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Problem with *nix

There is a problem with *nix. It is manifest in the book "Unix in a nutshell"
I was perusing the book shelf of a co-worker early this week when I stumbled onto the book "Unix in a nutshell". I was rather excited and borrowed the book. It contains so much in… http://hstuff.net/blog/problem-nix/

Windows 8 review

Testing Windows 8 has led to some interesting results.
I have been using MS Windows 8 on my work laptop for about 2 months now. Prior to testing I had read many reviews and had a somewhat biased opinion against it. For the sake of ope… http://hstuff.net/blog/windows-8-review/

24-hr Clock Widget

I have searched for a good 24-hr desktop clock gadget. However, I have not found any that are just the way I like.
I like things the way I like them. I won't apologize for my tastes and make no excuse for them either. I like GNU/Linux, I like satellites and space exploration, I like walking in… http://hstuff.net/blog/24-hr-clock-widget/

My Browser Goes to Eleven

I have been using the Opera web browser for over a year. It has many features that I like in a browser. If I recall correctly, it was the first browser to start using tabs, grouping tabs, a minimal bar, private browsing and speed dial. In other words, it …
I have been using the Opera web browser for over a year. It has many features that I like in a browser. If I recall correctly, it was the first browser to start using tabs, groupi… http://hstuff.net/blog/browser-eleven/

Red Hat 6

I waited a long time for Red Hat to release it's version 6. I have been a Red Hat user on and off for a long time. Yes, I mean Red Hat and not Fedora. I had access to it via my employer. I had 5.2, then .3, etc on a dual boot machine with the dasturdly bu…
I waited a long time for Red Hat to release it's version 6. I have been a Red Hat user on and off for a long time. Yes, I mean Red Hat and not Fedora. I had access to it via my em… http://hstuff.net/blog/red-hat-6/

The Cloud

DropBox, Mozy, Carbonite, the cloud vs SpiderOak. What does Spider Oak have that the other guys don't have? User side encryption as well as true cross platform GUI's.
There is a large movement by companies like Apple, MS, Google, DropBox etc, etc to push users to move their files to "the cloud". They claim that this is an excellent idea; you ca… http://hstuff.net/blog/the-cloud/

Fall of a titan

I do not like Skype; I never have and never will. I was introduced to Skype some years ago (early 2005) by a friend who insisted that it was pronounced like "skippy". I tried unsuccessfully to convince him otherwise. I thought it was interesting technolo…
I do not like Skype; I never have and never will. I was introduced to Skype some years ago (early 2005) by a friend who insisted that it was pronounced like "skippy". I tried u… http://hstuff.net/blog/fall-of-a-titan/

Concrete5 vs ModX

I have made a switch to using Concrete5 instead of ModX as the content management behind this website. First, I have no affiliation (nor stock) with either, so my opinion is not pulled one way or the other from pressures unseen to you. I found that the dr…
I have made a switch to using Concrete5 instead of ModX as the content management behind this website. First, I have no affiliation (nor stock) with either, so my opinion is not p… http://hstuff.net/blog/concrete5-vs-modx/

Speedcrunch

I like math. I also like to use calculators; I don't mean for stuff like adding a few entries in my checkbook. I like entering in polynomials and other such fun equations into calculators. The fastest method is using reverse polish notation. That is reall…
I like math. I also like to use calculators; I don't mean for stuff like adding a few entries in my checkbook. I like entering in polynomials and other such fun equations into cal… http://hstuff.net/blog/speedcrunch/

MacPup

I have been trying to get a Linux distrobution to run from a USB thumb drive. I tried ArchLinux and it worked but not terribly well. I would most like to run the enlightenment desktop E17. I ran into MacPup which is a spin off of puppy linux which runs…
I have been trying to get a Linux distrobution to run from a USB thumb drive. I tried ArchLinux and it worked but not terribly well. I would most like to run the enlightenment d… http://hstuff.net/blog/macpup/

Knoppix

Ocassionally, I have need to fix a computer from various maladies (aka bugs). In my toolbox of tricks is the Knoppix CD. This is a Linux distrobution that boots and runs entirely from CD. It has a nice resource of tools such as a root terminal, gparted…
Ocassionally, I have need to fix a computer from various maladies (aka bugs). In my toolbox of tricks is the Knoppix CD. This is a Linux distrobution that boots and runs entirel… http://hstuff.net/blog/knoppix/

