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Arch Linux

So in my last post I said that I would be using BSD as my OS of choice, and it turns out that it wasn’t to be.  I tried serveral different BSD distros without any luck, some install but I could not configure my network no matter how hard I tried, and others wouldn’t even boot.  So, after this unexpected failure, I decided to try another flavor of linux, namely Arch Linux.  This distro is optimized for 64 processors, and doesn’t even have a 32-bit version.  It is said to be very light-weight, and hides nothing from the user, having all the system processes transparent.  I think of myself as a bit of a poweruser, so I figured I could handle it.  So I downloaded the .iso, burned it on 1x speed so my optical drive didn’t screw me over at the vital step, and the rebooted and started the install process.  It wasn’t a difficult process, and after about 30-40 minutes I had an Arch Linux system installed.  Since this is a very customizable distro, it comes without a gui, leaving the user a choice of which desktop environment/window manager they wish to use (if any).

I did expect this, as while I was downloading the .iso, I started to read the documentation.  Arch Linux is VERY well documented, with a wiki and a few noobie starter guides, telling you exactly what to do, and some common tasks once you have a system installed.  Here is where I hit a few problems.

I’m not completely lost without a gui, but I’m no expert, being born after computers had had guis for a while gave me a bit of a handicap to overcome, but having a bit of experience with linux I did know my way around the command line.  One of the first steps they recommend doing after finishing your install is:

#pacman -Syu

This gave me a bit of troube, I got an error saying something about a resolving error.  Again, I checked my noobie install guide (I’d printed it out before I started, just in case) and also made sure I could ping my router.  I couldn’t and had to edit my /etc/rc.conf file, because my router’s IP is, instead of the default  I changed that, and uncommented the gateway part, and tried to ping my router.  This time I found that I could, but I could not ping anything without an IP address, I could ping google’s IP, but wouldn’t resolve to anything.

I then remembered that I had set my router to be using OpenDNS, and put their DNS servers into my /etc/hosts file.  Finally, I could install packages and ping websites using their domain names.  I only had one remaining problem, downloading packages took forever, averaging about 50 Kbps, and I have a T1 connection.  I checked the excellent Arch Linux documentation, and found on the forums that the default mirror had been throttled >.<

Finally after commenting all the slow mirrors using trial and error, I found one that worked well for me.

Now I could install my gui following the noobie guide instructions 😀

This post was made on my new Arch Linux system, and I’m using KDE flawlessly.


World of Warcraft Arena Season 4

World of Warcraft

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I’ve been waiting for this to happen, and it finally has.  WoW’s season 4 arena gear is out this tuesday.  This also means that season 2 gear is now available for honor.  So anyone thinking about buying a welfare epic soon, it would be best for you to wait until tuesday.

Apparently, the new season 4 armors looks are a bit lackluster, but that’s not really the point of the armor anyway.  The stats are where it all is.  I heard that all sets of the same type will look the same, I.E. all clothies will look the same, rogues and druids will look the same, shamans and hunters will look the same, and paladins and warriors will all look the same.

I don’t think that this was the greatest idea on Blizzard’s part, but I think they are probably focusing more effort towards the new expansion, WotLK.

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Anime Alert: Serial Experiments Lain

ABe imagined Lain cutting her own hair and making a ponytail of what was left.

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I was just browsing the internet when I came upon a 13-episode anime called “Serial Experiments Lain“. It is a very deep anime, with much more under the surface than explained outright. I guess it would be classified as a cyberpunk anime, with elements of horror.

Serial Experiments Lain involves a middle school student named Lain Iwakura, the main protagonist of the series. The general plot is VERY hard to describe, as it requires watching and re-watching to fully understand.

The series starts out with one of Lain’s classmates committing suicide after finding that she could move her consciousness to “the wired”, a hyper-advanced form of the internet today. Some of Lain’s other classmates start to receive email from the dead girl, thinking it is a mean prank by someone. Lain’s curiosity is piqued, and she logs on to her “Navi”, which is pretty much a PC. She hasn’t used it in a while, and isn’t very interested in “the wired”, or computers in general. She checks her email and finds that she also has an email from the dead classmate. Lain opens it and the girl talks to her through the email, saying that Lain should join her in the wired, stating that she found a god in it.

I’m not going to ruin the series for you, but this is a very good anime for anyone who likes to philosophize, or just likes a good cyberpunk/horror anime.

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Update On My Twitter Views

A tag cloud with terms related to Web 2.Image via Wikipedia

Ok, I’ve recently given Twitter another shot.  I found that it IS a cool service, even if I think it isn’t the newest innovation to come about since “Web 2.0” became a buzzword for all the techies.  I actually like that I can see what my friends are doing whenever, even if it is as meaningless as what they had for dinner, or what t.v. show they’re watching.  It’s a kinda nice idea, I have to admit.  It would be better if I had more followers, or people to follow 😀

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Google Assists In Arrest Of Indian Man

Wow………What have we come to now?  Google has helped arrest a man from India who posted something vulgar about an Indian politician or god………different sources say one or the other…..but anyway, FREEDOM OF SPEECH??????
What happened to google’s motto: “Do no evil”?
Here’s the article on slashdot:

An anonymous reader writes “After a Google user posted a profane picture of the Hindu saint Shivaji, Indian authorities contacted Google to ask for his IP address. Google complied. He was arrested and is reported to have been beaten by a lathi and asked to use the same bowl to eat and to use in the toilet. Not surprisingly, Google is a keen to play this down as Yahoo is being hauled over the coals by US Congress for handing over an IP addresses and emails to the Chinese Government which resulted in a Chinese democracy activist being jailed.” Readers are noting that these are 2 unrelated cases — the latter is several months old.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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New Blender Release!

Diagram of an engine created by Wapcaplet in Blender.Image via Wikipedia

Finally, the new Blender 2.46 has been released.

Get it here.

Flock:Firefox has Forked

I know I’m a little behind the curve on this one, but I recently discovered that my favorite web browser firefox had been forked. For those of you who don’t know what that means, forking is when an open-source program is modified enough to be called it’s own new program.

Firefox’s new fork is called Flock It is definately part of the new “Web 2.0” everyone is talking about, because it is a social browser. That means that it has features from a lot of the newest and greatest Web 2.0 apps built right into it. For example, I can be on Myspace, Facebook, Flickr, Youtube, Twitter, (even though I still find it to be an odd service) and many others.

Using Flock is really like experiencing Firefox for the first time, after a lifetime of using IE; a breath of fresh air. It integrates email, social networking, social bookmarks, the stability and speed of Firefox, and it is cross-platform.

Give it a try, you might like it 😀

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