Monthly Archives: November 2006

Linux Round 2: Yellow Dog

Yellow Dog Linux was designed with Mac users in mind so I figured I might find it easier to set up on my Powerbook. I created a set of CDs from the sagittarious version of Yellow Dog. I partitioned my hard drive and reinstalled Tiger. Yellow Dog installation went without a hitch.

I liked the look of the desktop and response was extremely quick. I was also glad to see that my wireless network was detected and the signal was strong. The only problem was that I couldn’t connect to Firefox. I couldn’t spend any more time tinkering so I rebooted to Mac OS X. I’ll see if I can figure this out after the weekend.

Linux Round 1: Ubuntu

Since I plan to spend some time becoming familiar with the Linux operating system, I thought I would add a little zip to my trusty Titanium Powerbook. I downloaded and created the Ubuntu Linux bootable CD for the Power PC architecture. I immediately ran into a problem. My video display flickered uncontrollably and I thought I was seeing triple.

I tried to determine which cursor arrow would work with which button. I knew that my lack of experience would make troubleshooting beyond my current patience quotient but I wanted to see Ubuntu up and running. I inserted the CD into my faster iMac. Everything worked as advertised. I played around with the top bar, changed a few application icons, and took a look at Open Office.

I couldn’t get to Firefox on my wireless network and I remembered reading that some Linux distributions did not work well with Airport. I will spend more time with Ubuntu later but, for now, I want to find a distro that will work on my Powerbook without any extraordinary effort on my part.

A.A. Milne on Cause and Effect

“Now We Are Six (Pooh Original Edition)” (A. A. Milne)

Wind on the Hill

No one can tell me,
Nobody knows,
Where the wind comes from,
Where the wind goes.

It’s flying from somewhere
As fast as it can,
I couldn’t keep up with it,
Not if I ran.

But if I stopped holding
The string of my kite,
It would blow with the wind
For a day and a night.

And then when I found it,
Wherever it blew,
I should know that the wind
Had been going there too.

So then I could tell them
Where the wind goes…
But where the wind comes from
Nobody knows.

Alan Alexander Milne

Communities and Operating Systems

Among the Oxford English Dictionary definitions of “Community” is the following:

A body of people organized into a political, municipal, or social unity: such as members of a civil community, who have certain circumstances of nativity, religion, or pursuit, common to them, but not shared by those among whom they live.

“Community” and “society” are opposing concepts. We “join” communities. We are a “part” of a society. In a ‘community’ we bring our personal strengths to bear for the common good. In a ‘society’ individuality must be protected against the depersonalizing, anomizing process by which people are grouped together and ‘Wal-marted’ into indistinguishable simulacrums.

The postmodern reaction to the mass-produced, least common denominator impersonalization has been a proliferation of communities. As products have become such a central part of our lives we have seen the growth of “Brand Communities” such as the ones that have developed around Harley Davidson motorcycles and Macintosh Computers. As the Internet becomes the ultimate facilitator of interpersonal communication, “virtual communities”, whether product-related or not, have multiplied at an astonishing rate. Continue reading Communities and Operating Systems