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Linux Valentines Day Gifts

Filed under: General Linux — at 8:42 am on Friday, February 8, 2008

Valentines Day is coming up pretty fast. If you searched for this term you are probably wondering,

“What should I get my Linux Geek for Valentines Day?”

If this is the case this article should give you some ideas

Unless your into roll playing dressing up as Tux (The Linux Penguin) is not really sexy. If you want to do something sexy for your Geek you may have to do something a little Risque. You’ll have to find your partners stance on BSD first and see how they react to it. Possibly bring it up in conversation some how. If your geek doesn’t blow up in a rage that you mention an inferior operating system then you probably be able to get away with my favorite and the first option (if you do this every one who reads The Linux Blog will want to see the pictures):

1) The BSD Daemon Uniform. This could be an interesting gift, or more of a gesture. Dressing up like the BSD Daemon. Its simple and easy and is pretty much a guaranteed evening of fun (providing your partner can be torn away from their PC)

2) TOYS! No, not those sort of toys, I’m talking about gadgets. Buy a gadget or a new Linux compatible piece of hardware. If you yourself are not into Linux it may take you a while to find a piece of hardware that works with Linux but the time you spend will show the dedication you have for your partner.

3) Candy. Who doesn’t like candy? Just make sure that the candy has enough sugar in it to leave your geek energized for the period of time you will need them for on valentines day. Make sure that backups are available or caffeine is readily available.

4) Providing you are both of age alcohol is a great option for those feisty geeks who use too many stimulants such as sugar or caffeine. Dampen them with some alcohol. No matter how much they like Jaeger bombs or red bull and vodka’s don’t do it if your geek is too hyper it will only make the night go as usual.

5) Draw on your self. Ok, everybody has seen it in Google. Some one holding up a sign or laying there with sharpie marks that are going to leave a mark for a while. Write Property of: “Your Name Here” with your name, not that text. Or “I love you ‘your geeks name'” or ”root me ‘your geeks name'” This in turn will probably be posted all over the internet and your geek will be famous. Especially if they have some sort of elite handle.

6) Get something nerdy for your self. Ok, more for the both of you. If you normally dress in non nerdy clothes then find something that you would actually wear off of CafePress and find a design. They have all kinds of clothing such as boxers, t-shirts, tank tops, thongs and other goods such as mugs, mouse pads, clocks and more. You can even design your own stuff if your sort of crafty.

7) A Tanning bed pass. Every geek is too pale. Get them what they deserve! A good old pass to the tanning salon. Think about it, the only reason geeks are so pale is because they don’t want to go out side. With a tanning bed pass they don’t have to and they can get a slight tan in as little at 8 minutes.

8) If your Linux geek logs into the terminal (being you don’t know how to use their computer without them typing some wacky stuff) then you might be able to do something really crafty. Every time they log in there is a little file that is read and then displayed. Sort of like a welcome message. If you can figure out how to get to one of those “typey boxes” also known as a terminal you can type something like the following:

cd && echo "I <3 You" >> .profile

Don’t try to copy and paste that you will probably just mess it up and then they will see what you were trying to do. If you can, open up a new terminal type it in there, and then close it when your done. If you just see a huge black screen with nothing else try typing that then:

clear; exit

Hopefully they will forget that they were logged in and you will have a nifty little message every time they boot their computer

9) I mean, unless your geek reads The Linux Blog they aren’t going to have any idea valentines days coming up so do the natural thing: nothing! You can always use the excuse,
“Oh I had something special planned but I thought we could save the money and just spend the night together”

Well, Thats about all the ideas I can think of off of the top of my head. Let me know what you come up with or what gift your Linux geek gets for Valentines day.

Big Box Chain Store Offers Linux Support?

Filed under: General Linux — at 5:35 am on Saturday, January 19, 2008

I have a friend who works for a major big box store chain in the computer support department. I’m not going to say who, but they drive black and white bugs around and are known as geeks. Anyhow, thats besides the point. While talking the other day he said that he had got a phone call from one of the various departments and they asked if there was any one at the store that knew anything about Ubuntu Linux.

Now, I’ve seen this companies ads pop up on Linux related websites before and even on mine, but in store they do not offer any type of support. They even say on their website that the tools they use do not support Linux.

So what were they doing calling each retail store and asking for a Linux expert? They don’t train any one for Linux support would they expect to find anyone? I think they may be trying to sell hardware installation services, but when a customer complains that a piece of hardware doesn’t work they have to troubleshoot it. If they can’t troubleshoot it or verify that it works how is the service complete? I don’t  know if thats the case, I’m going to try to pick his brain some more and see what we can come up with.

Who knows, you may be looking at this companies ad right now and not even know it.

Linux Christmas Gifts

Filed under: General Linux — at 1:43 pm on Saturday, December 15, 2007

With Christmas rapidly approaching time is running out to buy gifts for all of your family.

With this I post the question: “What are you getting for your Linux Geek for Christmas?”.

Gifts for Linux users are hard to find, luckily for you the reader I’ve compiled this handy list of Linux Swag (KEYWORD) that you can buy your Linux Geek.

1) Top choice is gadgets. Now they can vary in price so maybe you could team up with a couple of friends to afford something or get a gift card if your not exactly sure what to buy. USB Hard drives are great choices, if you know they already have drives check out the Linux Based NSLU2 from major big box stores. Its a great little box that your Linux geek will know exactly what to do with. If you’ve got a lot of money to spare a Fox Box (I haven’t posted about this yet) will be the perfect gift. Make sure you order now or you might not get it in time for christmas unless you live in Europe.

2) Clothing is a good gift. Get your Linux geek some nice clothes. T-Shirts are great choices here are some in order by taste: “Generic Linux Shirt“, “Arrogant Linux Elitist” or stuff from the Open Source and hack wear sections are my favorite.

3) When you need to get the job done some times Caffeine is essential. That link has a ton of products not only to give to Linux geeks but for Linux geeks to give.

Well, I hope this has given you some ideas on what to buy Linux geeks for Christmas :)