||[Jul. 11th, 2007|08:59 pm]
Slow and restful day.
I emailed wicca princess Trevor's "snailmail" address and telephone number noting that all sorts of vermin are eating their way through the cottage in Penzance and that it is need of repair. I tested the local Penzance number I set up for Trevor to call (which he believes isn't working).
I rang it and my phone rang so it does appear to be working.
Ubuntu Linux is up and running on one of the Acer machines on a 320 gig SATA drive ($150). I bypassed the Windows Vista 80 Gig Acer specialised (Vista Business) drive so that the installation wouldn't write over the boot sector of that drive. I have some cabling issues and where to place the Acer monitor but have sort of sorted that out. I note that Opera under Ubuntu (and probably under other platforms) has what purports to be a NNTP news connection and that it's supposed to download a list of groups after setting up the account but all that happens is that it sits there saying "connecting" (so as far as I'm concerned at this moment it doesn't work properly).
It was interesting to note that it's still possible to hit control alt and a function key in Ubuntu and each function key still invokes a command line terminal. Control alt f7 is the gui Gnome interface and of course it's this interface that simple minded "would be" Linux users prefer (especially at my age).
I don't wish to type the equivilant of [grep -l -ra >< more] for things to happen - even though I believe some people believe this is fun and makes them "computer literate". I've spent countless hours being directed towards this sort of gunk since 1993 when I became a Linux convert although the truth of the matter was that in 1993 Unix and the Internet were so closely affiliated the only way into the Internet was via a Unix command line prompt.
I must say that Ubuntu appears to install easily and has an ease of use not previously encountered in any Linux distributon I've seen before.