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Windows Seven beta 1 and GIMP! January 21, 2009

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After there was so many problems for so many people getting GIMP for Windows to run under Vista (in fact it is still one of my most visited posts!) I wanted to tackle that one with “Seven” right off the bat…



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Windows Seven beta 1, first impressions January 21, 2009

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I decided to jump on the beta bandwagon again and see if “Seven” really was a new windows or just Vista with a new name.  Here are my first  impressions but like anything else the old saying “you can’t judge a book by it’s cover” may apply…


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Scanner to Fax on broadband January 12, 2008

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personal.jpgThe other day I did a stupid thing. I accidentally locked the keys to vehicle in the ignition with it running. And no, I didn’t have a spare! A call to a local locksmith fixed it in about 30 seconds for which I was billed a nice US$65! Luckily the locksmith said that I *might* be able to get it reimbursed through my insurance company. Why yes! They were happy to reimburse me! All I had to do was slap a 41 cent stamp on an envelope and drop the invoice in the mail or I could fax the invoice to them! Sweet! FAX! Instant gratification! How hard could it be?

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Linux is NOT Windows December 20, 2006

Posted by oktyabr in digg, linux, Mac OS X, opinions, Windows.
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Excellent article written by Dominic Humphries.

Possibly the best article I have ever read concerning the differences between linux and windows. Archived here for posterity under a Creative Commons License. Newest version of document is available at http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm

Original document as follows:

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I’m sure you still cannot use Linux without opening a single terminal window December 15, 2006

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The title of this article, “I’m sure you still cannot use a Linux without opening a single terminal window”, is a line taken from the tail end of a blog post about “Biggest Linux Problem: it makes users think” which while I found the article a somewhat interesting read I thought the statement about opening a command line was conceptually wrong…

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Windows music creation: MIDI studio for FREE! October 19, 2006

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Music Composition: MIDI studio for FREE!

If you don’t know what MIDI is it stands for “Musical Instrument Digital Interface” and encompasses not only common protocols that enable different software and hardware to exchange data but also may be thought of as a means of conveying the information itself (i.e., “.mid files”). If you need more than that it’s been around since the early 1980’s and google will turn up quite a few links Wink

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Windows music creation: VST wrappers aka Softsynths for n00bs October 19, 2006

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Music Composition: VST wrappers aka Soft Synths for n00bs

I’m no musician!!! And this topic is much broader than I could possibly cover here by myself in any reasonable amount of time! But I absolutely love sound and music. I love pressing a button and making a sound, especially if it is a sound uniquely tuned by me. Are there others out there too? I think so… So let’s make a sound:

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Windows music creation: Synthesizers and Effects October 19, 2006

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Music Compositon: Synthesizers and Effects

One of my sparkling gems in this category has to be ZynAddSubFx! This isn’t just a “synthesizer”, it’s a whole freakin synthesizer workshop! Polyphonic, multitimbral and microtonal, this bit of kit comes with so many bells and whistles that the author could probably write a 200+ page users manual, if he wanted to. Superior to many of the commercial soft-synths (and hard synths too!) out there this one won’t cost you a dime. Cross-platform too! Of course Zyn isn’t the only FREE “softsynth” out there!

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Windows Music Creation: Tracker apps October 19, 2006

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Music Composition: Tracker – apps

This is something that I have been exploring to some depth in the linux world (just ask me! I dare ya! Laughing ) and have accumulated some valuable links for the windows world as a fringe benefit!

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Music Lovers Freeware: #3 Setting up Simple and FLAC October 19, 2006

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Setting up SIMPLE and FLAC is easy!

Just install both applications by clicking on the installers. Simple has the most “complicated” interface but all the controls should be intuitive if you look at them a bit. Anyway, first you want to pop a CD to rip into one of your PCs drives and start Simple by clicking on the “CD ->MP3” desktop icon…

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Music Lovers Freeware: #1 Intro October 19, 2006

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Yeah, but why only FREE?

Because one of my essential beliefs is simply that creativity should never be hindered by whether or not you have money to spend!

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Vista: Something’s going on under the hood! July 4, 2006

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For some reason GIMP decided to break! Not sure why or how to fix it but I was pleased with the sort of information Vista gives the user when this kind of thing happens! Check out the screenshot:

WIRELESS: Like XP Pro, Vista Beta automagically detected my Linksys WUSB11 ver.2.6 USB network interface and set it up for use almost instantly. This is a chip that I have yet to get working correctly in ANY of the linux distributions I use so I must say I’m a bit impressed

Last but not least, remember my earlier post where I said Vista couldn’t “see” any of the machines on my LAN? I tried rebooting it, reconfiguring it, nothing worked! So I leave the machine on all last night, get up this morning and start messing with network settings in prep to tinker with the wireless adapter and low and behold!

I read somewhere else that “Vista seems to need at least 24 hours of use to get it’s feet under itself.” There is definately something going on under the hood of this OS. It even seems faster and more stable than it did yesterday and I haven’t really done anything to it in regards to performance. Curious…

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Vista daily July 4, 2006

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GAMES: I also tried Wolf:ET (which supposedly doesn’t run) and the True Combat mod for it. As long as game resolution and refresh rate didn’t exceed what I was running on the desktop it seemed pretty fast and stable. Once I jacked refresh rate up I got about 15 minutes out of the game before it crashed to desktop with a popup about the graphics driver failing and also about it (very quickly) recovering “successfully”. Again this makes me think that much of the gaming problems with Vista is due a lot more to the beta quality of the vid card drivers than Vista itself.

OTHER: I noticed that Vista, while it at least knows how to deal with .zip files “out of the box” is VERY slow on larger files. I unzipped a local archive of maps for TCE, approx. 500MB and was told initially that it would take 1 DAY and 16 HOURS to complete! Real time it finished just under 40 minutes but something isn’t anywhere close to snuff here. Haven’t tried any second party zip programs yet.

File transfers both from remote shares as well as my second (XP Pro) harddrive went smooth and fast.

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Vista and BF2 July 4, 2006

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Ok, have BF2 loaded and patched and it IS playable… Had to take care of a punkbuster problem but no biggy.

Playable yes, on par with XP, nada! Forget about any antialiasing, at least with my nvidia card, and when I tried to get the game to run at a higher refresh rate than my desktop it crashed to desktop and reset all my vid settings (in the game)! Performance is also noticably poorer.

On the flip side I’m sure much of this has to do with the beta state of the nvidia drivers too. Will be nice to see how they improve over time but for now I think I’ll do my serious gaming in XP or linux! 😉

Anyone got ATI performance reports with Vista + BF2?

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Vista and remote shares July 4, 2006

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Ok, here is a quirky one for you… My first install “saw” the other four machines on my LAN “out of the box”, without a hiccup. This new install, without configuring anything differently sees NONE OF THEM!

 Nothing I’ve tried makes them show up!Here is the quirky bit… I know the host name of my machines and the names of the shares… This new install, even though I can’t see the machines, WILL let me mount remote shares! example: //BIGGUN9/files works perfectly.

What’s up with that?!?!

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