Friday, December 21, 2012

Three months into using Ubuntu 12.10 and Arch Linux in a dual boot set up, I have the pleasure to say that it has been a happy co-existence. I've always been partial to Ubuntu, and after using it for 6 years now I can be forgiven. It has not disappointed me despite the changes in recent years. Now that changing operating systems is just an arrow key away in the grub page, I believe I've been spending considerable time in front of my computer using Arch instead. This light Linux distribution is fast and feels unhampered by added scripts. Indeed even with GNOME on top, the keyboard and mouse works without the nanosecond of waiting for a response.

Arch
 I have Linux kernel 3.6.x-x and GNOME 3.6. I have just upgraded my hardware with a recent purchase of an Intel 40 GB SSD to accompany my 1 TB SATA drive. I have a 2 GB RAM and a 2 GB swap partition.

Ubuntu
Ubuntu 12.10 comes with kernel 3.5.x and a GNOME3 base. I prefer to use whatever default packages my choice of distribution is offering. In 12.10 unity is version 6.10.

Ubuntu and Arch share the Intel SSD equally but I installed GRUB in Ubuntu as I consider myself more skilled in Ubuntu/Debian than in Arch.  I also take into account the fact that Arch is a rolling distro and is more likely to upgrade kernels or break after an update. So far I don't have to worry about it though.

Former SeaWorld trainer reaches out to girl bitten by dolphin

I really would like an impartial study on animals in captivity especially marine mammals. Our need to be as close to animals as much possible must be balanced with the issues raised by Samantha Berg here.

 
 

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Jillian Thomas was feeding a dolphin at SeaWorld Orlando when it partially launched out of the water and grabbed the girl's hand. Now a former SeaWorld trainer is reaching out to the 8-year-old.

 
 

Things you can do from here:

 
 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Hi Reese

Since I last talk to you Mom and Imee talked on the phone. Maybe it's the season or maybe she knows that she's coming home soon, so she's giving instructions to her. I have been reporting regularly about the situation here and about the tenants. so she knows well enough to make some decisions. I get the word from Imee. Today a Meralco man came to disconnect service. Domer promised to pay on Monday the 18th. Domer also promised us that the rent would be paid on the 16th, Sunday. I am expecting that.

I wanted to tell you about Imee volunteering to take care of some people in need in the hospice. She's inquiring how it should be done and what the conditions are. She wanted to practice some of the training she received months ago. Some lonely people, old people in dire need of some assistance are living the remainder of their lives in houses re-dedicated to caring for them. So it's a volunteer job,free food and bed plus allowance.

Roger came home from Bacolod and I told him I have a job for him. Unit R-2 needs some paneling replaced, walls replaced and some cleaning done. I want him to check the drainage again. Roger can also nail up the ceiling. The wood is fine but years of weight took its toll and they need to be tightened down.


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Update: systemd And dnscrypt-proxy

  Last post about dnscrypt-proxy and systemd, I was telling you it doesn't work. It could be that the rc.d script with the dnscrypt-proxy package I downloaded isn't being called. I switched to a full systemd a couple of weeks ago. My interim solution is to use opendns and uncomment the nohook option in /etc/dhcpcd.conf. I'm guessing i should also manually change the servers in /etc/resolv.conf too. Or maybe just use Network Manager graphical input the opendns servers. I ended doing both.

So it works. I'm now using opendns and not my ISP's dns. You won't believe how much my ISP's dns block. Torrent sites, porn sites. Twitter and Facebook is sooo slooow.

I am an Arch Linux user and GNOME is my desktop. Just in case you were wondering.


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