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I wasted a couple of hours trying to install Ubuntu 11.04 (natty) on my new Macbook Air mid 2011. Eventually got it to work:
Enjoy your new toy!
2011-02-16 09:18 -
Elinks. Text based browsing. Awesome. Sorry about all that time you spent on your fancy blog theme, I'm sure it's very nice, but I'll just take the stripped down content, thanks. Also, I was gonna comment but that would have meant opening the captcha in another app. It seemed like a lot of work just to post a droll anecdote. (Anyway, a comment spam filter plugin + moderation of first time posters is the way to go. These captchas are getting harder and harder for my tired old eyes to read.)
Right, this is actually a note to myself about elinks commands.
Elinks command reference
that thing the kids are all doing these days, the one with the shortcuts in the URL bar
cutting and pasting
enable password saving
more on using elinks
Deep breath. It's nowhere near as complicated as it seems. And anyway, learning new stuff is good for my brain.
And wouldn't you know... all this, and my internet is mostly out. Fiber break in the south.
Copying and pasting in Elinks using only the keyboard, no mouse
Elinks in Screen -
256 colors in screen
Copy and paste in screen
To change the host name, launch your favorite text editor like so:
A post in the Ubuntu forums indicated that if you don't change both files from the same instance of
From the Ubuntu forums (hopefully I'm smart enough to remember I copied it here, and save myself some googling, if I need to install the printer again):
(You can skip this if you've previously installed build-
At this point, I needed to reboot. You can probably get away with just starting or restarting a service, but I'm not sure what, and it was faster to reboot than figure it out.
I set up my xterm with fonts I can read without a microscope. Now I'm running Alpine and irssi in screen. I've been meaning to do that for a while, with the idea that I could keep them running and just ssh from the laptop when I wanted email or IRC. Probably not as necessary, since whatever replaces the dead laptop should have more than 256 MB RAM.
Added Twitter support to irssi, via Twirssi. It's a little confusing, but I think I've got it beat.
I woke up this morning and took a shower and made some coffee and fished the Thinkpad out from underneath the bed. It was on, not suspended, because I was lazy about setting up the power management stuff, and at some point during the night, the cord had been pulled out. Probably due to New Cat, but we'll never know for sure. It was off, the battery was completely dead.
I took it out to the kitchen, plugged it in, and powered it up while I got my coffee and fed the cats. When I came back to the table, it had hung loading the Xserver. So I did what all former Windows users do, and power cycled. I always have a ghost of worry power cycling Linux like that. Back when I started out, with Mandrake 8.0, that kind of thing was a last resort and required a good fscking before it would come up again. But it's been years since a machine has complained to me about it, so I've developed wanton power cycling habits.
Coming back up, it didn't make it even as far as attempting to start X. The poor little thing stopped flat with a message about not being able to access /bin/sh. We decided it was the hard drive.
I handled myself with laudatory calm. Especially since I hadn't run my backup script manually in a couple of weeks and the last time I remembered doing anything with it, the cronjob was failing, and I had determined it was a file permission thing and decided to sort it out later, adding an entry to my menu that said BACKUP so I'd remember to do it manually until I got around to it.
As luck would have it, either I'm smarter than I think I am, or the Backup Fairy came a couple days ago, because with the exception of a couple changes I made yesterday and some files that hadn't been added to the script yet, my stuff is all on the server. I love the Backup Fairy.
So now I'm setting up on the desktop (which mostly chugs along as our server, when I haven't just had a laptop fatality). I've discovered that all my saved Kmail settings aren't compatible between the 3.3 version I was running on the 32 bit laptop and the older version from the 64 bit Ubuntu repositories that is on the server, so now I'm in the process of setting up my many and various email accounts in Alpine. (These directions work for Google apps email accounts too.)
I got a sendmail error trying to send with my new roles. I fixed it by editing .pinerc and adding the gmail smtp servers to the list.
I also set Alpine up to save my passwords, since entering them every time I restarted got old fast.
I think I'm going to migrate all my messaging into irssi too, since it supports Jabber and Twitter via plugins. (Though I could use Finch, I guess.) I've been meaning to set those things up in screen so I can ssh to them anyway.
It's been a bad week for electronics. My Skype phone quit booting for no apparent reason a couple days ago, but that should still be under warranty since I've had it less than a year.
Too much time.
Like today, I've spent three hours looking for a Linux application that will tell me how long I've been surfing the web. You know, because some little desktop widget is really going to help plug up that time sink.
All I really want is a little timer that:
You'd think that with all the people into productivity and time management
The best I was able to locate is gFocusTim
While installing gFocusTimer, I was reminded again of an annoying feature in Ubuntu: the assumption that users won't be compiling their own software. Ever. I'm not a hardcore Linux user, and I really don't want to compile stuff myself. I'd much rather
On the bright side, I did discover that Linus Torvalds is blogging now. I enjoyed reading some of his posts, even though tracker wasn't quite what I was looking for. It's a good project, parents really need a solution for controlling the amount of time kids spend online, something with a little more weight behind it than "just talking to them." Nothing wrong with talking, but there's nothing wrong with setting limits either. Hell, here I am, an adult, looking for a tool to help me do the same thing. (And the number of people leaving comments suggesting Windows software made me giggle.)
Leave me a comment if you know of software for Linux that does what I'm looking for.