Merry Christmas

Dear Readers,
I had a great Christmas. Did you? I received the motherboard for my computer build. It came with all accessories needed: Cables, Manual, drivers and more. It is a Matx form factor motherboard with 4 ddr2 memory slots. I also got XP home so I can install it on the computer when I get all the parts.

Poll Results

Adventures in Technology:
How do you Shop?

2 (100%)


1 (50%)


0 (0%)

Favorite Linux

2 (66%)
1 (33%)
0 (0%)
0 (0%)
Never tried one but I'd like to
1 (33%)
Never tried one and won't
0 (0%)
Whats a Linux?
0 (0%)
Ive tried some and would like to try more!
1 (33%)

Configuring Xubuntu- ANTHY

On low memory machines Configuring Xubuntu always gets stuck on Configuring Anthy. I found an excellent solution on the Ubuntu forums. It is going to have you do a few commands. It worked well for the 3 machines I have put Xubuntu on.
Solution as Follows:

"Once stuck at installing anthy, try this,
where xxxxx is the process id that ps gives you
for /usr/bin/mkworddic:

Alt-F2 #switch to a command line console
ps #type command "ps", then
kill -9 xxxxx #type using process id from ps
Alt-F1 #go back to install screen"

Here it is in an easier way,

Push ALT+F2 and type ps
Once you have found a process with Anthy in it type kill -9 xxxxx where xxxxx is the process number ps gave you. (I usually kill anything with Anthy in it)
Push ALT+F1 and if it doesn't say Configuring ANTHY you are successful.

Information Cited- Ubuntu Forums

Thanks to jgaffke.

Iact posts 2nd Half

Iact Post 8

I will be doing 3 or 4 more Iact posts this year. There are 9 days until Christmas. I hope everyone is done their Christmas shopping, as many online store Items are going out of stock. I may do a special on Christmas Eve, See you then.

Iact Post 9

This is the last week before Christmas Eve and Christmas. There are a total of 7 days until Christmas Eve. This is the week to shop for the meal, Yum, Ham for me!

Again be safe with your decorations, your tree, lights, outside, etc. You can never be too careful about these.

Join you again on the 19th, 21st, 23rd, and a wrap up on Christmas Eve. Happy Holidays.

Iact post 10

5 Days till Christmas already and many people still have stuff to do. The best thing to do right now is be prepared for visitors and start wrapping presents If you have them. This is the busiest time of the Christmas season, when you are getting ready for Christmas itself. The only thing to do right now is to be ready and prepared for the big day on the 25th. I have also added a What I'm Doing section so be sure to check that out. Happy Holidays.

Post 11

A little late again, sorry. Now I think that everybody is probably under full stress with the holidays. I found a little Java-built game that is quite fun. It is called Powder.

This game is found at Fun Motion

Also is a fun vocab type quiz, for each word you get right it donates 20 grains of rice through the UN. Yesterday I donated 1600 grains.

Happy Holidays. There are only 2 Iact posts left. Tomorrow and Christmas Eve.

Post 12
Well this is the second to final Iact post. Again, I will post on Christmas Eve if I get a chance, hopefully I will. Everything is truly in full swing now. Happy Holidays.

Post 13
Merry Christmas to everyone, I wish a special Merry Christmas to my tech teacher. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, See you next year, Merry Christmas to All, and to all a good night!

Special Food For Thought

Use bold not CAPS

This is something that is argued about all over the web. If you use caps you are considered to be yelling. Bold is more of a bold statement and I take it as if you are emphasizing yourself. This isn't new, just thought I would post it here too.

iact Posts 1st half

It's almost Christmas time, and often shopping still has to be done. If you plan to shop you'd

better hurry up before all the good stuff you want to get someone is gone. If the stuff is gone

there are alternatives such as shopping online. Sometimes when you shop online you will save so

much that you wont care about the shipping, or its so expensive that you must watch your

budget. Either way you should always do your research, if something is expensive at your

favorite place and another place has it for less, buy it from the place that you're not quite sure

of, but has good reviews, hey, you might make a new favorite place.

--To be continued--
(From December 1st to the 24th this will replace my Food For Thought)

Post 2
--Spread Cheer--
People seem to be happier during the holidays. It sometimes seems easier to cheer people up. If you want to spread the cheer, the holidays is a good, and seems somewhat easy way to do it.

--More on shopping & Shipping--
Online shopping can be easy as two clicks, and the shipping can take forever. Or sometimes you might be getting something that says please wait 6 to 10 weeks for it to arrive and it is on your doorstep or your mailbox within a week.
If your site provides reviews, read them. The reviews are there for a reason, a note to a consumer to a possible future consumer.

--To be continued--
Check out the new poll running from now until Christmas Eve on how you shop.

Iact post 3

Cleaning is a common thing to do around Christmas time. If you have a real tree, pine needles are something you might want to keep off the floor. The biggest thing is getting ready for the guy in the red coat to come. You definitely want your house to be clean for that.

Iact Post 4

Visitors are another common thing around Christmas time. This is another part where cleaning comes into contact so you don't feel embarrassed about how you house looks. Visitors can be a nice thing or a not to great thing during the holidays. It all depends if you have lots of work to get done. It is always nice seeing people around the holidays. It kind of cheers you up.

Iact Post 5

Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!
Yes t'is the time to bring trees into our houses. We light them up and hang decorations. You always hate it when your favorite and heaviest decoration droops on a weak branch. There are lots of dangers though so make sure
  1. Your tree is moist and has plenty of water
  2. The stand will stay tight and wont let the tree fall.
  3. Your heavy decoration wont hit the dog in the head when a branch snaps.
  4. The lights are bright and shiny and all function correctly
3 and 4 were somewhat jokes. Just play it safe with a Christmas tree. They catch fire and burn fast if they are dry.

