Battles With Boredom

September 15, 2010

Summer Wrap-up: 2010

Filed under: Aikido,Biking,Health & Fitness,Personal,Social Networking,Techspeak,Travel,Ubuntu — Peter Nikolaidis @ 8:27 am

It seems like just last week it was Memorial Day and I was at Jamie and Lisa’s for a barbeque, yesterday it was Independence Day and I was at a barbeque with Steve, and now Labor Day has come and gone in a flash. So much for summer.

I’ve been more outgoing and made more new friends this summer than I have in years past, which is excellent. I’ve been channeling my inner Tim Ferriss and killing my inner wuss. (Watch out, Kim).

My biking was rewarding. I did more road biking than mountain, which isn’t my preference, but it was certainly enjoyable, so I’m not complaining.

Aikido has been getting fun again. My sensei has informed me I will be testing for nidan next month in Boston. I am happy.

The coffee shop has been up and running for a month. Business is steady, and I am only involved on rare occasions. Paradigm is under the daily operation of a new manager, so I get to jump in and do the work that I enjoy only when I am really needed or want to be “in the way.”

One casualty of all this has been the Fresh Ubuntu Podcast. While it hasn’t been pronounced dead, it is definitely on life support. I’ve been busy. Harlem has been busy. Leftyfb is getting married in a few weeks. CafeNinja is a regular contributor to our friends at h4cked.

Finally, I will be departing for a month-long trip to Brazil in November.

And yes, I’m still on Facebook. *grumble*

Wow. Life is good.

February 21, 2010

My Thoughts on Yahoo! Search as Default for Ubuntu’s Firefox

Filed under: Internet,Linux,Techspeak,Ubuntu — Peter Nikolaidis @ 2:53 pm

Last month Canonical announced that they would switch the default search provider from Google to Yahoo! in the Firefox browser that ships with Ubuntu as of version 10.04. (more…)

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…)

February 24, 2009

Comodo’s EasyVPN Landing Page is an Attack Site?

Filed under: ManPageMinute,Security,Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 3:23 pm

After listening to a recent episode of the Data Security Podcast, I was intrigued with Comodo’s free VPN product. (more…)

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