My Internet Browsing Diary: Update on Glo’s Bolt service December 17, 2012

Update on Glo Bolt. I’ve used the free 500MB that came with my modem over the weekend. No disconnection though I experienced slow speed sometime on Saturday I think. I purchased Globacom’s 10GB plan today and have been using it all afternoon. I’ve been streaming the beat 99.9 FM for over an hour without any interuption though I’ve browsing Facebook and other sites while streaming the radio.

Verdict for today: so far so good. Score: 70%

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My Ubuntu 10.04 diary September 20, 2010

Its been a while since I posted anything new. So what have I been up to? For one I’ve done some virtual computing, I installed Virtualbox. The idea was to not have to boot into windows. The version of Virtualbox I installed was the open source edition. Virtualbox OSE lacks a few things chief of which is USB support. For this reason, I would have prefered to have installed the standard edition but for some reason I’ve been unable to install the .deb file (it kept giving me errors whenever I tried to install it). After installing Virtualbox I tried to load a virtual computer as that was the second time I was installing virtualbox and so I had a virtual computer that I had saved in a file. I did not succeed as the windows xp virtual machine could not boot successfully. I have since uninstalled the Virtualbox as I still want to get the standard version. I reckon that I’ll be able to install it once I have done the necessary research.

Asided from installing Virtualbox I’ve also made practical use of GParted. About a week ago I started receiving messages that I was low on hard drive space. On saturday I decided to increase the size of my Ubuntu 10.04 partition since I had unpartitioned space left on the hard drive. I was not immediately successfull but I succeeded after a few tries. Which brings me to what I think is one of Ubuntu’s best features; live CD. You see because my ubuntu drive was mounted everytime I booted into ubuntu, it was impossible for me to increase the size of that partition during that session. Having a live CD session makes it possible to not mount the ubuntu partition. Perhaps one of these days I could do a tutorial on it.

Thirdly, I’ve installed Wine. The idea is to be able to run windows programs from within Ubuntu. I find it to be an amazing program. While it will not run all windows programs it is no less than amazing in the way it runs the windows programs it does. A case in point is Need for Speed Underground. It ran without a hitch except for the the fact that the keyboard was unavailable. What I find amazing about it is the fact that the game uses direct3d and wine had no problem running it. I imagine the keyboard issue will be resolved with a little research on my part.

Apart from all the above I’ve installed a handful of Linux programs including tux typing and ktouch(both typing tutors), supertuxkart, supertux 2 and others.

My Ubuntu 10.04 diary September 1, 2010

I’ve not blogged for a week. Well I’ve been up to stuff as usual. After my failed attempt at downloading the maverick megadvd I discovered ubuntu studio and decided to download it. I completed the download succesfully but could not install it. I burnt the iso to dvd 2 times and on both occasions the installer reported that the dvd was bad after installation failed. Not to be deterred, I made a bootable usb drive and attempted to install from there. That attempt also failed. Unfortunately for me, I mistakenly damaged my Ubuntu 10.04 installation by attempting to install Ubuntu Studio into the same partition with it. In a bid to correct the situation I somehow managed to mess up my master boot record and so could not boot into any OS. I had to reformat the entire hard drive and re-install Windows and Ubuntu 10.04.
After re-installing Ubuntu 10.04 I was unable to update. I did a bit of research and realized that I had to update apt-get. Here’s the command I used:
sudo apt-get update
After I did that I could update without any hitch.

My Ubuntu 10.04 diary August 29, 2010

i just uninstalled kde. i was quite surprised when i got a notificaiton at the command prompt that  i would recover over 700MB of hard disk space. anyway i copied and pasted the following command at the command prompt to remove it( the longest command i’ve ever seen):

