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Sunday, December 17, 2006

I Took The Red Pill

Only it was chewable, and slightly bigger than average. I didn't know what to expect, really. Well, to be perfectly honest, I was expecting Cherry but got Cinnamon instead (which added to the effect of surprise). Seems like the Matrix universe got upgrades again, even after most people have forgotten about it and gone on with what they perceive to be reality.

OK, actually what happened is this... I've moved my Blog (again) without warning (again) to (this time) Wordpress, so all future blog posts will be at byroniac.wordpress.com. Hopefully reality will continue twisting itself into an incomprehensible yet still enjoyable pretzel there.

By the way, the Blue Pill is now chewable, too (so I hear), but I'll never get to know what it tasted like.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

man 7 units

In Ubuntu Linux, and probably in most Linux systems, you should be able to read the following man(ual) page on "Units." In my case, I enter the command "man 7 units" to pull up the following page, which has a lot of helpful and very relevant information on the use of digital measuring units in the computer industry. Read it and see for yourself.

UNITS(7) Linux Programmer’s Manual UNITS(7)

NAME
units, kilo, kibi, mega, mebi, giga, gibi - decimal and binary prefixes

DESCRIPTION
Decimal prefixes
The SI system of units uses prefixes that indicate powers of ten. A kilometer is 1000 meter, and a megawatt is 1000000 watt. Below the standard prefixes.


Prefix Name Value
y yocto 10^-24 = 0.000000000000000000000001
z zepto 10^-21 = 0.000000000000000000001
a atto 10^-18 = 0.000000000000000001
f femto 10^-15 = 0.000000000000001
p pico 10^-12 = 0.000000000001
n nano 10^-9 = 0.000000001
u micro 10^-6 = 0.000001
m milli 10^-3 = 0.001
c centi 10^-2 = 0.01
d deci 10^-1 = 0.1
da deka 10^ 1 = 10
h hecto 10^ 2 = 100
k kilo 10^ 3 = 1000
M mega 10^ 6 = 1000000
G giga 10^ 9 = 1000000000
T tera 10^12 = 1000000000000
P peta 10^15 = 1000000000000000
E exa 10^18 = 1000000000000000000
Z zetta 10^21 = 1000000000000000000000
Y yotta 10^24 = 1000000000000000000000000

The symbol for micro is the Greek letter mu, often written u in an ASCII context where this Greek letter is not available. See also

http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/prefixes.html

Binary prefixes
The binary prefixes resemble the decimal ones, but have an additional ’i’ (and "Ki" starts with a capital ’K’). The names are formed by taking the first syllable of the names of the decimal prefix with roughly the same size, followed by "bi" for "binary".


Prefix Name Value
Ki kibi 2^10 = 1024
Mi mebi 2^20 = 1048576
Gi gibi 2^30 = 1073741824
Ti tebi 2^40 = 1099511627776
Pi pebi 2^50 = 1125899906842624
Ei exbi 2^60 = 1152921504606846976

See also

http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/binary.html

Discussion
Before these binary prefixes were introduced, it was fairly common to use k=1000 and K=1024, just like b=bit, B=byte. Unfortunately, the M is capital already, and cannot be capitalized to indicate binary-ness.
At first that didn’t matter too much, since memory modules and disks came in sizes that were powers of two, so everyone knew that in such contexts "kilobyte" and "megabyte" meant 1024 and 1048576 bytes, respectively. What originally was a sloppy use of the prefixes "kilo" and "mega" started to become regarded as the "real true meaning" when computers were involved. But then disk technology changed, and disk
sizes became arbitrary numbers. After a period of uncertainty all disk manufacturers settled on the standard, namely k=1000, M=1000k, G=1000M.

The situation was messy: in the 14k4 modems, k=1000; in the 1.44MB diskettes, M=1024000; etc. In 1998 the IEC approved the standard that defines the binary prefixes given above, enabling people to be precise and unambiguous.

Thus, today, MB = 1000000B and MiB = 1048576B.

In the free software world programs are slowly being changed to conform. When the Linux kernel boots and says

hda: 120064896 sectors (61473 MB) w/2048KiB Cache

the MB are megabytes and the KiB are kibibytes.

Linux 2001-12-22 UNITS(7)

Technology Exists To Short-Circuit Christian Sanctification

Yes, it does. I'm convinced of that now. I bought a 2 gigabyte flash memory drive, tried to install Ubuntu Linux on it, and failed miserably (in more ways than just technologically). Seems like my flash drive chokes on transferring really huge files for some reason, which precludes its use as a bootable Live Ubuntu drive.

