Monday, August 18, 2014

Started a long book called Coders at Work.

I started a long book that interviews famous computer programmers. Seibel, Peter. Coders at Work: Reflections on the craft of programming. (New York, NY, Apress, 2009). The first programmer interviewed is very abrupt and says, he burned out programming. There were some lessons I took from his interview so far, and I am not done. His name is Jamie Zawinski and he programmed mostly in Lisp, helped with XEmacs and also worked at Netscape and Mozilla.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I have been buying laptops from Dell with Ubuntu installed by Dell.

I used to look all around for laptop suppliers who sold laptops with Linux already installed. I did not turn up much in those days. This lead to exploring UNIX laptops like Tadpoles on eBay. These were very expensive. I did do some Linux installs myself on various Thinkpads and a Toshiba. Eventually I became a Dell Canada customer being lead by Bell Sympatico to checking out their netbooks. I think netbooks are cool still and have given some to young kids in the 7 to 9 year old range. I noticed Richard Stallman uses a netbook, when I was in his company at a talk he gave. I have bought two very inexpensive laptops, one costing about 320$ brand new with Ubuntu already installed. This laptop is still working quite well and has never had any issues. On both of these laptops, I upgraded the Linux or changed to different Ubuntu flavours like Edubuntu, Kubuntu and more recently Ubuntu Studio.
This past month I have arranged a business lease from Dell for an XPS13 laptop with Ubuntu 12.04 installed. While usually these Ubuntu laptops have been cheap this one is more expensive. Yet this high end model is still much cheaper than low end laptops were 20 years ago.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Sharing recordings with Soundcloud

I have start6ed to share recordings of my guitar playing with Soundcloud.

Ardour use and drifing into Lilypond automation

I haven't really used Ardour since I was studying music course on Coursera.I do start it but never record.

I have started to learn more Lilypond and have used both Excel and SAS to automatically code music scores. I can adjust the code systematically and then feed it into Lilypond and produce both PDF books and also midi files. I am just getting started and the potential to write book length scores is now available to me

I have been using a Dell Alienware M14X for home computing

I have taken to buying Dell computers on credit. The latest one I bought is a Dell Alienware M14X and I paid for it in one year with no interest paid on the loan.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Part time coding job.

I started some part time work on a text analytics tool. I am coding data drawn down from various popular internet web sites.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ubuntu Studio installed on my Dell Vostro 3350 as well and tested working fine for audio.

I thought about it and the cost of having yet another single field laptop. I have the Dell Vostro 3350 as a business computer and in the year I have owned it used it only sparingly for business plans and some conference paper work. I also use it to keep track of domain registration renewal dates. In other words I am not doing much with the business side of computing. Also a new laptop for just Ubuntu Studio is out of my price affordability right now. So I went ahead and split the 1 TB drive in half using the Ubuntu installer and installed Ubuntu Studio on my Dell 3350.

I also just purchased a nice Shure SM 81 condenser microphone which is my first condenser microphone. Testing both the Ubuntu Studio using Ardour and the microphone everything seems to work. Now I can practice my paper presentation audio too although I could have done that anyways with Audacity on Windows. I did use Adobe Audition on a trial license with Windows 7 on my new Dell Alienware M14X but could not get my USB audio interface to work as an input source. Figuring that on either Windows or Linux audio won't be a piece of cake I am deciding to go with Linux as it is cheaper and potentially much more professional.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Ubuntu Studio install

I can't really afford another laptop right now to install Ubuntu Studio on so I may install it on my quad boot desktop computer. I have only downloaded the DVD so far and have not burned it yet to disk.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

I was able to access one tape section from my Iomega Ditto drive.

I had been thinking there was a lot of data on this old tape. I found only one web site's back up files and some creative writing. I may be able to find a back up file on there but the simple copy function only showed these few files. I used my IBM Pentium 1 Thinkpad with Win98 to access the tape drive.

I searched out information and programs online to get this old tape drive working. It will only work in Win98, and Win NT. That's why I used this old laptop, as it is my only Win98 computer. In the end the software I found was just one on someone's FTP in Norway and so it was a bit of a risky download. The company no longer have the software available. Ageing computers are an issue.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

I completed some year end back ups on my Dell Alienware and Dell Studio laptops

I have not been using my Macbook much in the past year nor the eMac. Mostly I use the Dell Studio laptop for daily personal work and the Alienware M11X for games. Both of these machines are backed up regularly but not automatically.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sold my Dell Vostro 1015.

I sold my Vostro 1015 running Ubuntu 11.10 to a friend who gave it to her daughter. I really only needed to back up sent e-mail that had been sent from this laptop. I did also back up documents I had made on the machine. This machine was my main laptop for a non-profit I was involved in that refurbishes computers and installs Ubuntu on the refurbished machines.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I backed up my Dell Studio.

I backed up my Dell Studio to network drive and then a second copy of the back up was made to an external firewire drive.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Both my Vostro 1510 and my Vostro V130n had their Linux software updated this week.

These two Vostro's are my two Linux only machines. "Look ma, no windows." I updated them both this week with security updates and newer versions of software. The Vostro V130n is dual boot Edubuntu and Kubuntu. The Vostro 1510 is the latest Kubuntu.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I was successful installing SAS on Edubuntu 11.04

I got a hold of some instructions from a blog and got the SAS installed on Linux. A support worker at work found the instructions for me.

Saturday, July 23, 2011