Friday, December 23, 2005

New Job still going well, less time for blogging, though!

All is well at my current job. I have now started my second quarter on my job. I have been extended for at least another quarter - officially. Unless I do something wrong (which, of course, I certainly will avoid) or if there is an unexpected turn of events, I have a good chance of remaining in my current assignment for another year.

I have three books that I have been reading, and I hope to write some book reviews soon. I read the Marcel Gagne book and I am reading the Firefox and Thunderbird garage book now, and I reviewed another general purpose Linux book.

I don't know if it is my age, the ho-hum nature of the titles of the book, the busy work I have been doing, or some combination of these factors, but the exact book titles just are not staying with me these days.

The general purpose book was one of the better ones I have skimmed in quite some time. I believe the publisher is Addison Wesley. The Gagne book distributes a custom version of KNOPPIX called Wftl Linux. Though the book references this distribution several times, it is only included as one easy way to get started. Like the other general purpose book, it really covers desktop Linux computing and does a good job.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Kate OS 2.3 or Belinux still waiting!

I did not get a chance to install either Kate OS 2.3 or Belinux over the past two weeks. Between a busy schedule and K3b not properly installed on my favorite test partition, I had to either boot up another image on another partition or get k3b installed properly. I finally got a version of k3b that works with recent KDE stuff, so I brought in both a new KDE and a new K3b. Now I may want to experiment with the latest KDE on my main system - but I may try it with Kate or SimplyMEPIS - another ISO image that I have downloaded and not yet burned. If it doesn't happen this weekend, it is not likely to happen next weekend, either - Christmas, a time for family. In my house, family gets precidence over this stuff, much as I enjoy it in my limited spare time.

I did just finish burning Kate OS 2.3, and just now received the trumpet sound from K3b, indicating that I now have a good installation of K3b back and I have a successful burn of Kate OS CD 1.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Kate OS and Belenix

I downloaded two ISO images this week, Kate_OS_2.3-CD1.iso, and the bzip2 compressed belenix.iso.bz2. I have not yet burned in either of them or tested them out, perhaps that will come over the weekend.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Firefox 1.5

I have found Firefox 1.5 to be pretty useful, but nothing earth shattering. Just before I downloaded Firefox 1.5, I had a rare crash with Firefox 1.0.7. Shortly after I installed Firefox 1.5, I had another browser crash.

My systems have never been known to frequently crash anything. Last time that happened, I was days away from a total hard disk failure. Hope that is not the case again!