Month: May 2008

I want to use Linux

I really really do, but it obviously doesn’t want me as a user.

I installed Ubuntu, had the usual sound issue, resolved it, and was happy.

Then I thought, hey, what about Virtual Box, let’s take that for a spin.
I installed it, set up a virtual partition and started the machine.
It tells me I need to install some kind of kernel add-on.
No problem says I!
Fire up the package manager, find the thingy with the whatsit, and install away!
Then I have to reboot apparently(right, kernel thing)
I do, and Linux no longer detects my video card.
ugh.
play around with some gui thing, reboot, and all is fixed.
Well, fixed in 800×600.
Install some updates, reboot, and all is fixed again(at the right resolution).
I fire up Virtual box, it tells me I have to be added to a group.
I add myself to the group, log out, login, and fire it up again.
Woo!
It does something!
I begin to install windows!
Double Woo!

Pleased with myself, I fire up the old MP3 player and….no sound card.
Riiiiight.
Must have installed another Kernel update.
Well, go through the usual Ubuntu sound forum page, and remove/install the sound software.

I decided to wait until windows was done.

Reboot!

Now it can’t recover from my linux image…

I don’t even know what that means!

Fucking computers…

Phones

Can’t tell you how much I hate telephone people right now.

Back story:
Tara moved in, and she calls her Mom in BC A LOT.
No problemo. Wintel has a plan called Talk 25 where in your LD calls are 25 cents, and there’s a monthly fee of 4 bucks.
Coolio.
Sign up online(March 12), get a conf number….and nuthin.
No calls, no email, no letters.
Nadda.
So(and rightfully) we assume that we’re not actually connected(Wintel is mostly famous for this kind of thing).

Two weeks later, I sign up for a Bell LD plan which is more, but probably works out to less.
Sign up April 1st(which now seems appropriate).

So, what happens?

Well, Wintel sends me a bill.
Interesting.
Again, we assume that it’s really a forward from Tara’s old place.
We ignore.
They send us another one. We actually look at it this time.
Yup, that’s my account alright.
Oh, and they’re charging us 50 cents a call, not 25.
Hmmm.

Tara is uber pleased about all of this(sarcasm meter is off the scale!).

I call Wintel, and am on hold for 30 minutes.
I tell my silly little tale to the dude.
I tell dude that we didn’t get any notification.
I tell dude that we didn’t get an access code(hence 50 cents on not 25).
Dude looks into it(for 15 minutes).
Dude comes back and tells me he’ll credit the account for the right charges.
Cool.
I pay dude.
Dude asks what else he can do for me.
I tell dude to cancel my account.
Dude is confused.
Dude asks why.
I tell dude that his company are a bunch of fuckwits that don’t know how to treat customers.
Dude is taken aback.
I tell dude to cancel because I’m with Bell now.
Dude is confused, and tells me I’m not with Bell, but with Wintel.
Dude confused me.

Anyway, apparently I wasn’t really with Bell but with Wintel.
And as soon as Bell actually takes over, I’ll be with Wintel, but when Bell takes over, Wintel stops.

I hang up.

I call Bell.
I tell this to Bell.
Dude looks into it(but for about a minute)
Dude is very apologetic and credits the account for the time that we were charged but wasn’t actually being used.
I thank Dude.

I call Velcom.
I tell them to set me up with a dry loop because I’m gonna cancel Bell’s ass.
They agree.

Next week, when the dry loop is installed, I call Vonage.

To quote George:

Fuck the fucking fuckers.

New 419

It’s funny really.

I’ve received a lot of 419 scams in my life. Some people say that you shouldn’t deal with these people as they can be dangerous.
The way I see it, unless I actually give out personal info, there’s no real way that they can harm me.

But today, I wonder 😉
I actually got a death threat. Well, sorta.
Apparently, one of friends “wants you dead by all means, and the person have spent a lot of money on this”.

Which one of you want’s me dead!?!
I’m just a little hurt 🙂

The letter goes on to say that he’ll make a deal with me, and let me live if I send $8000 to him.
If I give him the money he “might just spear your life”.
Which really doesn’t sound any better.

Anyway, I’m going to go along with this, after all, I’d like to think I have a life worth spearing.

Thieves

Watching Mike Holmes for a few minutes while Tara is taking a quick power nap.
Just noticed that some of the background music is a version of Thieves by Ministry.
Wonder how many other people would catch that? 🙂

Wedding

The wedding was great.
The weather held out and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
The only problem I had was the place where Jim got married really didn’t have AC, and I get hot easily.
Add to that clothing that really doesn’t breath, and there were frequent trips outside to cool down.

And yes, I actually danced!
Fast dance at that.
Go white boy go!

Now I’m off to pick up the dog from my parents.
Glad they were able to help that way, saves me from bordering the dog.

Linux Sound

For kicks I installed Ubuntu 8.04 on the main box.
The main box has all the power ever and I wanted to see what the new Ubuntu was like.

Well, as far as I can tell(5 minutes in) I still get wonky sound issues 😦

I was happy that, when it displayed the login screen, I got the bongos, but not a peep since.

I’m installing the updates to see if that adjusts anything, one never knows.

At this point I wonder if it’s an issue with the sound card. Sure, Windows has no problem, and has never had a problem with this card.
But EVERYTIME I install linux, there’s a sound issue.
Every
Time

Not that I want to shell out for a new card. As I say, everywhere else it works.
It’s an Audigy2, it’s not ancient.
I wonder if the onboard card would work any better?
Guess it would free up a slot…not that I have a need for that either.

Ugh, computers.

It’s Thursday

And that’s all I really have to offer.
Just in case someone was confused that it was still Wednesday, relax and rejoice, it’s really Thursday.

Which means that in two days Jim gets married.
Which meant that yesterday we should have tried on the tuxes. We didn’t, because they weren’t there apparently.
Seems part of the order got lost. The part of all the groomsmen that is.
Ugh.
Parker sorted it out though, he’s our hero!

And I have to go buy the ties and hankies today at lunch so that all the groomsmen look the same.
Mind you, if you’ve ever seen us, there’s really no chance of that 🙂

Tuesday was awful and a day I never want to repeat.
It was a Monday disguised as a terrible Tuesday, and that’s bad.

Today is good. It’s my Moms birthday, and I have her gift and everything.

Tomorrow should be good, new Indy film 🙂

Sunday should be spent sleeping.

My turtles showed up last night! And the box has a hand drawn pic of a turtle head!
I should really really start to work on the office again, and get those shelves up so that I can put my toys in there all proper like.

It's Thursday

And that’s all I really have to offer.
Just in case someone was confused that it was still Wednesday, relax and rejoice, it’s really Thursday.

Which means that in two days Jim gets married.
Which meant that yesterday we should have tried on the tuxes. We didn’t, because they weren’t there apparently.
Seems part of the order got lost. The part of all the groomsmen that is.
Ugh.
Parker sorted it out though, he’s our hero!

And I have to go buy the ties and hankies today at lunch so that all the groomsmen look the same.
Mind you, if you’ve ever seen us, there’s really no chance of that 🙂

Tuesday was awful and a day I never want to repeat.
It was a Monday disguised as a terrible Tuesday, and that’s bad.

Today is good. It’s my Moms birthday, and I have her gift and everything.

Tomorrow should be good, new Indy film 🙂

Sunday should be spent sleeping.

My turtles showed up last night! And the box has a hand drawn pic of a turtle head!
I should really really start to work on the office again, and get those shelves up so that I can put my toys in there all proper like.