Bummer.

It's very interesting, though, and if I could ever get it to work, a source of personal techno-saavy Joy. Oh well, this develops character and reminds me the process of my sanctification is nowhere near finished (and is probably in the very early stages at that!).

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Beverly Hillbillies

One of my all-time favorite Weird Al videos can be viewed for free on Google video.

Virus Bulletin: Independent Malware Advice

Anyone with a computing device more sophisticated than an abacus and having an internet connection or some contact with the outside should know about this site. Independent ratings of vendor anti-malware programs are available here after a one-time and free registration. Go there. Now. And register.

For free antivirus programs, I know of two excellent choices.
free.grisoft.com - Home of the AVG Free Antivirus
www.avast.com - Home of Avast Antivirus (download page)

I've known about these three sites for a while, but somehow never got around to bookmarking or blogging them.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Fedora Live CDs

Yes, Virginia. There are Fedora Live CDs. And I'm blogging this just in time for Christmas, what a coincidence. These Live CDs are downloadable only through Bit Torrent, which probably will not change any time soon. If you want them, grab a bittorrent client and fire it up on these.

The Linux Documentation Project

I don't want to admit that I didn't really know about this until now. Oops. Too late. Anyway, if you're in the same situation, and are interested in Linux, head on over there. It's a great site with a lot of good information. I would appreciate comments with links to other good sites with similar information available.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Monday, November 13, 2006

Christian Ubuntu updated to 1.5

w00t! I'm still a Fedora user on my desktop, but I like the live Ubuntu CDs (and will probably have to try this one).

Ubuntu Guide for Dapper Drake 6.06 LTS

Self, bookmark this. Put it on your blog, even. And tell the world that Ubuntu even on a Live CD is cool.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Boot Windows XP from a USB flash drive.

You know, just when you think something truly is impossible, you find out it isn't. Courtesy: Del.Icio.Us popular bookmarks for November 10, 2006.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

PyGTK

Python and GTK+. Is this cool or what?!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Red-Letter Day tomorrow (Oct 24)

Fedora Core 6 will be officially released Oct 24! Also, Firefox 2.0 final will be released; details are here. Wow, when it's good, it's great! :)

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Inside Fedora Core 6

This is courtesy of Red Hat magazine. And I can't wait.

Friday, October 13, 2006

iTunes 6.0.5 on Linux

Amazingly enough, it actually works. For the most part.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Move over, Firefox. Hello.......IceWeasel?

Firefox. IceWeasel. Whatever? Also, out of curiosity, Firefox optimized for Intel/AMD platforms called SwiftFox, and TweakFirefox, a place for tweaked/optimized Firefox builds (haven't verified the quality of either site, though).

*EDITED* Typos, brain aneurysms, caffeine deprivation, etc.

More Christian Linux stuff

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Eudora to go Open Source

This is mildly interesting. I never really used the Eudora client, though. Perhaps I will have to check it out when it is released. The mozilla project is called Penelope (currently in its infancy) and the page is here.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Firefox 2 RC1 is out!

Which means Firefox 2.0 itself (final release) is not far off!

Monday, September 25, 2006

bak v1.03 updated

v1.03 is my latest update at the time of this post. But in the future it will be updated further. I consider this script submission (click on the title) to be in the public domain.

Friday, September 22, 2006

bak v1.02 -- my linux profile backup script

This is the little script I wrote to backup my linux profile. No, it won't work for you. But you can make it work, I suppose. How? I have no idea, sorry. The standard disclaimer applies here: it works fine on my system. So there! :)

