Monday, September 16, 2013

Re Installing Ubuntu 13.04

Keeping a copy of Ubuntu 13.04 on my USB stick saved me some major headache. I was playing with a lot of PPA's for the latest GNOME packages and some third party themes. I kind of went over the line and can't find my way back. I decided to just re-install Ubuntu. I remember that I downloaded 13.04 last April 2013 and saved it in a USB stick I kept for situations like this one.

My first thought was I'm going to spend my whole weekend now and more. Then I went and start GNOME terminal to survey my partitions.

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.

# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
/               ext4    errors=remoun$

# /home was on /dev/sda2 during installation
/home           ext4    defaults     $

# /home/donato/Downloads was on /dev/sdb1 during installation
/home/donato/Downloads ext4    defaul$

# /home/donato/Music was on /dev/sdb2 during installation
/home/donato/Music ext4    defaults  $

# /home/donato/videos was on /dev/sdb3 during installation
/home/donato/Videos ext4    defaults $

# swap was on /dev/sda3 during installation

/dev/fd0        /media/floppy0  auto    rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0       0

I'm happy that the Ubuntu installer GUI makes this task very easy enough. I don't have to touch my data. Just the operating system files and directories located in / root. Translation: that's the "something else" option in the installer process.

The rest of my partitions have to be detected and mounted automatically on boot. So you have to explicitly type the mount points for each of your partitions. The /etc/fstab file above tells Ubuntu all my partitions and where to mount them. The fstab file is generated by the installer from the information you type during this part of the install process.

With my modest Internet connection (1 MB) I was prompted to restart after 1 hour and 50 minutes. I restarted the computer. I have my Ubuntu 13.04 Unity desktop, flash and I can play music (mp3,flac). I can watch Youtube right off.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Black colored Background, Can't Change Wallpaper- September 11 2013- Reese

Hi Reese

After downloading 831 MB of Saucy Salamander, I booted to the familiar lightgdm log in screen. I was tempted to check the Gnome side of my installation. I gave it my password. I got this.

This is Ubuntu "saucy salamander" Unity. It's a black colored background which isn't my default colored background. I attempted to use Appearance to activate some wallpapers but it doesn't work. The wallpapers are installed but they don't show up.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Upgrading From Ubuntu 13.04 to Saucy Salamander

Hi Reese

Now that the beta release is upon us, it's time to reconsider downloading and installing the developmental version of Ubuntu which is now "saucy salamander". This will become Ubuntu 13.10 on October 17th 2013.

I decided to use the terminal. I googled the how to and I don't think the gui method works now.

My terminal started properly. With my internet connection speed, It would take more than an hour to download 831 MB of image.

So see you on the other side.

500K emails In Six Years-Reese-S102013

Hi Reese

Just wrote you about this milestone in my use of email. I have 500,000 emails and counting since I started using Yahoo and Gmail around 2003 for Yahoo and 2006 for Gmail.

Emails despite its age, still command respect because it is ubiquitous and cheap and easy to maintain and set up. Nobody has come up with a better idea. We could be using it still after 10 years. That's eternity in tech. Like saying forty days and forty nights or somethin'.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

My Review of The Shining

I first saw the film when a couple of college classmates got a video tape copy.The Shining was my first Stanley Kubrick film. It stars Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. The boy who has the ability to see things is played by Danny Lloyd. The family is spending the winter in a remote hotel up in the mountains as caretakers. Jack Torrence the father, accepted a job to baby sit a hotel while it's closed for the winter months. It was explained to him that a former employee committed suicide doing the same job.

Danny Torrence the boy, could sense danger. He has an imaginary friend named Tony who speaks out when he is stressed. The title of the film is a euphemism of his power to understand danger and to put light on dark and mysterious images.

My father used to call me Danny boy as soon as he gets home from work. Jack Torrence chased Danny with an axe in the movie while calling him Danny boy. I was watching this scene with a smile on my face that's why for the rest of the second semester that year, I'm Mr. Creepy.

My father used to call me Danny boy as soon as he gets home from work. 
Jack Nicholson made Jack Torrence the icon of deranged fathers for his performance here.

Other strange things in the story are the twins, the naked woman in the bathroom and the rushing wave of blood in the hallway.

The Overlook Hotel claims Jack as a  special customer.