Monday, December 8, 2014

Twas the night before xmas.


Well its that time of year again, stuck in the house with the snow, thought I would add a verse to my old Linux poem, feel free to add a verse.

Merry Christmas Linux

Twas the night before Christmas
And all round the house
the only things stirring
Were me and my mouse.

I was working with MSWindows
It was making me fractious,
And I knew that quite soon
I would have to take actions.

It slowed and it stuttered
And finally froze
Then showed a black and blue screen at the end of my nose,
My anger was rising and thoughts turned quite bad,
“PC through the window, was one that I had”

But my genetics and lineage ensured my calm;
And decided, the computer should come to no harm.
The O/S is to blame, and will never improve
I was conned by Satya Nadella
and this upgraded move.

Then I had an idea as I sat in my muse,
I have other options like Arch linux or Suse;
Or Debian, Red Hat, or Fedora Core, Centos
PClinux, Ubuntu and so many more..

So I set to downloading a distro named Arch;
And burned a CD for this data to use,
It all went so smoothly,”I waited for hitches”,
As my mind was attuned to the Microsoft glitches!

I entered the disc in my CD Rom drive
And sat back, and watched my PC come alive,
As it smoothly installed the O/S Arch 2014
I know I will never use MSWindows again.

So to all you users of Microsoft software,
With its viruses, Trojans, and various Malware,
Blue screens, and freezes, and drivers to find,
Registry problems that muddle the mind
Take a leaf out of my book, “give Linux a try”,
Its all free of charge, with no programs to buy,
With so many versions of this excellent kernel
The choices you have are almost eternal

So download a distro that won’t cost a penny,
The flavours of linux are varied and many
You’ll find one to suit, I’m sure of this;
And using your PC, will once more be bliss.

Merry Christmas Linux

Naughty or nice network adnins.

Network administrators like to make sure that Santa knows they were naughty, so they will get switches for Xmas.

Ncaa computerized rankings.

The NCAA has done such a good job picking the teams for the playoffs, I wonder how many people from Texas will watch them.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014


 Old pc motherboard used for hardware interfacing.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Cat eyes.

Want to see what is in a file in your computer, just use a cat.

Old computer pictures.

All long since gone to a better place.

I386 pre-Pentium I


Nslu2 running Debian linux

Sega  Dreamcast running NetBSD.

Dell Desktops.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Model trains to....

Home computer networks are the new model trains. Here we are using a web application from the home web server in the kitchen.

User end device:

The server:

New phone.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Computer controlled xmas lights

One ssr for each string of lights and add a small load (i.e. 1 k resistor) to the control side of the ssr's. Then all you have to do is write the code to control the lighting. If you can control an led, you can control Christmas lights.