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Stalking me for tech support

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Well, I have an interesting, if cautionary tale of why you might not want to help out strangers with software advice.

It started out when I posted detailed instructions on how to setup wview on Ubuntu. I posted and updated detailed instructions on how to set up a complete system, from start to finish. I maintain(ed) this very carefully, and when changes came up, I updated the article. Nonetheless, this process has become outdated, and so the procedure documented still works, but is not the easiest way to do it (techies: the developers have packaged up the install, so it’s almost a one-liner, now).
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Weather underground now making a video

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This is the last 24 hours from my webcam:

Stuff I install on Windoze

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This is a partial list of stuff I install on Windows Vista and newer, on nearly every machine I configure, with a short description of why I use it: (more…)

Ubuntu 9.04 to 9.10 upgrade NIGHTMARE

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Well, the Ubuntu team really screwed the pooch on the latest upgrade. I manage three Ubuntu machines, all with clean installs of 9.04. Well, I locally upgraded one of them, and tried to remotely upgrade the other two.

For the local upgrade I used the GUI, and for the remote systems I used do-release-upgrade as instructed.

All three upgrades failed, in various ways.

The local upgrade lost its internet connection. I had to MANUALLY select the Wired Connection 1 after upgrade.

The two remote ones failed (I had to visit the machines) on reboot, failing to mount the file system.

Then one (perhaps two) of the remote systems did an interface swap, rendering them inaccessible on the internet.

It seems this particular upgrade was not tested sufficiently prior to release, as any google search on this upgrade will show.

This was the Vista of Ubuntu upgrades for me and many others. A complete disaster, and likely to throw beginners off of Ubuntu and linux for a long time.

I was buried in command line hell for hours to get this upgrade to finish, and needed a friend to fix the network problem introduced in this release.

Summing up the decade

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Galápagos

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Cassie and I got back from the Galápagos islands on November 24th. We took, on four cameras, 15 600 pictures over the 14 days we were in Ecuador for our (belated) honeymoon.We were on board the Tip Top IV with Galapagos Travel for 11 days, and visited 13 islands.

We distilled these pictures and videos down to ~2000 for flickr.

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Stephen Colbert and Alicia Keys

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What English sounds like to foreigners

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Leonard Cohen and Leonard Nimoy may be the same person

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Sony’s new gizmo

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