Why KDE4 doesn’t work for me

January 15, 2008

So this morning I spent a couple of hours backing everything up from my Kubuntu installation to my backup internal hard drive so that I could get rid of it. Kubuntu that is.

Why you may ask. Well it’s KDE4 and wanting a 64bit OS. Why not KDE4 and why 64bit? I’ll tell you.

I liked KDE3 a lot. It was clean, simple to use and highly customisable. But as always I like to upgrade to the most current available release of everything. (I even have Hardy Heron installed somewhere). But version 4 of KDE simply doesn’t do it for me. It’s rough and buggy, though I could live with that until upgrades and patches happened. I just don’t like the direction it’s taking. I don’t like the new menu layout, or the desktop icon layout. There are plenty of other things too that aren’t aesthetic like the way the desktop seems to be bullet proof when it comes to arranging icons or copying and pasting. The desktop is the home of most of my in use files, as wrong as that may be. So I’m sorry Kubuntu, I don’t like the new interface at all, and even when the bugs are ironed out you are still going to look the same give or take, it’s goodbye and hello to Gnome / Ubuntu.

Ok, I could have uninstalled KDE and installed Gnome but I really had to go for a new 64bit install of Ubuntu to address the problems with Ram recognition. My 6gig of ram is now showing as just under 5, which is better than the under 3gig in 32bit installs. Remind me that I need to invest in a new MB.

So after the reinstall I am perfectly happy again. Smooth clean interface and one I like. There are issues that need to be resolved after install to do with multimedia in Firefox, but those are taken care of relatively easily.

Thumbs up to Ubuntu, I know why it’s the most popular install on the Home Desktop Linux environment atm.

Ubuntu


First Night

January 7, 2008

I think the first Open Radio show went quite well, only a couple of listeners, but then again I didn’t publicize it too much.

A great big thank you to those that did tune in and to spuggy for his plug on his myspace. (Where has your site gone!?! I want to plug back).

The listener figures don’t matter to me to be honest, it’s the putting together of the show and the music that I missed and love.

I suppose I should do a pop up radio player for ease of use at some point, probably today.

One thing that people could do who want to support this new venture could do is idle in the irc channel. That and web page are the only forms of advertisement I am using atm, that and word of mouth I guess.

Well, despite what the pre-recorded parts of me in the show said, there will be a new show on Wednesday, not Sunday but the repeats will continue until then.

Ok, that’s me done.

Edit: Oh yeah, and if you know anyone who might be interested in putting a show together and / or using the server, point them in my direction.


Updates

August 20, 2007

Well, I havent done a blog for a little while so it’s time to get back to it.

My internet has been down over the weekend, which I mainly spent watching football anyways so it wasnt really a loss. Chelsea managed a predicted draw with Liverpool at Anfield and Man U lost against Man City which was a brilliant bonus.

Whats new with me?

Well not much to be honest, things roll on as normal. Marie is getting closer to our due date and everything is going smoothly, though she is getting regular contractions. They would try to stop the baby being born now anyway, at least for another two weeks.

I’ve been getting on with my reading, currently 4 or 5 books on the go atm, hah, atm.

I really which there was something interesting to blog about but life is just trundling on as it ussually does.

The fantasy league football thingy is going well, seems to be drawing a bit of interest, I have to admit it is a bit of a laugh and I am enjoying watching my team progress and watching the matches and highlights to see who’s playing well. As its the start of the new season I have also started doing my £1 football bets, got close last week with only one result out from winning a few quid.

Health wise I seem to be doing a lot better. Everyone says how well I’m looking, hopefully that transfers over to my blood tests when they are due.

The girls are back here and I have to admit its been nice having them around again, now I’m feeling better it isnt stressful at all and it’s a joy to spend time with them.

Thats all for now folks.


Hello Boys And Girls

July 11, 2007

Hmmm, so what I have been doing with myself, well I set up a new website (shock horror), watched lots of TV, tried to sleep properly, read quite alot, ate plenty of vegan stuff and came up with an idea for a new website.

Wow, thats pretty sad for 2 days isn’t it?

I dont want to spam all the receipes I have been eating so I’ll just provide the links:

I’m going to make a list of things I want to do, another sad habit I’m forming?

Oh yeah, and I had four bottles of beer last night *slaps wrist*

The website I set up is basically just for me, though it is linked into this one, its basically an ecology news site that takes feeds from other places and puts them in one spot, so I can easily read everything I want in one go.

The next idea I have for a site is really really sad, something to do with the zx spectrum, so I think I’ll keep that to myself atm, hah, atm.

Thats it really, pretty boring blog i know, but hey, nothing exciting has been going on.

‘Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.’

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900)


Wreckless

July 7, 2007

I have spent 25 years of my life being this way and I think it’s time for me to change it.  In fact I think thats what I have been telling myself for a while.

I have started the vegan thing, and I said that was about a challenge.

I don’t think thats true, I think I am just realising that I can’t treat myself this way.  The way I have been treating myself is piss poor and I think the vegan thing is just my way of trying to tell myself.

