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Moving Photos to Flickr

After using Gallery2 for a few years, I’ve decided to move my photos to Flickr. Currently I only have a couple new galleries up from the Chester County Restaurant Festival and the most recent Guerilla Drive In.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahotw/

More galleries will be moved over soon.

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Google Chrome OS

With more and more people solely using their computers for web browsing only, Google will be doing the natural thing and announced Google Chrome OS.  I’ll assume that it will just be a matter of time until the EU tells them they can’t bundle a browser with their operating system… or is it the other way around?

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Freenode and Mibbit

Earlier today, Freenode started to block all access to their networks from Mibbit.  This allegedly stems from people using Mibbit to evad bans, along with poor communication and responsiveness from Mibbit’s administrators.  As a solution for this issue, Freenode released their own web based IRC client.  After watching #freenode for most of the day, I have to congratulate the Freenode staff for continuing to answer questions, even if they were the same ones, all day.

Based on my observations, here are some of the common questions and concerns:

  • Will Freenode be blocking access from any other client? No.
  • Does this have anything to do with Mibbit being closed source and Freenode using open source software for their web client? No.

And I’ll toss in one more with my own answer:

  • How am I supposed to have my special setup wherever I go? Use something like: screen irssi

Mibbit had their own answer to all of this.

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Southeast Linuxfest

Tomorrow I will be attending the first Southeast Linuxfest in Clemson, SC.  I’ll post more tomorrow.

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An Introduction to Layers in GIMP – The Interface

When working on any project in GIMP larger than a few simple tasks, layers become vital to keeping one’s sanity.  For starters, layers allow for quick changes and easy edits.  The more comfortable you are with layers, the more you will find that they are useful.  Through this multipart tutorial, I plan to share as much as I can about the power of using layers.  This first part is a fairly basic one to get everyone comfortable with the basic use of layers.  Even though it is called “The Interface”, I don’t plan on going too deep until later parts of the tutorial. Read the rest of this entry »

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Who is going to Mars with me?

Book now while rates are cheap!

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RIP Nalgene

I knew I shouldn't have filled it that much.

I knew I shouldn't have filled it that much.

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Happy New Year

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Please don’t get me a gift card!

Please, don’t get me a gift card.

Every year, without fail, I receive at least one, often many gift cards. The vast majority of these are to places that I hardly ever go to. Now I’m sure you are thinking that I should use the card as encouragement to try a different place or something. I agree to an extent. Restaurants are just about the only thing that falls into this category, but even then, I’m often forced to make up the difference for a meal or other item that I really didn’t need in the first place.

More often than not, the gift cards I get are to stores that I haven’t been to for years because I’ve found a better alternative. For instance, I currently have gift cards to both Best Buy and Circuit City. I tend to make my technology purchases from NewEgg because I get a wider selection and better prices.

Even the newer favorite of Visa gift cards are a pain. Lets say I want to use that card to fill up my tank with gas. I end up having to make two transactions, one with the gift card, then again with a separate method of payment to fill the tank up the rest of the way. Many online stores only accept one method of payment for an order, thus causing me to fall back to using a card with enough purchasing power for the order. Also, there are normally fees to go along with the inital purchase of one of these cards.

Instead of a gift card, consider a check (or cash), or an item that I am interested in/need. My next post will give some ideas about what I could use.

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Vote!

Just a friendly reminder to vote.

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