Windows 7’s PowerShell Not That Powerful

All I wanted to do was ssh...

All I wanted to do was ssh...

I can’t even Ctrl+d to exit the shell, either.  Guess I’ve been spoiled on Linux.

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Windows 7 First Impressions

Desktop of Windows 7 with Start Menu

Desktop of Windows 7 with Start Menu

Having just downloaded the public beta of Windows 7, I installed the 32 bit version into VirtualBox 2.1 on my Macbook.  (Note that to get networking to work, you need to change the adaptor type.) The first thing that caught my eye is that the look and feel is quite similar to that of Windows Vista. Very minor differences exist, but nothing that jumps out too much (other than the taskbar) upon first look. The taskbar feels a bit larger by default than in prior versions of Windows, and behaves similar to how OS X’s dock works. That is, the former ‘Quick Launch’ bar has been integrated into the taskbar. Any open windows of programs in the ‘Quick Launch’ area are now accessible by clicking that program’s icon. Any other open programs are put in to the right of those. Read the rest of this entry »

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Happy New Year

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WordPress 2.7 Released

Just a quick note to all WordPress users, WordPress 2.7 has been released with a huge number of changes. The biggest change (and the first one you will notice) is the totally redesigned administration area.

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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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Fall 2008 BYOC Photos

BYOC - Chad
BYOC Overview
Photos from this past weekend’s BYOC are now available.

Photos – BYOC Fall 2008

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Vote!

Just a friendly reminder to vote.

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Tilt-shift camera lens effect – In GIMP!

I recently ran across a how-to on producing a Tilt-shift camera lens effect in Photoshop. While reading it, I decided to redo the tutorial for those people who use, or want to use GIMP.
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Ubuntu 8.10 – Intrepid Ibex – Guest Mode

Accessing Guest Mode

Accessing Guest Mode

Ubuntu 8.10 introduces “Guest Mode”. This enables the user to create a temporary environment when letting someone use their computer. Users will find this extremely useful, as they can let someone use their computer without any risk of losing settings in various programs, including Firefox. Also, the user will not have to sign out of website accounts in order to protect them or allow for their guest to log in.

When guest mode is activated (see above screenshot), a temporary account is setup with the home folder in /tmp. To return back to the user’s session, they just have to pick their name from the same list. They will then be prompted for their password to get back into their session.

Guest Mode Home Directory

Guest Mode Home Directory

This is a very nice feature for the paranoid as they will no longer have to stand behind their guest to ensure the safety of their data.

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FunWebProductsbuntu Followup

Not that it means much at all, but I was looking over at UbuntuBash.org and found the FunWebProductsbuntu quote to be the highest ranked quote so far. (Previously mentioned.)

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