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This is an archive of my posts to Google+ and older posts to identi.ca and twitter.com.

OpenSuse

After about 4 months I finally finished building my home theater PC.  What a frustrating build – one problem after another…  Anyway, once I got it running, as per usual I installed the latest version of Ubuntu (14.10 this time), and as per usual my frustrations continued.

I've been using Ubuntu for the better part of 10 years now and on the whole it's a pretty good OS, but it always has niggly little annoying problems.  Every single release.  They're never deal breakers and I can usually fix them after a bit of research, or at least work around them, but they are frustrations all the same.  And you know, after all this time I'm still not a fan of Unity.  It's at least mostly functional now (after what seems like years of pain), but about the best thing I can say about it is – it's adequate.

Well, earlier this week I had surgery on my ankle and I've spent the last few days convalescing on my sofa. I decided this down time would be a great opportunity for some distro-hopping.  Now, I'm not much of a distro-hopper.  Over the last few years the most adventurous I've been was a brief stint with Linux Mint (during the darkest days of Unity).  And Mint is (was?) hardly a change from Ubuntu (other than a refreshing change of desktop environment).  The last time I tried an rpm-based distro was Fedora about 5 years ago, and that didn't last very long.

I haven't really been keeping up with the linux distro world lately so I started off with a bit of research.  I was surprised that there are several new distro's out there, getting good reviews and looking very interesting, but the one distro that really caught my eye was an old-timer: OpenSuse.  The latest version, 13.2, was released a short time ago, and it's received mostly glowing reviews.  It sounded good enough that I should give it a try.

I have a bit of history with Suse – it was actually the first distro I ever installed.  This was back around 2005 (well before OpenSuse, and I think before Novell) when you could still buy linux distro's in a box from computer shops.  I wanted to try linux but knew nothing about it, so I went out and bought Suse-in-a-box for some ungodly amount of money.  It came with some big thick manuals that I hoped would help me get going and would justify the cost.  Well, I got it installed, hated it, and replaced it with Ubuntu Warty Warthog and never looked at Suse (or the manuals) again.  My wife still complains about that money I wasted.

Well, now 9+ years later I've given it another shot..  I've had OpenSuse installed for a few days now, have it mostly set-up how I like it, and I'm pretty happy with it.  Sure I've had some frustrations, but more of the "learning-curve" type than the "buggy-not-working-the-way-it's-supposed-to" type that are so common with Ubuntu.  OpenSuse of course is very different from Ubuntu, so the learning-curve was expected.  I have to say, it's not nearly as idiot-proof as Ubuntu.  It seems pretty easy to get yourself into trouble mixing repositories for example.  And some non-free software – like Skype or Steam – can't be installed via repositories at all.  Not a big deal, but it reminds me that Ubuntu's PPA's and Partner repositories are very handy.

I decided on the Gnome Shell desktop, for now at least.  I've used it before and like it better than Unity, but I'm still not entirely sold on it.  I'll keep with it for a while to get a longer-term opinion.  I really wanted to try Cinnamon, but the OpenSuse Cinnamon webpage has scared me off for now.  Apparently it's still fairly experimental in any distro but Mint – I'm not sure how true that is, but I'll wait to see a few success stories online before I try it myself.

When I started this distro-hopping experiment a few days ago I also downloaded the brand-new Fedora release, but now I'm so impressed with OpenSuse that I think I'll just delete that Fedora image.  OpenSuse is great, and it's a keeper – at least on my home theatre PC. Actually I'm liking it so much I'm thinking of wiping Ubuntu off my desktop and installing it there as well. 

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A paper just published in the British Medical Journal evaluated the advice given…

A paper just published in the British Medical Journal evaluated the advice given on "The Dr. Oz" and "The Doctors" tv shows.

Bottom line: about half of the advice they give out is baseless garbage. Taking medical advice from a tv show = bad idea.

http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g7346

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Televised medical talk shows—what they recommend and the evidence to support their recommendations: a prospective observational study

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I know it's a bit late, but here is my effort for Movember 2014: Friendly Mutton…

I know it's a bit late, but here is my effort for Movember 2014: Friendly Mutton Chops.

Don't forget to make a donation to your favourite prostate cancer charity, like say, this one:
http://www.prostatecancer.ca/
I know it’s a bit late, but here is my effort for Movember 2014: Friendly Mutton Chops.

Don’t forget to make a donation to your favourite prostate cancer charity, like say, this one:
http://www.prostatecancer.ca/

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For the last few years while I lived on Nevis I missed out on the November releases…

For the last few years while I lived on Nevis I missed out on the November releases of Beaujoulais Nouveau – it was impossible to find on the small island.  Happily, now that I'm living in St. Maarten, I can join in the fun again!

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I suppose I should give kudos to the old codger for finally recognizing that evolution…

I suppose I should give kudos to the old codger for finally recognizing that evolution and Christianity are perfectly compatible.

I will take exception to this however:

“The Big Bang, that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God; on the contrary, it requires it. Evolution in nature is not in contrast with the notion of [divine] creation because evolution requires the creation of the beings that evolve.”

Neither evolutionary theory, nor the Big Bang theory, in any way require any divine being, they get on just fine by themselves thank you.

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Pope Francis: Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Real
Big Bang theory and evolution in nature “do not contradict” the idea of creation, Pope Francis has told an audience at the Vatican, saying God was …

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Some photos I took the morning after Hurricane Gonzalo hit Sint Maarten

Some photos I took the morning after Hurricane Gonzalo hit Sint Maarten

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S̶n̶o̶w̶ Storm day today here in Sint Maarten

At our university, students get out of writing exams, and professors get another couple days to make last-minute changes to their devious questions 

Tropical Storm Gonzalo is shaping into a fun one. The rain and wind just hit a few minutes ago and it's already blowing pretty good. I'm sitting about 10 feet from the nearest open window and I'm getting wet. We're bracing up for the near inevitable power and water loss.
S̶n̶o̶w̶ Storm day today here in Sint Maarten. At our university, students get out of writing exams, and professors get another couple days to make last-minute changes to their devious questions

Tropical Storm Gonzalo is shaping into a fun one. The rain and wind just hit a few minutes ago and it’s already blowing pretty good. I’m sitting about 10 feet from the nearest open window and I’m getting wet. We’re bracing up for the near inevitable power and water loss.

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This is good

If it wasn't so disturbing, it would be funny watching these dumbass CNN journalists who just can't get their head around the idea that their guest isn't as bigoted as they are.

In the last few days I've been seeing some anti-Islam bigotry posted by so-called "friends" over on facebook. Make's me want to vomit. I guess I'm due to give my friends list a good cleaning.

Oh, and Bill Maher, you're an asshole.

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I'm sharing this only because of the FSM cameo

And to point out that they were about 5 seconds late mentioning god.

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Just backed my first kickstarter project:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nomiku/new-nomiku-sous-vide-wifi-connected-and-made-in-th

I hadn't even heard of Sous Vide until a few days ago, but it looks like a fun way to cook.  And if it encourages me to cook a few meals I'm hoping my wife will be less inclined to complain about me wasting money on silly gadgets like this.

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New Nomiku Sous Vide – WiFi-Connected and Made in the USA!
The new Nomiku – The world’s 1st WiFi-connected sous vide immersion circulator brings top chefs & community into your home kitchen.

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