Archive for January, 2009

Slashdot.

January 31, 2009

I love Slashdot. At least I used to. “News for nerds, stuff that matters.” That summed things up. But these days, Slashdot seems to be lacking in the quality department. All the posts are either (unfairly) anti-Microsoft, anti-*AA, or some other geek topic that is virtually worthless. The adding of the “Idle” section really dumed Slashdot down. Lets say that in 2002 (“the hayday” of Slashdot) the average IQ of the average geek on Slashdot was 130, these days its 103. The meta-moderating system they use really, really, really, needs to be fixed. I see “Score: -1, Insightful” or “Score :+5 Troll/Flamebait” all the time. And the mods can, and do, moderate down things that should really have a higer score, just because it doesn’t go along with their opinions. Still, Slashdot does have glory left. Some of the stories are original, but most of the time they’re late, really late. Slashdot is analgous to low class geeks, while other sites, such as Ars Technica, seem to be for the “higher class” geek.

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Todays Friday.. woo hoo!

January 30, 2009

Today’s Friday. Woo!!! Well, anyway, I’m back to Windows. When ever I try Linux or an alternative, I usually almost always go back to Windows. Thankfully this time, I just installed Linux on another hard drive. Why? Having to download over 300MB of Linux kernel source to recompile the kernel to install graphics card drivers ain’t fun. Thankfully Ubuntu lets you install it just fine, though I dislike Ubuntu. There’s somethings I’d rather have the “Windows way”. That being just downloading a file, running that file, rebooting/restarting X, and boom, the drivers are installed. Yet, I like the Linux way, mostly.

It’s not just Linux, that annoys me. It’s the open source community too. I still can not, and will not, forget/forgive the KDE “We need contributors” crap. If your touting Linux as the “alternative” to Windows, you’re gonna have a crap load of users.  I doubt your mom knows how to recompile this, or to reconfigure that in /etc/X11/Xorg.conf. Though, some of the contributions are easy. Writing documentation, helping with support, and all that, I still think that the end user feels daunted. And, I also hate the comparisons of Vista and KDE 4(.x). They say “Vista is slow and bloated”, then when another guy says that KDE4 is slow and bloated too, they go crazy. They think they’re living gods. Sorry to break it to you guys, but you aren’t.

Your typical geek lives in his parents basement, typically is rather intellegent (though I’ve seen some that aren’t), uses a UNIX-like operating system, and hasn’t gotten laid. Hey, I’m a geek myself, but I don’t live in the basement (though I’d love to: more space), I’d have to say modestly that I’m rather intelligent, I like UNIX-like OS’s but I don’t use em, and uh… I’m not saying anything about that last part. Geeks, for the most part, make software for other geeks. They get angry when non-geeks use it and complain about geek-ish idoysyncraices.

Don’t get me wrong, I love open source, and I love Linux (and the other UNIX-likes), but the open source/Linux community mentaility needs to be re-written in a higher level language in an optimized compiler.

SkyOS

January 26, 2009

I just remembered it when I was browsing the ever so wonder GUI Gallery. I checked Wikipedia and basically it’s the 2000’s version of BeOS or OS/2. Tons of potential but just not implemented correctly. The major hurdle, of course, is the lack of pubically viewable source code. Linus did it. Look where he is today. Loaded. Famous. And recently switched to GNOME from KDE! If your gonna make an OS that’s gonna go up against Microsoft’s Windows or even Linux/UNIX-likes, you’ve gotta have an incentive. What would make me want to use your OS? Gotta pay $30 to join the beta program? Nope. Lack of source. Why the hell am I even contemplating using this again? It might be a great OS. But those two things made me not want to use it. Oh, and accusations of violating the GNU GPL? Steer clear. Please. And, I’m thinking of taking my old interest in 80×86 assembly and C/C++. Who knows. Maybe I’ll have a kernel named after me one day. Daviux. Sounds pretty cool.

