Archive for June, 2009

Target for Month: Reached and Exceeded.

Monday, June 29th, 2009

The target total visits for this month has been reached and exceeded. Thanks to everyone that has read and continues to read.

Ryan Orser.

Download ROTE2009

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Download the New ROTE2009. To Describe it: It Is a Very Basic Text Editor.

To download click here (Linux users only)

Hockey Blog has started up

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Tomorrow I will be live blogging the NHL Entry draft. Join me at

Windows 7 vs. Vista

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

I read in my PCWorld magazine that on the tests that they did the computers barely ran any faster with windows 7 then they did with Windows Vista. All I can say is that is a load of crap! My sister who was running Vista switched to 7 and has seen significant improvements. Her boot up was way over a minute long and when using 7 it halved that time. She loves the speed of the boot up of her computer and not only that her application start up time is way faster then ever before.

Her computers specs are as follows:
* 2 gb of ram
* intel pentium dual-core processor.

So truly this should be a slow computer even with 7 but with vista if you wanted to open an application you might as well go get a 2 minute snack that will be easy enough to eat before the application start up screen comes up.

Hey I am not complaining as for the geek in the house I get the high end computers that will last for years without breaking. My sister on the other hand uses a low end computer. She needed something for school and that’s just about all she does with it. She uses MSN, word processors, and paint. Not really the high CPU usage applications.

That’s my rant for this month. Thanks for reading,
Ryan Orser.


Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Wow someone was the 44000th visitor happened to drop by around the 9:00 to 10:00 AM range. Thanks for coming and keep on coming as there will be more posts.

Karmic Koala Alpha 2 Review

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

There are pros and cons of Karmic Koala. Then there are the bugs. There will be a few that I will list that I  have had the most problems with.


  • Easy to install.
  • Compiz works.

The ease of install is just great as I could probably teach my sister who is no computer literate to be able to install Ubuntu. Unlike in Jaunty Jackalope (ubuntu 9.04) compiz works. The bugs in the intel package must have been fixed as I had Compiz working out of the box. In Jaunty Jackalope the intel driver for my chipset was blacklisted.


  • Slow performance (to be expected)
  • problems updating (for me not that much of a problem to get around)
  • Hard to find packages that were in Jaunty. (all you need to do is try and update the computer)
  • Compiz slows down everything. (to be expected after getting the intel driver working on Jaunty with the same results)

So as you can tell it is a pre-beta version of an OS. I am not complaining at all. There is nothing like running a pre-beta OS that you can try and get working better by filing bugs so you can say you worked on the OS (kind of anyways.)

All in all. It is going to be a great release.

Ryan Orser

Intel GM965 and Compiz

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

You have been wondering why in Ubuntu 9.04 you have not been able to get your Intel GM965 graphics working with Compiz. There are 2 answers to this:

Install Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 2)
Unblacklist the driver.

To install Karmic Koala is easy but to unblacklist the driver is a bit more tricky. So that is what we are going to do.

!!Warning !! I take no responsibility for anything that may or may not happen. This has absolutely no warranty attached. The problems that come rest upon you only.

First you should open your terminal and type or copy this command into the terminal window:
sudo gedit /usr/bin/compiz

Next scroll down to the place where it says: T=”$T 8086:2a02 ” # Intel GM965 and change it to: #T=”$T 8086:2a02 ” # Intel GM965

You are almost finished. Now you need to save the file. Go to File > Save.

Now goto System>Preferences>Appearence.

Change the Visual Effects to something other then NONE to get the Compiz-Fusion working.

!!! Warning Performance maybe Decreased!!!

Google Chrome for Linux

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

There is now a alpha version of Google Chrome for Linux.

To download the 32-bit version: i386 .deb developement version
To download the 64-bit version: AMD64 .deb development version

Yes 9 long months of waiting and it is finally here the unstable version. I have been using it and it works great. However it is still a alpha version so as usual it is supposedly should not be run on a production machine. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

It is faster then FireFox 3.0.10 and has a great rendering engine which is also very fast.

Until next time,
Ryan Orser.

Installing Ubuntu Karmic Koala Alpha 1

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Ubuntu Karmic Koala comes in two installations types: Server and Alternate. I chose to install the alternate install cd as I was not going to install the server and then install a GUI.

As usual these are the specs for which I installed and am testing are:
512 MB of memory
8 MB of Video memoy
8 GB of Hard Disk

The install went very fast and was easy to do. I have not used the alternate cd for Ubuntu since Dapper Drake (Ubuntu 6.06) and I found it simple. All you have to do is tap enter a few times. Type your username and a password. Then it installs pretty fast and all you need to do is login when you restart.

Since this is alpha 1 it still has most of the same application versions and almost the same boot speed time.

Overall installation is fast, easy and a great stablability that is quite different from most alphas at the state that it is in now.

Ryan Orser.