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February 21st, 2003
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Maybe Dirigibles or Zeppelins or Lightbulbs...
Yes, yes, yes!

Finally finished the demon-spawn assignment of Hell. 37 and a half hours, 40 pages and all hand written. But finished! Awesome! Fuck you, Kim Bigelow! I quite suspect that there will be a number of people dropping from that course this week, bacause I KNOW a lot of people didn't finish it, and well, 10 percent is quite a bit to swallow.

So now that I've neglected everything else in my life for the last week and a half, I can start to get to work on all the crap that's been backing up. Eep.

Like, yeah. Kicking everyone else's ass in the Drama club and getting some auditions underway, since even though they were scheduled last week, they just... didn't happen. Because no-one was prepared, and no-one did any publicity, and no-one booked the rooms, and no-one, well, did anything, really. Argh.

I disappear for 10 days, and things fall apart. I mean, an ego boost? Yeah, I guess. But frustrating as all hell.


And speaking of frustration, I finally said, "to hell with trying to make my computer work again," took my hard drive to my parents' during Eid, backed up all the data onto CD, formatted the sucker and installed Linux.

(Wow, I haven't had Linux on my desktop system in years... the last time I did, I was still working at Attachmate.)

And grrrrrr!!! I made the mistake of installing Red Hat 8. I figured latest was greatest, right? No! No no no no! Red Hat 8 SUCKS! It's fucking Windows! And it's fucking slow-ass crawling Windows!

It took me a full day of downloading older programs off the net, and installing them over the new versions and breaking everything in the install just to get it to a somewhat usable state.

New Linux for your Desktop! 10 times the eye-candy! One tenth the functionality! 10 times the bugs! One tenth the speed!

Ok, the problems were mostly in X; the command line hadn't changed much, but still. Finally I've managed to regress Gnome, regress the window manager, regress the file manager, regress the configuration programs, et cetera, and I can use it. But ARGH! If this is the direction Unix on the desktop is going, I think it's high time to find something else. Too bad NeXT, BeOS and OS/2 are all dead. Theose are the only desktop OSes that have ever been worth anything, methinks.

Mac OS X is looking nicer and nicer all the time, baby.


Tired?? I'm exhau... (yawn) ...sted!
"Tired?? I'm exhau... (yawn) ...sted!"

Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Joel Vietch & the Spongmonkeys -- We Like the Moon

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Date:February 20th, 2003 02:57 pm (UTC)



Andrew might try to talk you into FreeBSD...
Date:February 21st, 2003 02:10 am (UTC)
If he was running a server, yea.

I'll be honest -- I run Windows on my desktop. The application support on UNIX just isn't there, unless you're doing specialized stuff. The hardware support isn't there either -- everything on the planet that you can plug into a modern x86 box will work with Windows, and usually work well. I can't say that for any other OS.
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Date:February 21st, 2003 02:29 am (UTC)
Well, it's actually X that's pissing me off, not Linux. I mean, I used to like Gnome back when it was at 1.2, but the newer versions are sucky. Which is why I regressed that. Switching to BSD won't help X much.

Although maybe it is just (as Robbat suggested) Redhat, not Gnome. I keep meaning to try Slackware again (haven't touched it since the 3.0 days), but it was hard enough finding Redhat discs around here, forget Slackware.

And as for Mac OSX... I've been casting an eye on that system for a long time now, and it looks pretty damn sweet. My biggest hangup is the requisite hardware, specifically the cost thereof (not the quality; I've always admired the quality of Apple hardware).

I've said it before and I'll reiterate: Unless things change a lot between now and then, once I have money again, my next computer is probably gonna be a Mac, with OSX on it. And yeah, I'm serious about that.
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Date:February 20th, 2003 05:47 pm (UTC)
I agree that Redhat has definetly gone seriously downhill for most people.
I would suggest you try gentoo if you have time on your hands. It has the best of slackware, freebsd, and many other things rolled together.
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