Tuesday, December 30, 2003

The IBM 350 is running Red Hat 9 now with KDE. It is a little buggy and doesn't seem to run the screen saver. It can though use high speed/broadband Internet. It also can use a USB mouse fine. I am just waiting to arrange a ride to get this to my friend's place.

Monday, December 29, 2003

I got the Xwindows configured at the lowest possible resolution and can use the machine and surf the net. I am ready to give my friend this machine. I am going to give him the IBM 14" monitor with it. All for 30$.
I am cleaning up my office a bit and adding another computer desk I found in the trash.
I got the Red Hat 9 installed on the IBM 350 but did not get X configured properly. I do though have a text/command line log in. I will try to configure X today.

I need to update my yahoo/geocities poetry web site.

I bought some ebooks from the palm store www.palmdigitalmedia.com.

Saturday, December 27, 2003

I am trying to install Red Hat 9 on an IBM 350 personal computer with a Pentium 133 processor and 40 MB of RAM and an 8 GB hard drive. I intend to give this away to a friend.
I have mostly been using my TP T30 to read email the past week.

Friday, December 26, 2003

I am reading Teach yourself KDE in 24 hours this weekend.
Yahoo messenger worked today on the TP T30. I am going to get into X Chat on Red Hat in the next few months.
My Red Hat 9 machine is still up and running. I started to write with kedit a BASIC program for doing simple linear regression. I also started an on screen presentation to describe this program. I avoided buying some Red Hat baseball caps or T-Shirts as shipping to Canada was too pricey

I messed around with a free Palm Stat regression software on Christmas day. I tried to make a memo file that contained my data. The software was buggy but mostly it was slow. I did not get it to work.

Christmas I read my wife some basic computer literacy stuff on our bus trip. I also demonstarted laptop use to her mom who has also never really used a computer.

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

I did register the domain name. I uploaded two web pages there. I owe this group nine more hours work before January.

Santa got me LaCie USB floppy drive, and some 250MB zip disks.

I got the donated IBM personal computer 350 and am presently installing a Red Hat 9 workstation with KDE. This is for a casual friend.

I have been using my palm regularly on the bus to and from work.

I got the book Programming in TRUE BASIC, problem solving with structure and style 2 ed. by Stewart Venit and Sandra Schleiffers, (Toronto: ON, Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, 1999). I read the table of contents last night and the preface.

I am about to do my third Internet domain name registration. My first for someone else. This register will be chosen based on the client's wishes. It will cost 25$/year. The domain will be www.eastern-regional-network.org.

Friday, December 19, 2003

The Palm Universe program would not run properly on my Palm Vx.
I spent a couple of hours trying to piece together two broken computers into one new machine. I haven't had much luck yet. I am doing my first Linux box for someone else this weekend.

I got my first web paycheck this month and am going ahead with that work. I will be registering a domain for this work very shortly.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

I downloaded Astroinfo and Palm Universe two palm astronomy programs. Astroinfo is at source forge astroinfo.sourcefourge.net and Palm Universe I found at palmopensource.com.

I like windows media player visualisations.

I researched some more of OnBoardC.

I finally read the end of The Hacker Crackdown, by Bruce Sterling.

Monday, December 15, 2003

I played a game on Red Hat 9 KDE for about half an hour. I also began to get security updates for my Red Hat machine. I also registered with Red Hat. I also downloaded the lastest 1.44 floppies for the Debian 3 base system.
I finished the paper describing a query software written in prolog for searching MATHML that is math XML files on the web.

Sunday, December 14, 2003

I am into labeling electronic files with header information but do not comment my HTML or my BASIC code. I also am into labelling subject lines in emails and good common sense folder and file organisation techniques.
I got some BASIC code from the book by Groenveld, An Introduction to Probability and Statistics Using BASIC (New York, NY:, Marcel Dekker, Inc., 1979) to work on my Palm Vx.

Saturday, December 13, 2003

I used vi on the TP360. I made a few files and included the date in the file's names.

Friday, December 12, 2003

I reinstalled Red Hat 9 on the IBM 325 and it went ok. I can now surf the net using a Linux computer.

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

A helper from the Linux user group Brian came by and tried reinstalling debian with X windows on the Duron box but the install would not finish. He did though help me get my router working although most of the help also came from Dlink and a helpful technician on the phone. We needed to update the firmware on the router then it worked fine. So I now have a router working for my high speed internet connection and I will next see if my various Linux boxes can easily use the Internet.
I am browsing Palm software and downloading free stuff like the Koran and the European Union constitution. I don't need to read the EU Constitution this year.

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

I read this today related to my XML studies: Heumesser, B. D., et al,. An Information System for Retrieving and Reasoning about XML-based Mathematical Knowledge, in ed. Bai F, and Wegner, B., Electronic Information and Communications in Mathematics, ICM 2002 International Satellite Conference, Beijing China, August 2002, Revised Papers. LNCS 2730
I helped a friend who is a computer gamer with his high speed connection yesterday. I failed to connect him though. Another mutual friend was there and we got to talking pirate software and I brought up Linux. They asked me to get them Linux for Christmas. I had them agree to paying about 30$ each for some low end pentiums with Linux installed as a Christmas project. I found some Pentium 200Mhz computers in Compaq cases for 30$ each no hard drives. They have 64MB ram. I will need to find some 2GB drives for them. Ebay I guess.

I am hoping to get some stacking milk crate like file folder holders from staples to clean up my computer room.

I have been using my palm and my Red Hat 6.2 box. I have also been using my eMac a lot. Tomorrow I get help configuring X windows on my duron computer.

Sunday, December 07, 2003

I am working today so will be using computers at work.
I am staring to use my Palm V. I tried to write a basic program. I started to read the SmallBasic reference manual. SmallBasic can handle matrix algebra like the type taught in MATH0107 and other linear algebra courses. I am using the calendar a lot on the Palm. I am reading the Hacker Crackdown a free ebook by Bruce Sterling.

Saturday, December 06, 2003

The person from the OCLUG has agreed to help me configure X windows on my Duron box.

I got a Palm V from the major department store. I downloaded and investigated OnBoardC to write C code on the Palm. Instead of that as I know little C I am going to use SmallBasic first and have installed that today and printed the reference manual for it. I will study this manual this coming week.

The Red Hat 6.2 install was so smooth on the Pentium 133. I now have a KDE desktop machine.

Thursday, December 04, 2003

I might be getting some help today from someone from the Ottawa-Carleton Linux Users Group. He was going to help me install Red Hat 9 on my laptop. Now I don't want to do that. But I might let him help me configure X windows on the Debian 3.0 v1 computer.

I did not get X when I did the TurboLinux reinstall.

I will try to installl Red Hat 6.2 on the old Pentium 133.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

I am reinstalling the Turbo Linux to get a basic desktop computer.
I used my Duron box to write a C program. I was using Learning C on the Macintosh and a program from there. I need to read this book again and write my own C program.

Monday, December 01, 2003

I surfed sourceforge and apple looking for a free C or C++ compiler to use on the eMac. I found XEphem an astronomy program but could not get it working. I also found a Palm OS C compiler at Source Forge.