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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Thanks to Tincanman for a donated PC, and...

Tincanman has donated me a PC to use for template development and remote backup of our new blog site. Thanks!

I've finally got Linux up and running on it (had problems with some bad RAM). Looks like the guy who was going to donate hard drives has disappeared (I'll email him again), so if anyone has a couple of smaller (say 20Gb-40Gb) examples to donate then feel free to contact me... At the moment I'm using a 10Gb Fujitsu which features the famous Fujitsu failing chip problem. It has also developed bad blocks in the last 3Gb which doesn't give me a great amount of faith in its longevity...

And also thanks to Zen for arranging and admin-ing the new host site and domain name (er, we'll have to get you some cash).

We now need to redesign the blog template design and import all our old Blogger posts and comments. Apparently retrieving the comments will be interesting.

Bernard also has our wiki of New Zealand politics (preliminary name: 'TopSpin') installed and running. Haven't got an appropriate domain name working for it yet. We'll keep you updated.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 9/06/2005 02:17:00 pm


Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

What flavour of Linux are you using? I use Gentoo on my PC and laptop. Very stable, extremely customisable. Very simple to keep up to date as well.

9/06/2005 03:27:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Debian. Always. I don't run KDE etc - commandline easier. Is Gentoo Debian-based? I don't keep up with all the newer distros. I have a copy of Knoppix though, for rescue purposes.

9/06/2005 03:29:00 pm  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

Actually Gentoo is based considerably on FreeBSD, it uses a system called Portage to update individual packages. It also means it is extremely customisable - you can choose between 3 different cron programs (I use dcron), or any number of about a dozen WM's (you can run the system fine without a GUI and WM though, especially if you are limited for space or want to run it as a server). It's fun to play around with, at the very least. You may get hooked on it. ;-)

Website is http://www.gentoo.org

I have Knoppix 3.0 (about two years old now, I think). Has definitely come in handy once or twice when I've played with things I shouldn't have.

9/06/2005 05:26:00 pm  

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