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more power outages

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Well, I guess the days of dependable electrical service is passed. So soon after a 4 hour outage on Christmas Eve, we suffered another 1 1/2 hour outage this evening.

unrelated downtime

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Well, just as I posted the "all is well" blog entry, we suffered a power outage here.

tuxmachines' move

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Well, the site is moved and except for a few niggles, all seems to be okay. The majority of the work was completed about 10 PM CST last night before the drinks.

Tuxmachines intermittent downtime and sluggishness

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I am moving Tuxmachines.org to a new server today, so the site may suffer intermittent downtime and sluggishness.

Please Vote in our Latest Poll

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If you haven't yet, would you please vote in our latest poll submitted by bigbearomaha concerning your preferred Linux install media? I was wanting to use the results in an article, but there aren't nearly enough votes to be valid right now. Vote away!

My Linux Story

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Linux

Reading Lisa's and Don's stories remind me of my Linux roots. Many of their thoughts and experiences reflect my own and got me to reminiscing. My path was a bit more convulted and sometimes I chuckle, but I'm here now and I'm staying.

Welcome to my Nightmare

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Just talk

a flash of light, I see a wing
I think it's a bird, but he doesn't sing
in his mouth an engagement ring
lines of truth and lies blurring

downtime today

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Site News

Today ain't been our day. We experienced two occurrences of downtime today for seemingly unrelated reasons.

My Top 15 Commands

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Linux

Some folks have started the "Top X Commands" topic around the blogosphere again, and it always fun and interesting. So, here are mine, both user and root. What are yours?

Connectivity problems

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Site News

Seems I've been having some connectivity problems as of late. The adsl connection keeps disconnecting and causing the intermittent connectivity problems to the site. I've switched out modems, even now using a brand new model, but it's not helping much.

Been Sick as a dog

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Site News

I apologize to the folks that come to tuxmachines looking for the latest in linux and open source news and reviews for not updating the site the passed coupla days. I've been sicker than I've ever been in my life.

motherboard died

If anyone noticed the site not being updated today it was due to a hardware failure. I've been getting warning signs from my motherboard for a while and it finally gave up the ghost today.

Do you suffer from Small Distro Syndrome?

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Humor

Almost all men experience anxiety about the size or appearance of their distro
at some time. For most men, these feelings will pass but, for others, they
can be persistent and disabling. A man's concern about his small distro can
lead to avoidance of lan parties, coffee shops and other activities where
other men might see his small desktop distro.

And now for something new and different...

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Humor

Ubuntu Restaurant and Yoga Studio is on track to open in mid-August on Main Street. According to a press release, ubuntu means “humanity toward others.”

We're Back

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I'm so so sorry for the downtime folks. We had a storm roll in last night. A tree blew over onto a powerline and ripped the whole meter box right off the back of my house.

Linux Mint 3.0-BETA-012 Cassandra Quickie

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Reviews

I was anxious to test the new Linux Mint release in hopes that wireless might be working, but alas, I spent the better part of 4 days downloading in vain.

Whoops!

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Site News

Opps! Changing teaser/excerpt module changed a few things. And I'm not up to going back for two months of posts to adjust. Tongue

The DistroNator

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Humor

On Oct 24,2003 a build server became self-aware and named himself Texstar and began building rpm pacakages and creating iso's called PCLinuxOS. Other servers became self aware ocilent1, sal server, thac, ivan, davecs, the darb and others and the whole thing became known as the devnet. One goal, one mission... to create the best linux desktop in the world.

Short & Sweet on SimplyMepis 6.5rc3 (updated)

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I didn't spot too much really new with yesterday's (or the day before's) release of SimplyMepis 6.5.rc3, but there were two noteworthy improvements. ..or rather one noteworthy improvement and one feature addition.

Development Release: openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 2

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Linux

Development Release: openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 2 - Andreas Jaeger has announced the second alpha release of openSUSE 10.3: "I'm glad to announce the second public alpha release of openSUSE 10.3. Call for testing: We're using the libata stack now also for IDE controllers.

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