#+---------------------------------------------------------------------+
#| bak - Backup current linux profile to external storage (personal) |
#| v1.02 |
#| 2006-09-21 |
#| |
#| history: |
#| 0.01 - first working prototype |
#| 1.00 - initial release (hardcoded user, dynamic dating filename) |
#| 1.01 - dynamic username (current using `id -un`) |
#| 1.02 - $HOME usage in copy for simplification |
#+---------------------------------------------------------------------+
clear
echo -e "\0033[1mBacking up to `id -un``date +%Y%m%d`\0033[0m______\0033[1m.tar.bz2!\0033[0m"
#+---------------------------------------------------------------------+
#| Use root privileges to back up linux profile in home folder |
#| (delete older daily backups for today's date and add current backup)|
#+---------------------------------------------------------------------+
su -l root -c 'cd /home; rm -f '`id -un`'`date +%Y%m%d`*.tar.bz2; tar cpjf '`id -un`'`date +%Y%m%d%H%M%S`.tar.bz2 '`id -un`
echo
echo -e '\0033[1m[/home]\0033[0m'
ls -hl --color=tty /home
echo
#+---------------------------------------------------------------------+
#| On external storage, delete all daily backups for today's date |
#+---------------------------------------------------------------------+
rm -f /media/SEA_DISC/Backups/Linux/`id -un``date +%Y%m%d`*.tar.bz2
#+---------------------------------------------------------------------+
#| copy most current daily backup from profile area to external storage|
#+---------------------------------------------------------------------+
cp -au `echo $HOME``date +%Y%m%d`*.tar.bz2 /media/SEA_DISC/Backups/Linux
echo -e '\0033[1m[/media/SEA_DISC/Backups/Linux]\0033[0m'
ls -hl --color=tty /media/SEA_DISC/Backups/Linux
echo

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Howto:convert aac/mp4 to wav/mp3/ogg on Linux

Interesting.

e-Sword on Linux, revisited


Finally got it to work as desired on Linux. Still can't install any modules, so I did the next best thing, which is copying the e-Sword folder from the Windows side to the Linux side, and adding the appropriate DLLs needed as Wine overrides (riched20, msls31). The registry had to be updated to point to the new e-Sword location, too. But now it works almost perfectly, pop-ups and all.

Monday, September 18, 2006

NET Bible available for Sword/GnomeSword/BibleTime

Of course, it comes in two versions: free (limited notes) and non-free (full notes).

Monday, September 11, 2006

Benchmark Career Institute

This looked interesting, especially for Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and other Microsoft certifications.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

GTK.org

Gnome GTK+ programming for Linux (also available for Win32).

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Turbo Explorer

Borland is back.

Ogg Vorbis.com (Lossy Codec)

All about Ogg (Lossy codec) from Vorbis.com

FLAC - Free Lossless Audio Codec

All about FLAC, straight from the horse's mouth.

Apple - iTunes - Podcasts - Technical Specifications

This fifth post means I've outdone myself.

SermonAudio's MP3 Tools

OK. Can't help myself. Must post this one too.

Monarch Computer

(Note to self--interesting!) A friend of mine acquired the following computer hardware:
MSI K9N SLI Platinum
EVGA
Nvidia 7900 GT KO
Corsair XM2 DDR2 800

Hi-Q (Windows, Freeware)

Also found this today (haven't tried this myself yet, but a classmate of mine told me about it).

RSS Publisher 2.0 (Windows, Freeware)

Found this today. Also see this interesting article (by no means the only, or even perhaps the best): Create Podcasts With PC.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

IEs 4 Linux

IEs 4 Linux
Wow.

This is simply incredible. Internet Explorer 6.0 can run on Linux. I was a skeptic, so I had to try it. Now I am a true believer.

Of course, that still doesn't answer the question, Why? For me, however, it is to get more website compatibility and a higher version of Flash (Flash on Linux is limited to 7.0 r63, at least on Fedora FC5). Plus, it is amazingly cool---like, beyond the "kudos to Mr. Hacker" kind of cool...all the way to the "hey, I think I'll donate real money to this mad-scientist Linux guru-type who actually pulled this crazy stunt off" kind of cool. In fact, I just did. I'm that impressed.

Filed under: "Mission Impossible"

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

World of Empires

(This is kind of a note-to-self type post).

IBM PC Empire Documentation.

I have been working on a Sourceforge.net project called "World of Empires" (visit it by clicking on the title of this blog post). Actually, "working" is not a completely accurate term. "Procrastinating" is a much better and accurate term. For those who don't (care to) remember, Empire is an ancient (and I do mean, ancient) turn-based wargame/strategy game, that is in my opinion one of the best games ever made, judging from the amount of time I fanatically devoted to it at the expense of what should have been more pressing concernings (i.e., school, etc.). I loved it, and would love to play it again.

It is with that in mind that I started a project to very loosely clone the game for the purposes of my own entertainment. It would be freeware and open-source. Currently, the license is even public domain. What form it will take in the end, I am simply unsure. I just hope I finish it. Visit the link above for documentation from the original game.

Fedora Core 5 Desktop (such as it is)

Fedora Core 5 Desktop (such as it is)
This is my Fedora Core 5 Linux Desktop (such as it is) from August 22, 2006. Fedora Linux is a great operating system, but installation is not for the faint of heart. However, there is a great user community available for it, and lots (LOTS) of information and FAQs to read and browse. It's worth considering!

