Archive for September, 2008

The New Theme

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

The last theme that we had on this site has been taken off the theme register so I decided to get a new theme. As you may have noticed this one is a little nicer then the last one. I have decided to keep using this one as the main theme for as long as I cannot find a nicer one. I will be working on the theme over the next few weeks to see if I can make it any better, though I doubt it very much. The new theme will be used atleast until Christamas, so I can find another theme to put up for the Holidays. So that is all for now or until I get something to write about again, either today or tomorrow, will be the next posting time.

Ryan Orser

Review of Wormux 0.8.1

Monday, September 29th, 2008

I wrote not so long ago about Wormux 0.8.0. Now there is Wormux 0.8.1 and it works better with less bugs then before. Since this was only a minor improvement there were no big changes to the game, which I think is fine. Overall there are improvements to the GUI of the game and that it runs faster then before. I will continue to use this game because I like it so much, but I will not use this program more then before as I have to work on some school labs for Cisco.

Overall I would give this game a 13/15. 4/5 for GUI, 4/5 for usability, and 5/5 for Fun.

(4th and final update) SpinRite 6.0 on a school server

Friday, September 26th, 2008

This week we finally pulled the plug on life support for the school server. After going for more then a week and completing only 5% my teacher and I decided to turn off spinrite and get the server put up on another computer.

We tried 2 more of the same kind of server and the others had problems also. One had a dead graphics card and the other a dead psu. With no other ones of the same kind we decided to go with a somewhat newer computer that my school received around 2003.

When I tried to boot up Ubuntu hardy heron it gave me the busy box terminal. So I tried Ubuntu intrepid ibex alpha 6 and always when I get to the last step it goes into the other installer. So it is still stuck with no os on it.

That’s all for now as it is almost 9:00 PM here.

Ryan Orser

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Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 6 Installed On My Laptop.

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Hello Everyone. Last night I installed Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 6 on my laptop. I did have a bit of  trouble as I tried to install Ubuntu inside of Windows… turns out it doesn’t run very well as I got the busybox command line. So I backed everything up and decided to wipe Windows out and put in Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 6 on my laptop. I love the look of the installer as I decided to just go with install Ubuntu instead of Try Ubuntu without installing. The installer was very fast as it was only 10 minutes later that I rebooted and started the gnome. Gnome looks nice. I have tried out the NewHuman theme that is in System>Preferances>Appearances. I really like the new one very much and I will continue to use it for as long as I do not get tired of it. (Screenshots will come later today.)

That is everything for now. I am just going to keep on testing this new release and file bug reports.

Ryan Orser

Testing Out Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 6.

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Hello everyone. This week I have taken off Tuesday and will continue to keep on going with Saturdays’ and Sundays’ off.

Today I, just before writing this I checked out the poll question that is on the left side of the page (By the way it is up until September 30th, 2008), found out that the readers wanted more on the topic of Linux. Since I have started hearing what the readers have to say I will start soon moving back over to Ubuntu. Possibly by the end of the week since the weekend is near and I have school Monday thru Friday. Though to remind you that I cannot fully switch over to ubuntu as I have some programs that I am not going to name that I have to use for my classes. I will be dualbooting Windows and Ubuntu for a while… atleast until I end this semester which will be in February.

So I have been testing out Ubuntu Ibex since it was released last Thursday and it is pretty nice and running smooth. And the best part is that I can run it in the virtual machine that I have set up. Before this one came out I could not test it… which was very unfortunate for me as I like to test things out while the projects are still being worked on.

I did hear about the next Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope coming out… I just did not write about it because I knew so many other sites would write about it as soon as they got that note which always comes around 4 in the morning (PDT) and I began to write about it, because as I saw on other blogs that morning it was all over the place.

