Battles With Boredom

December 29, 2009

Quickly Determine What Version of Ubuntu You Have

Filed under: Linux,Techspeak,Ubuntu — Peter Nikolaidis @ 10:58 pm

If you have several machines running Ubuntu, or several versions installed on the same machine, you may, like me, sometimes forget what version you have are running presently. A quick and easy way to do this is with the following command:

lsb_release -a

An example of the output on my system is as follows:

peter@peeeter-karmic:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 9.10
Release:        9.10
Codename:       karmic

December 27, 2009

It’s Time To Be Lucid

Filed under: Linux,Techspeak,Ubuntu — Peter Nikolaidis @ 10:00 am

Yesterday, while fiddling with my eeePC and attempting to install Crunchbang on an SD card, I accidentally nuked my GRUB config. Note to self: GRUB and GRUB2 = Oil and water. I started to look at the process of repairing the dreaded GRUB error 21, and then decided that this was a good opportunity to just try Lucid Lynx alpha 1. After all, I have a separate /home partition and my machine was already not booting, so what did I have to lose? (more…)

December 25, 2009

Book Review: I’m on Facebook – Now What???

Filed under: Social Networking,Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 12:29 pm

I just read I’m on Facebook–Now What???: How to Get Personal, Business, and Professional Value from Facebook. While the majority of this 100 page book was review for me, I would recommend it to anyone who is brand new to Facebook or social networking in general.

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December 22, 2009

Nokia e71 – Phone Startup Failed. Contact Retailer.

Filed under: Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 12:04 pm

That’s what my Nokia said to me today. “Phone startup failed. Contact Retailer.” Swell. I tried several suggestions that I found on the Internet, mostly “reset the phone,” (which I could not do, since I couldn’t even boot it) and “press 3, #, and the green button while powering it on” (no effect) or “press 3, *, and the green button (SEND/ANSWER) while powering it on (also no effect). I also tried booting it with and without the SIM card (no change).

Finally, I removed not only the SIM card but also the memory card, and powered it back on normally. It gave me the brand new startup configuration screen, and the phone’s alive again. Reinserting the memory card makes the phone not start up, and removing it allows it to start normally. So… bad memory card? I guess so. I’ll try formatting it again and seeing if that helps. For now, I need to remove the memory card in order for my phone to start up. Annoying, but I can work around it.

December 17, 2009

200 Squats – I (over) Did It!

Filed under: Health & Fitness — Peter Nikolaidis @ 10:23 pm

200 Squats

Two days ago, I pushed myself to complete the 200 squats program a week ahead of schedule. Essentially, on my week 5 exhaustion test, I did all 200.

Unfortunately, I think didn’t stick with the form after the first hundred or so, and my posture suffered. As a result, my back’s suffering too.

The moral of the story is “don’t take shortcuts.” Painful lesson learned.

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