Archive for October, 2008

Media Center ATI Radeon HD 3650 PCIex16 Video Card

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I have a problem with this card. I bought it on September 3rd and I upgraded to Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex or Ubuntu 8.10 and I could get nothing on the login screen. I am wanting to return this and get a refund as I have a 1 year warranty on it from Diamond Multimedia. It was crashing my media center and now I have to return it as I cannot use it as Windows will not be put on the media center as for the malware that may be floating around my house from my sisters computer (that is if she even has any (which there is a pretty good chance of.))

So if anyone can get them to contact me and I have registered on their site and have created a ticket. I cannot use this card as I cannot have something that crashes the computer 5 minutes after it has been turned on.

Ryan Orser.

Happy Hallowe’en

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Today is Hallowe’en and I love candy so I will most likely be eating most of the candy that I have for the trick or treaters, which is good for me and sad for them.

So To everyone have a Happy Hallowe’en and eat your candy before the munchkins get it or just leave out healthy food.

Ryan Orser

Ubuntu 8.10 Has Been Released

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Another wonderful day has come, not only that Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex has been released! I have been running Ubuntu 8.10 since the Alpha 5 came out. So People must be wondering what it has in it that makes it so wonderful:

  1. The Graphical User Interface (GUI) that I have chosen to use as my default is the clearlooks theme. The nice blue makes it look like a nice sunshiny day. I know that Ubuntu has an Orange and Brown theme to it, which I like also, but I love the blue theme and do not really like KDE that much.
  2. The background of this distribution is wonderful. I do not usually change it as I really love what Ubuntu has spent time working on to create great graphics for backgrounds.
  3. The bundled applications are also great a they are much better then the ones in Windows. The Brasero Disc Burning application works better then the ones you have to pay for. Plus with Firefox 3.0.3 and Pidgin bundled you get a wonderful internet and instant messenger clients that actually work. Pidgin works great for the clients that I use MSN and GTalk and is one of the better applications for instant messenging that I have used thus far. Firefox which I have had problems with in recent alphas, betas, and release candidates has improved so that I have only had 1 crash in the last 2 weeks. (That is way better then before when it was crashing once every 2 days.)
  4. I love the add ons that you can get from synaptic package manager. They are great and you can find the ones that you want very easily. I always use Synaptic or sudo apt-get install to get the packages that I want to have.

I would always recomend Ubuntu to family, friends and people in general who ask about whether or not their PC is safe with all those viruses out there for the Windows platforms.

Click to download Ubuntu 8.10 Live CD, Server and Alternate.

Have a great day,
Ryan Orser.

Deluge-Torrent 1.0.3

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Deluge the bit torrent download application is great and very usable. I have used it in other ubuntu versions when it was bundled with it. I really love this application and I believe that it downloads faster then most of the other bit torrent applications.

I just installed this one to see how it looks. (Screen shots coming tomorrow as it is 8 pm here)

Deluge is licensed under the GPL version 3 and I license my software under the GPL version 3 also.

This program is available for Windows, Macintosh, BSD and Linux. You can get it from to download. For a debian package that is not in the Ubuntu repos you can get it at That is for the Ubuntu 8.10 release that is coming out tomorrow.

Christmas Shopping

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

I have started Christmas shopping today and the first person that I have spent money on was my Dad. I cannot say what I bought him though because he might read my blog.

Ryan Orser.

How to get WP-SuperCache Working

Monday, October 27th, 2008

This is a step by step how-to to get wp-supercache enabled.

This is my source:

  1. First you need to get apache1.3 of higher installed. I have apache2. Type this command in Ubuntu:
    sudo apt-get install apache2
  2. Now that you have apache2 put this command in the terminal:
  3. This will update the database and find the Rewrite Module for apache.
  4. Now that you have located, you have to go and do a couple of things with some files.
  5. Go to this folder with the command that follows:
    cd /etc/apache2/mods-enabled
  6. The next step is to use this command:
    touch rewrite.load
  7. Using this last command will put this piece of code into rewrite.load:
    LoadModule rewrite_module /usr/lib/apache2/modules/
  8. Now edit /etc/apache2/sites-available/default you can do this with either of these commands:
    sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/default or
    sudo gedit /etc/apache2/sites-available/default
  9. Now that you have the file open, change:
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
    AllowOverride None
    Order allow,deny
    allow from all
  10. Change that to:
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
    AllowOverride all
    Order allow,deny
    allow from all
  11. Now that you are finished with enabling mod_rewrite, we have to work with your .htaccess file.
  12. go to your sites root directory:
    cd /home/yoursiteroot/
  13. Edit your .htaccess with either of these commands:
    sudo nano .htaccess
    sudo gedit .htaccess
  14. copy and paste this into the .htaccess file:
    # BEGIN WPSuperCache
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    AddDefaultCharset UTF-8
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_METHOD} !=POST
    RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} !.*=.*
    RewriteCond %{HTTP:Cookie} !^.*(comment_author_|wordpress|wp-postpass_).*$
    RewriteCond %{HTTP:Accept-Encoding} gzip
    RewriteCond %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/wp-content/cache/supercache/%{HTTP_HOST}/$1/index.$
    RewriteRule ^(.*) /wp-content/cache/supercache/%{HTTP_HOST}/$1/index.html.gz [L]