So last Friday I downloaded the alpha 6 and said to myself I hope this works or else I am really wasting my bandwidth which since I download many Linux Distributions is so close to being filled. That day was the longest day that I have ever seen to download a 700 MB Ubuntu Live CD. It was only 65% done in 2 hours, so I talked to Tom Dryer from and he said it only had taken him 15 minutes to download… anyway that went on for me until I found out what was the problem. Though I cannot say it here online, I may mention it sometime later though I most likely will not. So I fixed that problem and the speed went up 200x the speed (from 3kb/s to 600kb/s) then there was only 5 – 10 minutes left of the download.  While I was waiting for the download to finish I installed Virtual Box ( ) and installed it onto my laptop.

After Ubuntu finished downloading, I decided to try it out. I opened Virtualbox. Created the .vdi. Grabbed the .iso. Ran the Virtual Machine. Finally got it installed after waiting months for Intrepid to work on my laptop (The whole installation was only 4 – 12 minutes.) It is a great distro. Works like a charm. There was nothing wrong and I had no bugs to work out. Everything just worked. Like I said I will soon have this running on my laptop which is, I know I know I am not supposed to run it on a production machine but hey it will help the developers from Ubuntu, great to test and see how it works.

A week tomorrow the 8.10 Beta will come out and I will upgrade soon after. I really like the new dark theme. To me it really looks like coffee. I have already got my mom using Ubuntu for the media center that I have down in the Family Room to play movies and her tv shows she bought from the store.

Overall I really like the new Ubuntu and I wish the developers the best of luck while working on it.

Ryan Orser.

iPod touch application review: Shozu

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Hello and welcome to another week. Today I am going to talk about a cool application for the iPod touch and iPhone. This application is called ShoZu. ShoZu is an application that let’s you post entries onto a variety of sites like Twitter or WordPress.

This is a cool application as it works very well and you can geotag the location of where you wrote or posted it.

Overall I would give this a 5/5 for ease of use, 5/5 for functionality and finally 4.5/5 for the fun factor.

Later today: an update on the server at school and the preseason game scores for the NHL. For more on Ryan Orser’s Hockey Blog visit

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(3rd Update) SpinRite 6.0 on a School Server

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Well it is not looking so great for that school server these days. :( The server now has 4 unrecoverable sectors and will not likely have that hard drive back in it after this has program has been finished. Mind you there are 2 hdd in the server so I have to see if the other one is on the brink of no return also. Also This is the last post for the week about this subject. I may have another post coming out tomorrow, not sure.

Anyways that is all for now,
Ryan Orser.

(Update) SpinRite 6.0 on a School Server

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Since yesterday when I started to use spinrite 6.0 on the school server and since then have left it alone for over 20 hours, I have come back this morning to find 2 unrecoverable sections as I would guess you would call them (comment here if you know they are not as my mind is not fully recovered from surgery) and this is really unfortunate as there could be something really needed there and the worst part is it has only completed 3.10% while the rest will be worked on for who knows how long. I guess this server is in a state of disrepair. I wonder if I caught it earlier that the drive may have a bit more of a recoverable rate. Since I do not know this I will keep checking up on it during the day… at least until 3 PM and then come back in tomorrow. The thing that really worries me is that we have a Pro-D-Day on Friday so I will not be able to check it after Thursday until Monday morning. Hopefully they will not turn off the power.

More updates as they come along,
Ryan Orser.

SpinRite 6.0 on a School Server

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Today I felt well enough to go back to school. During the previous week I had found that the hard drive on a school learning server was crashing. Today I decided I needed to run SpinRite 6.0 to get this one server back up and running. So far it is still on the first of two drives and I am surprised how easy spinrite is to use. It has recovered already 5 or 6 sectors of the disk and is working on a DynaStat Data Recovery at the moment. This should take a day or two at the max and may be worth it as it is a student server to be used to learn networking. I think that the server has working under a lot of stress though it has been off for most of the summer vacation. Though the janitors could have turned off the electricity without shutting down the computers (which of course may be why I am doing this.)

I probably will use this cd on the rest of the schools networking computers. But until the time has come to start the others I would like to thank Steve Gibson from as this is going to be a big help in the development of the other students lives which will come after me.

Ryan Orser.

My wisdom teeth

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

I am going to get them pulled out today so I may not have a post for tomorrow. It depends on how I am feeling.

Ryan Orser