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Project Heresy - Final Chapter

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Last update on the Dell Optiplex saga. The USB and sound card are fully functional. Actually, it was rather trivial getting them working correctly. I still have not updated the Evolution and Mozilla packages to their latest versions.

Nonetheless, the user has been quite productive and is able to use the huge assortment of Linux software without relying on any Microsoft products.

I plan to setup desktop sharing via the KDE desktop, so that I can assist her without having to drive 20 minutes to their home.

All that remains is teaching her some of the nuances of the applications and desktop tools.

Had lots of fun rebuilding her box. Learned a great deal in the process too.

Skillful Manipulation

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I typically tread lightly on political subjects, as I know that many people are very emotional about such subjects. Nonetheless, I feel compelled to drop a few bytes on the subject.

By now, most everyone has heard about the beheading of the American. I didn't watch it on TV, nor did I google for the info online. Curiously, the video footage leaked only days after the Iraqui POW debacle was fed to the masses.

Several questions come to mind regarding the beheading incident. Please be advised that I don't know the story in its entirety, so some of my questions may seem abit odd.

1) Why was he there ?
2) Who authorized his presence in an unstable region ?
3) What was he hoping to accomplish ?

I have found 'tell-lie-vision' to be a powerful tool during times of war and economic strife. Yes, the beheading was a barbaric act. However, in my humble opinion, there are probably many more troublesome matters ailing this nation.

For instance:
1) Gas prices are $2.00 /gal. Yeah, even in places like rural places like Thomasville, GA. Heck, you could always count on cheap gas in GA.
2) Will the war on terror ever end ?
3) Where are those weapons of mass destruction ?
4) Will the Nets ever win an NBA title ?

Disclaimer - #4 was a joke


Project Heresy - Revisited

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Well, it's time for an update to the saga of the dreaded Dell Optiplex GX-1. You may recall that I embarked on a mission to convert a virus riddled M$ Win98 machine to a shiny new Linux box. Initially, I ran into a some roadblocks, in that the PC BIOS was archaic at best. It simply refused to boot from CD. So, I abandoned the installation of RedHat Fedora.

Tech Squad

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I stumbled across another interesting tidbit of information relative to kids in the inner-city and engaging them in technology. Fellow B'klynite Ejovi discusses the MOUSE program.

ejovi.net: digital divide -1

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