Beating Deadlines with Beat

Am swamped with school projects and a possible side venture, so here is some English Beat.

I have to deal with some polynomials and lengthy math assignments that require Internet Explorer. The polynomials are not the trouble; it’s the IE. Rarely used that browser.

On a brighter side, I’m setting up a website with a non-profit organisation, so that’s a plus.

Dual Boot on my laptop!

I wished for those small computers, especially the ones that the OLF gave away.  I thought that the time for me to get one would be far away.  But I remembered:  Hey!  I can install Ubuntu on my lappy and set up the dual-boot with Vista.  And right now, I’m using Intrepid Ibex from my laptop.

Before anything else, I defragged the hard drive and shrank the Vista partition by 12.5 GB.  Vista Business has that option in which you can resize the hard drive.  Just to make sure things are safe, I made backups of my files and then I booted from my Live CD.  After setting up the extra space, I installed Ubuntu.  It also  sets up a boot loader, in which I can either boot from Vista or from Ubuntu.  That’s an extra step when I turn on my lappy, but it’s a small one.

For me, it’s like having a new computer, rediscovering the features.  Now I can enjoy Linux whenever I take my laptop.  I will have to get to the nuts and bolts and blog about how my laptop gets along with Ubuntu.

Ohio Linuxfest Recap

After a day of rest, I am ready to blog about my weekend in Columbus. It was a very busy weekend as I volunteered for the second year. I left Thursday evening, carpooling with Simon Ruiz and his wife Sarah. Simon is part of the Indiana Ubuntu Local Community Team and they are good folk. Arrived at 9:30 pm, met the OLF guys at Drury, and went to my room at Hyatt on Capitol Square.

Got my room for 45 bux a night. It has a nice view of the State Capitol and it’s clean and cozy. But since it’s a four-star hotel, they will charge you for internet. Boo! Found a free hotspot close by, though.

On Friday morning, I went to the convention center and helped with the Professional Attendees’ registration. They were taking tutorials on time management, the LPI exam, security, and other system administration courses. I did meet Tom Limoncelli, the author of Time Management for System Administrators. Tom’s a nice fellow in person. I thanked him for his book, as it helped me and my husband with organizing time. I later bought his other book that he co-authored, The Practice of System and Network Administration. It’s over 950 pages thick and chockful of best practices that system/network administrators should know.

At lunchtime, I helped pass out shirts for the attendees and assembled the lanyard passes. After lunch, I relaxed and went to Barley’s for the pre-party. Went back to my room as sleep was of importance. Saturday was a day of much activity and I needed the sleep.

I was one of the presenters introducing the speakers, and I was assigned the Town Hall stage. The OLF organizers gave me a shirt and a “STAFF” lanyard pass. I got to hear Peter Salus, Elizabeth Garbee, Ilan Rabinovitch, Roland Hess, Paul Ferris, and Jon [Maddog] Hall. I also got to hear Jono Bacon as well. There was some technical difficulties with the overhead projector, but it was solved when presenters directly hooked up their laptops to the projectors instead of via the podium.

There was a huge raffle and HP gave away 5 portable computers and two printers. Simon Ruiz won the Photosmart inkjet. He was thrilled to the gills. The Linux Link Tech Show guys also gave away lots of books.

The after-party took place, with desserts and old school video games. I played a round of Super Mario 2. (The Princess is the best character for the game.) Dualcore performed their nerdcore rap. There was a dance off involving a chubby guy without a t-shirt. Moob-a-riffic! One attendee noticed my new Limoncelli book and I let him browse through it. He did not know that Sarbanes-Oxley regulations do apply to SAs. I advised him to chat with his colleagues about proper compliance. Note to the profs at Ivy Tech: Thank you for teaching me that tidbit.

The final morning was spent at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral across the street from the center. One of the Zenoss guys invited me to attend, so I got to see something new…er…I mean old. They commemorated the fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. I recognized various elements of the Liturgy, but it was different. I’m still sticking to the Book of Concord and high church Lutheranism. At least I understand a bit why various Lutheran clergy crossed over to Constantinople. I ate with Mr and Mrs Ruiz at the North Market and we went back to the Fort.

I’m glad I went to OLF and learned plenty. Much love and kudos to Beth Lynn and the OLF staff. They worked so hard to bring this to fruition. Over 1000 attended the conference and it was a great success. Travis Bigrigg has a great collection of pictures on his Flickr page. Looking forward to next year!

The Emperor is Dead, Long Live Lelouch

Weeaboo Alert!

The final turn of Code Geass R2: Lelouch of the Rebellion is simply satisfying, a fitting end to this series. I do not know whether Sunrise will do a bonus episode wrapping up loose ends. It will help me figure out whether CC will finally be granted her wish.

I think that Lelouch has really died, no immortality gained by any Code and certainly not driving the hay cart. When CC was talking at the end, she is talking to him who is in the spirit world, like how the Emperor Charles communicated to the late Prince Clovis.

I can imagine the conversation between Jeremiah and Anya after the assassination:

Anya: But now what should I do?
Jeremiah: I ask the same question myself. War has lost that honor and prestige.
A: And there is not much work right now for a girl who knows how to use a Knightmare Frame.
J: Guilford suggested this idea to me…
*tosses orange to Anya*

A side note: how many of us noticed that the Empress still has her disability? A far cry from the BS idea that the disabled cannot lead. And speaking of Nunally: I bet a collective PHWOAR was shouted when she was in chains and wearing that red dress. The cosplay tailors will be very busy.

Final Turn of Code Geass R2 Tonight


They already have the unsubbed episode online. But due to my lack of Japanese proficiency*, I’ll be waiting tonight. By that time, I’ll be ready with pizza for dinner. (But not from Pizza Hut. Sorry, CC.)

*I know a few words, and I can recognize “onii-sama” [what Nunnally calls Lelouch– her “Elder Brother”] and “onee-sama” [“elder sister”, as used in the “Class S” schoolgirl drama The Virgin Mary Is Watching You].

Ohio Linuxfest in 2 weeks

The Ohio Linuxfest will be held in Columbus two weeks from now, and it’s a great gathering of Midwest FOSS geeks. This year, Joe Brockmeier (OpenSUSE) and Jono Bacon (Ubuntu) will do the keynotes. There will be a training cram session for the LPI exams on Friday, the OpenAFS hackathon on Friday as well, a pre-festival gathering at Barley’s on High Street that night, and lots of stuff going on. I’ll be hanging out with the Ubuntu Indiana group (lots of thanks for the carpool) and will again volunteer at the festival.

This week, the featured music clip is English Beat’s March of the Swivelheads, from the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off soundtrack.

March Of The Swivelheads – English Beat

This Week’s News

Sorry I have not been blogging, as I was busy with my studies and tooling around with WordPress.

Does any of you ever seen any British general election coverage on BBC?  There is this regal-sounding theme, and it turns out that it came from Rick Wakeman’s Arthur.


BTW, Pr McCain (not to be confused with the other McCain) has a nifty video that I’ve pasted up here.  More widget adjustments coming up…

Pfffft, I give up.

I’m dismantled my blog and starting all over.  I still have a copy of my SQL database, though.

There will be more changes later on.  You might see some old stuff one of these days.

In the meantime, here is the theme from St Elmo’s Fire.  As a kid, I thought it was boring.  It still is, but I understand it’s appeal.  You graduate…and you are moving on with a mate, new job, and new life.   The music is a gem.


The Writs of Carol Rutz, High Church Horseplayer