    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_METHOD} !=POST
    RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} !.*=.*
    RewriteCond %{HTTP:Cookie} !^.*(comment_author_|wordpress|wp-postpass_).*$
    RewriteCond %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/wp-content/cache/supercache/%{HTTP_HOST}/$1/index.$
    RewriteRule ^(.*) /wp-content/cache/supercache/%{HTTP_HOST}/$1/index.html [L]
    # END WPSuperCache

    # BEGIN WordPress
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
    # END WordPress

  15. save your work.
  16. And for the final thing to do is this command:
    sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Thanks for reading,
Ryan Orser

(Update) VLC 0.9.4 is out

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Built into the repositories the new VLC 0.9.4 is out and if you have VLC in Intrepid already and you are up to date then you already have it. For other distros I do not know if you have been updated. If you have been updated and are on another distribution other then Ubuntu Intrepid then please leave a comment and I will post it and update this post.

Thanks for everyone that dugg my post on digg about VLC 0.9.3 as it helped out my website a little bit.

The VLC 0.9.4 is a great project from the QT interface and from VLAN and I always use it to play tv shows, dvds, and other media that I have on it.

That is all for today, and again thank you for digging my post,

Ryan Orser.

You can still digg it now here

UPDATE: You can digg this post if you like at

Pidgin 2.5.1 (GNOME)

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Hello Everyone!

I saw the polls results since putting it up yesterday at 9:00 AM PDT and I have decided to write an application review of Pidgin 2.5.1. I am not reviewing it because of the poll stats with GNOME leading with 4 votes at the time of writing this, but because I really love to use this application.

Pidgin is a great program that I have used since its GAIM days back in 2005 when I started using Linux. I had decided to try it part time when using Vector Linux 5.1 Standard and was loving it until that computer began the dreaded click… sound and after that I threw it out being an 15 year old with not that much experience with a computer. Though my family had a computer since September of 1998, I had begun to use a computer back when I was 4, yes windows 3.1. In my extended family nt Grandparents on my moms side had a computer in 1995 and in 2004 decided to get a new computer. So in all my grandparents started using one before the rest of us.

Back to Pidgin. I love this program as when I am not using my iPod Touch G1 I have used it on both Windows and Linux for atleast a year and when it was GAIM back in 2005. I have rarely since then used MSN Messenger on any computer unless it was my grandparents computer and that was because they were worried about stuff getting on their system.

The usability is great, plus I love the Graphical User Interface (GUI) because of the neat colors and really nice looking icons. The functionality is great as it has so many different clients built in to this program so that it can run so many instant messenging conversations at a time all in one tabbed window.

I have to say it is well thought out project that is getting great returns as being the defualt IM Client in Ubuntu with the GNOME Desktop Environment.

Overall I would give it a 15/15 which breaks down to 5/5 for: Functionality, Usability and the GUI.

Thanks for reading and come back tomorrow,

Ryan Orser.

So Far in The Polls

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Ok, So when I looked at the epoll stats people want me to write more about applications that I have used in Linux and not so much about distributions that I have used. So I am putting out another epoll today about which of the following Desktop Environments should I have the applications from:

  • KDE 4
  • Gnome 2.24
  • XFCE
  • other
  • As many as possible.

Those are the options:

To vote I will put this poll up on the side bar and in this post.

Ryan Orser
Ps you can vote 1 time with 2 options max.

[poll id=”4″]

Less Then a Week Until 8.10 RC

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Yes there is less then a week left until the 8.10 Release Candidate comes out. Yesterday the Main was frozen and will probably not become unfrozen until the release is out. I am still using Ubuntu 8.10 Beta and have now had a few problems with packages:

  1. The Network-Manager will sometimes not display wireless access points and Ubuntu will not load my wireless card, though after a lot of rebooting the wireless card does come back online.
  2. Inkscape which I have reported a bug in has not been updated so I cannot use it because it crashed in the middle of myself applying a gradient when I was making a logo for a shirt that I would wear.
  3. Firefox 3.0.3 crashes a lot when I go to sites like googleanalytics, ad networks that I use, Gmail, sometimes my own site. All I know is that most of the sites use flash and will probably create the long waits of not responding or I close because I cannot wait any longer to work as I have so much work to do.

If any of the readers use 8.10 Intrepid and have the same troubles that I have had please go and tell the developers of Ubuntu: Firefox and Inkscape.

Thanks for reading,
Ryan Orser