25 Years of the Mac

January 23, 2009

I don’t really like the Mac, but to its credit, it helped popularize the GUI with the average person. It wasn’t totally configurable, which in a way, was probably a good thing for the typical user, but for me, or other power user geeks, it just won’t cut it. We’d prefer editing our conf files with vi, ed, or edit.com (MS-DOS editor), but never Emacs. We’d prefer having the ability to modify the registry to how we see fit. But, however, for the normal user, who just wanted to get stuff done, it was a good thing. So, tomorrow, January 24, 2009, is the 25th anniversary of the Apple Macintosh. It’s seen a lot of changes. Originally using 68k based CPU’s, then changing to PowerPC’s in the early 90’s, and finally switching to Intel chips in late 2006. And, if I had the time, I would have linked to the famous Apple Macintosh commercial, as famous, or maybe even more than, the Windows 95 one.

FreeBSD rant

January 22, 2009

Drivers. Drivers. Drivers. You suck. You suck. You suck. Guess what? NIC drivers are a problem AGAIN. Unlike Linux which actually detects it and (to get it working use (sudo ifconfig eth0 mtu 1492), FreeBSD won’t detect it.I really wanna use a UNIX type OS. I want to be “cool”. I want to actually use an OS that has a REAL command line, unlike the pussy cmd.exe (or the garbage PowerShell) Windows uses. And since SiS’s site doesn’t seem to work that well. Thanks again Tawianese semiconductor/chipset manufacturers.

FreeBSD

January 21, 2009

I’m going to dig out my FreeBSD 7 CD and install it. I checked to see if my hardware worked and it all does, except for the TV tuner (I think) which doesn’t even work properly in XP x86. FreeBSD seems to me as UNIX. Not a “get Joe away from the command line before it blows!” type OS. I’ve always had a preference of FreeBSD over Linux. But, I’d have to say my favorite Linux distro is Slackware, because, as they say, “If you use Red Hat, you learn Red Hat, if you use Slackware, you learn Linux/UNIX”. And since KDE 4.x has been ported to FreeBSD, it seems even more inviting then usual. Wish me luck. And Mr. Shen: From what I heard your favorite OS has several components from FreeBSD.

Another bi-weekly Linux rant.

January 19, 2009

I’ve decided to take Linux for a spin every other week. This time around, however, I decided to use VMWare Workstation. And, as per always, it just didn’t suite me. Playing Counter Strike through it was, to say the least, disturbing. Playing CS on a Windows 95 Virtual Machine was a lot less disturbing. Maybe 2010’ll be the “year of Linux on the desktop”. If not, Windows it shall be.

Is Windows 7 really all that good?

January 18, 2009

I think this article really made me think. Is Windows 7 really all that good? Microsoft (me, you, and every other blogger included) is comparing Windows 7 to Windows Vista, which to put it bluntly, is shit. Why not compare it to a great operating system, Windows XP? Anything that is even remotely better than Vista will be touted as “great” compared to Vista. But what about XP? Why not compare the two “greats”? Show us if Seven, is truely, better than XP. Since I still DON’T have a DVD burner (I just don’t have the money), I can’t compare Seven to XP.

Decided to switch back to x86 Windows.

January 17, 2009

I’ve decided to switch back to x86 Windows. Why? Notepad++’s shell extension feature (which I use ever day) doesn’t work. It uses more disk space. SysWOW64 (C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64) takes up at least 300MB. Plus, the updates alone are larger. As always, I’m going to take Linux for another spin, that I’m pretty sure will fail. Hell, I might even take an x64 Linux distro for a spin. (Most likely Debian). Really, the largest Linux no-go for me is: games. I use the PC as my gaming platform. I don’t have the money for a 360, or one of the other consoles. Plus, I like the keyboard (WASD)/Mouse setup way better than a gamepad. Maybe this time some magical thing’ll happen and games I play every day (TF2 and CS:S) will actually work at 2/3 the speed it does in Windows (which is around 100FPS with everything on high @ 1440×900). If that doesn’t work: it’ll be back to x86 Windows for me! Perhaps, even back to Windows 2000!

Can’t belive FF3 was released 7 months ago.

January 17, 2009

I can’t belive it’s been 7 months already. Firefox 3 was released on June 17th, 2008. I don’t know about you, but I use things like this to “benchmark” time. And what’s happened between then and now? I started a blog. Virtually everything else has stayed the same. I really can’t belive it’s been 7 months already. Damn.