I never thought I'd make the switch from Windows, but I did.

Almost.

I still dual-boot Windows XP, but I'm in Windows only when I have to be. Fortunately this is seldom. Perhaps one day, I will be 100% Linux, but not today. Or tomorrow.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Fallout in DOSBox on Linux

Fallout in DOSBox on Linux
Yes it's possible, but only for Fallout 1 when installed as a DOS32 application (but Fallout 2 is Win32 only). I haven't actually played the game yet, but I plan to. For some reason, I have not been able to get Fallout 1 or 2 to run under Wine 0.9.17 in Fedora Core 5 (fc5) but I'm sure there's technowizardry out there to accomplish it. However, I'm still a Wine n00b. On the plus side, click on the blog title for a great link to a how-to on linux gaming written by a young guy named Firewing1 who really knows his linux stuff.

Edit: clarification and typos

Isaiah 8:16 is my new Theological Blog

My new theological blog is Isaiah 8:16 at isaiah816.blogspot.com and all theological discussion will now be found there. This Byroniac blog will retain all non-theological items of interest, mainly in the subject areas of computing and other personal interests. Postings that contain some elements shared in both (such as running e-Sword in Linux) might appear in both places, but don't necessarily count on it. ;)

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Running e-Sword in Linux

w00t! A chat friend introduced me to a website that shows you how to get e-Sword 7.7.7 working under Linux Wine 0.9.17. It works, too! I can't believe it. :)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Taking a Stroll through the Old Testament

God has laid upon my heart a desire to study the OT. As a Christian, the NT has always had profound significance for me and my faith, and understandably so. However, I have come to realize that the OT is a treasure trove for believers, not simply of ancient and forgotten history, but also of deep theology rooted in the holiness and sovereignty of God and His interaction with humanity, especially in calling out and redeeming a special people for Himself. It is with this in mind that I plan to begin an OT reading program and blogging-documentary with a friend of mine who has similar plans on his blog at "The Confessions" (also linked to in this blog post title).

You can critique our progress in the coming weeks. My hope is that we will have something to share, even to the casual reader. And I appreciate constructive comments here on this blog, in response to my posts of OT discoveries I'm sure I'll be making. However, please understand one thing: school starts up for me again soon, and as this is a hobbyist project anyway, do not expect daily and/or detailed postings, necessarily. That is, if you're even here to read this in the first place. :)

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Wine-Drinking in New Testament Times

Robert H. Stein, from Christianity Today, June 20, 1975.
Scanned article available here: http://kingdomboundbooks.com/tmp/Article.pdf
Click on the title of this blog post for a more readable version.

Interesting read.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Moving back from Yahoo! 360

Well, that didn't last long. Much as I like Yahoo 360, I am more comfortable here. So here I'll stay for the time being.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Moved to Yahoo! 360

I've moved to Yahoo! 360. Blogger is great (no complaints), but Yahoo! 360 seems to have some cool new features.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

LivingWaters.com

[Edited 10-AUG-2006 15:44 CST to adjust coloration]

This is the evangelism ministry website of Ray Comfort. Excellent! Click and see for yourself. In fact, the following email signature is a slightly modified version of the one I constructed for free on their Free Evangelism Resources -> Free Stuff For Webmasters (located here). At any rate, I doubt I can add even a sliver of a percentage to their traffic, but hey, I'm doing my (pathetically insignificant and personally overestimated) part! :) (If I even get ONE person to go there and be enriched in their Christian faith, or someone without Christ to go there and be confronted with the gospel, I would be very happy, though I would never know about it [at least, not in this life]). Well, too much about that. If you're still reading this, it's kept you from clicking on the site. So, click on it already! Or visit the Good Person Test below (one of my favorites). I apologize; it looks better on email than here (no fault of theirs---strictly mine).

__________________________________________________________________

Byron Smith
Romans 6:23 (KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
( Home: xxx-xxx-xxxx or Cell: xxx-xxx-xxxx
7 Fax No#: xxx-xxx-xxxx
Are you a good person?
__________________________________________________________________

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Bon Echo Alpha 3 (otherwise known as Firefox 2.0)

OK, so I'm amazingly fickle. But the next major version of Firefox (2.0) is currently in its third alpha stage, codenamed Bon Echo (Literally, 'Good Repeat' I think). It is not ready for prime time, and may not be for the faint of heart (i.e., testers and developers only at this stage). If you cannot resist taking a peek at the embryonic Firefox 2.0, I would recommend backing up your profile first, and restoring it afterwards. I did not (foolishly), and have suffered search engine icon oddities at the very least (I fear further damage to my profile, so I may have to recreate it).

