Archive for category Foresight

Xorg working (finally)

On the last Free Linux Help Line show both I and another caller had an issue with getting an older model ATI card (ATI Technologies Inc Radeon RV250 [Mobility FireGL 9000] in my case) to work with recent releases of the distros we like to use. I was able to find someone who was able to point me in the right direction to get it working though. Basically you have to set:

Option      "AGPMode" "1"

in the Device section of your xorg.conf. Once you have that then you can safely set the driver to be “ati”. I have tested this on both Debian Lenny and Ubuntu 8.04.2 LTS. Note that this will really only work after the you get Linux installed on the system. In my case I used the alternate CD for Ubuntu to get it going.

More information can be found on the following pages:



meme (of a different sort)

OK. I cheated a little. This is a picture of me and my daughter taken just for this meme. It was hard to get the glare from the laptop camera (cheese) to not be on my glasses.

  1. Take a picture of yourself right now.
  2. Don’t change your clothes, don’t fix your hair…just take a picture.
  3. Post that picture with NO editing.
  4. Post these instructions with your picture.


Software Freedom Day 2008

If you are in the Kentucky area next weekend (9/20/08) come and celebrate SFD with us. You can find more information about the team I am working with here.

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Editra text editor

Thanks to this blog post I have started using Editra for my coding needs. It at version 0.3.38 which is its 14th alpha release at the time of this writing. Don’t let the alpha part fool you though. It is a very nice app that has some good features. It has syntax hilighting for 60+ languages and code completion built in for python code. It has a plugin manager for easily installing some extra features. For a list of the currently available plugins see here. The one thing that I would like to see is the addition of hg as a vcs in the Projects plugin.

If you decide to try it out please post any bugs that you find in the projects bug tracker. If you are on then drop by the projects channel at #editra.

If you are a Foresight Linux user then you can try out the editor by running:

sudo conary update


hg vs git

Which to use. I have been using hg for some small things for a little while and I really like how easy it is to use. The commands are easy enough to remember and they make sense with what it is that you are trying to do. That with the fact that it is really pretty fast make it a great tool to have. The only thing that I have found that is kind of annoying is that it complains with files over 10MB. Not sure where to change it to allow for files of this size.

A few of my friends have talked about git though. I have looked at the commands and they are really quite similar to the hg commands.

So I guess my question is what do you use and why. Is it worth it to switch to git from hg (or the other way even)?



BGLUG / Ubuntu KY LoCo meetup

The second evening/weekend meeting will be held on Saturday the 26th from 2-4pm at the Common Grounds Cafe. It should be a good time of caffeine and geekery. Parking is located behind the building off of Grand Blvd.

If you need directions then see this.

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As long as I have been posting to this blog I have only made ONE post regarding Microsoft. On 11/2/2006 I posted about a Microsoft cleanup utility (see it here). Almost every other post I have made is regarding Linux or something else that is FLOSS. The weird part is that the Microsoft post is the most popular one on my blog. I think that about just about every day I get hits from people that are searching for this app. If you want to test it Google “microsoft cleanup utility“. The third return is a link to my blog 🙂