How to make the ultimate bacon sandwich

Ingredients:

3 slices of bacon

1 whole onion cut into rings

2 slices of bread

Mayonnaise or Miracle whip

Thin sliced beef or turkey (optional)

Directions:

Fry 3 strips of bacon, set aside when they are done frying. Fry the onion rings. Apply Mayonnaise or Miracle whip to both slices of the bread, then add the onions and 3 strips of bacon. For added flavor, you can add thin sliced beef or turkey.

Preparation should take around 30 minutes

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Games at NSD

This post is really geared more for the Nampa School district, But if you would like to read it and make comments on it, go ahead.

Thinking back to last year, i remember that the students and staff within the tech department were talking about custom building a system that would be dedicated to games only. Students who were caught up in all there work and had no other assignments to do were permitted to play games on the system during the class period. So I was thinking “This is a great idea. This should encourage students to get all their work done and help keep their grade up if they desire to play on this system”.

According to what i remember, we could also bring in our games (as long as it was school appropriate) and load them on and play against friends who are all caught up as well.

But for some reason, this idea was turned down. I guess it was because a lot of students last year neglected to do any of their work (and were therefore kicked out of the academy). Another reason could be that some of the teachers within the academy are completely against games of any sort. Alot of the teachers with in the IT academy are so fed up with games that if you are caught playing a game, you are immediately kicked out of the academy, given ISS (In School Suspension), and some go as far as to call your parents.  And of coarse another reason could have been that the IT people got tired of games altogether and turned down the idea.

But what i think we should have done is had that gaming machine setup and only those who have all their assignments turned in and have atleast an 80% or higher in all their classes have access to that system. If anybody is caught gaming on that system w/o permission, they should be immediately removed from the IT academy and given ISS.

Ubuntu/Mint Tweaks

For those who are wondering, this post has nothing to do with breaking into other systems. Rather, it just talks about tweaking linux.

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Making live CD data persistent

This little tweak makes it so that ubuntu/mint will save the changes made in Persistent mode.

Lets use a usb thumb drive in this example

to begin, you will need to figure out the mount point of your usb drive.

  1. Plug in your flash drive
  2. type df -h

the output will look something similar to this (output will vary based on the drives mounted):

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hdc3 27G 3.4G 23G 14% /
varrun 442M 92K 442M 1% /var/run
varlock 442M 0 442M 0% /var/lock
udev 442M 100K 442M 1% /dev
devshm 442M 512K 441M 1% /dev/shm
lrm 442M 34M 408M 8% /lib/modules/2.6.22-14-generic/volatile
/dev/hdc1 56G 13G 41G 24% /media/hdc1
/dev/hdc4 22G 3.4G 18G 17% /media/hdc4
/dev/hdd1 13G 160M 12G 2% /media/hdd1
fusesmb 27G 3.4G 23G 14% /home/debian/Network
/dev/sda1 956M 388M 569M 41% /media/Lexar

On this machine, the thumbdrive is /dev/sda1.

Now before moving on to the next step, it is recommended that you back up all the files on the drive. Once that is done, proceed to the next step

Now, you will need to create a new file system on your thumbdrive. To do that, type:

$ sudo mkfs.ext3 -b 4096 -L casper-cow /dev/sda1

This will just create a ext3 journaling file system, which is good for regular usage. You dont have to use ext3 if you dont want to though, you can use any file system that is supported by ubuntu.

Now, reboot the computer with the live cd in the drive. When you get to the boot menu, press F4. After you press F4, you will see a list of arguements that are executed on boot time. Just add a space and type persistent, then press enter.

Thats all! If you want to test the persistence, change something like your wallpaper and reboot. If the change is not applied, then run through all the steps again. If it still fails, leave a comment and i will get back to you ASAP

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Turning off that annoying system beep (known to work on ubuntu/mint)

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You know that annoying system beep that comes up when, for example, you are searching for something in Firefox and you type in something that is not on the page?

Heres how you turn it off:

rmmod pcspkr

And to turn it back on:

modprobe pcspkr

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Getting rid of the “Daryna” (works on Mint)

You know that little “Daryna” at the bottom left of your screen? Kinda boring huh? Well, theres a way to change that.

Right click on Daryna -> Preferences

Then look for applet_text and double click it

Change the value to what ever you wish. Click the close botton at the top right of the window, then either move the bar to a corner of the screen and back or type “killall gnome-panel” to refresh.

Note that right clicking and hitting reload plugins doesnt work.

Kraftwerk

These are some kraftwerk videos that i found on youtube. Enjoy

Numbers:

Taschenrechner / Dentaku (Pocket Calculator)

Die Mensch Maschine (The Man Machine)

Neon Lights

Robots (auf deutsch)

Robots (in english)

Antenna

Its More Fun to Compute | Home Computer

ubuntu is slow, use Mint

On my machine, Linux mint just rockets. Ubuntu creaps..terribly. My machine is kinda gutless, Celeron D 3.12 ghz, 1 gig ram, 120 gig hdd, so i need something that is a bit light on the resources. Ubuntu is supposed to be light weight, but even on my more powerful machines (my p4 3.2 with 1 gig ram), ubuntu runs slow.

Another thing i hate about ubuntu is that ubuntu takes up so much ram (it caches most of it). On my machine, it usually takes up around 800 mb ram after booting. Even with alot of the daemons and processes i will probably never use in my lifetime, ubuntu still takes up around 500 to 800 mb ram.

To aide in reducing the amount of ram being accumulated, i installed XFCE. It reduced the amount of ram being used from 800 mb to around 200 mb. Plus, i noticed that my applications crashed less with XFCE then with gnome or KDE

Another thing that just bugged the crapola out of me was the alsa drivers. Ubuntus alsa drivers are very very glitchy on my machines. All the machines ive used ubuntu on (and quite a few machines actually) have had this problem where the sound is extremely crackly. On previous versions of ubuntu, the way to fix that was to compile and install the latest alsa drivers, but with the latest ubuntu, i downloaded, compiled and installed the latest alsa (which ubuntu 7.1 already has those drivers, there just glitchy), but instead of fixing the problem, it just made it even more worse. When i installed the new drivers, i lost my sound completely. I ended up reloading my ubuntu to fix that problem, but it didnt fix the crackly audio. There have been multiple posts on the ubuntu forum and the ubuntu emailing list about this and no one has responded with an answer. No one has bothered to fix this error either.

Not all applications come in crackly though, some come in ok, but most games (ex, Second Life, Unreal Tournament GOTY (linux version)) are so crackly that i end up having to disable the sound within the game

Ive also heard of a few more complications that ubuntu has. Such as ubuntu not working too well with dual monitors for example.

Linux mint has fixed alot of the glitches that the ubuntu developers have neglected. The sound is not crackly at all, it takes up WAY less ram then what ubuntu does (around 200 mb on my system WITH gnome running) and i also hear that Mint does dual monitors much better then what ubuntu does (my machine doesnt support dual monitors, so i dont know for sure if it actually works better or not)

Also, a lot of the applications that i used on ubuntu, worked much better on Mint as they crashed less often

Please comment and point out any fixes/glitches that you have found in Mint or ubuntu or express your opinion on Mint/ubuntu

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