Friday, July 22, 2011

The Family's First Television

'One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.'

When Neil Armstrong said those famous words, the whole world was literally watching. I was only discovering this magical mesmerizing box of light and images. I was a boy of three and I had to ask mother's permission to go to a neighbor's home to watch the first man on the moon. The world's love affair with the television has begun long before this though. But no other event pushed this electronic device out to the masses like the moon landing.

My family got our own television set two weeks after the global event. I like to think we got the television because father saw the potential of the technology but mother will later tease us that he was just anticipating a boxing match by Gabriel 'flash' Elorde. ( I very much doubt this.*smile*) It doesn't matter which event I should thank. I got Sesame Street when I was five. I watched The Twilight Zone and Star Trek when I was ten.

Our first television was a Zenith. Very much like the one advertised below.


P.S. Ours wasn't in color.

Finalists for the Stirling Price [Photos]

These are very beautiful designs of buildings from the best of modern architecture. These are not surprisingly finalists for the Stirling Price.

1. The Royal Shakespeare Theater
2. Evelyn Grace Academy
3. Olympic Velodrome at Olympic Park, London (London Olympics)
4. Crushed Glass Museum in the Ruhr industrial region, Germany
5. An Gaelaras Cultural Centre
6. Angel Building (office block)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I Love Ubuntu

It's easy to forget that what you have in your hands is the best operating system in the world. I've been using Linux since 2005 and I've been following the slow march of the penguin since. I am not a linux zealot. I don't go around trying to convert windows users to linux. I have a few friends I have introduced to this operating system and they also continue to use it everyday.

The latest wonder for me started when Updates offered an upgrade to a new kernel. The kernel is the core of the linux operating system. I accepted. Afterwards, I thought that such an important change to the system should have repercussions. And it does. After downloading the kernel it prompted for a reboot to complete the installation. Reboots are uncommon in the linux update world.

When GDM showed up I knew I have a problem with the graphics. Somehow the kernel update broke my Nvidia drivers bindings. Make sense. New kernel needs new instructions to the graphics drivers. When the new kernel could not find it, it went for the fall back, which is Nouveu, I think. So what I need to do is confirm this and grab the appropriate Nvidia graphics drivers, install them. These would need an entirely new how-to post in my mind but in Ubuntu.

I opened 'Additional Hardware Drivers' and it shows I don't have the recommended Nvidia driver version. I clicked a button to grab the right version for my card and just gave it privileges to do the installation itself. After 2 minutes it asks permission for a reboot and I did.

The next thing I saw is the 3D desktop I am familiar with. So all in all that's 15 minutes to change the core of my operating system plus an unfamiliar tangle with my Nvidia drivers. This is the reason why I love Ubuntu.

Update Gnucash 2.6.16 --> 2.6.18

It's a long road to this update. It isn't a normal update at all. I had to manually compile goffice0.8 and webkitgtk as well as gnu...