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DAY 1 OF USING DEBIAN

I have to say that all in all I am quite impressed with the state of Linux. I had always envisioned a sort of sickly, limited fragile piece of software that was prone to being useless to the masses. People out there have really put there heads together and developed some incredible open source software. Not the best business decision if you want to make mony, but programs like OpenOffice is almost identical in functionality to MS Office.

“apt-get install” is a Godsend, and Gnome provides a professional GUI (as opposed to KDE which is a joke). Updates will continue, as I am still in the beginning stages.

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If you have ever heard someone say that a particular piece of software is the spawn of satan, and they are aluding to Windows, you can now tell them that they are wrong. Flash MX 2004 has been the latest thorn in my life. Using it makes you feel worse inside than the remorse you feel for seeing the hobos getting shot with paintball guns.

Macromedia has decided to convert the Flash MX trial version into MX 2004 when you register it, updating the software as necessary. And there is a difference between MX and MX 2004, namely the entire process of writing Actionscript. And there is simply little to no tutorials out there for the new actionscript. Macromedia has released a product that has no support to it. And after fumbling through an entire day of tutorials that didn’t match my software, I can say that Flash trumps anything Windows has ever done.

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Ok, well the concept of PHP comments are dead, seeing that my webserver (student.claytonstate.net) does not support anything other than HTML. Comments will be here someday… Damn the CCSU server, full speed ahead!

Recent news is that I have been completely humbled at the installation of Debian onto my laptop. Yes Brian, Debian – me; I am running Linux now 🙂

And some more brain food to crunch on. I got this in an email:

“The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.”

– Alexander Tyler (a Scottish history professor at The University of Edinburgh)

It seems to me like we are going from the abundancy to complacency phase. Few people give a shit about anything outside of the realm of consumer electronics and DVD box sets anymore.

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I was flattered to find out today that people are actually aware of my little corner on the web. Spreads like fire I guess. Since people are (hopefully) enjoying the content, I have decided to pick up the task of creating a new AMV, since my skills with image and movie manipulation have improved since the GITS days. Well, give me a few weeks and lets see how it turns out.

And by the way, PHP comments are coming, it is just tricky, and I havent been able to pull myself away from UT2004 long enough to bother with it.

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Ok, a serious update about my life. I picked up Kristin at 6:00 pm on Saturday, and dropped her back off at midnight on Sunday. We spent the whole time together doing all of that relationship stuff that I will spare my readers descriptions of. To sum up the situation, I feel comfortable telling her that I love her now. I have been considering it for weeks, and never felt like I should say it. Anyone can argue that I am 19, and I can’t possible know all of the meanings of what I say with that word, however, my argument is simple: If she is the person that I enjoy to be with the most, and wait to hear from and can’t imagine myself without, then what is that?

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Looks like this is going to be an Ad Aware day. 914 objects on my first computer of the day, and 274 on the second. I really take the built in pop-up blocker and security features in Firefox for granted after just a few weeks of use.

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Since I am watching these Flash MX video tutorials, I can’t help but feel like Neo in the Matrix when he is running through the training simulations. The first couple of CDs are bullshit, and you can actually start with number four. Arrgh – damn you John for wanting to be the first person in the world to have an “interactive FAQ”! What happened to good old FAQ text files? Tried and true my friend.

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Longhorn’s last night had too many people. I couldnt see anyone except the people directly in front of me. It is really hard too jump into a conversation when half of the dialogue is out of earshot, and you cant even see the person you are responding too. We digressed into short conversation about the day, and we all went our seperate ways. I liked it when everyone could see everyone else, like with fewer people or sitting at the booth.

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Unreal Tournament 2004 screenshots from Desktop day are up and working. Photoshop automated batches made designing this a piece of cake. Link is on the left.

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I had a dream about accidently breaking my mom’s favorite coffee mug, and hearing that the gas station on Honey Creek that I go to was shut down because one of its clerks went on a killing spree. Psycho-analyze that anyone…