Saturday, March 26, 2011

How to Switch OS Part 2

Are you tired to of the same OS and you want a change? Are you tired of your OS because upgrades cost a fortune and in this economy it's simply not going to happen? I have an idea for you. Oh, by the way, I'm not going to mention the OS that you might have because I don't want to take the time properly document the others. But Linux will not cost you anything to get started, unless you want to send some money to the developers of your favorite distribution (like Fedora for example).

Some things you need to know about Linux. Contrary to popular opinion (which cannot always be trusted), the Linux desktop handles similarly to the popular OS's. It is fully customizable. And, when I say fully, I mean fully. That means, if you want to write your own script to customize your desktop, you certainly can. And, if you get stumped, you always have a huge network of people (especially connected with Fedora) that you ask ask advise from.

Linux has several contact managers to choose from. I use Kontact from KDE. But there are several others to choose from. Speaking of several, if there is a piece of software that you need, the Open Source community has probably written several to choose from. So, you have many choices for Photo Management, Productivity, Contact Management, Instant Messaging, Blogging Clients, Web Browsers, Flash, Video Card Drivers, Print Drivers, Bible Software, Games, Multimedia Software, Digital Animation, Mind Mapping, Video Editing, Music Authoring, Slide Show Presentation, and more.

So, you don't need to feel like you will be missing something by switching. You have many, many, many choices when you start by choosing Linux. I recomend Fedora because it is the bleeding edge Linux OS. On my computer, the software I run is tailored to meet my needs. You may have different needs. If you have a need and an idea for the software to meet that need, chances are someone has already thought of it and wrote it and made it available for you to install on your own system.

For example, I wanted software that I could use to author music. Tux Guitar is the answer for that need. There is also a guitar tuner that I have on my desktop. The tuner works great especially because I have some awesome speakers that really help project the proper pitch.

Oh, since we are on the subject of sound. I us Amarok for playing music. It also will play you favorite on-line radio station.  Since we are on the subject of multimedia, I use Firefox for my primary browser. But, you can also use Konqueror, Google Chrome and several others. It just depends on what you like. In those browsers, I run Flash and several other plug-ins that allow me to watch multiple types of on-line video.

Right now I am blogging using the client called Blogilo. It has many features that allow me to upload lots of content. I'm a little lazy so I haven't utilized the multiple features it provides.

I have a desktop sticky-note, a nice clock and have many other choices for widgets to use.

I use Bible Time Bible software. It is similar to others but only uses Public Domain books. This program is always being developed so I always stay tuned to recent updates.

Oh, speaking of updates, software updates can be available daily. I usually update once a week. I update because there are always new features the developers are adding.

Oh, no viruses. I do not run anti-virus software because no one wants to take the time to write it for Linux. However, you will need a hardware-firewall to keep your home systems secure. While you may not get viruses, it is still possible to hack your home.

Well, time to go, but tune next time for part 3.  
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How to Switch OS Part 2

Are you tired to of the same OS and you want a change? Are you tired of your OS because upgrades cost a fortune and in this economy it's simply not going to happen? I have an idea for you. Oh, by the way, I'm not going to mention the OS that you might have because I don't want to take the time properly document the others. But Linux will not cost you anything to get started, unless you want to send some money to the developers of your favorite distribution (like Fedora for example).
Some things you need to know about Linux. Contrary to popular opinion (which cannot always be trusted), the Linux desktop handles similarly to the popular OS's. It is fully customizable. And, when I say fully, I mean fully. That means, if you want to write your own script to customize your desktop, you certainly can. And, if you get stumped, you always have a huge network of people (especially connected with Fedora) that you ask ask advise from.
Linux has several contact managers to choose from. I use Kontact from KDE. But there are several others to choose from. Speaking of several, if there is a piece of software that you need, the Open Source community has probably written several to choose from. So, you have many choices for Photo Management, Productivity, Contact Management, Instant Messaging, Blogging Clients, Web Browsers, Flash, Video Card Drivers, Print Drivers, Bible Software, Games, Multimedia Software, Digital Animation, Mind Mapping, Video Editing, Music Authoring, Slide Show Presentation, and more.
So, you don't need to feel like you will be missing something by switching. You have many, many, many choices when you start by choosing Linux. I recommend Fedora because it is the bleeding edge Linux OS. On my computer, the software I run is tailored to meet my needs. You may have different needs. If you have a need and an idea for the software to meet that need, chances are someone has already thought of it and wrote it and made it available for you to install on your own system.
For example, I wanted software that I could use to author music. Tux Guitar is the answer for that need. There is also a guitar tuner that I have on my desktop. The tuner works great especially because I have some awesome speakers that really help project the proper pitch.
Oh, since we are on the subject of sound. I us Amarok for playing music. It also will play you favorite on-line radio station.
Since we are on the subject of multimedia, I use Firefox for my primary browser. But, you can also use Konqueror, Google Chrome and several others. It just depends on what you like. In those browsers, I run Flash and several other plug-ins that allow me to watch multiple types of on-line video.
Right now I am blogging using the client called Blogilo. It has many features that allow me to upload lots of content. I'm a little lazy so I haven't utilized the multiple features it provides.
I have a desktop sticky-note, a nice clock and have many other choices for widgets to use.
I use Bible Time Bible software. It is similar to others but only uses Public Domain books. This program is always being developed so I always stay tuned to recent updates.
Oh, speaking of updates, software updates can be available daily. I usually update once a week. I update because there are always new features the developers are adding.
Oh, no viruses. I do not run anti-virus software because no one wants to take the time to write it for Linux. However, you will need a hardware-firewall to keep your home systems secure. While you may not get viruses, it is still possible to hack your home.
Oh gee, I'm running out of time for this session. Tune in for part 3.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Cordoba Initiative and the Sleeping Giant


Everyone seems to think that Muslims are really peaceful and want to get along with everybody. Everyone seems to think that it is a Nation's best interest to simply leave the Muslims to themselves.

But I have some questions. First, what is the Cordoba Initiative? Why is the U.S. communicating favouritism towards Islam while at the same time showing intolerance towards Christianity? Why is it such a big deal to burn some Korans when it is totally acceptable to burn the U.S.A. Flag or even to burn some Christian Bibles? Why is there a big cloud of complacency among over 50% of U.S. citizens towards to ever growing threat of Islam to this country? What is it that Muslims and Islam want with this Nation? And finally, what can American citizens do to prevent a take-over of the U.S.A. by Islam? And getting back to the title of this blog, how does the Cordoba Initiative play into all this tolerance mumbo-jumbo amongst the media and our government?

These are the questions that I want to answer. I will handle them one by one. First off, I am a Christian and am always looking for ways that I can remain at peace with all mankind, including those associated with the Islamic movement. But what is Islam? Where did it start? Who started it?
Where did Islam Start?

http://www.poeministries.org/pages/Lectures/BiblicalRootsofIslam.htm
http://www.nawawi.org/downloads/roots_of_islam_p1.pdf
http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-start.htm

Some of what I have been able to read on-line is the fact that Islam is really striving to take over the world. Militant Muslims are the minority, but most Muslims could get militant at the drop-of-a-hat. However, most do not need to be militant. All they need to do is continue having babies, being model citizens, getting involved in local, state and federal government and then before long, they are a heavy majority in government. Then it is all over. America will be over as we know it. It is called long term assimilation. Our history is already being rewritten to include the insignificant contribution of ancient Muslims to American civilization. The Roanoke history to be exact. Actually, historians are now including the Muslim history rather than continuing to exclude it. But, nonetheless, the people of Islam have no land and because of that feel the need to expand into other civilizations and gradually take over the land and eventually simply establish their form of governance one the Muslim population has arisen to dominating levels.

Should U.S. citizens be concerned? Yes, most definitely. Muslims have babies and those babies grow up. The average population rate of the U.S. is 2%. The average population rate of Muslim America is far greater. By 2020, the face of America will be far different. I'm not talking as much about race as I am talking about the movement of Islam. You can be any race and cling to Islam. After Islam has matured enough within a civilization, the Islamic people can simply take over the government without struggle and then demand all to turn to Islam or die. Christians and Jews are high on the list and then other religions follow. Basically, if you are not of Islam then you either have to convert or die.

Our nation was founded on the principles of all men are free. It is on that principle that our nation will fall. People are free to turn to Islam and are free to bring it to the U.S.A. Our government will not regulate a religion so as long as Islam is categorized as such, it remains untouchable. And here is where its power exists under U.S.A. law. And this is why it seems America is now being kind towards Muslims. Muslims occupy a majority of the world. The U.S.A. is the last strong hold of freedom. The problem is, that freedom allows Islam to continue to flourish and will eventually allow Islam to take this nation over.

(Editors note:  This is an ongoing topic.  Please come back for an up-date.  Not all my questions have been answered as of yet.)
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Steelawokn Defined

I have this 1968 Chevy 3/4 Ton pick-up. I bought it for $400 cash back in 1995. I was pretty desperate for a truck as my work at that time was hauling a set of hardwood flooring tools to various jobs on the Palouse in Eastern Washington and the Idaho panhandle. Since then, that truck has outlasted a 1982 Subaru, a '70's something Dodge station wagon, a late '80's Plymouth Voyager, a 90's something Dodge Colt, a 90's something Ford Thunderbird, a 1993 Chevrolet Astro Van AWD, and a 1997 Pontiac Transport. Did I leave anything out? Oh, what was I replacing with the old truck? A 1970 Pontiac station wagon.

So, my Blog is called "Steelaworkn" because my truck is all steel and it is still working. A little play on words there, but the old trucks just keep lasting and lasting. And if I ever have an issue, parts are cheap and can be purchase at any NAPA store. Body parts can be purchased from LMC Truck Parts. Actually, any body part can be purchased from LMC Truck Parts. They sell fenders, floor pans, glass, doors, trim parts, and even bed coatings. They also sell seat covers, steering wheels, and full electrical harnesses. And, if you are really hating that old bed, LMC Truck Parts sells complete bed kits. If it is on your old truck, they supply it.

In addition to body parts, they sell disc brake upgrade kits from the master cylinders through the brake lines all the way through the wheel cylinders. Any way, you get the picture. With companies like this, I may never have to buy another truck for as long as live. Yes, sure the old truck has broke down a few times. But, instead of having to scrap it, I just replace the part and keep going. As far as major repairs, I have only replaced the engine and rear end. The transmission is original and virtually bullet proof. I have gone through about 4 sets of tires and have a year on the current set.

So, if you are looking for a truck that will stand the test of time, go with a '68 through '72 Chevy 3/4 or 1/2 ton. If you take care of it, you will be passing it on to your heirs in your will.

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How to Switch Operating Systems

Well folks. Fedora 15 is just around the corner. As you may know, I have had Fedora on my system for over a year. It is my primary OS. I made the switch from the leading OS only because I no longer had a need for it nor did I want to spend nearly 200 buckaroos for the new OS.

It is very easy to switch to Linux. Simply back up all your personal documents and files. Don't worry about your MS games or programs. All those will be replaced with the Linux equivalents. Depending on the size of your files, you will need an external hard drive to temporarily store your files.

Next, obtain the OS of choice (Fedora 15 will be out in April or May, hint, hint). You can download an ISO file from Debian, Fedora, Mint, Ubuntu, etc. This ISO is transferred to a CD or a DVD. Then, with your computer turned on, simply insert the disc, reboot your system, and your computer will boot to the CD. You will then be given a choice (yes choices start immediately in Linux) to install on your hard drive. Follow the instructions and before you know it you will be saying hello to a brand new world of computing.

Time to go for now. Next time, I'll give a more detailed view of Linux (from a Fedora perspective of course) and all the software I have on my system. I'll even show a few screen shots of  what I have in my "dock". Bye for now.
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