Friday, March 6, 2009


I hope anyhow, I am getting all the stuff together for another build and i ordered an Ultra x-wind cpu cooler from Tiger direct.Well the fan shows up today, Holy SH*T I can put this thing in my window this summer when it gets hot! I read the reviews but nobody said it was 5" across guess I missed that in the product specs? I just hope it clears my ram.

It should cool fine given the size of it and the fact that the computer is only going to be used for light work and surfing. I will post a follow up next week and let you know how well it actually cools.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

New LINUX Distribution

{This is not a paid post} If you are looking for a new Linux distro to try out check out this page they have all kinds of new releases and information for you. HERE
It will also tell you the popularity of each distro by the amount of downloads from their site.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


I like a fast browser and it seems FireFox has been somewhat sluggish lately so I installed OPERA i was amazed that everything except java worked immediately.I have been using it for a few minutes and so far I like it I am going to give it a workout and see how well it holds up. as for getting java to work assuming you allready have the latest version installed on your computer, if you go to Tools/preferences/advanced/content on the toolbar of OPERA you can enable java and then you must point opera in the directory where your java is stored.

From linux if you have trouble finding java you can go to the terminal and put in
[find / -name 2> /dev/null ] That will tell you the location to put in the opera window. now you can validate the java plugin to be sure it works. Thats it now you can enjoy a fast browser.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Using The Terminal

I know when i first started using linux about 8 or 9 years ago when I had a problem I would turn to forums and I would read a lot. I remember looking at all of peoples information neatly displayed however never knew how to get it myself for about the first year or so. there are several ways to get it but the fasted way I have found is with a Terminal and the DMESG command since you can do it without root permissions and such.

CPU0: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.00GHz stepping 07 Booting processor 1/1 ip 6000 Initializing CPU#1 Calibrating delay using timer specific routine.. 5999.15 BogoMIPS (lpj=2999575) CPU: Trace cache: 12K uops, L1 D cache: 16K CPU: L2 cache: 1024K CPU: Physical Processor ID: 0 CPU: Processor Core ID: 1 Intel machine check architecture supported. Intel machine check reporting enabled on CPU#1. CPU1: Intel P4/Xeon Extended MCE MSRs (24) available CPU1: Thermal monitoring enabled x86 PAT enabled: cpu 1, old 0x7040600070406, new 0x7010600070106 CPU1: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.00GHz stepping 07 checking TSC synchronization [CPU#0 -> CPU#1]: Measured 1095 cycles TSC warp between CPUs, turning off TSC clock.

this is an example of what you will get of course you will get a lot more information than this I just took out some of the information on my cpu for everyone to see.

Using the terminal scares a lot of people but you should get used to it and take advantage of it it is a very powerful tool that can actually save you a lot of time. when I use Ubuntu I almost never use the GUI for updates and do an [apt-get update] from the console. Just be careful and know what you are doing when using a Terminal in root because you can damage your system.

New Blog

I made this blog due to the fact that I had sort of veered off course on my original blog An electricians Notes So i figured I would give all my linux information a home of its own, If anyone reading this has any useful information they would like to share or see me post about please comment or email me. I will add an entre card in the next week or so here also. I would also like to thank all my regular Entre droppers.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


It seems Mandriva 2009 comes with Draksnapshot which is a simple backup program however it seems to have a few bugs on of which is eating up your whole root partition. On a new install it isn't supposed to be activated however if you are like me and go rooting around a new OS looking at all its features you may inadvertently activate it. I simply uninstalled it since I back my files up myself and would rather not rely on a program to do it for me. It seems that is also a memory hog.