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I changed… I switched… But I am still the same old me. 😀

For two years now, I was using Ubuntu. For six months before that, Fedora it was. And way before that, I was on MS Win (and well, Wordstar eons ago).

And I can say, I am still a linoob, and they say, no Linux newbie dare try Archlinux. KahelOS is based on Arch and for a linoob like me, this is one heck of a trek. Whew!

Yes, I can find my way around in CLI (thanks to $ man, and the wealth and dearth of online HowTos). But my brain can’t retain further than ls, rm, cp, and some other not-so-simple. So here’s me, an ever trying-damn-hard linux end-user and loving every instance of it (yes, even failed efforts), but that’s console-speaking.

But you’d never imagine how frantic I was the first time when I HAVE TO un-use MS Win. Yes, I really have to. Part of the work environment. I remembered the first laptop assigned to me. It was a Compaq Presidio on MS. That first issued laptop and I had been fallen prey by the “Basag Kotse Gang” in Gilmore. Then, I got issued another one. It was running on MS until big boss declared — no computer or machine running on MS is allowed at 8layer!

Oh boy!

And the rest is history. No more system crashes, lost files and well, somehow, I missed the VIRUSes. But doing the switch is like losing an apartment and finding that you won a house and lot, tax free! (Or being dumped by a long-time boyfriend who you thought would be THE ONE only to be courted by an unpretentious gentlemanly debonair! hahaha!)

I am still tinkering here and there with my newly-installed Kahel OS on my Acer Aspire 4720. Good thing, the “issues” I encountered were already discussed on the KahelOS forum:

  1. Slow browser refresh which is why I am currently following the instructions to enable KMS (Kernel Mode Switch)
  2. Big fonts on my webpages which I will configure next
  3. Sound control defaulting to minimum volume on boot up so I need to set up my alsa

What I find awesome after installing KahelOS are:

  1. It has automatically detected wi-fi connections. My wi-fi button indicator miraculously came alive too! I thought it is simply just a button. Haha!
  2. The integrated Crystal Eye web camera has been auto-detected too. KahelOS included Cheese Webcam Booth and in one simple click, I saw myself’s vid grinning from ear to ear (self: go get a comb!).
  3. Moovida is also already installed. I still have to try this though, but I heard this is one application that makes multimedia experience a true delight.

I’d definitely be posting more of how I progress. For now, I would have to call it a night. And a good night at that. 🙂

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I’m on…

Spread Kahel OS

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As of this moment, I am backing up my files by executing a copied rsync script. While rsync is in progress, I decided to use one of the “Spread Kahel” icons because Kahel is the reason why I am backing up my files. Ooh, can’t wait!

I am about to use Kahel OS on my Acer Aspire 4720.

For a few weeks now, I have been really itching to switch from Ubuntu to Kahel. Two weeks ago, when I was reorganizing my files (I still have some old files in a folder called “Backup” when I changed from Fedora to Ubuntu, then “Another Backup” when I upgraded from Gutsy to Hardy), Wonderboy JB (Joel Bryan) figured in an accident. You may not know JB, but he’s one of the wonders behind Kahel. And without him, I feel that I won’t be able to get through the “switch” in one swift smooth Kahel installation.

Blame me not for having such utter dependency on JB. For me, I’d be more relaxed doing the big leap with him to answer my every inch of curiosity on Kahel. Another thing, I want him to be personally present with his sheepish smile and bouncy stride when I do the installation. JB had been tirelessly working on Kahel for (two?) months, and my way of telling him “Great work there, Wonderboy!” is just a small encouragement for him but well-meant for me.

So where does my Kahel excitement comes from? Suffice it to say that there are reviews out there in the cyberspace, and they are more Linux-inclined than me. Those reviews too were made by those who don’t know anyone from the Kahel Team.

Moreover, I am just about to have a taste of Kahel (poor me, just about?). From this time on, you’ll be hearing (I mean reading) about my Kahel experience. And you bet, workarounds, if ever I encounter some “issues”.

And to JB (if in case he reads my blog), you better get damn well soon! Someone from the OHQ misses you a hell lot (clue: name starts with an R — take away Renan and Rosa). Yihiii!

Love Asterisk? Get Charozt!

It’s Friday the 13th. The dreaded day for those who are looking for alibis for a day gone mad.

Not me. I’m feeling too perky to think that something will turn out bad. Matter of fact, I am much in a good mood that I can let any unfortunate event pass and face it with a smile. Today, of all days, I shall embrace it as a lucky day. The power of positive thinking is ON. Ha!

So here’s me spreading the love virus via Charozt!

My apologies though for those who still thinks that asterisk is just a symbol or character in syntax.

Google Asterisk. The first on the list IS Asterisk that you must love. And with that, you’ve got to love Charozt, too!

Want to know what’s love got to do with Charozt? Read here.

