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Google Desktop for Linux

google desktop
Just the other day, Google released their Google Desktop for Linux (Beta). I picked it right up and installed it. I have been using it for a couple days now and I have to say it’s pretty cool so far!

Google Desktop is basically a desktop search engine. It searches through your files and you can define where and what it searches. Now I was a little hesitant about installing this because I thought for sure I’d take a performance hit either by just havintg another app running in the background or at least while it was indexing (searching through my files). I didn’t notice either, however, the machine I am running it on is a 2ghz laptop with 2gb of ram 😉 I have heard of others who have noticed a little performance hit. I don’t know what kind of systems they were running though. Ymmv.

I wasn’t sure I was even going to use this application, but since I like Google’s other offerings, I wanted to give this one a fair shake. In my new job, I have started accumulating a bit of documentation. Much of that documentation is notes that I made, some of it is actual Word/OpenOffice docs, and some of it is saved IM logs. I also have a decent sized php code repository. There have been several times in the last couple days where I needed some information out of that documentation and *that* is where this utility has come in handy. A couple quick taps on the control key and a little search box shows up. You type in your phrase or word and another box opens up below it with the search results. You also have the option to open up a webpage with the results and not only return local file results, but web results too. It’s actually pretty nifty.

It’s hard for me to contrast this with any other desktop search function because I haven’t really tried anything else. I know there is one available called Beagle, and where there is one thing in Linux, there is probably more as well. All I can say is that I have found this utility to be non-obtrusive and useful for the past couple days on my system. If you are looking for a search utility like this, you might just want to give this one a try. And don’t forget about Google’s other offerings as well – their word processor, calendar, spreadsheet, and, of course, webmail.

Friday, June 29th, 2007

BashPodder

BashPodder
You asked for it, you got it! The BashPodder site is now back online in it’s new location. Tell everyone 😉

I hope to have some time someday soon to do some reorganization to the site and maybe even BashPodder itself. Any ideas or suggestions, make sure and shoot them my way!

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Catching up

New Apartment
I bet you all are just itching to see what I have goten myself into. Well, here it is. It looks really small for some reason in the pics, but it’s 200 sq ft bigger than the last place.

It’s been another busy week here at the Fessenden residence. Those 12 hour days outside the house don’t seem to leave much left in the way of freetime just yet as I am the only one here. Well, that’s not true. I now have all my ferrets and my 2 cats here with me, and they eat up a bit more of my time to look after. At this point, though, I really enjoy their company.

Work was nice again this past week. I almost keep waiting to wake up drooling into the keyboard of my last job. One of the reasons I took this position is that my friend who recommended it works there, and after a year, he still really likes his boss (I like him too), and after meeting all the other guys, they do as well. Not only that, but I have met my bosses boss, and his bosses boss, and they are all really decent guys. maybe I have been working for such nasty people for so long previously that I find this hard to accept at face value. It’s surely an odd feeling, but a very nice change of pace.

Philly. What can I say about Philly? Well, where I work it’s very clean and nice. The people in Philly are generally very nice as well. Again, to me that is very strange. The “R”, which is Philly’s regional rail system and the train that I ride everyday is clean and comfortable and well maintained as are the “R” trainstations. Now the “L”, which is the local, or the subway, is also quite nice in comparison to other subway systems I have been on, but not as nice as the “R”. The outskirts of Philly in some areas appear to be a wasteland… That is to say that there are a lot of former comercial properties that are vastly underused and in some cases abandoned, which, I am sure, leads to some of the grafiti and such. With a little elbow grease and some money most could easilly be turned back into thriving business communities, and it would definately pretty up the areas which aren’t right now very attractive.

Now in contrast, Downingtown, where I now live, is absolutely beautiful with vast green spaces (I even have a creek that run’s right next to my building), clean air, good shopping, good eats and nice neighbors. In fact I went to my car this morning to find a Mallard Duck sitting in the creek in front of my car. “Hello Mr. Duck.” “Quack.”

Back to the apartment. I spent most of my Memorial day working on it. I went to Ikea for the first time in the AM and came home with a wine rack, a tv stand and 2 end tables, all for a measley $120. What a bargain! This is nice looking furniture too. Oh, and my mother bought me a new hand help can opener there as well – the kind that cuts throught the side of the cans. Brilliant! So I spent my day putting tables together and wiring/hooking my internet access back up. Good thing I bought a new vaccuum too – I needed it!

