Archive for the ‘Geekulon’ Category

My folks are going Mac.

They’ve had it with MS. Their Dell PC, six years old, can’t be upgraded to Win7. Even if it could, they’d have to back up, for­mat and rein­stall. Which, for the record, is a shitty stu­pid thing on Microsoft’s part. My upgrade curve from OS9 to OSX did not involve a sin­gle for­mat of the HD. At […]

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Why won’t Flash CS4 install on my Mac?

You could spend umpteen skil­lion hours deal­ing with Adobe, or you could give this a shot. I have all the sys­tem require­ments in place. Mac OSX.4.11 or later. Plenty of RAM. Dual core fast box, even if it’s not Intel, but the Motorola chipset. So when I try to run the Flash CS4 installer, it just hangs. […]

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How to mark a comment as NOT spam in WordPress

In case you ever need to do it your­self. It’s stu­pidly easy. Basically it involves chang­ing the word “approved” in the loca­tion bar to “spam”, select­ing the com­ment you want to unspam, and click­ing approve. You don’t need Akismet, and you don’t need to hack your data­base. Nice.

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Changing the default browser in TweetDeck from Firefox to anything else (Ubuntu Linux)

Just a quickie. While you can change gen­eral sys­tem set­tings for your default browser sys­temwide in Linux (Ubuntu) by going to System -> Preferences -> Preferred Applications, this does not affect how TweetDeck behaves when load­ing URLs. I’ve been using Epiphany because of my somewhat-​​​​laggy net­book, so hav­ing Firefox load when­ever I used TweetDeck was get­ting old. Searching the […]

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Networking adventure: Mac Mini and Belkin N-​​series wireless router

To bor­row from a lam­en­ta­ble final chap­ter in a movie tril­ogy,1 every time I get out, they pull me right back in again. They being, in this case, gen­eral nerdish ten­den­cies. Followers of this blog will know by now that I’ve restarted my usage of Linux, in Ubuntu form. I can’t begin to describe what a vast improve­ment Linux has enjoyed […]

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Math, truncation and why your teachers always insisted you show your work

Came upon a page via another Twitterer today (@blogofinnocence) that made me go a lit­tle cross-​​​​eyed. Here’s the site quoted in full: 0.999… is the same as 1. Not just very close, but pre­cisely iden­ti­cal: a = 0.999… 10a = 9.999… 10a – a = 9.999… – 0.999… 9a = 9 a = 1 There’s no trick here. It’s […]

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I thought some of you might find this amusing

The rest of you will merely find it baf­fling. Yes, that is Ubuntu Jaunty run­ning in emu­la­tion via VirtualBox on my Mac Mini. Why? Because I could, that’s why.

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My linux-​​fu is returning (a bit)

Welp, that was an inter­est­ing exer­cise in holy crap. After installing Ubuntu 9.04 (net­book remix) on my Acer Aspire One net­book, things looked great; I switched the sys­tem over to the full Gnome desk­top UI — the remix has a sim­ple launcher as its default — and every­thing just ran slick and sta­ble … until I rebooted, and […]

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I’m still just having a great time

The Ubuntu install was damn near pain­less com­pared to XP, or even OSX. And by con­trast to the insanely recal­ci­trant Slackware I began with more than ten years ago, well, hell, there’s just no con­test. This is actu­ally an Ubuntu remix opti­mized to work on net­books. It runs well, sig­nif­i­cantly faster than XP did on the […]

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