For a detailed story on Charozt, click here and here.

lipad ko to

naalala ko nung magpunta kami sa freedom bar. may dalawang banda na nagpasayo ng kanilang awitin at sinabing walang title yung kanilang tinugtog. tapos, sa conspiracy din, nung tumugtog si rj jmnz, may kinanta din siyang walang title. uso ata ang mga walang title ngayon. anyway…

last weekend, mahabang byahe ang ginawa ko. sa haba niya, mahaba-habang pagmumuni-muni din ang naganap sa isip kong tuliro na rin sa mga bagay-bagay na dapat kong gawin (pati na rin yung mga bagay na hindi ko dapat ginawa).

sa pagdating ko naman sa aking destinasyon, tila bulang naglaho sa aking itinerary ang mga binalak kong gawin habang kako nagpapahinga sa nilibreng tuluyan sa min ni dadadidodu. sarap kasing mapahinga dun. bagong klima. bagong kwarto’t kama. bagong channel sa cable. bagong food staples. bagong mga kainan. bagong mga kwentong mumu (dun daw sa bed na tinulugan ko, yun daw yung huling hinigan ng katawang lupa nung mga magulang nung may-ari nung bahay, sumalangit nawa!), bagong mga trip (sabayan daw ba ang mga sandamakmak na aliens sa pakikipagtalastasan). in short, bagong mundo sa loob ng 48 oras. isang commercial ng yugto ng buhay ko.

sa pagpagtatapos ng aking paglalakbay sa norte, kasabay ng mga manaka-nakang ambon at pag-ulan, heto’t back to my senses na ulit ako. pagbukas pa lang ni laftaf, parang routine, agad kong binuksan yung aking email at kasabay nun ang status ng aking mga tasks at projects. parang gusto akong kurutin nung mga overdues ko sa wiki at online documentation, ganun na rin yung mga artiks sa website. at nagyeyehey naman yung proyekto na makalap lahat ng mga document templates na kailangan namin sa opisina para naman mapabilis ang aming correspondences.

naroon din yung constant reminder ko na rebyuhin ang linux filesystem. pagdating kasi sa mga bagay na teknikal, ewan ko ba, pero sa short-term retention lang kinacategorize ng aking hippocampus ang mga ito.  kaya para ma-override at mailagay sa long-term, kailangan kong magrebyu lagi. heto’t nakalimutan ko na nga ulit kung alin sa ext3 at reiserfs ang may journalling. nakalagay kasi sa nokbuk ko, sa ext3 siya, pero sa isang sulok ng aking nagpipilit na makaintindi ng mga teknikalidad, reiserfs ang may journaling. buti na lang, pwedeng i-google! o di-ba, ang salitang “google” ay pwede na ngayong gamiting verb?

at hayun, nagkaiba lang pala ang ext3 at  reiserfs sa usapang pinuhan ng sector. pareho naman palang may journalling. mas lamang nga lang sa ngayon ang reiserfs sa usapang journalling.

ano ba ang journalling? para sa mga linoobs (pinaikling linux newbies) at nyologs (non-linux users or no-linux backgrounds), ang journalling ay… ito yung… para siyang record book. bawat proseso na nangyayari sa filesystem, dito nila-log. kumbaga, isinusulat niya ang bawat transaksyon na ginawa mo sa iyong filesystem. importante ito sa mga pagkakataong magcrash ang iyong computer. nagbabasa-basa pa rin ako ngayon, pero pag naintindihan ko na ng lubusan, magandang mai-share ko na rin. tipong in vernacular para masaya. umpisahan ko sa filesystem, hindi nga lang ngayon. ike-ks (knowledge sharing) ko muna sa office.

haay. daming iniisip. pati tuloy yung interview sa embassy, kinatatakutan ko. kawawa naman si atenggot pag hindi ako nakapasa, lalu’t pinayagan na ko sa office na mag-leave. kawawa kasi all-expense paid nya to. maliban dun sa interview appointment na binayaran ko ng $9.95. barya lang naman to compared sa visa apps na $131 at plane fare (two-way reservation na kaya). sayang talaga pag na-deny ako. waah! ang problema ko, paano ko mapapaniwala ang consul na super duper closely tied ako kay motherland para magnais ng greener pasture sa ibang lugar. ang akin lang naman, which is what i personally believe, ang nagpapasaya naman sa tao ay siya rin. kung matayog ang pamantayan nya para maging kuntento sa buhay, dapat matayog din ang dapat niyang abutin para makamit yon at dapat, tayugin nya rin ang lipad.

ako naman, hindi naman katayugan ang pangarap ko. pero lipad ko to. maaaring matayog sa iba, pero sa akin, i’m freely flying. nag-eenjoy na ko e. ganoon naman. basta gusto natin ang ating paglipad, kahit bumabagyo pa, kakayanin! atsaka, penguins can fly, di ba? haha! whee!

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