Post 6

Christmas Lights

These are a popular thing, around Christmas time, everyone loves them. Green, Red, White, Blue, you name it, it might be a color of a Christmas light. Here are some tips for the lights

  • Check the strings of lights before you put them up.
  • Find a way for wires to be hidden or not seen by animals and children
  • Never overload outlets. If you need use a power strip.
  • Old Extension cords can be dangerous.
  • Always watch the tree when lit. It is possible for a fire. Click the Tree
These are some tips for X-mas lights. I will be back on Thursday for Iact post 7.

Post 7
Iact 7
Wow, December is flying by to me. Time is always an issue towards Christmas, when is that package and will I have time to wrap it. Everything is tense around the holidays, but do your best to relax, and worry less than normally.

Food For Thought- 11/26/07 - Fixing up a Dell

I hear a lot of people have problems with dell computers, as in the computer is fine this minute but then seems to go into a hibernation state often with an amber power light to accompany it. There is no way to turn the computer off in this state, however long you hold the button. Yes you can pull the plug as that is the only way it seems to respond to anything. And what is stranger, the mysterious halt to the computer, or how many different solutions there are...

My Situation, When plugged in the Hard Disk Drive Light shows sometimes and most times the CD Light shows, as if it wants to boot from CD. Yesterday I read about a suggestion to unplug all drives from the motherboard and power, and remove all expansion cards except the video card and try to boot the computer.

The first initial tests were filled with almost a trial and error kind of testing. Unplug x... plug in the computer... no change other than x did this or that.

The farthest I succeded was the computer completing POST (Power On Self Test) and giving me a memory (reseat the memory or something) error with the diagnostic lights on the back of the motherboard.

--To be continued --

Food For Thought- 11/19/07

Today, I think I will share what my system configuration will be once I get the parts. I will have the following

Motherboard- ASRock ALiveNF6G-VSTA
or Here- from newegg

Processor- AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 2.2GHz Processor
or AMD Athlon 64 4000+ 2.6GHz Processor

Memory- Corsair ValueSelect Dual Channel 1GB Kit

Combo Optical- Lite-On IDE Combo

Hard Drive- Western Digital 160GB Caviar SATAII

Case And PSU- This Case
and this PSU
I believe this will be a good setup and I will probably over clock my processor a bit. Possibly to 2.4GHz or above. On stock cooling I will probably only go to 2.4 though. All parts are linked to the site. Newegg is also in my favorite links list.

Checking out Ubuntu in a Live CD

This article is subject to change.

At my first glimpse Ubuntu is an OS that is designed for the default theme to be easy on the eye. Indeed it was and I was welcomed to what I refer to as a 'chocolate' theme. Beryl (Compiz Fusion) was disabled on entering and the eye candy feature needed a restricted driver, a 3d accelerator to work on my PC at it's current configuration.

Ubuntu has a nice, customizable appearance. It was easy for me to change the theme into one custom theme that I found to be pretty cool. I customized the window borders, the buttons, and the icons easily. You can easily do this in the menu by going to System, then Preferences, and click on appearance. No wonder Ubuntu Is one of the most popular OS's for enthusiasts and beginners. It automatically detected my wired internet connection, and after that it was a breeze through, I give, at first glimpse a 4 out of 5. I reduced 1 star only for the painfully slow boot up time for the live CD.

Beryl with Linux

Beryl is a desktop effects engine, kind of similar to Windows Vista's AERO. When people think of Beryl, (now called Compiz Fusion) if they are familiar with the newer versions of Linux, they think of the little cube you can turn for multiple desktops. I have heard that the engine, has to have a higher end graphics card to be able to run efficiently and be enjoyable. I have also heard that the feature doesn't have specific requirements. I'd like to find out, what does the cube take? I believe that Ubuntu 7.10 has the engine built in. Hmm, interesting. Here is a little video demonstrating some of the effects.

Xubuntu Linux Terminal Notice

In Xubuntu 7.04 there is an issue where if you use the included Terminal Application. The Included application seems to crash your computer and brings you back to the login screen. I know this happens with 7.04 with 64MB of RAM. I would like guests to comment and maybe confirm that is crashes any time.

Food For Thought- 11/12/07

I've seen some distributions of Linux, and I have to say I liked Fedora Core 6 best. Well, I should say K12LTSP as it is the actual distribution and it is based off FC6. I have seen Ubuntu, the regular version, and the distribution Xubuntu, designed to run on older machines with less than 128 Megabytes of RAM. The distribution CD, that you have to use on Machines with less than 128MB of RAM is not graphical, Text mode only. The Menu's are easy to navigate, but seem Limited, and the install enters "Low Memory Mode" on machines with 64MB of Ram. The Low memory mode forces the installation to proceed in the English Language and that may be inconvenient for some countries that speak another language. When I installed it on a machine with 96MB of Ram the Install did not go in Low Memory mode and allowed me to select the language I speak, English. When you get it installed you are welcomed with a nice log in screen, asking you for the User name and password you supplied during installation. Note: From this screen it is impossible to log in as the Root user. The user you created will have Administrative privileges and you may create more users and you can also, I believe do anything the root can do. With what I have tested so far I believe Xubuntu has a good background and it works quite well. This Distribution, based off Ubuntu seems to work well. Xubuntu is available at