Sunday, May 29, 2005

I have just copied my outlook express email folder to a folder and will burn it to CD now. This will be both a back up CD and a way that I will try to transfer my email to my eMac. I will read's switch guide may be to help me with this.
I completed my fiscal 2004 web work for the Eastern Regional Network of consumer survivor organisations. I built them this web site and maintain it.

I did an hour of webmastering for pay just now. I caught the release of confidential information and got a public document to post to the ERN web site rather than the confidential document. I had to view as source as well as composer made some errors in the html source file. All is well now and the fresh updated web pages are on the web. I must draw up a contract for this web work for fiscal 2005.

Friday, May 27, 2005

I got Grass to open the Spearfish data today and used some command line code from a book to produce some maps. I then explained somethings about GIS and Grass to my brother in an email.

I just loaded my palm up with pdf's of journal articles and also lecture slides from my spring/summer public law course.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

I succeeded to get Grass working on both my Macintosh and on my Windows computer but do not know how to use Grass yet. I have gotten it to launch the sample Speafish data on both computers now. I also was able to borrow a book from the library on how to use Grass and read the first chapter now.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

I changed the background on my blog.

My eMac apple macintosh computer. Posted by Hello

an old IBM that I installed Red Hat 9 onto. Posted by Hello

My Linux monitor Posted by Hello
I finally beat my auction over spending. I bid a few dollars on three items and did not go back and raise my bid on any of the three. I won two out of the three. This is really the way to buy by not spending more than a few dollars. I can not make the mistake of raising my bids anymore.
I spent about 4 hours surfing my high school's web site and communicating with other former students.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

I am about to burn a cygwingrass CD from an ISO image.
I downloaded Grass 6 for the Mac and got it to work. I also am trying to put it on my windows computer. I may not succeed at this as my windows computer knowledge is not as deep as might be needed.
I did not use the Palm actually in the field. We used printed copies of our book inventory. I had some problems with the inventory file on the palm. I transfered some lecture power points to the palm but needed to install power point 97 onto my laptop. I now have installed the complete Office 97 on the laptop.

I got a free DVD at the Montreal Anarchist bookfair about the terrorist attacks in the USA. I got a 512 memory stick duo to listen to songs on the PSP. I also got a new SD 256MB card for my palm.

I have not really used Snapper much but it is my choice for an email application on the palm. I had some tech help from them to get it working on the palm.

I checked out the new Life Drive from Palm. I will have to wait until the price drops but am actually not interested in the featues of the newest palm. I prefer to have a mini keyboard so my upgrade path will be to the Treo 650 in a year or two.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

I am using my Palm Tungsten W in the field today. We will be using it to monitor and record inventory as we sell books at a bookfair. We are using documents to go and an excel spread sheet to do this.

I got the palm a wireless account with Rogers A T & T. I am testing out Snapper for email on the palm and it seems to work fine. This will cost me about 25$ a month.

The power switch on the IBM 760 may be broken. So that is about 160$ down the drain. I am now trying to sell the Thinkpad to recover my costs. I may try to attempt this hardware repair myself.

Friday, May 13, 2005

I received the 32 MB memory chip for the IBM Thinkpad 760ED. It worked fine. I was able to install Debian 3. My mistake was with mounitng hard drive partitions. Still even with the added memory Red Hat 9 would not fit on the hard drive. I need about a 2 GB drive to work with Red Hat 9. I tried using a boot manager suggested by some linux helper but was not able to get it working. Also I could not find a boot floppy image on the Fedora core 3 CD.

Last night I tried editing the XF86Config file but no luck getting X working yet.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

I got the other things I bought for the 760 Thinkpad yesterday in the mail. Both the hard drive and the CD drive work fine. With the CD drive I was able to install the win98 drivers for the Linksys ethernet card and managed to get high speed internet to this pentium 1 laptop. With the second hard drive I was able to start both a Red Hat 9 Linux install and also a Debian Linux 3.0 install. But the Debian Linux kept crashing at the end of the base install. Also the Red Hat 9 needs more memory so I will have to wait for the 32Mb RAM to arrive and should proably afford another 32M RAM chip in the future.

Friday, May 06, 2005

I made my monthly back up CD for April. This time backing up school work and a sub My Documents folder. I did not yet back up email. I also have now hard copied my two blog spot blogs. I just need to hard copy a couple of more blogs and I am done for April.
Both the Thinkpad I bought used, and the Zip drive work. I bought them both on ebay. I got the Thinkpad connected to the net earlier this morning and am updating its Windows software. This old thinkpad was not connected to the net by the previous owner and the thought occured to me to keep this computer off the net but first I will update it. It might be possible to only use it on the net when installing software updates.