Monday, June 05, 2006

The New Underdog Browser

I'm not switching loyalties (yet), but I have to admire a new underdog browser (which if I understand correctly inherits the old Mozilla code base and will further enhance and optimize it). Go Firefox! Err... Go Seamonkey!

In Essentials Unity, in Doubtful Things Liberty, but in All Things Love

Concerning my 95% agreement with Cork Free Presbyterian Church (Ireland), I posted too hastily. I am guilty of only skimming the site before I posted that. The level of agreement is not that high. The primary area of agreement is soteriological, since I disagree on certain issues such as paedobaptism, restriction on use of modern translations of Scripture, cessationism (I am a mild non-cessationist currently, who does not have or seek any sort of "prayer language" or "speaking in tongues"), and Sabbatarianism, for example. I am perhaps more correctly identified as Reformed Baptist, and I think this is where my true convictions lie. However, I can still fellowship with other Christians on the basis of doctrinal agreement over the essentials, though we disagree (and hopefully do so charitably) on the non-essentials. One of us could always find out we were wrong and need repentance on the issue(s) involved.

http://www.restorationquarterly.org/Volume_039/rq03903rollmann.htm
(By the way, I am not endorsing this site, simply quoting it for reference for the following quote)

In necessariis unitas,
In essentials unity,
In dubiis libertas,
In doubtful things liberty,
In omnibus autem caritas,
But in all things love.

I think this is an excellent motto.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Cork Free Presbyterian Church (Ireland)

This is an excellent site. I think I'm in 95% agreement with them (does that mean I'm 5% wrong?). The Calvinism section is especially noteworthy, I think.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Software Update:Manually Installing a MAR file

This explains how to do a manual update using a MAR file. This is the first I've heard of it. It looks fun (I think). *EDIT* I chickened out (not fun!).

GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT

If you want to refute Calvinism, please start by getting your facts right.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Mozilla.com Support page

This is an excellent support page for Firefox and Thunderbird (which I'm partial to). It's everything you wanted to know, but probably don't have time to read all of and find out! :)

Firefox Ad Blocking

If you use Firefox and are interested in Ad Blocking, click on the title of this post to visit the link to Firefox Help: Tips & Tricks (Ad Blocking). It's amazing! (but not for the faint of heart...)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Well, death to MOST cookies

I love Firefox. I have it set to explicitly keep only the cookies I want. The rest are session-only. So, when I close the browser, ZOT! And, what's more, I can explicitly block all the advertising sites. Ah, sweet satisfaction.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Death to all cookies!!!

I HAVE to say this; I cannot restrain myself! Why is it that EVERYWHERE you go on the net, your browser seems to accumulate not just one but several cookies for each site, most of which I fear are for the purposes of tracking and advertising, and not for any beneficial purpose as far as I am concerned. ARGGHHH!!! Death to all cookies!!! So I have set up my Firefox browser to set all cookies by default to session-only, except for those sites I have created "cookie" rules for to allow for cookie preservation. I'm still investigating on better ways to do it, but I may eventually add some explicit blocking rules as well.

When I first discovered cookies, I thought they were the neatest thing since sliced bread. Well, almost. Now if I could function on the net with cookies turned off, I would in a heartbeat. It seems to me to be a maxim now, that technology (no matter how high a moral purpose it originally has) is eventually abused, and usually for base purposes.

Incidentally, I warn all who read this (both of you who stumbled off the Internet Superhighway onto this digital dirt road in the middle of electronic nowhere) to be cautious about the flash vulnerability that allows sites to use a certain amount of allocated space on your computer to store information effectively like a cookie so I understand, but which won't show up as a cookie for you to find. The only way I currently know how to do anything about it is to right-click Flash advertisements on each site, go into settings, and disable the storage feature. Or get rid of Flash (which I would hate to do, as it is another neat thing that I could compare to sliced bread).

Yes, we need to return to the days of DOS, dialup, and BBSes, or at the most, Lynx-access to the world wide web! That, or fix our current internet problems. I'm voting for plan B. Here's hoping.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Confession: this blog exists so I can comment on other blogs. Perhaps I will try blogging on my own, soon.