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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Debian

I want to try Kubuntu's dad (or mom?) - Debian. I remember that this was the first Linux that I tried to install on my computer. I tried to install it then inside Windows Xp - I thought that I can download it then install using an installer which is sooooo Windows.

Frankly, I can't understand it. I then found Ubuntu afterwards.

The rest is history.

Now I am having problems installing Debian since I don't know how to configure my internet connection in the installer.

It is saying something about DHCP. I am not familiar with DHCP, when I connected in Windows I just typed in my username and password to connect using PPPOE.

In Kubuntu and Knoppix - I am using Knoppix now. I do a "sudo pppoeconf" and then input the user name and the password.

But with Debian, it is strange. I do the netinst installation type so that I could just install via the Internet. Thats when the DHCP problem arises. It says

DHCP Autoconfiguration Failed


This is OK though since it said that it is OK.

Everything finishes during the install and I remove then reboot the pc.
Afterwards, it just shows me this

me@desktop:

It is asking me to input something. There is no GUI for me to click.
I try to do pppoeconf and it said something like invalid command.

Anyway, I am asking for help and I would post a link since his tutorial is newbie friendly to say the least.

Debaira's very useful Debian blog.

Update:
My solution to the problem was to download the full first CD of Debian. After that, I installed it. The same problems occurred during installation. I just don't know what DHCP is.

To my relief, I was able to boot into Debian with a GUI. Although, I must admit that I am a little disappointed with the colors - they are too sad. dark and solemn.

I tried to do a
sudo pppoeconf


This was unsuccessful.

bash: sudo pppoeconf: Bad Command


I thought, this is not good.

I then booted into Knoppix - my universal Linux saver, connected to the internet, and asked the guys at #debian.

They were helpful but a little bit too 1337 for my mortal understanding.

They gave me a solution somewhat, which entailed that I:

1. Download pppoeconf from the Debian servers
2. Install it

*I ran into some dependency problems - at least thats what I think they are supposed to be called. Which I thought the solution of which is to download the dependencies for each program (if thats what its called - ITWIC). Curiously I couldn't get them to install.

*I ran synaptic which then fixed these (on its own I suppose) and well here I am.

Geubuntu 7.10 - What I Did and What I Wasn't Able to Do

I'm posting this blog post using Geubuntu 7.10. I'm sleepy. So I'll just make a list.

What I was able to do:

1. Play MP3 instantly - without twiddling with Automatix2
2. Connect to the internet
3. Change my theme
4. Change my wallpaper - See below too
5. Browse

What I cannot do:

1. Do a CTRL+SHIFT+ARROW KEY when typing - weird huh?
2. Change my wallpaper in 5 seconds
3. Figure out why I have two panels and which one is which
4. De-confuse myself on which mouse button to use - they do the same thing - which is show more menus - of absolutely the same things
5. Switch from 1 window to another using Alt-Tab
6. Can't get Tremulous to run - OMG! Nvidia thing does not work - not on CLI not on envy
7. Did I say that I can't do a CTRL+SHIFT+ARROW KEY to select words I do not like?
8. Ask for help in the forums since:
a. In Geubuntu they said:



Every problem Ubuntu related or Enlightenment related does not belong directly to Geubuntu, therefore, support will be very limited in this cases. Should you be having problems with Gnome software or software created by the Ubuntu Theme, you should be asking for help in the Ubuntu forums. In case you're having E17 related problems, you should ask to E17 devels. You can in any case try and ask for help in our forum but be aware that answers may and may not come for this kind of problems.



b. In Ubuntu forums they said -



Hello, Geubuntu related problems should be posted in the Geubuntu Forums, don't you think?
I don't know what problem is this exactly. Could you move this question to the official Geubuntu Forum and tell me more about this? maybe a screen / video shot?



Note: My funny meter is broken since I'm sleepy. Otherwise it would have ranked 4 out of 10 in funniness.



Problems Encountered:

1. During Install - Screen went poof! I installed in Safe Graphics Mode - Second Option
2. Can't do a CTRL+SHIFT+ARROW KEY
3. I put my mouse over one of the icons in the Scrolling Icon List - It's really cool. Really. I left it there and stared at the icon pulsating, pulsating, pulsating, pulsating, pulsating. I can almost here the drums beating. Ba da Boom! Ba da Boom! Pulsating. Pulsating. You'll be hypnotized.
4. Apparently I had to configure the theme for the 1st Panel separately from the 2nd Panel. It felt like I have 1 KDE Panel and 1 Gnome Panel. They have different feels. I had to configure each separately.
5. Mouse skips if I play music and install from repos.


