A Random Pattern

August 21, 2006

Update your subscriptions or bookmarks. I’ve moved!

Filed under: blogging,personal — randomstep @ 9:29 am

This will be the last time I do this to you! I’ve moved web homes to a more permanent location. If you’re subscribed, I may figure out a way to automatically move the feed, but in the meantime you’ll miss a lot of content. So if you want, just hop over and subscribe. Or here’s the address for the feed.

August 12, 2006

Update on past week, new web home (finally!)

Filed under: blogging,computers,linux,personal — randomstep @ 5:12 pm

I haven’t posted much this week, but a lot’s happened in the background. Here’s a quick summary, and you can expect me to return to a more normal posting schedule.

The Ubuntu box is back up – I ran a memory test, then rebooted a few times and it started up fine. During the memory test I discovered my RAM is bad, so that’s probably the reason for all the startup issues with that computer.

I also had a little trouble getting Remote Desktop working again, until I remembered to check my configuration for Firestarter (the firewall). Sure enough, I had momentarily lost power, so my laptop had a new IP address. I learned how to allow access to a whole range of IP’s through firestarter’s help site (though it was a little hard to understand). Here’s the short version: IP address/netmask. So if you want everything on 192.168.0.x to have access, add 192.168.0.1/255.255.255.0 to Firestarter’s “allow” list.

The frequent (brief) losses of power here probably don’t help any of my computers, so time to look into a UPS. Any recommendations for home use?

Today I finally got my own domain: ransomedhome.com. It’s a little raw right now, but I’ll be cleaning it up over the next few weeks, and moving everything there. In fact, I’m already importing my posts from here, and this may be my last post here (so update your bookmarks / feeds!) I will post a few more times to remind everyone of the move…

If you’re curious about string theory, or what in the world 10 dimensions mean, here’s a really nice graphical demonstration to confuse you explain everything.

That’s it, folks.  More to follow soon.

August 6, 2006

Kitchen Remodel – Video Recap

Filed under: personal,pictures,video — randomstep @ 11:54 pm

Here’s a short slideshow video of our kitchen remodel.  It’s meant only to whet your appetite, and give a quick overview.  A more extensive video is in the works.  Oh, and if you don’t have much bandwidth (if you’re using dial-up), you may not want to follow the link.  Wait until I get a smaller version or collection of pictures up.

August 4, 2006

New countertops

Filed under: personal,pictures — randomstep @ 5:22 pm

Quick link to pictures:  Granite counter top web album

July 29, 2006

UbunTU! UbunTU! UbunTU!

Filed under: computers,personal,philosophy — randomstep @ 3:19 pm

You can see I’m really excited. That’s because I finally got around to sticking my Ubuntu CD in and trying it out.

Awesome! These guys are really doing something cool for Linux. I’ve been following Linux news for at least a few years, lurking but never actually getting it on one of my computers. Today, I’ve finally broken through the wall thanks to a number of factors, and there are even more things that make it look like I’ll stay happy with Linux.

Contributing factors:

1. Ubuntu will send you a CD with the OS FOR FREE. Really, honest to goodness, FREE.

2. Something called “Live CD” – you don’t have to install it, uninstall Windows, or do anything (other than maybe get a friend to help you boot from CD). Just start your computer with the CD in the drive.

3. I have an old PC that I built (a monster), that hasn’t been run in a year or two. It’s got Win XP Pro, but won’t start up anymore. I don’t know why, it just hangs on the Win XP screen. So I figured, why not? Guess what…Unbuntu started right up!

4. Lots of hype, people, lots of hype. I already get frustrated by Windows daily. The Linux hype convinced me (with a little help from myself) that Linux could save me. It’s probably not completely true, but I’m willing to buy the story. Especially since…

It’s FREE! (Well, minus an hour or so, but then again I’m a geek so that’s how I like to spend my time).

End result – the computer I couldn’t boot up for the last month is now up and running, on the internet, and I’m really excited.

One other nice touch: the Ubuntu guys have taken some criticism here and there for the brown theme when everyone else is doing blue. After about 5 minutes, it suddenly dawned on me that I was so glad not to be staring at another blue screen (no pun intended). The brown is calm, if not peaceful then surely not turbulent. In fact, one might say it is background, where blue is more in your face. Not to mention it’s different. Brilliant move, guys. I didn’t fully appreciate the genius of that little touch until a few minutes ago.

There’s a lot of other cool things, and some weird things (my PC does still have some sort of hardware problem). I’ll get into those in another article, though. Ubuntu lovers, leave me some advice!

Peace.

July 28, 2006

Second Post – Worse than the First

Filed under: blogging,personal,web technologies — randomstep @ 4:57 pm

Only been working with this for a few minutes, and all I can say is,

WOW!!!

This is WAY Better than Blogger!  There’s some parts a little slower or more complicated, so for the beginning blogger (especially if you’re non-technical) Blogger may be a better starting point.  But if you want to do much with your blog, you’re going to quickly find yourself too limited and frustrated to stay on Blogspot.  So if you’re serious, try out WordPress.

Oh, this is soooo much better!  🙂

Blog at WordPress.com.