Sunday, May 24, 2009

Quick Update, Little to Tell

Well, it's my bi-weekly update again, and I haven't really done much that's worth mentioning (besides finishing my exam and then relaxing), so I will quickly outline what I'm looking forward to, and what I plan on doing (blog-wise) in the near future.

Basically, I graduate (officially) from high school in a weeks time. After I graduate I will be purchasing a Samsung NC10 netbook to replace my battered and temperamental speaker-less laptop for a little under 400€ off (haven't seen a better deal anywhere else yet). Once I get it and play around with it for a bit, I'll install Ubuntu or ArchLinux on it as well (if Ubuntu, then the Netbook Remix edition). If battery life (which is supposedly anywhere between 6 and 9 hours depending on usage and review) in Linux is similar to the windows one (Samsung seems to be offering a custom power savings utility that is very modular, so Linux may be a little bit subpar compared to the XP battery life), I will most likely be shrinking XP to the most minimal size, mainly for itunes (since I have an iPod touch, and while I am sure I could get it working in Linux, I see no point in doing so since I don't update my music or my ipod every day). Basically, I'm taking the lazy way out, which is to say...I'll just boot XP and use iTunes if I need to update my ipod. I'll also be writing up a review of the netbook as it runs under XP and Linux (whichever distribution I choose) and posting them on here. It may or may not be up before I go on summer break. If it's after, then it won't be up before September, since I'll be living with dial-up for quite a few weeks.

Also, I may be purchasing a couple of things with the netbook if I order it, depending on if I can afford it or not. The two other things would be a 2GB stick of RAM (only one slot in the NC10), and a slim drive, since I will probably buy CDs over the summer, and it'd be silly if I can't put it on my iPod. Altogether (this is an offer on it'd go for about 430€, which is not bad, considering.

I'll post back once I order and receive the stuff, which may be in two or three weeks. If anyone wants to post here with an opinion as to whether or not the 2GB of RAM will make much of a difference on this netbook for mainly command-line tools in Linux and itunes (being the most resource heavy program I'd run) in XP, it would be appreciated.

Besides the netbook I'll also be working on whatever coding ideas I can come up with over the summer, and so I'll be posting those on here as I go. Not only that, but I have to write my FCM articles in advance, since I won't be able to send them in for two or three issues, meaning I'll be busy. Also, I'm going to be going to see Angels and Demons today, and I may post a quick update with my opinion on the movie (if it's worth mentioning) later today.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Yet another Update

Well, it's my bi-weekly update! Not much to write about, since I'm in the process of doing exams, but they will be over in 2 weeks. I was able to get my article done for FCM, and I decided to cover Bash Functions and History, because I felt it's something useful and has quite a few time-saving uses, so if you're interested, don't miss the next issue of FCM #25 (should come out on May 29th). I haven't done much coding in the past 2 weeks, and the only thing exciting thing that happened technology-wise is that my laptop's speakers have also died. I don't see myself buying another HP anytime soon. I may post another entry later this week if I think of a good topic to write about.