Archive for June, 2008

New Upgrades

Posted in Radio Control on June 20, 2008 by camarojones

What’s this? A new transmitter? Yes.

This one is a Futaba 7c. Upgraded from a 6EXP, however instead of a PPM, or PCM 72MHz frequency, it uses Futaba’s FASST system. A 2.4 GHz frequency-hopping signal. Much better range, much less interference.

Can’t wait for old age

Posted in General on June 18, 2008 by camarojones

Ubuntu Gnome Themes (UPDATED!!)

Posted in Computers / Tech on June 13, 2008 by camarojones

If anyone has access to MANY themes, my prior install of Ubuntu had a nice them that I’d found. Unfortunately, I never wrote down what the theme was after I’d installed it.

My recent re-install of XP and Ubuntu was done, and now I’m looking for the theme again. I found one that is close…but no cigar. If ANYONE knows what theme this is, PLEASE let me know. The specifics to look for are the buttons. I’ve seen NO other themes with these buttons.

The theme ended up being:

Darker theme

Not a bad theme at all…glad it’s on record now! :)

How About a Nice Cup of…….

Posted in General on June 13, 2008 by camarojones

Some folks don’t know how to keep their traps shut.

A guy runs a business. I order from him. Other folks order from him. None of us has a problem with the guy OR his business.

There is now a guy who has a problem getting an order filled. He orders parts for a heli and after 1 week he gets nothing. 2 weeks, nothing. 3, 4, 5, 6 weeks and he still doesn’t have anything. He paid, why doesn’t he have his parts?

The story from this guy, is that around week 2, he called the business, and the guy said he will send his parts. After another week, the guy calls again to ask where his parts are, and they still haven’t been sent. Hmmm. He does this 3 more times (weeks 4-6) and THEN decides to go to another company. Not after the 2nd call…the 6th!

Yes, the business fouled up. 1 guy…1 order…MANY mistakes. OK. deal with it and move on.

NO…the guy decides to whine, cry, bitch and moan to the world via YouTube saying how the business sucks, the guy running the business sucks, and he wants everyone in the world to send the business hate mail. How mature is this? The business made a mistake (shame on them), but it took 6 WEEKS for the guy to move on and order from someone else (shame on him.)

For the record, the business is still going strong. His 100+ customers are still getting more folks to buy from him, and I will still buy from him.

Some folks just need to STFU and think before they make themselves look like idiots.

Can’t make up my mind

Posted in Computers / Tech on June 8, 2008 by camarojones

Well…between Ubuntu and XP, I’m really not sure which one I want, so I’ll keep both. Ubuntu for the fun and easy-to-play-with OS, and XP for games.

I have to do a complete re-install of both operating systems due to Windows’ terrible hatred of being dual-booted. I had to install XP first, then reinstall Ubuntu using gparted to resize the NTFS partition for space for Ubuntu.

On a side note, for those interested in a darker STOCK XP theme, there is a Zune theme that brings the tone down by quite a bit. Combined with the NASA night launch theme for Firefox…I’m loving the way XP looks:

The Ubuntu 8.04 try-out

Posted in Computers / Tech on June 8, 2008 by camarojones

Well, I took the plunge to Ubuntu again. This time, it is the 8.04 Hardy Heron version. Not bad so far!

I did the normal stuff: download, burn, install… yuck. I never really liked the whole tan/brown thing. Good thing Gnome allows theme changes easily.

After the initial install, I went to http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfect-desktop-ubuntu-8.04-lts-hardy-heron as I usually do, and followed that guide on the new parts fo Ubuntu that I’ve missed since 7.04

After all the program changes, I started back to work on Compiz (merged with Beryl last year.) OH…They changed the menu item for turning on the advanced 3d stuff for video cards. It is now under System > Preferences > Appearance…Visual Effects Tab.

Rotating Cube….check.

New window views….check.

Wobbly windows….check.

Turn off the sticky windows….turn off sticky windows….TURN OFF THE DAMN STICKY WINDOWS!!!! RAWR!!! For some reason, I can uncheck the mark, and it stops, but as soon as I close the window, they stick again. I check the setting…unchecked. Oh well, guess I’ll have to turn in a bug report on that one.

