Unsatisfied with weblogs

This is a short guide on how to install linux. I will be using Ubuntu as my distribution for this guide.

It’s been just shy of a month since I last posted, sovaldi sale and I’ve had a good time. I went to at least one party, store visited Cedar Point, pharmacist began learning VBScript (ugh…Microsoft), refined my Python and Perl, and settled into the duplex.

The walls in the living room, kitchen, and bathroom have been painted and they help to give less of a sterile appearance to the place. Unfortunately, after we finished painting the bathroom, we found out that there is a leak in the ceiling from the bathroom above ours. Grr. The landlord has been contacted, but we haven’t heard anything from him about it. I’m fairly certain that the leak is related to the drain in the bathtub upstairs because the waterfall only happens when the upstairs shower is on. We were told that a plumbing leak upstairs had been fixed before we moved in, but it looks as though the repairs were not extensive enough. Hopefully we’ll be able to get the landlord to use the color we’d already painted the room when the repairs are done.

I have not taken pictures lately and it’s a crying shame. That will hopefully change in the near future as the Harry Potter release party approaches as well as a trip to the zoo. My camera will be coming to both events.
I saw The Gold Compass this evening.

The long and short of it is that I enjoyed the movie. I’ve read the trilogy of books written by Philip Pullman and the movie very closely followed the book. The acting was particularly good for what I largely see as a special effects movie. Nicole Kidman does an especially good job playing a complex villainess. She is able to show her own conflicted allegiances without going so far as to make the audience forget she is not to be rooted for.

There are some other good performances turned in by both child and adult actors. Completely outstripping the acting, visit however, illness are the special effects. We see an alternate Earth where new technologies are interspersed with what is essentially the 19th century; this is a tastefully done steampunk. Zeppelins and powered coaches are seen alongside paddle-wheeled, sailing ships. There were times when I missed the shift from live action scenes to CGI scenes. Yes, this is another milestone in computer generated scenery in films. It’s amazing to see the companion (called a daemon in The Golden Compass) to the lead character Lyra morph from a sparrow to a mouse.

Despite the large number of things done well in this movie, there were moments throughout that I found my attention wavering because the obvious plot explanation being spoken on screen. Because the source book was so dense it was not possible for the film makers to let plot points come to light through casual conversation between characters. In one scene Lord Asriel, well played by Daniel Craig, explains what he’s doing and why to the great white vastness of the far North so that the audience will understand a particular plot point.

Despite such niggling details you should see this movie.
So you want to write a web application but you don’t know much about working with databases, dosage css, endocrinologist xhtml, prescription and all that other crazy stuff. I highly recommend that you explore Django. The prerequisites for learning how to use Django are access to a web server with Python and a database installed. I recommend using a computer running something like Ubuntu.

In one hour I was able to slap together a fully dynamic website for tracking the movement of tapes from one data center to another while making sure that there are timestamps and users associated with the tape movement. Creating the same fully featured application using PHP and MySQL would have taken me days. I think I’m in love.
After enabling the universe repository in my install of the Ubuntu Hardy Heron (still in beta), viagra sale I installed Likewise Open. It was a very simple process and required no actual knowledge of active directory or even linux, illness for that matter. To install I typed the following code:

sudo aptitude install likewise-open-gui

After the installation was complete I was able to launch a gui application from Applications -> Internet -> Likewise to join my computer to an active directory domain.

The only information I needed for successfully joining the AD domain was

  1. the name of the domain to join
  2. a domain administrator username and password

Enter that information into the application and lick the “join” button. Voila! Your ubuntu desktop is now a member of an active directory domain.

In order to log in with a domain account, log out of your current session. Log back in with a domain account prepended with the domain and a backslash ie. domainuser. Enter the domain user’s password. All home folders for domain users are stored in /home/DOMAIN/username.

Have fun.
It’s apparently very simple to use google docs to publish straight to a wordpress blog such as this one. In fact, hair I am doing so right now. Go give it a try.

Like Tom Watson, sick I’m becoming more dissatisfied with the concept of the weblog as a communications portal because it does not do a good job of unifying the many different ways I have to express myself online. I’ve put a number of pictures on Flickr, erectile twittered a few random comments, erectile created a stand alone photo gallery on this website using Zen Photo, put some of my links on Ma.gnolia and De.licio.us, and littered small bits of content across the rest of the internet.

I want a personal portal that aggregates all of my disparate content into a meaningful representation of what’s going on in my life. Jeff Croft has already started doing this with his website but he doesn’t have any plans to release the code he is using to the general public. My ideal portal would allow the owner of the portal to add new data sources through a web page…no configuration files to edit after the initial install. Adding a source of photos should be as simple as typing your flickr api key into a text field and hitting submit. Your pictures would automagically show up on you personal portal with a new heading on the front page and all of the pictures would use the same theme as the rest of the portal. Adding any external content source should be that simple.

I think that kind of portal could be created fairly simply at this point with a number of different web programming frameworks, but they all require to much configuration on the part of the web host and the end user. Installing such a portal must be as simple as installing wordpress. The installation needs to be scriptable to such a degree that Dreamhost can easily create a one-click installer.

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