All in all. Geubuntu is for the power user. Its attempts at being slick and blingy blingy is precisely what I avoid whenever I try to run something on my Pentium 3 650 MHZ PC. Sure, if you like the sun shining every once in a while from your Desktop Wallpaper - Be my guest. It's time that somebody made wallpapers animate. But not on my Pentium 3 PC - No sir. No sir.

It hurts me to say this but Windows XP runs faster even with the spyware compared to my experience with this distro.

This distro has good points though. It's very artistically rendered. I'd say its the most artistic distro I ever encountered. Animated buttons that shine! Don't forget the sunlight that actually shines on my desktop from the wallpaper.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Philippines First Multimedia Company

What happened to the Philippines first multimedia company? Like some companies it met its untimely end. It's life cut short by its prematurity - In an age when the Internet was yet to blossom to the glory that it is now. It was an idea, a vision whose time has not yet come.

Though many might dispute the title of "Philippines First Multimedia Company", for me, it would always be the first. I know, because I was its son. If you would check this list, you would notice that it is not listed there. I'll add "Add data to that historical-list" to my to do list then.

It all started with my father Atty. Reynaldo C. Garcia, he envisioned spreading information through the non-traditional and non-print manner. Always loquacious, he imagined a way to spread what he wanted to say to the world through a new medium - digitally. This may sound passe to most of us nowadays in the age of Web 2.0 and millions of community generated content. But, remember, in the mid to late 90's - Microsoft Powerpoint and LCD Projectors were not yet readily available to most people. The Internet back then - was exclusively for the economic and technological elite. Internet was for the Internet and the Techonologists spoke about the technology.There were very few Internet cafes to speak of. At the time Internet access cost Php 50 an hour - that was on dial-up.

Broadband seemed like a distant dream. DSL was something when I was a kid - always wanted but could never have - But now everybody has it. I remember reading newspaper reports that they would install broadband in the posh Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa - there exclusively. I thought back then that it was unfair for the ISPs to start with the neighboring high-end subdivision. But hey, I was a kid back then. Couldn't they just install the wires since that subdivision is less than 3 kilometers away? I really wanted to connect back then.

I had the first Command and Conquer game, as the first original non-pirated game on CD for my birthday back then. I was totally wowed. The box was shiny black, the CDs were shiny and I get to control moving infantry and tanks with a click of a mouse button. Wow! That's a big turn around from playing with the Windows 3.11 paint program back then.

My father read Bill Gates' book "The Road Ahead" and not only embraced the idea of the information revolution - he wanted to become a great contributor to it. Bill Gates' book planted the seeds in my father's brain and my father proceeded to nurture, grow and breed that idea into numerous other ideas that would later on spring forth as his concrete endeavors.

He saw the future that Bill Gates predicted and wanted to ride on it. He formed QuantumNet Systems, Inc. the trademark owner of Eazy Systems and publisher of the first Philippine made CDs - Philippine Business Law Series, and Politiko - at the time when there were no CD burners yet on Philippine Soil - that was in 1997. Maybe there was - but back then whoever had them - didn't publish CDs on the scale that QuantumNet did. QuantumNet strove to provide quality and useful information with the aim to empower individuals and profit a little.

Bill Gates' book "The Road Ahead" was published in 1995 with its CD. My father published his CD Philippine Business Law Series in 1997. Not bad for the Philippines First Multimedia Company.

They published the CD here and had the CDs burned in Singapore.

He also wanted to bring the Internet closer to the people by putting up an Internet Cafe on the first floor of Centillion building, then the headquarters of QuantumNet Systems.

Aside from the CD, QuantumNet Systems also ventured into the WWW in the form of a website: the now defunct Manilanet.com and ArtManila.com. The former served as launchpad for promoting the Philippines as an ideal investment site while the latter showcased the artistic talent that abound in the country's capital.

As a lawyer, he believed that Justice Delayed is Justice Denied, and the way he envisioned that he could change this was to come up with a solution - a digital one to enable the Philippine court system to clear the dockets faster. And he strove to make vast political and legal contacts to achieve this. Along the way, he saw many various opportunities and in my own humble opinion this divided his attention to his goal.

Now, we see numerous similar attempts spread across different fields in the Philippine Bureaucracy as well as the mainstream - most of which are quite distressing. Like the recently scrapped NBN and ZTE Deals.

