Archive for April, 2002

Bored to death from waiting

Blah… I am bored… zzzz… 😛

Oh, stupid UPS. According to the tracking page, they should have deliver the new 19″ monitor today, but they didn’t. And I stayed in all day, waiting for them… >:(


We had such a great Saturday yesterday. First, we got to San Mateo with JBQ, walked in some shops, and we bought paiting tools. Jbq bought some acrylic colors and canvas, while I got some watercolor pencils and tubes. Then, we went to an Indian bouffet restaurant and we had some really good time there, the food was really good and the prices affordable. Coming back home found us painting all afternoon. I had never used watercolor before in my life, but it gone pretty well. After we clean up our office today and put the Mac in its own desk, I may find some time to scan one or two of our paintings and upload them. I have some experience with sketching (I am actually pretty good at it, I learned by myself when I was a kid), but because arts is something that it is not taught in the Greek schools, I have never played with colors, watercolors or acrylic/oil paints. But I am learning fast. 🙂

Last night we watched “Pay it Forward” with Kevin Spacey. Pretty good movie. Not without its flaws, but a pretty good movie. Jbq wanted to cook again, so he cooked from a recipe he found in his recipe book. My Jbq is an excellent cook.

Today we played tennis for half an hour, while I earlier realized that OSNews has reached the 1000 news stories. Heh… Time goes by fast.

The G4 Cube is HERE !!

The G4 Cube and all its accessories and peripherals, is here!! 🙂

I am currently using JBQ’s monitor, but David from OSNews ordered for me a new flat Envision EN-980e 19″ monitor to go with it. I will be using it at 1280x1024x32bit at 85Hz. The new monitor is expected to be here next month, as there was quite some backorders.. Thank you again David!!

So, the Cube is actually 450 Mhz, it has 448 MB of SDRAM, 20 GB of hdd, an ATi Rage Pro 128 (16 MB AGP) and a DVD-Rom. It is extremely fast and smooth, when compared to the G3 iMacs and the G3 iBook I have seen, even when these G3s were running in higher clock speeds.

The fact that this is a G4, plus that there is plenty of RAM, it makes it a very responsive OS overall (MacOSX is a Unix, and Unix loves lots of RAM – as my JBQ always say :).

More, later! I got to tinker with it!! 😀

I am getting a G4 Cube !!

I am incredibly busy today. Lots of things to do in the house, on osnews, on having to write two more reviews… Blah-blah.

On a bright note, I will be having a Macintosh by the end of the week!!! 🙂 🙂

David from OSNews is going to send me over his G4 Cube 400 Mhz, DVD-Rom, 384 MB of SDRAM, ATi Rage Pro 16 MB, MacOSX etc. Great stuff! Now I will be able to write more Mac articles. 🙂


It was an interesting day yesterday. After we had some lunch, Jbq had a big nap, then we got to Fry’s, where we saw and had a quick chat with Marco Nelissen (the BeOS’ SoundPlay author, currently working at Palm) and we also noted that Jon “HPLUS” Watte (the guy who wrote the Media Kit for BeOS, now works elsewhere (over there ;)) was around too. We bought a bunch of DVDs at Fry’s. After that, we went to have dinner at Pizza Chicago, and then we came back home discussing with Jbq how much it would cost us to get a dual SMT Xeon 2Ghz machine (which counts for 4 CPUs). Hehe…

After all these calculations, we settled on our couch and watched “Total Recall” with Arnie. Jbq had never seen that movie, while it was the 3rd or 4rth time for me. All my previous sights were in the Greek TV, years ago. Funny, I understood better the movie by listening to it in English. The Greek translation in TV back then, was _that bad_. 😮


So, we got our glasses from the doctor last night (Jbq got a new pair too). I wear mine right now, and I indeed can see so much clearer. Heh.. I am getting old. 😀

GeB’s party, astigmatism..