sudo apt-get remove akonadi-server akregator amarok amarok-common amarok-utils apport-kde apturl-kde ark cdrdao dolphin dragonplayer exiv2 foomatic-db-gutenprint freespacenotifier gdebi-kde gnupg-agent gtk2-engines-qtcurve gwenview hpijs-ppds ibus-qt4 icoutils ijsgutenprint install-package jockey-kde k3b k3b-data kaddressbook kamera kate kbluetooth kcalc kcm-gtk kcm-touchpad kde-window-manager kde-zeroconf kdebase-bin kdebase-data kdebase-plasma kdebase-runtime kdebase-runtime-data kdebase-workspace kdebase-workspace-bin kdebase-workspace-data kdebase-workspace-kgreet-plugins kdegraphics-strigi-plugins kdelibs-bin kdelibs5 kdelibs5-data kdemultimedia-kio-plugins kdepasswd kdepim-groupware kdepim-kresources kdepim-runtime kdepim-strigi-plugins kdepim-wizards kdepimlibs-data kdepimlibs5 kdesudo kdm kfind khelpcenter4 klipper kmag kmail kmix kmousetool knm-runtime knotes konqueror konqueror-nsplugins konqueror-plugin-searchbar konsole kontact kopete kopete-message-indicator korganizer kpackagekit kppp krdc krfb krosspython ksnapshot ksysguard ksysguardd ksystemlog ktimetracker ktorrent ktorrent-data kubuntu-debug-installer kubuntu-default-settings kubuntu-desktop kubuntu-docs kubuntu-firefox-installer kubuntu-konqueror-shortcuts kubuntu-notification-helper kvkbd kwalletmanager language-selector-qt libakonadiprivate1 libao2 libattica0 libaudio2 libboost-program-options1.40.0 libclucene0ldbl libdbusmenu-qt2 libepub0 libexiv2-6 libflac++6 libibus-qt1 libindicate-qt0 libiodbc2 libk3b6 libkcddb4 libkdcraw8 libkdecorations4 libkdepim4 libkephal4 libkexiv2-8 libkfontinst4 libkipi7 libkleo4 libkonq5 libkonq5-templates libkonqsidebarplugin4 libkopete4 libkpgp4 libkscreensaver5 libksgrd4 libksieve4 libksignalplotter4 libkwineffects1 libkworkspace4 liblastfm0 libmimelib4 libmng1 libmodplug0c2 libmpcdec3 libmsn0.3 libmysqlclient16 libokularcore1 libotr2 libpackagekit-glib2-12 libpackagekit-qt-12 libphonon4 libplasma-applet-system-monitor4 libplasma-geolocation-interface4 libplasma3 libplasmaclock4 libplasmagenericshell4 libpolkit-qt-1-0 libpoppler-qt4-3 libprocesscore4 libprocessui4 libqca2 libqca2-plugin-ossl libqimageblitz4 libqt4-assistant libqt4-dbus libqt4-designer libqt4-help libqt4-network libqt4-opengl libqt4-qt3support libqt4-script libqt4-scripttools libqt4-sql libqt4-sql-mysql libqt4-sql-sqlite libqt4-svg libqt4-test libqt4-webkit libqt4-xml libqt4-xmlpatterns libqtcore4 libqtgui4 libqtscript4-core libqtscript4-gui libqtscript4-network libqtscript4-sql libqtscript4-uitools libqtscript4-xml libsolidcontrol4 libsolidcontrolifaces4 libsoprano4 libssh-4 libstreamanalyzer0 libstreams0 libtag-extras1 libtaskmanager4 libvncserver0 libweather-ion4 libxcb-shape0 libxcb-shm0 libxcb-xv0 libxine1 libxine1-bin libxine1-console libxine1-misc-plugins libxine1-x libzip1 mysql-client-core-5.1 mysql-common mysql-server-core-5.1 network-manager-kde okular okular-extra-backends openoffice.org-kde openoffice.org-style-oxygen oxygen-cursor-theme oxygen-icon-theme oxygen-icon-theme-complete packagekit packagekit-backend-apt phonon phonon-backend-xine pinentry-gtk2 pinentry-qt4 plasma-dataengines-addons plasma-dataengines-workspace plasma-desktop plasma-scriptengine-javascript plasma-scriptengine-python plasma-widget-facebook plasma-widget-folderview plasma-widget-kimpanel plasma-widget-kimpanel-backend-ibus plasma-widget-kubuntu-feedback plasma-widget-message-indicator plasma-widget-quickaccess plasma-widgets-addons plasma-widgets-workspace plymouth-theme-kubuntu-logo polkit-kde-1 printer-applet python-kde4 python-packagekit python-qt4 python-qt4-dbus python-sip quassel quassel-data shared-desktop-ontologies software-properties-kde soprano-daemon system-config-printer-kde systemsettings ttf-dejavu ttf-dejavu-extra update-manager-kde usb-creator-kde userconfig virtuoso-nepomuk && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