Arch on USB stick

Another distro I like to use is ArchLinux. It is a rolling release distro that used to have very good package checking. That dropped off for a while and so I did not keep up with it. I wanted to try it again so downloaded the most recent snap shot ISO …
Another distro I like to use is ArchLinux. It is a rolling release distro that used to have very good package checking. That dropped off for a while and so I did not keep up wit… http://hstuff.net/blog/arch-on-usb-stick/

Command Line

I grew up with DOS and in college learned the unix command line on an old VAX system. Consequently, I am a Huge fan of the command line. Anything that can be done at all in GNU/Linux can be done from the command line. It is also usually faster than usi…
I grew up with DOS and in college learned the unix command line on an old VAX system. Consequently, I am a Huge fan of the command line. Anything that can be done at all in GNU/… http://hstuff.net/blog/command-line/

Freedom

I like the idea of Linux, Open Source everything and the GNU license. I guess that is because, at least in part, it is free. It is not free as in a free gift but rather free as in freedom. In other words, it is something we all need to work on. In orde…
I like the idea of Linux, Open Source everything and the GNU license. I guess that is because, at least in part, it is free. It is not free as in a free gift but rather free as … http://hstuff.net/blog/freedom/

Operating Systems

I often use free, open source software. I like the idea of contributing to society and helping each other. Plus, I do not like paying for something that is freely available. One example of this is the computer operating systems. On any given computer t…
I often use free, open source software. I like the idea of contributing to society and helping each other. Plus, I do not like paying for something that is freely available. One… http://hstuff.net/blog/operating-systems/

Windows 7 upgrade, part 4

I have been stalled for some time in my progress in upgrading my wife's HP laptop to MS Windows 7. I received an error during the upgrade and MS Windows Vista shut it down. I figured I would just have to re-install Vista and perform the upgrade on a f…
I have been stalled for some time in my progress in upgrading my wife's HP laptop to MS Windows 7. I received an error during the upgrade and MS Windows Vista shut it down. I… http://hstuff.net/blog/windows-7-upgrade-part-4/

Windows 7 upgrade, part 3

As I proceeded in the process of upgrading my MS Vista to MS 7, the upgrade disk said it would copy nearly 4 GB of data to my system. After having copied more than 2.3 GB of the data an error message popped up and said something to the effect that the …
As I proceeded in the process of upgrading my MS Vista to MS 7, the upgrade disk said it would copy nearly 4 GB of data to my system. After having copied more than 2.3 GB of the… http://hstuff.net/blog/windows-7-upgrade-part-3/

Windows 7 upgrade, part 1

As I mentioned previously, I bought an HP laptop for wife. It came with MS Windows Vista Home Premium Edition and an option to mail in and request a free upgrade to MS Windows 7. I was not excited about the Microsoft operating system nor the upgrade bu…
As I mentioned previously, I bought an HP laptop for wife. It came with MS Windows Vista Home Premium Edition and an option to mail in and request a free upgrade to MS Windows 7… http://hstuff.net/blog/windows-7-upgrade-part-1/

Windows 7 upgrade, part 2

In my blog entry Windows7 upgrade, Part1, I started the process to upgrade to MS Windows 7 by running the manufactures compatibility disk and then starting the upgrade disk. After about 10 minutes the upgrade disk popped up a status report in which i…
In my blog entry Windows7 upgrade, Part1, I started the process to upgrade to MS Windows 7 by running the manufactures compatibility disk and then starting the upgrade disk. … http://hstuff.net/blog/windows-7-upgrade-part-2/

Windows 7 upgrade

I bought a laptop for my wife, for her birthday. We got it online through Costco.com and it came with MS Vista and an optionl to get a free upgrade to MS Windows 7, Once it came out. I submitted the appropriate paperwork (similar to a rebate) to the ma…
I bought a laptop for my wife, for her birthday. We got it online through Costco.com and it came with MS Vista and an optionl to get a free upgrade to MS Windows 7, once it came… http://hstuff.net/blog/windows-7-upgrade/