Sunday, May 27, 2007

Trying to buy a Xybernaut computer.

Xybernaut computers are starting to show up on I am bidding on a Mav unit now. This would be perfect for my bike. I was bidding on a Poma unit but am no longer interested in that model. I will see about buying the Mav unit and might have to spend about 400 dollars for this unit.

I was successful at installing Debian 3.0 r 2 onto the Compaq Presario 1210 Pentium 1 150 Mhz computer.

Well after numerous runs of tasksel the OS finally installed. I have an emergency boot diskette. I have a root account and a user account. I have gotten X windows working and set the background and random screen saver. I have also surfed the net with the PCMCIA ethernet card. I have also corrected the time on the system.

I am getting somewhere with installing Debian 3.0 r 2 on the old Pentium 1 Compaq Presario 1210.

I was able to get the base install and get to tasksel with Debian 3.0 r2. The real problem with this old laptop is the CD drive is not functioning very well. A replacement drive might allow better behaviour. I am slowly getting packages installed but the CD drive keeps getting a read error and I must run tasksel repeatedly. But right now packages are slowly being installed.

The problem now could come from the security updates from the Internet adjusting the distribution up from Woody to Etch and I don't want that to happen.

I am installing a trial version of Photoshop CS3 and also installed a graphic resizing widget for dashboard.

In an attempt to resize graphics for use at cafepress I downloaded and am installing a trial version of Photoshop CS3 on my Macbook and also installed on my eMac a Dashboard widget for resizing graphics. The widget worked and I have a custom T-shirt now with the R-project logo available to purchase but no money to buy it. I will now also install the resizing widget on my Macbook.

That darn Compaq laptop.

I tried in vain to install Linux in flavours of Debian 3.1, 4.0 and then Xandros and then Corel Linux. The Corel was the most successful but the lilo would not start on reboot after install. I may give one last shot today with Red Hat 6.2 and may be I will try Debian 3.0 before that last shot.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Toshiba 4010 CDT bought and then given away.

I bought a Toshiba 4010 CDT laptop for 30 dollars plus 20 dollars shipping. I had intended to use this laptop with French keyboard to install Linux. Instead seeing that it came with a fresh install of windows 2000 I gave it away to a poor friend.

Using my Palm Treo for music.

I bought a stereo adapter as it is known for the Palm Treo 600. I bought it from Bell World. It cost 11 dollars and change. I was able to listen to some Beatles songs but the other songs I had initially transfered to the SD card were mp4a's and would not play in Pocket tunes the application that the Palm uses to play music. So I searched out a file conversion tool and found Max 0.7.1 and am now converting some CKUT anarchism audio files I ripped this week. I bought them last week at the Montreal Anarchist book fair. I am also converting some Ry Cooder music from the album My Name is Buddy.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Macbook back up is completed now.

I backup up the Macbook to an external hard drive again.

I checked the LaCie harddrives fior viruses.

I checked the two LaCie hard drives for viruses. It took a few days but it worked in the end. Most viruses found were in emails and were all windows viruses. These emails I never opened nor did I ever get infected with the viruses. Most were SoBig and Doom viruses.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Back ups.

I have an external hard drive hooked up to the Macbook. I am backing up the Macbook to the external hard drive. I have copied the Desktop and Documents folders to the external drive. On top of this I am using the LaCie back up software to back up the user account that I use on the Macbook.

For the eMac I copied the desktop and Documents folders to a different external hard drive. I will now use the LaCie software to back up the user account on the eMac. To do this I will need to delete the former back up and then do the back up.

Friday, May 11, 2007

I have trouble burning disks of files and folders on my Macs.

I was not able to burn back up disks of my Macs. For now I must do this with hard drives rather than DVD's. I had used CDs, and DVD's since 2003 with my Thinkpad and my first eMac. Macs: "it just doesn't work".

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Social networking today.

I joined facebook today and added people with my last name and two coworkers as friends. I believe I need to respond to another coworkers invite from awhile ago.

Back ups today.

I am backing up my iTunes library to 8 double layer DVD disks. I am also backing up my Macbook and my eMac to double layer disks today.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Friday, May 04, 2007

For coworkers today.

I searched in iTunes just now for jazz records for a coworker. For another coworker with really bad health luck meaning rare disease issues, I am burning a driver CD for a wireless Linksys card I gave her.

Both of my Mac's are working well but my Linux laptop will not install Debian 4.0 r 0 cleanly.

I have been using my Macs every day now and they are both working just fine. I have been trying to install Debian 4.0 r 0 on the Compaq Pentium 1 computer. This is a very early model Pentium with the Pentium flaw. So far the install does not work. It can not get beyond the base system install. I think it is the CD drive that is broken on this computer. It is old but has not seen a lot of use.

I was tested on my ability to use Excel, Word, Page Maker and Distiller at work.

I wrote an exam at work on a computer to see if i can use Excel, Word, Page Maker and Distiller. I think I did ok but not perfect.