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[#] Thu Sep 03 2009 23:20:38 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm using modconf to configure the modules to be loaded in debian. nice

curses frontend.

Ok, I loaded it up, and it looks useful. So does that mean that if I want to change my boot device to use a different scsi driver, I need to run modconf, put the correct driver in, and then mkinitrd?

[#] Fri Sep 04 2009 02:31:50 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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ya know, I'm one of those not using vanilla kernels. I don't like initrd's, my kernel has the needed-for-boot stuff inside as I put it inside.



[#] Fri Sep 04 2009 02:32:47 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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habard, probably k3b will bring something and hide the commandline tools behind the scenes.

k3b kicks ass.



[#] Fri Sep 04 2009 12:14:59 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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My experience with ubuntu is that it does everything it needs to on every boot.
YMMV of course, but I just did the big switchover.
I was able to connect to the office vpn and remote desktop in a vm in my new ubuntu install on my new machine, so it's now my new machine.
I'm impressed how well it did when I plugged everything in like second monitor and bluetooth and stuff.
thunderbird choked the first time I set it up, it downloaded all my mail then deleted it. hmmm...
And the video driver couldn't parse and therefore save my two monitor setup, so I have a feeling I'll have to do that on every boot....
But it's just nauseatingly fast. It's really not sane.

[#] Fri Sep 04 2009 12:16:27 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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one weird thing. I can't seem to add applets to my add-applet gnome thing.
I synaptic install it, and then go add applet and it's not there.
How on earth to I make that go?

[#] Fri Sep 04 2009 13:34:07 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I gotta say, I like this new machine....

[#] Fri Sep 04 2009 14:35:12 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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This is insane.
I'm backing up my other linux box to this one, running w2k in a vm for work so I can do some work, installing xp in another vm and the machine is practically idle, no swap, and the only thing going is network.
It's insane.
It should be illegal to have this much power on your desk.
People should suffer when using computers, I have been for 20 years, why not everybody else.

[#] Wed Sep 09 2009 14:38:02 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Today I learned that picasa for linux is actually running on wine.
But it works, so, good enough. yay wine
Of course it doesn't recognize my camera exactly, and it won't write to my network drive when I finally figure out how to get it to find the camera's pictures. But progress all the same.
I just got my treo to sync with my XP vm, via bluetooth, can't get it to work on the cable yet, but still working on that.
Next... pandora.

[#] Wed Sep 09 2009 17:26:49 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Okay, so I have almost everything working. I can scan and print and play music.
Still fighting with the treo stuff, but I'm making progress.
But I have 2 fun questions for you guys.
linux has a system beep, it actually beeps the computer's speaker a la bootup when I make an error.
I want to turn that off. How? It does it in lots of applications, so it's not just a terminal thing.
And every once in a while something goes "doo doo doo" in descening pitch, then a few seconds later, in the reverse order.
As if something was disconnecting then reconnecting.
It's not in the sound options, so what the hell is it? nothing in syslog either.

[#] Wed Sep 09 2009 21:20:34 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Ha found it. or at leasty the pkspkr one, it's a module, you unload it, it stops.
Can't find the doo doo doo one though.

[#] Wed Sep 09 2009 22:32:58 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Doo doo doo sounds like Pidgin. When a buddy signs out it plays the descending tones; when a buddy signs in it plays the ascending tones. You can change that in Pidgin's preferences if you want to, of course.

[#] Thu Sep 10 2009 14:25:56 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Brillaint. That makes sense. It happens without me doing anything. I just didn't know where to look there's so much ....STUFF.... running

[#] Thu Sep 10 2009 17:13:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I actually find those tones quite comforting when it's late at night and there's not much other noise around. It gives the sense that my friends are also out there, quietly milling about on the Internet.

[#] Fri Sep 11 2009 17:28:09 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Most noises tend to be annoying, google's gtalk noise is irritating, the pidgin one is nice, but if you hear these beeps and boops but you don't know where they're coming from, it's a little disconcerting. Obviously some application is trying to alert you to something, but WHAT?!?!?
I rebooted my machine to install a dvd burner moved over from my old machine and to see if it recognized it, I booted into the bios setup program.
Then the machine starts making a light beep every 5-6 seconds or so.
No idea why, or what it was for. My fear is what happened once a few years ago, the bios was sounding an alarm ( a lot like a police siren) apparently I found out later to tell me the chip was overheating. The machine died soon after.
so now anytime I hear an unknown sound, I worry about it.
I do so loves my new machine.
I got my palm to sync to it today. I burned my first CD, came out bad. Did it again bad again... hmmm...
But the machine didn't blink the whole time I was doing it. I LOVE that.

[#] Sat Sep 12 2009 11:30:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Your burned CD's are coming out bad because VMware is talking to the CD drive at the same time as your host system's CD burning software. Unbind the CD drive from your virtual machines after you're done installing the operating systems.

(Yeah, I found that out the hard way too.)

[#] Sun Sep 13 2009 08:35:29 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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blah, that sucks. Thanks for the heads up.

[#] Sun Sep 13 2009 11:42:49 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Never encountered that one because I always install guest OS's from ISO's exposed as virtual drives ;)

[#] Mon Sep 14 2009 07:45:01 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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But I use the linux machine to burn cd's and I had apperntly left the xp vm attached to the CD drive because I was instlaling software. I'm not going to ISOize every CD I own just to install once...

[#] Mon Sep 14 2009 11:21:21 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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When you insert a blank CD, it becomes visible to every VM that binds the drive. They will all try to autoplay or automount the disc, which if you are simultaneously trying to burn that disc, will produce a coaster every time.

In a data center environment I usually start out with the VM bound to a physical drive (for a Windows install) and then unbind it after installation. For a Linux install it's easier just to download the "network install" iso, which tends to be tiny anyway. Then if there is other software to be installed from CD later, I mount the disc at my desktop and share it back to the server over a Terminal Services connection (again, that's on the Windows side; on Linux there's usually far less physical media to deal with).

For a purely desktop oriented virtual environment ... if you find that binding and unbinding the drive is too much of a hassle, you might consider putting a second drive in the machine. Grab an old read-only drive from the pile and install it in the box, and use that as the drive you bind to your virtual machines.

[#] Mon Sep 14 2009 12:46:21 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Sep 14 2009 7:45am from Ford II @uncnsrd
But I use the linux machine to burn cd's and I had apperntly left the

xp vm attached to the CD drive because I was instlaling software. I'm

not going to ISOize every CD I own just to install once...

Not a problem if you warez everything to begin with so everything is iso's. ;) j/k

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