November 16th, 2002

caillebotte_the balcony

For Linux Fans

Here is something that might entertain those who just can't get enough toys for their computers: A Linux distribution called KNOPPIX, which runs from your CD drive. I can't figure out exactly what all it can do, since the site is written entirely in Geek, but I thought that some of you who, unlike me, are not technodolts, might be interested in it. Here is a brief description of the program, from their web site:

KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it.

It is a Debian based system, using Linux kernel 2.4.x, and the Konqueror web browser is included in the software bundled on the CD. It can be bought on CD, or downloaded. I won't be doing it. Even if I could figure out how to use it, Sluggo would kill me for doing it, I'm sure.

Now, back to writing, which I know I can do, however slowly it may go at times.

PS:LJ spell check is a surprisingly non-geek program. It doesn't accept bootable as a single word. It suggests, instead, the following:
boo table, boo-table, boot able, boot-able, bookable, beatable, notable, potable, Bootle, bistable, biddable, portable, quotable, sortable, beatably, table, voidable

Heh. boo table. HA!
caillebotte_man at his window

Running Afoul of the Inanimate

All my pent-up LJ comment reply e-mails emerged from the digital ether (the e-ther?) in one great gush this afternoon. Presumably, the problem is fixed, and we can go back to ignoring comments the old-fashioned way; deliberately. :-D

The battery in my Olympus camera died. This particular model of camera, about twenty years old, has a proprietary battery which the camera owner cannot change. The camera needs to be taken to an authorized Olympus dealer or repair person, who will order the battery and install it. I've only had this done once before, and it took about three weeks. Rats! I have a 36 exposure roll in the camera, with only six frames left. The last time I had the battery changed, I had to take it all the way to Chico, since there were no authorized technicians in Paradise. A new repair shop has opened since then, and I hope they can do it, so I can save the trip, and the even more troublesome making-of-arrangements-for-the-trip. But I won't find out until Monday, if they can do the work. They are only open from 11:00 to 15:00, Monday through Thursday. I also don't know how much it will cost. Last time, which was over ten years ago, it was $35.00. I'd be very surprised if the price hasn't gone up. In the meantime, I'm stuck with only my crappy Fuji Zoom 90 Blurmaster Special. Ah, technology. Can't live with it, can't flush without it.