Adventures In Computing

June 27, 2007

Minty Fresh

Filed under: Uncategorized — Normand Bissonnette @ 8:19 pm

Hey everybody, How are you all doing? I’m fine. No preamble today straight to business. I installed LinuxMint on one of my computers last Sunday and on Tuesday I re-installed Ubuntu. They are both the same operating system! Give me one hour at the most, and my Ubuntu computer would be exactly the same as LinuxMint. I knew that LinuxMint was based on Ubuntu but I did not realize that there weren’t a lot of difference between both. By the time I switched back to Ubuntu, My LinuxMint was looking and feeling like the Ubuntu it had replaced. So I asked myself, Norm why did we change? And my answer was to try something different. There is not enough different in LinuxMint to warrant the change from Ubuntu. Now if you do not use either and you felt adventurous you could switch to one or the other and you would be pleasantly surprised. I think that if you are trying Linux for the first time and are not and “expert” in the art of frigging around tweaking this and that, go with LinuxMint. I noticed that multimedia codecs were installed by default.

On other news I am trying the new and improved compiz-fusion on this machine and all I have to say is WOW! I know, you might be saying to yourself that eye candy is not useful at all for productivity, but, there is always a but, damn it shure looks perty.

Now to the million dollar question. Which of the following desktop should I use on my computer? I know that you know that I know that ultimately I’ll decide what goes on my computer but I’ll pretend that I give a rats ass what you think and maybe you can influence my decision one way or the other. So please vote, early and vote often.

That’s it, that’s all.


June 21, 2007

What No Pictures?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Normand Bissonnette @ 10:34 am

You’ve all been waiting on pins and needles for this post, haven’t you? Yeah right! Well guess what? When I decided to write two blogs with approximately 2 posts a week I did not think I would have to search far for something to write. How stupid was I? Don’t answer that, it’s just a rhetorical question.

My testing of the three other linux operating systems is not happening since I have technical problems with Fedora 7 on both VMWare and Virtualbox, the same goes with PCLinuxOS. LinuxMint works fine in both. One thing I found out is that I prefer working with the Gnome desktop over the KDE desktop. I might change my mind again once the KDE 4 series comes out later this year, I’ve been reading quite a bit on it lately and I can’t wait to try it out.

This morning when I’ll be going at work I’ll be using a new computer and OS. Last evening we’ve upgraded to XP from Windows 2000. I’ll probably be installing a Linux OS in one of the older computers sine I’ve been extolling the virtues of Linux for over a year and my boss wants to try it out.

About a month ago I tried sideload and two days ago my Locker was upgraded to unlimited storage. The great thing about it is you can listen to your favorite music on any computer, with a sound card and speakers that is. If you want a great Internet based music storage try it you’ll like it. Satisfaction Guaranteed.

June 13, 2007

Not Much Happenning

Filed under: Uncategorized — Normand Bissonnette @ 11:03 pm

I have been unfair towards the three operating systems (PCLinuxOS, LinuxMint & Fedora 2007) that I spoke of last week. I gave you my impression of them right after I installed them in a virtual machine. The reason I said I hated PCLinuxOS was not its fault but the virtual machine I was using. I am now trying it in another VM. I have no other impressions because I have been lolly gagging about this last week. I actually worked with Vista. It is not for me.

I also tried Joost beta the video on demand service, I hope they will have something for us Linux users. I also hope that they have more channels available.

I was reading a few articles about the beta version of the Safari 3.0 web browser. Guess what it is full of bugs. Apparently if what I read is correct: this is a failure for Apple. I think that the nay Sayers have forgotten that beta testing is used to work out bugs in a program before it is officially launched. So bugs in any beta programs is just as common as shit in a sewer!

I guess that’s it for this post see you next time

June 4, 2007

When You Tought It Was Safe…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Normand Bissonnette @ 11:08 pm

Hi I’m back. After a 7 month hiatus I have decided to write some more. Why haven’t I written? What did I do with myself? How have I been? Where have I been? Are all questions you want me to answer I’m sure. There is not enough space on the Internet for me to answer all these questions, so I won’t.

All I’ll tell you is that I have a website that is in perpetual construction. It’s not even worth posting a link or even talking about it, so I’ll stop now. Also my father is not well and I have been taking it badly. I am hoping that maybe by writing about it will help me cope with it. He has been diagnosed with myelodysplasia. If you need to know more about this rare disease go to: it will enlighten and depress you at the same time.

On other news I am still using Ubuntu and Kubuntu. I have installed in a virtual machine LinuxMint, PCLinuxOS and Fedora 7. I will experiment with them in the coming weeks and will tell you what I think of them. My first impressions are I like Mintlinux, Hate PClinuxOS and Fedora 7 is so so. Now these judgements are only having tried them for 15 minutes. It would not be fair of me if I didn’t give the operating system a fair shake, so I will try to use them with an open mind and give them the opportunity to show me why I should switch to them. On to other thing.

Last week I decided to start another blog ( and ditch this one. The day after I wrote my first entry to the No Name Blog (, I decide to see when I posted my last entry and I noticed that I had been using GNU/Linux for over a year. I read these entries and decided that I would spread myself thinly and maintain this blog and write the No Name Blog also ( This one will basically stay as it was and the No Name Blog ( would be something different. I think that I’ll try to be more creative with the No Name Blog ( The No Name Blog ( will have at least a post every week and this one I’ll try to post four times a month but not necessarily one a week, i.e. I might post twice in one week and not the following week.

I have not posted a picture this time but I will next time. That’s it for now. Remember to give blood and if you want to donate to the Aplastic Anemia and Myelodysplasia Association of Canada go to: You can find an association in you country by doing a search. Thank you very much.

Oh I almost forgot to mention that with No Name Blog ( I decided to try wordpress. I might as well do like OS’s, try them all.

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