Though corruption might be the general rule, there are other like minded individuals and organizations in the Philippines that believe in the proper use of technology as an empowering medium. It is a relief to know that no less than the Supreme Court of the Philippines believes in this. Their promotion of Open Source Software is rightly justified primarily on economic considerations.


To be continued...


Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Redecorating My Blog

Okay I'm going to redecorate my blog to suit my aesthetic taste and hopefully yours too.

First things first: I'm going to make a list of things to do and how to do them again should the need arise.

Teh List:

1. Use the Minima template in Blogger to maximize customization.

2. Turn the template into 3 columns for maximum content.

**Resource: TFNB

3. Add Recent Comment Widget

**Resource: TFNB

4. Add Statcounter Java Script for Web site Performance

5. Add Google Web Search Feature

6. Add Shoutmix

7. Add Digg Linux News

6. Add Adsense

Monday, December 24, 2007

I am a Linux 1 Year Old Now

It's Christmas tomorrow and I have been using Linux - Kubuntu on and off for about a year now.

So, what do I think about Linux - Kubuntu?

It's getting there - fast. There are some things though that keep me going back to Windows Xp. My very wide collection of Windows software!

I run a Pentium 3 PC sooo, a lot of things limit me from using Kubuntu.

I have a wonderful family that likes Windows Xp.

My wife loves Windows Xp for its ease of use and she severely abhors the Kubuntu terminal-Konsole. Though I think the terminal is really cool - makes my PC look 1337. It scares the heck out of my wife and kids.

My 4 year old daughter wants to play Dora the Explorer... Unfortunately this runs on Windows.

And those insane PopCap games are just so insanely addictive.

I remember my first PC. The monitor was black and white. There were only text to speak of. My first game was Command and Conquer - the first one we bought here that was not pirated.

I remember my dad asking me to install a hundred or so games - and their cracks just so I can play. Well, all that has passed now and my dad is gone.

Now, I am using Windows Xp.

But I'll be back to Linux - when I get a new hard drive (or new second hand hard drive).

But I'll be switching to Geubuntu - not so famous. But when you see it- you'll be wowed by its graphics. Really. Not many use it yet so I am holding off till it gets support from its makers.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Visionaries III - The Race to "Greater Virtual Reality"

"Greater Virtual Reality" - You heard it here from me first, yes, as of 12/12/2007 14:06 pm (GMT +8:00) I coined that term.

Anyway, what is it? Simple. It's about the first not being the best. The idea of "Virtual Reality" or computer simulated worlds has been around since what? 1970's?

Wikipedia article:

The term artificial reality, coined by Myron Krueger, has been in use since the 1970s but the origin of the term virtual reality is uncertain. It has been credited to The Judas Mandala, a 1982 science fiction novel by Damien Broderick, where the context of use is somewhat different from that defined above. The earliest use cited by the Oxford English Dictionary is in a 1987 article entitled "Virtual reality",[1] but the article is not about VR technology. The VR developer Jaron Lanier claims that he coined the term.[2]

We've seen the idea being thrown here and there, applied to this game to that movie, ad infinitum. So what? Picture this.

Dannybuntu says:

I believe that the development of most computer technology is geared towards virtual reality in one form or another.

Man tries to simulate his reality because of his desire to escape "what is".

The desire for escape stems from our finitude - whereas boundless avenues exist as tools to erase that finitude to create an infinity of possibilities.

Its not only about the nice graphics in Second Life, Sims, WOW, etc. Its the world that they create. This is inarguable.

Chip companies are geared towards making their processors faster - for what??? Ask Gordon E. Moore.

Almost every measure of the capabilities of digital electronic devices is linked to Moore's Law: processing speed, memory capacity, even the resolution of digital cameras. All of these are improving at (roughly) exponential rates as well. This has dramatically changed the usefulness of digital electronics in nearly every segment of the world economy.[6] Moore's Law describes this driving force of technological and social change in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
The operant word is social change. Innovation is the second key word. But I believe that it merely plays the part of an illusion or delusion. Companies want to reach out to more people in the world. Advocacies want to extend their tentacles to more minds and converts. All of these ultimately boil to one thing.

The ultimate power is the power to create an alternate reality that is significant because of significance. There is no typographical error on the previous sentence, you've read it right. The significance lies in being significant. A company is insignificant if it does not make marks on the minds of others. A person is insignificant if it cannot make a mark in the whole. This is compounded by the new world that we live in. A world of billions of entities to speak of - each and all clamoring to be unique. Each and all - in essence finitely bound by the physical world.

