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Cool Like Me...

homely (3k image)Another article on Slashdot about the Knoppix live cd distro. This one is about a set of instructions for installing it to your hard drive (Knoppix is a Linux boot from cd live distribution.)

I don't know how much I said about this previously but the hard drive in my dj box died, so I moved the 40 gig drive from my desktop computer to the dj box. Now, as kind of an experiment I have been running the Knoppix live from cd demo on that desktop machine without having a hard drive installed at all. Current uptime:

19:58:57 up 5 days, 9:42, 0 users, load average: 1.70, 1.64, 1.64

Pretty much been able to continue using my desktop machine the way I was using it before--for browsing, checking email (using IMAP, all my mail is stored on the server), playing chess on FICS. Don't think I want to go forever without a hard drive on my desktop machine, but the ability to continue without one does validate my move from desktop centric email solution to a server centric one. In fact I think it demonstates that the whole concept is valid: centralize applications on the server and then access them from a variety of devices, using various means and locations.

Later the way to do it might be to have the desktop machine be an X Window server (without an actual display of it's own) and access it using another machine that boots completely from floppy. No hard drive. In this way I could access the same desktop environment using X Window on a wireless laptop.

The only thing I have not been able to do has been to update my web site (I'm using the dj box right now to do that.) The reason this is a problem is because of my firewall. The web server is accessed using the i.p. address that I get from my isp --the external address of the router, while all the machines inside the firewall use lan addresses. Since I use virtual name based hosting on my server usually I get around this by just editing /etc/hosts to include entries for my various sites. I can't do that with Knoppix because the file is on the cd. I tried another way to get around it by installing a proxy server on another machine, this other machine having the correct entries in it's host file. But alas, phpnuke doesn't like to go through a proxy server. It works for every site that I host except my own. All I see when I go to kacked.com is a blank page. Maybe it's time to upgrade or think about using a different solution for my weblog, cause I think this has been a problem for some people that are forced to go through proxies to view my site.

I was talking about the no hard drive linux setup on my desktop in chat on some IRC server and pissed off at least one guy. He said something like: "I'm gonna figure out how to boot windows from a cd so I can have no hard drive and be cool like you". I suspect he was being sarcastic...

Knoppix is funny. In some ways it's more full featured than other Linux distributions. It's the only one I know that will play DIVX movies right out of the box. When I go to do that on Mandrake I need to install some win32 codec while I chant and pour chicken blood on the monitor.

Slashdot: Knoppix for Rapid Desktop Deployment

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What's Up Chuck

lips3 (2k image)Reading through whatever I can find by Chuck Palahniuk --the guy that wrote "Fight Club". Lately this means the essays on his web site (since I'm without funds.) Good writer. I wish I could write like that. Laughing my way through his account of

Brad Pitt's lips:

"...The first day we met Brad, he ran up with his shirt open, tanned and smiling, and said, 'Thank you for the best fucking part of my whole fucking career!'

That's about all I remember.

That, and I wanted to have lips.

Big lips are everywhere. Fashion models, movie stars. Where I live in Oregon, in a house in the woods, you can ignore a lot of the world, but one day we got a mail-order catalogue and there inside was the Lip Enhancer..."


Out Dishing Petri

bacteria (5k image)I like this bit from the end of Slate Today's Papers:

The WSJ fronts its Weekend Journal with an in-depth investigation intothe quality of water on airplanes. While most water served in flights isbottled, the tap water and lavatory water stored in tanks is oftencrawling with bacteria and even insect eggs--and when the bottled waterruns out, flight attendants often serve tap. So think twice before youbrush your teeth in an airplane bathroom. The WSJ credits theinvestigation to a 13-year-old kid from California who decided to testairplane water as a science experiment. Watching the bacteria grow inpetri dishes, he told the WSJ, "I got fairly grossed out."

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from michael: Maybe Microsoft owns the airlines. Flying petri dishes.



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