I have discovered some issues with installing Debian on it concerning the rescue boot disk and can not find a previously ftp available version of the rescue floppy for this model Thinkpad. There is another way of installing Debian from CD and the instructions on how to boot into the CD are available but I will have to wait for the CD drive to arrive. I will also wait for a second hard drive to install Debian on and wait for a 32MB RAM upgrade.

I did not work on this laptop project much yesterday. Mostly I worked on it this morning. Besides a short break for legal studies and one for reading today's newspaper I have been working on the computers for most of what is now almost a 20 hour day.

Yesterday I tried out the Iomega zip drive in my Thinkpad T30. It works fine. This means I have saved 200$ on the purchase of this IBM accessory. From there I copied files off a zip disk then tried to get my old back up 20GB IBM drive to work in my USB external enclosure. It worked a little but the Thinkpad T30 would not see the format on the hard drive. In my attempts to get this working I used the installed Virtual PC and installed Win98 on the virutal PC. This didn't work and I spent time updating this virtual install of Win98. I had yesterday morning tried to install Debian on the virutal PC but was unsure about partitioning so stopped myself.

I then put the DVD drive back in the T30 and explored old back up CD's. I had some success in importing email from old email stores from April 2001 to April 2002. I also copied lot of old work files to the newer T30. So back ups were proving effective. I also want to do this email process with my Mac so I can have all my email on two newer computers that I use regularly.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

I got my IBM 20 GB drive to connect in the USB box but it could not be read on the winXP laptop. Also on the laptop I used Microsoft Virtual PC to install win98 and then updated this.

This somehow led me to trying old back up CD's and I restored email from April 2001-April 2002 to my present copy of Outlook Express. During this time I was using my Aptiva computer. After April 2002 I used Win98 on the duron computer. In April 2003 I got my eMac and all the email on that machine is still accessible but not backed up. Also much of the email from September 2003 until now is on the WinXP laptop. I am just investigating old back up CD's tonight and copying some files to the T30 laptop. I might repeat this on the eMac.

I installed the 250MB zip drive on the IBM T30. It works fine and cost about 20$ a savings of about 200$ over the IBM store price. But now I need to manage two disk drives when I travel with the IBM.
I am waiting to install Fedora Core 3 on the Thinkpad 760ED until I get another 32MB RAM for this machine. For now it has win98.
I failed to install Debian on either the laptop or the duron. Today I got the IBM Thinkpad 760ED in the mail. It has Win98 installed right now. It seems to work fine. I also got a 250MB zip disk for my IBM Thinkpad T30 and will now try that drive out by installing it.
I am attempting to install Debian 3 r2 on the duron computer again. This OS has successfully been installed recently so I am trying again. I will also try a microsoft virutal PC program and install Fedora core 3 on the laptop with win XP.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

I am again attempting to install an operating system on the clone Duron machine. I failed to install Fedora 1 core today. Now I am trying WinXP pro.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

There is a computer book store closing on one of our main streets here. This past week they were offering three books for five dollars. I bought these three books:
LeVitus, Bob. Mac OS X Panther for Dummies (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2004).
I am running panther right now on my eMac
Hall, Jon 'maddog', & Sery, Paul G. Red Hat Linux Fedora for Dummies (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2004).
I am running Fedora Core 3 on my IBM PC sever right now.
Pouge, David. Palm Pilot: the Ultimate Guide: Mastering the Palm Organizers from Pilot 1000 to Palm VII (Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly, 1999).
I have owned a Palm IIIxe, a Palm Vx and now a Palm Tungsten W.
Yesterday the same store offered fifteen books for five dollars and the clerk threw in an extra book AOL for Dummies. These are six of the sixteen books I bought:
Pouge, David. Palm Pilot: the Ultimate Guide: Mastering the Palm Organizers from Pilot 1000 to Palm VII (Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly, 1999).
The copy I bought earlier in the week was missing the CD so I bought another copy with the CD this time
Pouge, David.The iBook for Dummies (Foster City, CA: IDG, 2000).
I have wanted an early model iBook. I have used someone else's iBook for surfing while on holidays.
Claverie, Jean-Michel, & Notredame, Cedric. Bioinformatics for Dummies (New York, NY, Wiley, 2003).
I have a passing interest in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
Tejkowski, Erick. Cocoa Programming for Dummies (New York, NY: Wiley, 2003).
I have not programmed Macs much.
Kaufeld, John. AOL for Dummies (New York, NY: Wiley, 2003).
Wolinsky, Howard, & Wolinsky, Judi. Healthcare Online for Dummies (New York, NY: Hungry Minds, 2001).