Category: Information Technology

Since the mailing list archive isn’t much in the way of searchable or at least doesn’t seem to be well indexed by search engines I will be keeping a series of posts on my blog with some of the “newer” and more interesting Jed issues as well as various configuration stuff I’ve found useful. Most of you have probably already noticed other posts covering this text editor. When one is working in a terminal it is one of the better ones. I put “newer” in quotes because many times they are old issues which someone just stumbled into and most of the gray cells containing knowledge of the solution sacrificed themselves to Chardonnay or some other enjoyable form of alcohol. Let’s get all of the offensive text editor comments out…

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This is really what KDE Neon should have been. Not some buggy YABU but straight off of Debian. Hopefully those in charge will consume this distro and re-brand it KDE Neon. Having heaped that kind of praise it is not without its quirks. While the “Welcome” screen slide show you manually navigate through seems nice, most of the “install” buttons just show the user a blue Cylon Eye with not so much as an idiot indicator bar. No messages and no concept of just how long something was going to take. I tried to install the NVidia drivers this way three times. Each time it took forever and claimed success. Each reboot showed that nothing worked. Finally I closed that and ran the “Device Driver Manager” directly. The second or…

Information Technology Thank You Sir May I Have Another

Over the past weekend my Internet connection was pretty horrible. After the failure of antiX I wasted a lot of time pulling down 4MLinux. Many attempts to get a successful download then a lot of disappointment trying out the distro. My standard philosophy when trying out new distros, even bad ones, is to burn a DVD which eventually ends up in this Case Logic carry case because it will be used on more than one machine in the next 6-8 months. This disk and antiX went in the trash. Once I got over the weirdness of this distro I tried to install the NVidia drivers. Nope, distro doesn’t host pre-built ones, you have to endure the pain of installing build-essentials and compiling from scratch the first time. Guess what? There…

Information Technology Thank You Sir May I Have Another

I hate to say it, but this was a waste of a DVD.  I should have put this on an RW instead of just a single use disk. The description looked so good. I’ve gotten really tired of Don’t-Test-Squat-Ubuntu distros. As Canonical pushes more and more of the testing responsibilities out to the other distros, the quality of that distro tree drops exponentially. The YABU Linux-Lite I had on the 6-core AMD with 24Gig of RAM, 384 Cuda core and an SSD was starting to feel heavier than a Mack Truck. I was also getting tired of all the issues. Keep in mind the current mission in life for that machine is running BOINC. It’s a spare I take to client sites and occasionally use to look something up or…

Information Technology Thank You Sir May I Have Another

Those of us old enough to have worked with actual continuous form printouts have a certain soft spot for printed code. Oh, not on that nasty loose white paper which comes out of our laser printers, but that always in the right order continuous stuff. It made great scratch paper. Most WordPress themes don’t even try to get close to the look and feel for either the <code> or <pre> tags. On rare occasions you can find one which does a bang up job duplicating the numbered border and punched holes just like the real McCoy. With just a tiny bit of effort you can get something close. When you are in your dashboard and hover over “Appearance” a sub-menu displays the “Customize” entry. Somewhere on the left of that…

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