About a week ago I read an artical about Dropbox.  I installed it from the .deb file provided on the web site.  Installation was smooth, the way it should be all the time.  I rebooted the PC and I saw a new icon on my upper panel near the clock.  I followed the directions to configure Dropbox and in my home directory, was a new folder called Dropbox.

I copied about 460 MB of various files into that folder, and then it started to sync to my dropbox on the Internet.  I still have to install Dropbox on my Windows XP partition, but from what I am reading, it works like a champ.  Too bad work has Dropbox blocked or else I would install it on my work PC.

Looking forward to the weekend

Friday and Saturday are looking to be really nice days weather wise.  I am planning on mowing the lawn, having lunch with a good friend, and purchasing some replacement parts for the grill.  Johnsonville bratwurst and a good beer is in the forecast.  If I am lucky, I can get in some bike time too.

2 Weeks and Counting

Just two weeks remaining until Ubuntu 9.04 is released.  I was talking with a colleague of mine yesterday about Vista, and how much we don’t like it.  I found out he like to use Linux, openSUSE to be exact.  However, he hasn’t used it in a few years.  Work is taking up a lot of his time right now.

I told him About Ubuntu 8.10, the distro I’m using now and to expect Ubuntu 9.04 in 15 days.  He is going to check it out and see how well it runs on his old PC.  My guess, it will run pretty well if he was running openSUSE on it.

Windows XP Mainstream Support

I just read the Mainstream Support for Windows XP is ending on April 14, 2009. Extended support will continue until April 8, 2014.  Here is a table from Microsoft defining the difference between Mainstream Support and Extended Support.

Support provided

Mainstream Support phase

Extended Support phase

Paid support (per-incident, per hour, and others)



Security update support



Non-security hotfix support


Requires extended hotfix agreement, purchased within 90 days of mainstream support ending.

No-charge incident support


Warranty claims


Design changes and feature requests


Product-specific information that is available by using the online Microsoft Knowledge Base



Product-specific information that is available by using the Support site at Microsoft Help and Support to find answers to technical questions



Windows XP will be supported for a total of 13 years.  That’s impressive for an OS that cost about $200.00.  Out of all the different versions of Windows, I really like Windowx XP Professional.  It is a solid OS and in my opinion it is better than Vista.

Backup Complete

I was able to complete the backup of my XP and Linux partitions.  I also resolved a video issue when trying to play videos in Ubuntu.  I had to run the NVIDIA setting manager as root (sudo nvidia-settings) and save the setting in the xorg.config file.  I still can’t enable the cool 3-D effects, but atleast I can watch all the video I have.

Home PC Problems

After I got back from the gym this morning, I tried to start my Dell Dimension 8200 PC.  The word being tried.  Of course I checked the power strip, made sure everything was plugged in, blah blah blah.

Finally the after holding the power button in, I was able to boot my PC.  Looks like I have some home PC work to do this weekend.  If I can’t get it fix, I will purchase a new Dell PC to replace the old 7 year 8200.

UPDATE: April 3, 2009

I was able to complete the backup of my XP HDD to an external USB HDD.  Since the connection is USB 1.1 (at a whopping 12Mbit/s) it took all night.  I will make a backup of my Ubuntu /home partition, which will take all night again, and I should be good to go incase the PC stops working.  If I can find a good sale price for a USB 2.0 PCI card, then maybe I’ll purchase it.

According to wikipedia, USB 3.0 “SuperSpeed” will be out in 2009 or 2010.  It would be nice to have, but my PC is old, and I really don’t want to pump too much money into upgrading it.

Office 2007 SP2

I just read that Microsoft is planning on releaseing SP2 for Office 2007, as soon as April.  However, release dates always get pushed back so who knows when it will be released.  Although I am not a hugh Microsoft fan, I have to admit I like Office 2007, and Outlook is my e-mail client for my XP box.

I usually wait about a month before I download and install any service packs, just in case there is an unknown bug with the installation or a performance hit.

Ubuntu 9.04 Live-CD

Over the weekend I tried Ubuntu 9.04 beta using the Live-CD.  Since I was using the Live-CD mode, I did not see any increase in performance with the file system, nor did I expect to.  However, I was disappointed with the fact Evolution 2.26 was not able to import PST files.  A friend of mine sent me a link from bugs.launchpad.net.  From what it looks like to us, they are working on the issue.

I also talked about using the Live-CD to a colleague at work.  I explained how I was going to update Ubuntu from 8.10 to 9.04.  He asked about my home profile and if I was going to back it up.  I said I was planning on backing it up, but I also explained that my home folder is on a separate partition.  So replacing one Linux distro with another is no big deal.  Just have to remember not to wipe out that partition, and instruct Linux that is where /home resides.