Archive for May, 2007

Oops, I did it again!

Switching up on operating systems again.  I’m back to Ubuntu 7.04, but with a twist.  Several months ago, I thought my computer had gone belly up and so I put it in storage and pull out the Compaq AMD 600mhz system my sister had given to me.  It’s been my working system up until yesterday.

Yesterday I got the bright idea to try a different power supply.  Of coarse I didn’t switch everything over immediately.  I had just the system board, cpu, and power supply.  I was hoping I’d get the traditional 3 beeps that happens whenever the system doesn’t have any installed ram.  To my delight, I heard 3 beeps! Soon I had all the AMD parts switched over and  fired up the system, the fans roared to life, the starting BIOS beep, did so, then NOTHING.  Just running fans.  Checked all my my connections, same thing.  So something told me to swap the keyboard.  Bingo!  System comes up to BIOS configuration screen.  No cd rom detected even though two were installed.  Hmmm.  I looked at the front and both activity lights on both drives were pegged on.  So I reached into the system and put the jumpers back onto “cable select”.  Fix #2 was completed.  Final thing to do since all the hardware was working correctly was to install Windows XP.

So from power-off I booted to cd.  Then all I got was a black, blank screen.  Nothing I tried would bring it to the familiar blue dos configuration screen.  At this point, having nothing to lose, I thought about Ubuntu.  So, again from power-off, turned on the system, selected boot from cd.  Long pause later, Ubuntu booted up, I selected install, and the rest is history.  I still don’t understand XP.  I tried 2 different install cds.  I also checked for scratches, etc.  Please email or comment here if you have any explanations or suggests.  I have some things I need to do on XP and I can’t get VMware or Qemu configured properly either.

That’s where the current state of my system sits: Intel P3 533mhz Cpu, 256mb ram, 50gb hard drive, 1 dvd player, 1 cdrw, Geforce 2.   So I can picture my friend R.W. rolling his eyes and saying “no more!  stopit!”  I agree, but rest assured it will happen again.  It’s times like this I learn the most about computers.  I’ve learned more about XP in the past 2 weeks than I have probably all year.



Get your towel on.

For those 99.99999% of the people out there that do not know, May 25 (which happens to be Carrie’s and my 11th Wedding anniversary), is “Carry-A-Towel-Day“.  It is to mourn the death of Douglas Adams.   Just thought it was strange and pass this information along to you.

On a side note, you may have just noticed I figured out how to embed a hypertext link into my blog.  🙂

Jerry Falwell

For those that haven’t heard the news, Jerry Falwell – Pastor passed away today. I for one found the news sad. Did I agree with 100% of what he said? No. At the points that mattered most, that Jesus is Lord and Savior and you need to accept his sacrifice and offer of eternal life, he was dead on (no pun intended). This is also what we will be judged on. We will also be judged according to every word that comes out of our mouths (either idle or productive) so he, I, and you will be judged accordingly.

Jerry did make an impact in our family. He was one of my dad’s favorite preachers. I personally don’t remember too much of specifics or sermons, just impressions mainly. Enough to know he was sincere it what he preached.

I lost some respect over the teletubbies comment and even more about the 911 comment. I am wondering what has happened to our trusted evangelical preachers lately. I don’t believe they truly set out to deceive or make such strange claims. Could this be part of end times prophecy? I don’t know and I don’t want to judge them either as I don’t relish being put in a position of being judged either. All I can really do is be vigilint and careful of what I listen too and filter out that which is not Godly.

In closing, I pray and hope that Jerry was right with God/Jesus and that I will meet him in heaven some day and have a conversation with him. He’s run his race and now he’s on the other side of eternity.

A new milestone met on McDinohNet

This week McDinohNet hit a new milestone.  We had 20 views of my posts.  This is tremendous growth after you realize that we average 1 to 2 views per day and have peaked before at 14 and 11 respectively.  I hope as I make more posts, the articles become more useful, more intelligent, and more entertaining.  I do not claim to know much about anything, but quite a bit of a little of everything.



A Nice Suprise in the Mailbox

I get home this evening, and sorting the mail, when what do I find? My free Ubuntu cd! I may have to order a 2nd cd with Kubuntu as that’s the flavor I’m currently running. I don’t even know if I am done playing OS roulette yet (as my friend RW puts things).

What’s on the horizon? I have a DVD of OpenSolaris coming and I’m in the process of downloading FreeBSD. What I would really like to settle on is OSX, but that won’t be for several years at least.

Then there’s the Vista question. If I do stay with one of these other operating systems, It will be a huge departure since 1992 (?) when I left the Atari scene and before that I had a Commodore 128D, 128, 64. I cut my basic programming teeth on a C64. I’m not convinced that Vista is the end all to beat all they try to market themselves as. However, I have all these games that I’ve built up over the years. Nothing new, but definitely some that are nostalgic to me. PacMan, Flight Simulator, Total Annihilation, and Descent 2 just to name a few. Since I’m into this new phase of open source software I do not want to have to buy yet another program just to be able to play a few old games. Maybe I’ll be able to find a few game conversions or maybe Wine will actually work. I just don’t want to limit my entertainment options. Everything else I do on the PC is up to standard with what I did on the Windows system. Just a few things I’ve be thinking on sporadically.

What do you do with your computer? What OS are you running? I look forward to your answers……


3:30AM Acid Reflux

Yes, I am up at 3:30am with acid reflux and hating every excruciatingly painful minute of it. I’ve been up for about a 1/2 hour now and it’s starting to subside. Before heading back to bed, I’ll be taking some Advil to try and deaden the pain in my throat. Actually, Carrie suggested I try some cough medication to releave the irritation as I was having some severe coughing fits. I also took my reflux medication that THAT I FORGOT TO TAKE THE LAST TWO DAYS,

This time it was pretty rough. Had some difficulty breathing and there was a lot of stuff happening in my esophagus. I won’t go any further than that as it would be T.M.I (too much information). As I wrap up this post before heading to bed, things have quieted down. There is just a little wheezing in my breathing. Other than that, and the pain in my throat, I am feeling much better.

I know, not my best post. Not even something I sure you want to read, but that’s who I am..

On a side note (and later post) I have Kubuntu install and it is running well. I will evaluate it and report back what I think.

Until next time……..

PC Coma Part 2

Well, the home computer is up and running once again.  XP was a bust.  Tried 2 different install CDs and the OS would load and run, but no matter what I tried, the network card would not connect to the network.  Drivers were working fine, test ran fine.

Long story short, I went back to Ubuntu and everything is running well.  I notice computer games aren’t as important as they once was, so I don’t mind run Linux instead of Windows until we get a new PC.  At that point we’ll have to decide which PC to choose (Mac vs Windows)

We wont have to worry about that for a long time.  We will not have any money to do anything for at least a year.  I may even have to take up a 2nd job. That’s another story altogether.  All we ask is you pray that my health holds out and God will bless us with the finances to resolve the issues we are facing.