Xubuntu 9.04

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on April 28, 2009 @ 4:03 pm

So, I updated to Xubuntu 9.04 a few days ago. I didn’t do it right away, as I was waiting for a long torrent to finish downloading.
There are a couple of things that don’t seem to be right about the installation. Every time I log in, the sound is automatically set to mute. This has been an issue because I find myself logging out more frequently, because my computer (a Shuttle K45) has been overheating and shutting down. This is kind of weird… It didn’t do that before. It is a low power setup, and I’m not overclocking the CPU or anything, so I’m not sure why it is suddenly doing this.
Also, I can’t add the volume control thing to my panel. I did put a mixer tool thing on it, but it’s nice to be able to change the volume without having to open anything up. I’m not sure where this went… It was present in 8.10.
Another thing i’ve noticed is that World of Goo, which played really well and fast and smooth under Xubuntu 8.10 (though, not Debian Lenny), is suddenly jerky and unplayable.
I’ve read a few things online that suggest that a more recent Linux kernel might fix this last problem, so I guess the lesson is to wait a while after a new release is put out before upgrading. Oh well. I guess I was just too excited for Xfce 4.6.


Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on April 3, 2009 @ 11:55 am

I’m a little bored at work, so what the hell… a new post.

I’ve been killing some time reading the response of Apple fanboy types to the recent Microsoft “Lauren” ads. For some reason I enjoy reading the moronic responses to what I guess is trolling by MS. Now, I have a Mac, but my primary OS is Linux (Xubuntu on desktop, Fedora on my netbook… no Windows for me, and I don’t like Microsoft.).

It’s a frigging ad, people. The goal of advertising is to convince people to buy things they don’t know they want or need.

On blogs, comments on news sites, and Apple fanboy “news” sites, people are losing their shit (well, it’s simmered down a lot, I guess).

One place notes that she calls “the Apple store” “the Mac store,” like that’s some sort of major transgression. Astute observers observe that she didn’t even go into the store… Like the Apple Store people would have allowed a MS commercial to be filmed there…. Besides, you know how much a new Mac is going to cost when you look at their website; they don’t do sales. So, obviously, she didn’t need to go in.

Macs are expensive. Maybe they’re not expensive compared to similarly-specced non-Apple computers, but that doesn’t mean that everybody needs to own one in order to check his or her email.

Get a frigging grip.

image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace