Monday, July 25, 2011

Weekend Follies

So, over the weekend I took a look a few things that interest me. And since this blog covers "what interests me", I'll tell you a little about it.

First of all, I got to visit my oldest son for a little bit.  He just purchased a new I-Pod Touch.  He is able to do some fun things with it.  This gadget is dependant upon having a Wi-Fi connection.  And with that, he can post to social media sites all his pictures and video taken with the I-Pod.  He can even make and receive phone calls via the Internet.  And the I-Pod comes in several colors to choose from.

Second, I was curious of what products are still made in the U.S.A.  We know that most computer products are made abroad and namely China.  A whole lot of other things are as well i.e. made abroad in other countries and mostly in China.  But what products are made here in the U.S.A.?  I found one web site for "Made in U.S.A." products.  This site contains a long list of products we can purchase instead of other products made in other countries.

Why would we do this?  Oh, I don't know, patriotism, helping our immediate neighbors to succeed, creating our own trade embargo on Communist countries...something our "leaders" are too chicken to do.

I realize that a lot of good products are coming from other countries other than our own.  However, the U.S.A. used to be known for her innovations, entrepreneurial and capitalistic endeavours.  To choose to only be consumers of the worlds goods is to also be subject to foreign countries.  Just what if China decided to initiate a trade embargo on the U.S.A.?  What then?  Would we be able to survive or would we cower and bend to the demands of the Chinese?  And how many other nations would join China in the embargo?

Well, enough of that.  I did find several motorcycle companies that are 100% made in the U.S.A. and they are on list.  The best company is Harley Davidson.  Most all their bikes can be custom fit to most any rider.  They have at least one dealership in every state which means you can ship your bike to any state to begin your road trip anywhere you want to.  Harley Davidson is the epitome of the American Dream in that they are innovative, creative, ambitious, flexible, and made in the U.S.A.

And I want a Harley.  My dream bike is the Road Glide Ultra.  I their is a local company I plan on purchasing from.  Yes, the imports are nice, but Harley will adjust the bike to my physique and I like that.

To top my weekend off, I went to see Captain America and had steak afterwards.  This has got to be the best super hero movie yet.

So, that's it.  Buy products made in the U.S.A. and watch Captain America.  You'll feel better.  Oh, and buy Harley Davidson and experience the American Dream for yourself.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Bamboo Fun on Fedora

I couldn't sleep last night so I got up, got some crackers, sat in my chair and what did I see?  A Bamboo Fun sitting really, really close to my desk.  Knowing that curiosity blooms into some of the greatest discoveries, I picked it up and plugged it in.

My first discovery was that it worked immediately in Fedora 15.  I didn't have to add the drivers, as they are all ready installed.  I could take the pen and migrate from screen to screen without lifting the pen.

My next discovery was it works with all the KDE paint applications as well as GIMP, Inkscape, and Scribus.  GIMP has the most control of the pen and then Inkscape is the runner-up.

O.K. Here is the kicker.  I could not get the Fun Tablet to work in F14 or F13.  The only difference that I can see in F15 is that I do not have the Nvidia drivers installed.  So, if you are having trouble with Bamboo on F15, I would check to see if your video drivers are overlapping.  There can be just one.  So, if you have two, they will negate each other and will produce zero work and frustrations will mount.

Sleep was overwhelming me so I put the pen down and went back to bed.  Amazing things can be discovered during an insomniactic moment.  The Wacom Bamboo Fun is just waiting for me over there.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fedora 15

So, I'm sitting here eating my eggs and I remember that I have not blogged in a while. So, what's new with me.  I did get to installing Fedora 15 over Father's Day weekend.  And I upgraded my computer a bit.

The upgrade to F15 went very well.  I backed up all my precious files.  Oops.  I forgot to backup all my e-mails and Address book.  Oh well.  Guess I'll have to do with out those.  But I got everything else backed up and decided to do a new install.  I had been upgrading since F12 and thought it is time to clean some stuff up.

The installation went very well.  RAID is a little different on F15 compared to F12, but no really big deal.  It's actually easier than it used to be.  Another neat thing is that I didn't install Nvidia drivers this time around.  I chose to use the default video driver and it actually set up my dual monitors perfectly and automatically.  For a quick set-up of my Codecs I used the Autoplus to which is an extra tool that automatically installs most need things for the system.

In short, I am happy with F15.  The biggest change I've noticed is Openoffice has been sidelined for Libreoffice.  Same thing generally speaking.  But all in all, I'm loving F15.