Monday, January 28, 2008

Setting Up A Simple, Ubuntu-Based Home File Server

This tutorial explains how to turn an old PC with additional hard disks into a simple home file server. The file server is intended for home use. The home file server is accessible by Windows and Linux computers in the home network.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

The Fluther Collective

I have a new pet startup called Fluther.

Tapping into our collective is like extending your entire network of knowledge. And Fluther lets you share your massive brainpower with others.
This is an entertaining site. Ask the site a question and onlookers get to respond. Because you tap into other inquiring people, you are greeted with a refreshing non-Googled, person to person answers.

Challenging the mind of the Fluther collective, I tested the audience knowledge base.
I will use my last pet startup to explain.
Trailfire: Fluther vs. the BB

The jellyfish collective seems to have just as much knowledge about sports as my rugby team. While rugby team is comprised of people of LOTS of different walks of life, a juxtaposition would most likely prove that Fluther has a lesser chance of being stumped.

I think Fluther's winning strategy is it's design. It allows creative questions in a method similar to Twitter. Like twitter, the design allows you to be connected to everyone in an unobtrusive way. This design feels accommodating and reins in knowledge ala wikipedia, a site where knowledgeable people contribute. These two concepts pair brilliantly.

I signed up for the service about 8 months ago. I've only recently got active once it became part of my morning coffee.

Tap the collective, give Fluther a try.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Stop Wine From Beating Your Windows Apps With The Ugly Stick

Ubuntu 8.04: Hardy Heron, While I haven't dove into Wine without the help of Automatix2. I consider Wine to be my next Linux Mario-style power-up mushroom.

Applications running with Wine don’t have to look so appalling! Ubuntu 8.04 is planned to have usability improvements for Wine, among these improvements is a theme for Wine applications that matches the GTK theme. Can’t wait until April?

read more | digg story and customizing Ubuntu

Today I want to explore the power of Linux for updating your themes. After checking out It isn't exactly obvious how to get these themes loaded onto the desktop. It's so simple that nobody bothers with an explanation. Please visit GeekyBits, I just found that site and it has the perfect walk through for people who want to tweak their icons or themes.

Terms to know

GTK: is the base library that the GNOME environment runs on.
Metacity:Ubuntu's default compositing window manager (program that builds the windows). was replaced by Compiz-Fusion, which has the 3d desktop.

download the theme from the above a theme from Gnome-look then go to System > Preferences > Themes
drag the file into the Themes window and it will automatically add it as an option. Literally so simple that nobody thins
Unlike other themes Icons aren't simple. I found this Howto on Ubuntu Forums Archives
To install a new icon theme:

Download the Icon theme tarball..
cp tarball.tar.gz /home/username/.icons
cd /home/username/.icons
tar xfz tarball.tar.gz
Goto Computer > Desktop Preferences > Themes to change to the new Icon theme. If you do not have a .icons directory you can create one:
mkdir -p /home/username/.icons

The power is yours to explore, thank you for choosing linux.

These themes are suspected defaults for the newest Ubuntu release.

another metacity theme to downloadGnome-look options.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Protecting and Maintaining Your Heterosexual House of Cards

Ok, If you been reading the blog for a while, you'll know that I play for a gay rugby team. But, I'll have you know that it's a lot more progressive than that. Rugby makes me manlier than you, my platonic relationships with gay men make me more sensitive and fashionable than you.

The title implies that, if you are straight, there is no room for projecting anything less than 100% heterosexuality. One of the lessons I've learned from playing for the Fog is that steadfast defense of your "house of cards" is believing that heterosexuality is based on other people's opinion of you. Admittedly, in San Francisco, there are times to put your foot down, but relating to gay men is hardly ever sexual. Don't believe me, come watch one of our rugby matches.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

5 tips every new Linux user should know

We've been thinking about what we most wished we'd been told on our first foray into Linux-land. These tips run the gamut from installation planning to how to best ask for help. We chose these tips because they are not distribution-specific, but rather general enough to be used by any new Linux user.

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Voting for Huckabee does not absolve your sin of voting for Bush

Yes, your Christian values elected George W. Bush.

Don't make the same mistake!

Ron Paul shares your values on immigration and against the Iraq war. What he has over the other candidates is that he is fearful of the overspending of government. Christians! Don't leave a crippling debt on your children's generation. Neo-conservatives have claimed your values to lure your vote. They did it before, and now they've lined up a new enemy for you to hate - the don't want you to worry about the looming recession.


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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

D9C: Goals in the year of the RAT

Goals for 2008
I want to become fit again. After a pretty bad knee injury, it is time for me to return to practice. I'd like to create a synopsis of each game as we compete in our league. And add more articles about modern male heterosexuality. For instance, did you know that 80% of all female character played in Second Life are played by males? I have my own unique perspective on why that is.

I want to blog more about things like how to drag and drop themes from My goal is to pull useful (to me) threads from out of and display one each week. In the past, I've place up articles that aren't mine and found that I don't like the practical application of the article. such as emerald-SVN, bleeh! I will never do that again.

I love to use new programs and experiment. I will make it my goal to update you on how my developments are going. websites like and spokeo have become invaluable to me. I'd like report why my problems with splashcast and trailfire. I'll also be outlineing my philosophy on how "gay" a gay team should be in cyberspace.

I have never been more fit fiscally or health-wise. The last thing I want to do is become complacent. I am still very excited to explore the fruits of my generation. Happy new year!