More Red Hat mania and PSP news
Friday, February 24, 2006 | Author: Mad Typist
Well, the experiment installing Linux went... less than satisfactorily. I tried installing Red Hat Fedora Core 4, which required two attempts to get something that looked even remotely functional.

My new problem is that half the time the system refuses to boot properly, so you have to reboot and hit F2 to enter the BIOS menu. From there, I can usually get it to load correctly. However, even when I get the GUI desktop to run, a lot of the time, the network card doesn't activate properly.

I've also realized how spoiled I am with Windows Install Wizard. I'm trying to figure out where to stick my new update of Firefox 1.5 so that the new browser will launch, instead of the old 1.0.7 version that comes with the OS. Yeaerrrrgh.

This weekend, The Boy has declared that we must clean our apartment, so I'm not sure how much time I'll have to tinker with the Linux box. If I get a free moment, I think I'm going to have to open the box, make sure the network card is firmly pushed into the slot and then perhaps do a fresh install of the OS one more time.

In other news, Fight Night Round 3 is almost tempting enough for me to want an Xbox 360, and I'm debating whether or not to buy this Korean PSP game called DJ Max Portable. I'm almost certainly going to go out and get myself a copy of Exit which looks awesome. Also, apparently they are releasing Lemmings for the PSP, which is the most exciting news I've heard all month.
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Red Hat Fedora Core 4 mania
Monday, February 20, 2006 | Author: Mad Typist
Today begins my first attempt at installing Red Hat Linux Fedora Core 4 on one of the old computers we have in the house. How old is this computer? It doesn't have an ethernet port - it has a COM1 port that requires an adapter. Yikes.

Fortunately, while cleaning out my closet I happened to find an old 3COM network card underneath my rugby cleats. I'm going to stick that one in and see what happens. Cross your fingers on that....

The goal is to install both the desktop GUI and also hopefully configure Apache and GNOMe. We'll see how that goes.

I had a copy of Fedora Core 3 on DVD, but since this computer doesn't even have a DVD drive, I've had to download Fedora Core 4 for CD. It takes 4 discs to hold the ISO images. I also had to upgrade my stupid CD burning program so I could properly burn the ISO images to my CD-Rs.

Stay tuned for more as the day goes on. This could be a loooong day. Thank god the Discovery Channel is running a Dog Whisper marathon so I have something to watch while I work.
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Hola, La Munda!
Thursday, February 16, 2006 | Author: Mad Typist
Okay, back to the drawing board. I just started up my latest project, entitled "Commentary Commentary", located at

It's basically my commentary on the quality of the commentary tracks contained on all my DVDs. I got frustrated sitting through 2 hours of self-important blathering on some DVDs, so I wanted a place to warn others to avoid such a fate. I also have stumbled across some unexpectedly brilliant commentaries in my time and wanted a forum to share those. First up is a great example of the latter: the William Shatner/Leonard Nimoy commentary track from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Hands down, one of the greatest commentaries I've heard. It's funny, informative and frankly quite surreal at points. Good stuff. I'm looking forward to reviewing it.

Another project in the pipe is setting up my very first Linux box in my house. I've got an old PC I'm converting over. Right now, some of the main challenges are getting a proper network card installed (that is supported by Linux) and figuring out how to set up Apache. I'll post details as I go, so you can all share in my pain.
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