That is why we have avatars. That is why we have profiles. That is why we have facebooks, friendsters, myspaces, and all of those social networking sites.

That is why we have RPGs, MMORPGs.

That is why we have e-bay profiles, reputations, e-commerce trader profiles, good, bad, digg, buried, slashdotted or not.

These are all customized and 99% falsified identities. "Why 99%?" you might ask. Because I have not encountered a personal profile that is not made to look good. Thumbs up sign.

All profiles are a reflection of what a person wants the others to view him. This becomes more pronounced in instances where the virtual reputation is tied intrinsically to the physical world.

Continued...

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

I ran MS Office 2003 Under Wine too...


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Without further ado the steps to installing MS Office in Linux:Kubuntu using Wine.

I got it to work on my Kubuntu 7.04. Pentium 3 650 Mhz PC with 256 MB RAM. Ya, you heard it right. Pentium 3.

UPDATE 1: I also got it to work on my Debian Etch machine, same hardware, albeit with some bugs.

UPDATE 2: Tom Wickline, the original author of this wine configuration, recently updated this guide and can be found here. He suggests that the newer configuration be followed for wine 0.9.52.xxx. At the time of this writing, Tom says that the 0.9.37.xxx version has been depreciated and it is necessary to follow the new steps.

Thanks to WineReview.

STEP I. Installing Wine

1. Make sure that you install this version of Wine - 0.9.37.xxx



wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/archive/ubuntu/feisty/
wine_0.9.37~winehq0~ubuntu~7.04-1_i386.deb



- Or you can download and find from this webpage: LINK
- Match to your Kubuntu version and Processor Architecture (eg. mine is an Intel and 386 so its 0.9.37.i386)
- Open your Konsole and go to the directory where you downloaded the wine deb file
- Install the deb file you just downloaded by typing this command:

sudo dpkg -i filename


note: In my case it was:
sudo dpkg -i wine_0.9.37~winehq0~ubuntu~7.04-1_i386.deb

note: Enter your password

STEP II. Configuring WINE


1. On the same konsole type this command:

winecfg
- It will show a windows box with the name "Wine Configuration" with not so cute fonts and tabs (think Windows 95)
- It takes awhile so hang in there - grab a donut and a cup of coffee.

2. Click the "libraries" tab and type richedit20.dll on the blank at the topmost left corner of the box.
3. Click Add
4. Click Edit
5. Select the Native (Windows) radio button
6. Click OK

7. Repeat the steps above but this time the name of the file should be richedit32.dll

8. Find those two files: richedit20.dll and richedit32.dll. Its your choice whether you would like to use Konqueror or the Konsole. But basically its in this folder:

*note: These folders are hidden

/home/Your Folder/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32

9. Rename richedit20.dll to richedit20.dll.bak
10. Rename richedit32.dll to richedit32.dll.bak
11. Download the richedit30.exe file here:
12. Go back to your konsole and type this command:

wine richedit30.exe

13. Download the XML parser here: (Choose only the file named msxml3.msi).
14. After doing that install it by typing this command on your konsole:


msiexec /i msxml3.msi



note: Don't forget to change your name and organization in one of the dialog boxes.

15. Type this command again if you closed your wine configuration window:

winecfg

16. In the libraries tab type msxml in the New Override for Libraries blank.
17. Click Add
18. Click Edit
19. Set to Native (Windows)
20. Type msxml3.exe in the New Override for Libraries blank
21. Click Add
22. Click Edit
23. Set to Native (Windows)
24. Back in your Konsole type this:

regedit

- a new Windows like box with the name Registry Editor will appear.
25. Go to HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version
26. Look for RegisteredOwner
27. Right-Click it
28. Click on Modify
29. Type your name then click OK
30. Look for RegisteredOrganization
31. Right-Click it
32. Click on Modify
33. Type your organizations name then click OK
34. Duplicate this for the same set of files but this time in the Windows NT folder

STEP III. Installing Microsoft Office 2003

1. Put the Microsoft Office 2003 CD in your CD drive
*note: Make sure that it doesn't automatically mount the CD - you might have problems since some of the files are hidden
2. Unmount the CD by typing this in the Konsole:

sudo umount /dev/cdrom


3. Mount it again this time with the following command:



sudo mount -t iso9660 -o unhide /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom

4. Go to the directory of the cd via the konsole
5. Type this command:



wine setup.exe
6. That's it you're done.


Sources:

Linux Sorceror
WineReview.