Friday, December 30, 2005

I got the RSS feed working on the Palm with Avantgo. I still have not gotten RSS feeds working on my PSP. I have done nothing with my PSP web design project for the past month.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

I am trying out the new RSS channels beta on the avantgo web site. The avantgo web site loads web pages onto my palm using my computer's internet connection. It could also download these web pages with avantgo and a wireless connection but this would cost more from the wireless company because the downloads from news services through avantgo would change everyday and the size of total downloads are metered at the wireless company. I am limited to about 2 MB per month which is fine for using the Palm for email only and only email from my low traffic school email address. But downloading web pages would be too expensive at 10$ per MB. But I added rss feeds from two of my blogs and put them on the palm with the USB cradle hotsync and so I will test those out on the palm today as I travel around on the bus.
I spent about an hour backing up and configuring my Palm w. I also ordered voice mail service for it this morning as this may be cheaper than my present other cell phone by about 10 dollars per month. Right now I have two cell phones plus my wifes phone. Now I can cut one cell phone off and save 35$ and pay 20$ plus tax for the voice on the palm. I will test the palm voice for now and can cancel the voice plan at any time for no charge. I also spent some time over night trying out some software for the iPod from the missing manual CD for the missing manual book iPod and iTunes from the missing manual web site.

I also gifted some music to family from the iTunes store for a Christmas present.

I was successful at burning one DVD back up of ten years of email.

Monday, December 26, 2005

I was looking at the size of the Mail folder on my new eMac and for some reason it was only around 900 MB. So I deleted my original old eMac email(this import appeared empty) off the new eMac and retransfered it from the old eMac using my Iomega 20GB drive. I then imported all of it but the old Thinkpad email that was stored in a netscape email file. That file has already been imported on the new eMac. So hopefully now I have only about two years or so of duplicates from my dot mac transfer from Thinkpad to the old eMac. My new eMac has ten years worth of email now which is about a year and a half shy of the time I have been using email. The Mail file is 2.5 GB now. I had some trouble transfering it to a DVD to burn. But now I am ready to burn the first back up DVD of 2.5 GB.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

I did some usual tasks on the old eMac and then ethernet transfered the files to the new eMac and it worked fine.
I tried turning comments off now.
I was able to run R from the command line and do the same code as I did last winter in my first assignment in my data mining course. I also was able with KWord to open my code files which were kept in word doc format. But I could not copy and paste the code as I was used to with R so needed to retype it. Also the directory in Linux needed to be changed slightly from the windows directory that was in the code for opening the data file. But it works. I think this is R 1.5.1 I am using on this machine.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

I reinstalled Debian 3.0 r2 on the old Compaq laptop using only CD's about a week ago. I tried resetting the network environment up with netenv and was successful at getting an internet connection last night. I guessed the IP address for the machine that the DNS server in the router might offer. Anyway it worked.

I also installed, R, R-base, R-latex and R-recommended. This evening I will transfer some school files over from my data mining course and test drive the R. I will also download Ggobi and try that out too. This will require that I access and search for Ggobi on the web.

The eMac is up and running. I still can not get my old eMac user files to function on the new eMac using the firewire transfer but I did get the applications transfered. That is I can not log in as the old user.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

I got iBlog working on the new eMac. I copied the folder from application support for iBlog and also copied the peferences file for iBlog. Now iBlog is open with all my old iBlogs there ready to go.

I also used the copied iTunes folder to update my iPod so lost some voice memos (I don't know why) which I am just transfering back.

I used my Iomega huge 20GB portable drive to do these transfers by swapping the USB cable between the two eMacs which are side by side on the living room desk.

I finally cleaned up cables in the office in front of the PC server and the shelves. Most of the cables are now behind the shelves. I also cleared off my desktop space around the IBM monitor, MSN keyboard, and IBM mouse, so I can comfortably and safely use the Fedora core machine in the office. I also after this just minutes ago, cleared up papers and headphones and ear phones off the living room desk.

Friday, December 16, 2005

eMac working fine now

I was able to set up my email by the end of Thursday. It is still a little buggy. I was able to make those back up DVD's so I have reached some safety now with computers and saving all my volumious writing which is largely emails. But this email back up includes most non-spam email I have ever received too in a broken not quite continuous and smooth record from 1996 to 2005 on a variety of different computers. This is all now on two identical DVD's and I will make a third copy still as three copies are recommended by security professionals for back up archives of files.

Open source software installs on new eMac

I installed Neo Office 1.2 alpha late yesterday.

I am reinstalling tex, texshop, R and Grass on my new eMac which means X11 first, from my Mac OS X DVD. Then R which installs G77 the fortran compiler and also tsk(sp?). Then over to tex shop and the i-installer to install X11 apps for teXshop. Then install teX again with i-installer. Then finally texshop itself. Then Grass which might wait until tomorrow. teX2005 includes code for both Mac architectures Mac PPC and Mac Intel which means the open source developers are already designing for the new intel Macs before the hardware is for sale.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

I got my new computer an Apple eMac

But this new computer does not work well yet. I am attemping right now to reinstall Mac OS X. I have transfered all the applications and user accounts and network settings from my old eMac. After doing this I was able to open about three applications but once open could not do anything with them. I did a hardware test at my brothers suggestion and the hardware is fine. We both figured that perhaps the file transfer had made the new eMac not work properly. I was also not given the extra 512 MB RAM chip I paid for. It seems either the store was trying to rob me or they forgot to install it. I will have to get the extra 512 MB RAM chip from them and install it myself. I have paid for it already. I guess I could see this as one time when I am giving a store credit rather than them giving me credit.

I have about 30 minutes left in the Max OS X install and then I can see again if the new eMac works. In fact in the time it took me to write this it has rebooted and asked for the Install Disk 2.

This first Mac OS X install didn't work. So I did a clean install and did not firewire transfer anything but instead used my USB back up drive to do things manually. I am taking my usual file storage area on the desktop and moving it to the documents folder.

It seems this blog is no longer considered a spam blog which means I can edit the posts and spell check them again.

Friday, December 09, 2005

I am buying a new eMac

I was able to afford a new eMac. Now I will be able to burn DVD's and have lots of hard drive space. I should be getting it in about a week. I should also be getting the old clamshell iBook soon too.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

I borrowed some rock CD's to put on my iPod. It took me about 5 hours to rip 20 CD's but I am not file sharing these mp3's.

I am backing up or copying my Desktop folder to my Iomega portable hard drive which I will again try to take to school and use it on computers there and then burn DVD's of these files.