Wednesday, May 28, 2008


I am excited as I can see Firefox 3.0 on the horizon. Browse to about:mozilla to see the interesting scripture from the book of Mozilla. I use both browsers (both IE and Firefox are excellent in my view) but I prefer Firefox, and I am not sure why. Perhaps you can accept I was predestined to do so.

Friday, May 23, 2008

The Blessed Gift of Salvation

The necessity and excellency of God's gift of salvation have both weighed heavily on my mind in recent days. The world is lost and dead in sin. Without Christ there is no hope, no light, and no rescue. My personal belief and full conviction is that only Christ can give us redemption, and the redemption He offers is perfect and complete. He has offered to God the perfect sacrifice, Himself who knew no sin, to make us who believe in Him acceptable to God and to separate us from our sins which in Him are paid in full. We are sealed with promise by the Holy Spirit of God waiting for a sure home in heaven in the bosom of the Father with all our hopes resting and wonderfully satisfied in Christ.

I am making a personal exception and posting this message to both blogs, even though the Byroniac blog is technical in nature, because of the importance of this message.

Please, if you are not a Christian (or even if you are!), take the time to read this site and consider it carefully.
Beginning Steps

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Two Gripes

Two gripes about FreeBSD so far.

Full Disclosure: I'm running FreeBSD 7 under VirtualBox 1.6.0 (recently rebranded under Sun).

1. It runs DOG slow in Gnome (technical term, indicating an overall qualitative analysis rather than an actual quantitative measurement; in the common vernacular, this could be termed "slower than molasses" etc).

2. No sound. No clue why. I'm guessing the VirtualBox emulated hardware is not fully supported by FreeBSD. I might drop back to 6.3 and see if that's better.

I always did like FreeBSD (well, when it works, that is).

EDIT: Changed "X-Windows" to "Gnome" for accuracy. I'm not really sure what I'm doing, but running plain X via "startx" is fast enough, but running the Gnome Window Manager on top of X-Windows via "gdm" is like, painfully slow.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Six hours after I needed it

It would be so nice if I would learn to read the comments section of news articles before running off to try whatever fancy suits me at the moment.

I found a great link to a custom-made DVD ISO of FreeBSD 7.0.

Six hours after I needed it.

To FreeBSD Or Not To FreeBSD

Arrggghh! Why on EARTH does the stupid FreeBSD partitioner think I only need a 69MB Swap partition???? What does it think it is installing on, a 486??!?!?!

OK. It's not stupid. But I sure was. I missed this, and it caused SEVERE slow down on my system. The stupid thing is, I didn't notice this the first, second, or third times I installed FreeBSD, ran into problems, and restarted. But strange things happen with insufficient swap space, such as losing your mounted cd media in the middle of installing packages for example.

Right. Blasted it for the third time in a row and started the reinstall. This time, I created an appropriately sized swap partition, and threw everything else into a single partition mounted as root (/). This is probably not a good idea, but it's a VirtualBox hobby-sized project, so it probably does not matter.

Creating Your Own FreeBSD 7.0 DVD

Creating Your Own FreeBSD 7.0 DVD

I will simply have to try this for myself.

I'm currently installing FreeBSD 7.0 in VirtualBox, and I couldn't decide what I wanted, so I told it to install practically everything. That means swapping from ISO image to ISO image as pkg_add wants files, and it's simply tiring. As an aside, once it's installed, I'm not sure what to do with it. Most of what I know is Windows-based and Linux-based, and I need to learn a LOT more.

If I survive, this should be fun.