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Java 6 on the Mac

I’ve been playing Minecraft a lot (which is a really cool procedural survival adventure game) and there is a thriving modding community surrounding it, featuring simulators, map editors, inventory editors, etc. Continue reading

New network testground

My family has 3 routers. An old D-Link, a new Linksys N router, and another router that looks like a mac. After cleaning out my closet, I moved all my old computers, the old PC, an old iMac running Yellow Dog Linux (Soon to be ubuntu) and the iBook into the closet, and networked in with the router that looks like a mac (white and clear plastic and sort of round.) I am now making a rather small network and testing nfs and various other things on the network. I haven’t connected the closet router to the outside internet, but I can use a mac laptop to inject the wireless signal into an ethernet wire to install software. An interesting and continuing experiment. Expect more updates.

Acer updates

This long story starts with me noticing that my one and only external drive had a USB connection. I had previously though connected this drive to computers other that macs was impossible, but I now realize that was wrong. So I plug the hard drive into my Acer laptop, and it borks. After fiddling around with various hfs packages for linux, things didn’t work, and I tried plugging it into my mac. This did not work. I was bummed, because I had a massive collection of linux distributions stored on the drive. I tried various methods to recover the data, all failed, or didn’t work correctly, so I finaly reformated the thing as ext2. This worked perfectly. Now the acer and all my other linux boxes can read the drive. My mac cannot. So, I installed MacFuse, along with a ext2 driver. I started a backup, and it was taking forever. Throughput for the drive was horrible. So I tried it on the Acer, and i/o speeds were just fine. So I used scp to copy the files from my mac, over the network, and to the external drive. Everything went well until /bin/echo started failing to execute. Turns out I was copying the entirety of my mac’s hard drive to my acer. This did not work well, and the acer stopped working. I booted a liveCD, backed up my stuff to the external drive, then downloaded and burned a flash drive of the Ubuntu Minimal install. I used it to install a base ubuntu system, a few packages, and the xubuntu-desktop. I tried to install some ubuntu studio packages, but they didn’t work, nor did the packages for audio, video, and image editing. They installed, I booted, and suddenly everything worked, my wifi autodetected, and everything was hunky dory. I moved all my important stuff to a single folder in my home folder called “mine,” to facilitate backup and recovery, because there were some permissions issues the first attempted install. Still, everything works just fine, and the computer is working perfectly, except dropbox isn’t installing, I have to fix that at some point…


Got a new programing project on github: YstSimRB Please provide positive criticism. No negative, please.

Switching to the zsh SHell

As you know, I have a laptop running Ubuntu 8.10. A while ago, I installed the shell, zsh. I had first heard of zsh from the live CD distro, SystemRescueCd. It used a nice installation of zsh, and I wanted to use it on my Ubuntu machine. I installed zsh, and went through the configuration. I must have done something wrong, because the zsh that started the next time I started zsh looked nothing like the zsh that I saw on the live CD. I abandoned the project for some time, until I thought of an answer. I would start SystemRescueCD, copy the zsh config files to a pendrive, copy the config files from the pendrive to the Ubuntu laptop, place them in the correct spot, and hope. It worked perfectly. I now have a working version of zsh, and it has become my shell of choice! It’s power, flexability, coloring, and command auto- correction has made me a fan of zsh. I love it!. It’s so fun! -Indigo

Acer Laptop


So, I recently got an Acer netbook, an Acer Aspire One, to be exact. It was BoB, or Broken out of Box. The screen was VERY wierd. Only about half of it worked, with the other half either showing nothing or mirroring pixels. Quite wierd. So I sent in in for repair, and I haven’t got it back yet. Can’t wait for it, I am trying to choose between installing Fedora 10, and Ubuntu. Anybody have anything to weigh in on that?


New stuff in Life

Hi all


Still no new news from Ambrosia. While browsing the thread where the aquaria beta testers hang out until the beta is released, it was mentioned that CodeWeavers have released CrossOver. With it, they made CrossOver Games. CrossOver Games is design specifically for games and for the ones they support, it works perfectly. Now, there is a linux and mac version, so I can test the app. For a long time, some friends of mine have played Guild Wars for some time. Now me, not having the required PC, couldn’t play with them. I went through a tenuous time during last summer because I was trying to duel boot my mac using Boot Camp, so I could play Guild Wars with them. This failed, and the only reason I didn’t blog about this is because I had a back up, so I didn’t lose anything really important. So, when I heard that I might be able to play with them, I immediately downloaded and installed the app. I had an old Guild Wars installer lying around from some experiments with my other, out dated, PC (these didn’t work.) I gave the app the installer, and after hanging around for a bit, it spit out a working version of Guild Wars. I could see the login screen, read the news, even look longingly at the place where I might put in my access code. But no, I didn’t have any access code, so I quit the app. Then I remembered that my friends might have had some demo keys for Guild Wars lying about, so I asked them if they did. They said that they didn’t have any keys, and that they were amazed that I had gotten GW working on my mac. I tried some other apps, but they didn’t work, so, I tried installing Half Life 2. Well, I needed an installer for that, and I didn’t want to go hunting for one, so I gave up that. I also tried the PC version of Aquaria, but that wouldn’t install, so I am back to square two, because I have a way, to play a game, just I don’t have a game. Well, thats all for now, bye!




A.K.A Geeklob