes, anytime.

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May
25
Filed Under (Stuff) by Justin on 2006-05-25

I’m not exactly sure how, but Bonnie stumbled upon a fantastic website today. 8 Paws Up is a website by Shannon Steffen that offers both informative articles as well as some rather nifty stuff in her CafePress store. Shannon and her husband have two chocolate labs – so lots of the info and pictures she’s posted is near and dear to my heart. Labrador Retriever Brats is where you can find her labrador-related blog.

I’ve entered a few pics of Java in the contest. Considering that she’s the most gorgeous pup I know, if she doesn’t win, I’ll know the contest is a sham. 😉

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May
22
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Linux) by Justin on 2006-05-22

I mentioned previously that I was going to upgrade to OpenSuSE 10.1, and I did. It wasn’t all peaches and cream though, and after banging my head on my desk a few times today, I decided to go ahead and burn the 5 ISO’s that I had downloaded and do a format and clean install. Things are much nicer now! The Novell/SuSE NetworkManager applet is absolute gold for someone like me who moves their machine around quite a bit. I was using a couple of really simple scripts to stop and restart a given network interface (wired or wireless) depending on where I was, but it all just works now. I think that NetworkManager was the final piece of code that I really loved on Windows that I never found a good Linux counterpart for. Long live the SuSE gecko!

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May
19
Filed Under (Asterisk, Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-05-19

Dell issued Dthis press release yesterday, and for me, the news couldn’t have been any better.

In the enterprise, we will launch new ninth generation servers featuring Intel’s Woodcrest microprocessors. Dell will also introduce new AMD Opteron processors in our multi-processor servers by the end of the year offering a great new technology to our customers at the high-end of our server line.

DailyTech as some commentary in the article Hell Freezes Over.

I think AMD is definitely on the upswing again, and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. I previously mentioned my desire for one of these, but I don’t think I can (or want to) put my purchase off that long. It also looks like it’s only going to be upper-end machines, and I’m looking to keep our purchase under $1,500 if at all possible. I guess I’ll just cross my fingers and wait and see what happens in the next month.

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