I also picked up a 50 foot ethernet cable to be able to run it into my bedroom where my desk is now, from the AP next to the tv in the livingroom. The problem is I checked today and there is *no* clearance under/above/around my bedroom door whatsoever. I cannot run the cable in there without pinching it off if I close the door. So what are my alternatives? Not sure where to go on this one. The only thing I can think of is a wireless bridge, but they are hard to find (so far), and cost $100. Unfortunately, drilling a hole is just not an option here.

Lastly, I waned to mention that I should be able to do a new Dell/Ubuntu Laptop review soon. It seems a friend is going to have one shipped here for me to be able to take a peek at. I’ll make sure to let you all in on the details as I do. Just wondering if there was anything specific anyone wanted to know about it while I am looking, before I pack it up and send it off to it’s owner? Just leave me a comment or two.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Movin’ Right Along

It has been a whirlwind of activity since the last time I have had the time to write anything. As I mentioned previously, I have moved to Downingtown, PA. Or, should I say, I am moving there.

Sice I had to start work last monday, I moved down that weekend with just a carload of things to gt me going. More like camping on carpet, really, than actually *living* there. I muddled my way through my first week while getting accustomed to things like riding the regional rail system in Philly, and, of course, getting completely turned around and lost on several occasions.

I had a rude awakening the first night here as the blowup bed I had brought to get me through the move turned into a puddle around 4am. The worst part is I was so busy, it took me two days to find a replacement. I bought a cot, figuring that it would not deflate, and it was up off the floor a little since after moving boxes around it’s dificult to get off the floor the next AM. Well, it turns out that I was wrong about the deflating part. The cot I bought had a weight limit of 325lbs and the very first time I sat on it the middle leg bent upwards to greet me – and no, I am not anywhere near 325 😉 So, I ran that back to the store and ran to Walmart where I found a normal cot which has been working perfectly fine.

The next series of problems was getting internet access. I decided on Comcast, simply because that meant on e bill for th time being instead of two. In order to get it, though, my wife had to drive down here from Easton because the installer would come if someone over 18 was not here, and there were no installation timeslots after I was out of work for the day. The install was scheduled for thursday morning and my wife came out and let the installer in, who promptly informed her that the modem he brought was bad. He took off and brought back two more, one of which he hooked only to the cable and then called the install good, and left. By the time I got home and hooked my computer to the modem to test it, it was almost 9pm and, you guessed it, it didn’t work. I called tech support and told them the modem was broken. It had no activity lights and refused to hand out any dhcp leases. The tech woman I was talking to on the phone, of course, disagreed. After a heated 40 minute arguement, she told me she couldn’t help me anymore and I needed to call Apple tech support to get my problem resolved (yes, really). I jumped into the car and ran to Walmart and picked up a cable modem, brought it back, plugged it in and got my dhcp lease. I then called Comcast back to just get the mac address added into my account so I couldd get my mail. I spoke with a different woman this time who promptly told me that the modem I just bought was already attached to someone elses account and she could not proceed further until resolving that issue. Of course they would not call the other person up at after 10pm, so I would have to wait until the next day. I was slightly irritated and demanded the supervisor, who assured me that he would take care of the problem and call me back the next day. Well, the next day came and went at work with no call, so I called Comcast back while I was on the train ride home. Speaking to a new person I explained the situation and the new guy said he’d look into the prob and call me back within a half hour. An hour later when I was home I called and spoke to another new person and explained the situation again. She said she didn’t think she could help because the mac address was still on the other account. I told her I really needed this fixed and I thought that Comcast had horrible customer service and, for some reason, she took pitty upon me and asked me to hold while she walked to another department. So, I listened to some elevator music for about 15 minutes and then she came back on and said I was all fixed. Sure enough, I was. I have no idea why any of the other boobs couldn’t get their act straight, but this lady hooked me right up! I didn’t even have time to use my newfound connectivity because I was right out of the new place back to Easton to move more stuff.

Now Comcast will not let me host my own servers (for public consumption), so I am going to have to move things around a little bit (hence the new blog and location). This also means moving things like BashPodder around too. After many years of faithful service I want to say a public goodbye to linc.homeunix.org’s web content. But most of it will end up here. Just keep checking back.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2007