So, yesterday we went to the optometrist. He found of course that I am somewhat short sighted, but not that much. I was a bit surprised by that, I thought that I _was more_ short sighted than he said. Later tests revealed that my problem is that I have astigmatism, which is what creates my short signtness. In fact, my problem is mostly that I see far away things a bit blurry. If you have seen the Freetype library under Linux on full anti-alias, then you will know what I mean. 😀

However, the doctor said that I could go on without glasses, I can even drive without glasses. My problem is not too important or critical. However, I decided to get glasses (for the first time 🙂 mostly for when I am in front of the TV (once a week 🙂 or the computer monitor.

Today we went to San Fransisco. Georges-Edouard Berenger or “GeB” (author of Process Controller and maintainer of stampTV for BeOS) and his family had a house warming party, so we went there for 2 hours. We also met there Raphael, another very old timer BeOS developer (he’s got a very early BeDev ID 🙂 We haven’t seen Raphael for quite some time till today.

After that we drove around the city, and then we came back home. Jbq decided he wanted to cook tonight. 🙂


Youhou! We are (at last) going to the doctor for an eyetest tomorrow. For the last 2 years (but especially the last few months), I feel that I am losing some of my eyesight. I will need glasses this time, however I can still go on perfectly without them. I will probably mostly use them when in front of my computer or in front of the TV (I only watch ST:Enterprise on TV anyway – not much of a TV person myself :).

I remember 10 years ago that I could see so crispy clear and far away that my brother (had glasses since his 14s) was so envious of me, but that is not the case anymore. I am getting old, I guess… 😀

Time is 19:30 over here, I am waiting JBQ to come back from work, we will be going to Black Angus restaurant tonight. I am sure we will have good time, I always enjoy discussing stuff with my husband over dinner on a romantic restaurant. My JBQ is such a sweet person. 🙂

Lots of writting

I got to write quite some articles for all to go live in the next 2-3 weeks. We are talking about 8-10 articles, that should take quite some time of my free time…

Linux. A real pain in the butt

I’ll tell you this. Linux is a pain in the butt.

Gentoo has so many problems, with the most important one being that so many .ebuilds (“source packages” that a python script downloads and builds for you) are going live for public consumption with no testing. I am very unhappy about this and I will report it to my Gentoo review on Monday. I had problems with several packages, most notably KOffice 1.1.1 (just doesn’t work when KDE 3 is installed before KDE2-libs), cdparanoia (they have managed to create its libraries with unresolved symbols), XFCE not called with the right binary and a bunch of other problems etc etc.

Gentoo has a very costumized kernel, specially modified for absolute speed, and if you have an 686 PC, all your compilations will be specifically towards the appropriate gcc flags, brining more speed to your builds.

Problem is that a lot of things are not exactly as advertised or as they supposed to work. I am under Gentoo since Friday, day in, day out. It makes me wonder, does speed is a good justification for a system that proves to be a real pain in the butt when using it?

And when I say “speed”, do not think anything extraordinary. FreeBSD 4.5 kicks Gentoo’s a$$ in everything. X/KDE? loading time? shutdown time? FreeBSD is just ahead, with NO extra optimizations ANYWHERE in the system. Just the stock i386 release.

And this is why I say “Linux is a pain in the butt” and not say “Gentoo Linux is a pain in the butt”. At the end of the day is the whole mindset and status quo of the whole GNU/Linux thing, kernel and surrounding apps. It’s just not there yet.

If you want a firewall or a web server or a donkey-job cluster, or a proxy, sure go ahead and install Linux. As long as you try to use it as a workstation though, it just fails. And the reason of failure, IMNSHO, is the lack of a central command that can take real decisions about the real problems and that can make sure everyone will follow the new guidelines for user’s good. Linux is an open source SOUP. Everyone does what ever they want. You can’t go far away with anarchy (sorry, “Freedom”), especially when we are talking about technology matters, where DISCIPLINE and follow of the specs is IMPERATIVE.

Oh, it is Freedom though. I am now going to create an Autoconf2 to address the problems of this stupid thing called autoconf which creates so unreadable script code and makefiles that makes the (otherwise great) “make” language look like shit. Oh, and I am also going to create (yet) another protocol for copy/paste under X. And maybe another gui toolkit, based on FreePascal this time. PLEASE, give me a break.

You ain’t gonna take Microsoft Windows down with that shit.