I’m sick of having major stomach pains and everything else related to my standard of living.

So I have made a choice.

No more alcohol, no more legal drugs.

As of waking up tomorrow I’m done with those things.  Does it mean I am lowering my quality of living or my ability to appreciate the things in life that make things worth while?  No.

Nothing about me is going to change other than the way I treat myself.

Yes I will still like to fuck women up the arse and yes I will still have the same sick sense of humour.  The reality of it is is simply this:

I want to live into my 30’s to do and say all the sick shit I do and the way I am going atm (hah atm) it isnt going to happen.  I’m not afraid of death, I’m afraid of what I will miss if I die.

Years of drug abuse in my teens and legal drugs in my twenties and other stuff that I don’t air in public doesnt cut it anymore.  Even if it is just alcohol or the rare other thing.

I would say get ready for the new me, but nothing you guys see is going to change, just me personally.

I can see now why I was thinking the funeral blog thing lol.  I just hope it isnt too late to undo whatever damage I have done.

Now for a quote, one I didn’t look up, just that I know by heart…

“But that the dread of something after death, the undiscovered country from who bourn no traveler returns, puzzles the will and makes us rather bear those ills we have than to fly to others that we know not of?”

Shakespeare Hamlet (the to be or not to be speach if you are wondering)


If I Was A Morning Person

July 4, 2007

Well I’d probably try this for breakfast:

Avocado & Walnut Toast with Cherry Tomatoes
Serves 1

A taste of sunshine and in only 7 minutes, yay!

  • 2 slices of toast, made with good wholegrain bread
  • Mayonnaise (I’m sure they mean vegan mayo, which is a whole other receipe lol)
  • Slices or chunks of ripe avocado
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black, pepper
  • A few ripe cherry tomatoes, halved
  • A few roasted walnut pieces
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  1. Spread toast with mayonnaise.
  2. Arrange avocado on it in a thick layer.
  3. Sprinkle lightly with lime juice and salt.
  4. Tuck some halves of cherry tomato among avocado and top with a few walnut pieces.
  5. Add more salt and pepper to taste, top with coriander leaves.

However I’m not lol.  But it does make my hungry thinking about it, so it’s probably something to have as a snack during the day.

Wow, this really is turning into a veggie blog isn’t it?  I’ll try to add more variety and not let it become too boring.

I’m still half asleep so I don’t have much insightful stuff to contribute at this time but I am in a blogging frame of mind atm, hah, atm; so don’t be surprised if a few more posts pop up over the course of the day.

I have been neglecting my sites recently.  There just doesnt seem to be enough hours in the day, which is strange seeings as I don’t tend to do a huge amount with my days.

Look out for a new podcast, when I get my arse in gear and untangle my tongue enough to make any sense whatsoever.  I’m not that great at spur of the moment speach.  At least I don’t think I am.  I need someone to argue with to really shine, or some reason to sound arrogant.

Oh yeah, I also need to port my leaving radio blog over here.


My Funeral

June 29, 2007

I spent sometime thinking about what I want for mine the other day.  Probably due to my addiction to Six Feet Under, that has gripped me ‘atm’.  atm is always going to make me chuckle now.  Anyways, moving on……

So what would I like, well, I would want it to say something about me, not some generic shit.  I thought about music, about a service etc, and what I came up with was pretty simple.  I did think about not offending any of my older family, but then they will hopefully all be dead when I cop it.  That doesnt sound nice, but you know what I mean.

I don’t want to be within a mile of a church for starters.

I want to be buried.  (Now there is reasoning behind this and it was tough to decide.  The thought of asking to be in an Urn on a mantel piece with a photo of me grinning stuck to the front was very appealing, but I thought maybe it wouldnt be appropriate in the end.  Damn my half decent side to hell, pun intended.  So being buried allows people, hopefully a long trip, at least once a year, so they can wail (I’m hoping) and put flowers and stuff.  At least it will take some effort, so dont bury me near anywhere, make a day trip out of coming to see me.  That means no one will visit after the first year heh.)

I want the service plain and simple.  No hymns.  Certainly not a bloody open coffin.  Just family and any close friends I might have talking and reading things I liked maybe.  I would say sitting in a circle, but thats too pretencious.  Music, hmmm, I’m not too sure about that one.  Highway To Hell I think as people arrive.  And Free Falling at the end.  Or the other way around.  My tastes will be obvious I think.

Each seat is to have a copy of ‘The God Delusion’ by Richard Dawkins on it for everyone to keep.  Unless God has been proved to exist by then, then I’ll have a church service with all the trimmings and be at the pearly gates chatting with St Peter and not succeeding heh

Oh, and I dont want anyone there as I get stuffed in the ground, I want everyone to go straight to a reception somewhere and get drunk.  Really drunk, cos I won’t be able to.  Sucks being dead.

I think that will do for now.  If I come up with anything else I’ll do a part two.

Stupid internet is back online.

‘If you can find something everyone agrees on, it’s wrong.’
– Mo Udall