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Academic Earth – Go Learn something.

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 1:12 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2009

Some one (and I’m sorry if I’m breaking some sort of twitter code here) but I can’t remember who tweeted about this website called academic earth (http://www.academicearth.org/) The concept is simple, go there and you can watch video’s or lectures from some famous professors. I watched one on physics, but could not finish it. My thoughts through out this entire video were something as follows:

“This is a college course?”
“This is a college course at MIT?”
“This guy is nuts”
and
“Why are they using overhead projectors.”

So my time at MIT didn’t go very well, but atleast I didn’t pay for it. Anyway maybe you’ll do better. Head over to academicearth.org and watch some videos. Let me know if you find anything particurly interesting relating to technology – The introduction to robotics was cool, although I don’t think we should be teaching our students how to make killer robots.

Aim for the Simple, not the Turd.

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 10:18 am on Wednesday, March 18, 2009

TurdWhen something doesn’t work as expected, or stops working, for your own sake try the simple things first. It may seem pretty obvious to most people, but sometimes we all need a reminder. Recently I have been over complicating problems and landing in giant piles of turd.

I was going nuts one day because I couldn’t listen to streaming radio while I was trying to work. I started messing with all the settings, reconfiguring my sound card. I Removed the sound module and probed it again. Turns out that the reason my headphones were not working was because the cable was unplugged. Hey! it happens with those Dell’s with the slanted front inputs, but I’m still stupid for not checking the speaker volume first.

Fortunately this one was not me, but is still a funny story and something I’m sure most technicians will be familiar with.
User: “I can’t connect to the network”
Tech: “Is it plugged in?”
User: “How do I plug it in if it’s wireless?”
Tech: “Oh, why didn’t you say? Are you sure you’re connected to the right network?”
User: “How do I tell? The thing that normally tells me is gone”
Tech: “Ok, I’ll be there in a sec”
The technician tried to reinstall the driver, change the firewall settings and everything possible. Turns out they forgot to ask them if they’d hit the wireless function key.

Fresh off of the stupid, this one just happened to me five minutes ago. I was switching my KVM over to my Windows machine. I got nothing but a black screen and monitor telling me it was going to bed. My mind told me that Windows had crashed as usual and that I better shut it down and restart. I pressed the power button and waited. I’m used to Linux shutting down pretty quickly so since it was taking its time, I thought it had properly frozen up like it sometimes does. I held the power button in for the dreaded five seconds, poured myself a cup of coffee and turned it back on. What? Nothing! oh yea, I was rummaging around down there yesterday. What’s this? A loose video cable? Crap!

Who’s the sucker now?

Next time you jump off of the diving board of problem solving just remember to try the simple solutions first.
I’d love to hear your stories, and the pile of turd you landed in.

The Linux Blog Introduces a new Writer!

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 5:21 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween is a fun night, but did you know that 13 Years ago on this night Red Hat was released? Halloween now happens to have a special meaning for me.

We have a new writer for The Linux Blog and what this evening has to do with this is that it is our new writers favorite day of the year!

Aaron currently blogs about technology on http://www.systemlag.com. After reading one of his blog posts (below) I asked him if he would be interested in helping me out by writing for The Linux Blog. He was skeptical at first as he did not know what he would blog about. As an aspiring Linux User I thought it would be good if The Linux Blog has a newbie column and asked if he would be interested in writing for it. He agreed.

You should notice blog posts coming from Aaron within the next couple of days.

Here’s the blog post that caught my attention:
Ok guys, here’s the deal. I have this crazy urge to learn Linux. Yeah, yeah, I know some of you fan boys out there are going to go nuts with the
“Oh my GAWD, he doesn’t know what to do when it comes to LINUX!?”
The short answer to that would be, um, no, I really don’t. I’ve grown up windows, kiddies (unless you count our good pal Commodore) and never really felt the need to take a closer look at Linux before now. So here’s where YOU come in: Suggestions. Right now, I’m thinking of picking up a used box from my local thrift store and, after cleaning all the porn out of it (and I’m hoping that’s all I would find), installing Linux and just giving it a go. What sort of specs should I be looking for as far as hardware goes (I’m not guessing I’ll need much), and which Linux app would be best suited for someone like me who’s just dipping his toe into the shark infested water?

It’s hard to find good bloggers these days. If any one else is interested in writing for us (either as a guest, one time posts or a full time blogger), please shoot me an e-mail owen -at- thelinuxblog.com