I’m not good with computer

But Ubuntu 10.04 sure as hell is!  Just got a new laptop in today from Newegg and decided to make a solid attempt at getting Linux to work on it to a level that would let me not rely on Windows anymore.  First off the bat was getting a browser that doesn’t suck (aka Chromium) installed, naturally with its popularity there were awesome guides on getting it installed at least half a dozen ways.  After that it was on to getting MP3 support as well as all the other deliciously varied video formats like Matroska Video and such, this time instead of having to do a bunch of hand work in a terminal there was a single link on the ubuntu support area that actually installs all the needed codecs and files without so much as a single bash command!  After that I made an attempt to get Flash working and hit the only brick wall so far; the office network at work doesn’t always play nice and refused to let me download the files I needed in order to get flash working, but I know what needs to be done and once home it won’t be a challenge in the least.  With all the audio sorted out I copied over my World of Warcraft install directory that I keep on a USB HD while installing Wine; yet again a victory ensued when the game ran decently (19 fps) with virtually no config tweaking what so ever.  As a final test I looked into support for my iPod touch and was blown away by the fact that support for it is now rolled into the 10.04 LTS flavor of Ubuntu, a year ago this would have been pretty much impossible without at least jailbreaking the device, now its just there without me even having to do anything beyond plugging it in.

Aside from a few fringe programs like Photoshop CS5 I don’t think I’m going back to the land of Microsoft if I can avoid it; Linux finally supports all the things I want to do on my computer.

Tornado touchdown in Brooklyn

So it seems that the unthinkable has happened, a tornado has touched down in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  As a person who works in disaster services I can safely say that the idea of a tornado rampaging around in New York City positively scares the living crap out of me, about the only thing worse would be a Category 5 Hurricane cutting loose and destroying shit.  Fortunately nothing catastrophic like that happened, just the usual mild damage to building exteriors and as far as I have heard there were no fatalities.

Canadians think Wifi is making their children sick

I really wish this was a joke, prank or just misinformation but sadly these people honestly believe that the signal from 802.11x wireless access points and routers are causing their children to get sick.

A group of central Ontario parents is demanding their children’s schools turn off wireless internet before they head back to school next month, fearing the technology is making the kids sick.

Some parents in the Barrie, Ont., area say their children are showing a host of symptoms, ranging from headaches to dizziness and nausea and even racing heart rates.

They believe the Wi-Fi setup in their kids’ elementary schools may be the problem.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/08/15/ontario-wifi.html#ixzz0ytFW7MHW

I don’t even know what to say really, it seems like these people lack the common sense to realize that if such signals really did make people sick then perhaps it would be more widespread as opposed to just in selective areas where the insanity levels must be a little bit higher than normal.  I personally have a router modified with the dd-wrt firmware in my bedroom running at above-average transmit power and I haven’t been sick lately, my city is covered in wireless and last I heard parents here weren’t moaning about ill children to the school board.  If there was any truth at all to this nonsense don’t they think that kids all over NYC would be sick 24×7 given the proliferation of wireless in such places?

I can only hope that the school boards who get hit with complaints about these kind of things are intelligent enough to realize that the parents making the complaints are about as stupid as you can get and fail to realize their children are bullshitting them plain and simple.  The whole thing is nothing more than the logical evolution of the cell phone cancer debate that cropped up as cell phones became widespread, with any luck it will die the same fate given enough time and force-fed sanity.

Up and Limping?

Well this domain has sat dormant for ages, and finally on a boring Sunday at work I decided to slap someone else’s code on up here to save me time, effort and headache of using my own.  Odds are that this might fall into disuse like every other time I attempt to blog, but just perhaps given the nature of how bored I get at work I might be able to make this into something that doesn’t completely suck.