Yahoo Avatars

Check out my Yahoo Avatars. That’s me on the beach hanging out with my dog Argos! If you have a Yahoo account, you can create one, too. Just go to Yahoo Avatars and let your imagination run wild. By the way, I had to workout to show off the six pack. The tan was the easy part. I look pissed off since someone walked away with my surfboard. Click the link below to see the Avatar.

Delta’s New Website

I have a growing interest in website design. Here’s the latest design from Delta Airlines. Mostly written in Java with some JavaScripts here and there. Very interesting. This site actually does nothing for me since I’m unable to see the code and learn anything from it. I’m giving it a B+ for the site layout and consistency at the very least.

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I ran across a powerful editor called Bluefish. It’s an editor geared for programmers and web designers. The editor supports HTML, C, PHP, Java, JavaScript, SQL, XML, Python, Perl and many more. It’s fast and lightweight and has tons of features that I don’t even know and will probably not use. I used it for about 10 minutes the other day and I just fell in love with it. Sorry, it’s for Linux users only. You can check out the Bluefish website here. By the way, very interesting font on their website. They are using “Bitstream Vera Sans.”

Mounting NTFS

Mounting a portable USB 80GB hard drive on my Fedora Core 3 box was relatively easy. By default, Fedora leaves out the NTFS support due to legal issues. I used YUM to install NTFS support. No issues whatsoever with the installation. Unfortunately, NTFS support is READ-ONLY. I tried mounting the drive automatically via fstab, but I ran into permissions issues. It works manually for now.

The commands:
mount/dev/sda1 /media/Portable_HD -t ntfs, -r -o umask=0222
/dev/sda1 /media/Portable_HD ntfs umask=0222,ro 0 0 (fstab)

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Removing an old kernel

I’ve never done it before. I just successfully removed an old kernel from my Fedora 3 system. Fedora has a feature that automatically updates your system. Old kernels are never removed for good reason. After a while, kernels accumulate and are left to rot on your system. At boot up, your system will start to resemble like a Starbucks menu board. All you need is one kernel, presumably the latest one. Here’s the list of commands I used to remove a kernel.

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Boeing Wi-Fi Service

Boeing will offer in-flight wi-fi service to upcoming planes. Read the article here. It’s still disappointing to hear that no US airline has signed up to purchase Boeing’s latest planes. Apparently, wireless service is already available in foreign carriers. Boeing’s in-flight service is called Connexion. It will cost $30 for international flights, $20 for domestic flights for less than 6 hours or $10 for one hour. The service uses a two-way satellite to link to a network of stations on the ground. Maximum throughput is 20 mb per second which translates to about 150-200 kb per user.

Uptime 179 Days

I just logged in to check on my neglected linux box. I am delighted to know the system has been running for 179 days. A power failure caused the last downtime. In reality, it has been over a year since I rebooted my system. Of course, I checked the logs for intrusions. I was glad to know the box is relatively secure. The system is running on Mandrake 10.0 Linux distribution on 2.6.3 kernel.

Optical Illusion

Look at the Picture #1. Are Squares A and B the same color? It doesn’t look like it, but apparently they are exactly the same. Your eyes are telling you they’re not, but in reality, they are the same color. You want proof? Take a look at Picture #2, it shows two vertical strips of gray which turns out to be same color and shade as Squares A and B. Funky! Here’s the explanation. I’ve read it twice and I’m still scratching my head. It makes sense now. At first, I thought the checkerboard would be all of the same color, but after further investigation, it reveals 3 shades of gray.

Apple iPod

When the iPod was invented, it was designed to play music. Then came podcasting. So, what’s next with the the world’s most popular music player? Music videos? Rumors are swirling that Apple is looking into releasing a new iPod capable of playing music videos. Well, well, well. Wouldn’t that be nice. We’ll just have to wait.