amazing isn’t it? i just hope my system speeds up. one of the reasons why i didn’t like KDE was because it often dragged.

My Ubuntu 10.04 diary August 25, 2010

I’ve not be using Ubuntu for the past couple of days because i was trying to download a megadvd of maverick (Ubuntu 10.10).
Apparently its a pre-release. it’s an ISO file that is 4.2 GB in size. unfortunately for me they changed the file after i
had downloaded the entire dvd more than halfway so I needed to restart the download. I abandoned it because I must
have spent 3 or 4 days getting that far and was not willing to go through all that stress again.
I would have preferred to download such large files in Ubuntu but I had no download manager for ubuntu as of the time
I was downloading the first file. I was eventually able to get a download manager that works with ubuntu but still could
not use it.
The purpose of this section of this writeup is to note some of the challenges I have faced in using
Ubuntu. The download manager that I use for ubuntu is called Fatrat. It’s better in some ways than internet download
manager which I use for windows. I installed it with the following command:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install fatrat
I can’t say I thoroughly understand the command but I think it is 2 commands issued together, anyway it did the job
and I installed Fatrat without a hitch.
I’ve observed two advantages of Fatrat over IDM:
-one, it tells me the total amount of time I’ve spent downloading a file as well as the remaining time.
– two, it downloads using a queue(which you can modify), the advantage being that you can queue multiple files without
worrying that you’ll slow each one down.
Fatrat’s main disadvantage is that its does not feature browser integration like IDM so it doesn’t take over downloads
from the browser automatically. Asides from that it seemed slower but I think that was due to the fact that my evdo
modem must have been rolling back to cdma 1x. unfortunately I have no way of being certain as I dont have a
software that manages my modem.
Looks like my next assignment is to get a modem manager for ubuntu and also to find out if  I can integrate Fatrat into my
internet browsers.

My Ubuntu 10.04 diary August 21, 2010

Today I wanted to install a program that would give me real-time information on my browsing activities. I wanted information like signal strenght and connection speed updated in real time. I therefore did a bit of research and apparently xfce panel would do the job. so installed xfce panel. the problem was, after installing it I searched all my menus and could find no trace of it so I did a little more research and came across something called thunar.
wow, the point is that linux can be tough. So many applications need to be installed for you to see one application work, so many things are interconnected. Its so different from windows where everything is usually packaged together. I’m not complaining though.
Oh, lest i forget I also mastered one more command today. Its the sh command. It’s used to execute .run files. I reinstalled my Nvidia graphics driver just for practice. Here’s how it works: at the terminal just browse to the folder containing the file you want to run and type
sh thefileyouwanttoexecute.run

My Ubuntu 10.04 diary August 19 2010

I’m just trying to track my activities on an OS which is like new to me. Since installing Ubuntu 10.04 a couple of weeks ago I’ve installed KDE(i don’t really like it, its layout is too complex for my liking), tweaked the appearance and installed several programs. Most recently I installed a theme to make Ubuntu 10.04 look like windows 7. I used Win2-7 Pack. You can get it somewhere at gnome-look.org
Currently I’m trying to manually install drivers for my Nvidia 9500GT but I’ve not succeeded yet. I have working drivers for it which i got via an update but I’m experiencing tearing of video so I think getting the latest drivers will address that issue. Installation of the Nvidia drivers requires stopping x server and I was able to do that success fully using the following command:
sudo service gdm stop
To start x server I simply use the following:
sudo service gdm start