Other than that, it feels just like it used to. Comfortable, relaxing, Firefox hasn’t crashed yet (even though they default to the new FF3 beta.) The only thing is not being able to manually turn on my laptop fan, or throttle down the CPU. I’m still looking for that one. But until then I have to be careful…the thing is VERY hot right now as i type this.

Update 1 day later:

OK, I found a program called gkrellm that works pretty well. it does require the use of i8kutils, but it gives me a nice little window that is movable to anywhere I want it, and from it I can manually control my fans, or allow automatic control based on MY personal preferences. I like a cool computer, so my fan is usually on. Anyway, in addition to fan control, it also shows cpu loads, temps, memory usage, ethernet usage, times, dates, uptime…the list goes on and on.

After getting the system how I like it, now I’m on the prowl for games and software to keep me from going back to windows. I’m trying out Dofus, a free MMO that I’ve seen many folks recommend, and currently trying to get S.C.O.U.R.G.E. compiled and installed, but the main website is down and I can’t get it to compile.

If any one does read this, and has any recommendations for RPGs, RTSs, FPSs, or any alternate to a mainstream game, let me know.

What about Ubuntu?

Posted in Computers / Tech on June 6, 2008 by camarojones

It was commented that I try Ubuntu. I did, and I still use it on occasion. The laptop I have is a Dell 1505N, came pre-installed with Ubuntu 7.04, and I have dual-boot setup with XP. Why dual boot?

I ran with the Apple crew for almost a year, and from my earlier post, it got sluggish, slow, and outdated too quickly, so I bought into the Ubuntu hype. I wasn’t disappointed. The software runs great. Installs are as easy as a couple of clicks, and damn-near everything on it is customizable. The problem with it lies in the compatibility.

Windows has been around forever. Apple came into main popularity with the iPod, and Linux…well, you can’t just go into any store and buy Linux software, and that’s the problem.

Wine, a windows compatibility layer for running windows programs, is just shy of it’s first actual release candidate…RC-1. It’s been in a beta status for as long as I can remember (running wine under Redhat back in 96) but only recently has it been really good. Most games run on it now, and even some of the intensive ones are in platinum status (you can check which ones work at http://appdb.winehq.org/. That takes care of running my games. :)

My problem with Ubuntu, is that it isn’t Microsoft or Apple, and thus there aren’t any Linux stores. The reason is that there are over 100 different variations of Linux: Ubuntu, Redhat, Mandrake, Fedora, etc. Debian, which Ubuntu is based, is even different from Ubuntu. How can a store cater to all the different distributions? You can’t. The fix to this, is that there are any number of programs made to replace their Windows counterparts. Open Office.org runs GREAT with Office documents. Gimp is a very close representation of Photoshop. Both of these have versions for all 3 major OS’s, and I use them on each…they’re that good. And did I mention free? All programs for Linux are FREE! (thanks in part to the GNU/GPL free software license).

Linux and all of it’s programs are made for free distribution, with programs that are free. No charge, no shareware/freeware licenses to buy. No cost whatsoever…for the end user. Obviously these guys have to make money, and the sponsor of Ubuntu, Canonical, makes their money from their commercial support contracts and engineering services to customers all over the world. This support pays for the development, and we reap the benefits.

Yes, Linux is free software. Yes, it’s came a LONG way from a command-prompt interface for installing and running programs even though I still find myself going into the shell to install stuff because it’s what I’m used to. But it’s just not mainstream enough.

The problem with Apple, it only works on it’s hardware.

The problem with Microsoft, works on everything, and because of that, it is hacked, laden with viruses, etc.

The problem with Linux, which one do I choose?

Today’s world of computing allows one to enjoy ALL aspects of computing from 3 different OS’s, and for us geeks, playing with a new version of Linux every couple of months is just what I asked for. Personally though, I prefer 7.04. I’ve got it just where I want it.

“apt-get install FTW”