Data Merge and Backup

When ever I switch from one Linux distro to another, I make a backup of my home folder.  Sometime I forget to pull everything back in because of one thing or another.  Plus I have back ups on my data files from Windows XP floating around on the USB drive as well.  I finally merged most of the data files together, deleted the duplicate files and started to backup using the following command: rsync -avh /home/george /media/New Volume/backup 04-19-2009.  Of course having USB 1.1 ports on this PC makes backing up a real long process.  Currently I have 38.21 GB of videos, pictures, music, documents, ISO, and other junk.  Maybe someday I will get rid of the stuff I really don’t need or move a large chunk to DVD storage.

First Grill Fest of the Year

I purchased parts for my grill last night, and once I completed all the yard work, I cleaned the grill and installed a new Drip Vaporizer Bar, Hickory Flavor Ceramic Briquettes, and a new grill grate.  We had steaks, shrimp, grilled squash, and hotdogs.  Good times indeed.

Ubuntu 9.04 RC Upgrade Complete

The upgrade went well for the most part.  After the packages were downloaded, the system was suppose to install the upgrades.  I waited for an hour, but nothing happened.  Time to reboot and try again.  This time the upgrade worked correctly.  The total time to upgrade my PC was 2 hours 10 minutes.  My PC is over 7 years old; it is a Dell Dimension 8200 P4 1.8 GHz with 768 MB RAM, NVIDIA GForce 2 MX 400 64MB video card, and 80 GB ATA 7200 RPM HDD.

According to bootchart, my system boots within 33 seconds.  However, conky has me up and running in exactly 1 minute ready at my Desktop.  The upgrade also resolved a video driver issue I had playing movies and seeing the menu bar in OpenOffice.  I still cannot enable the cool 3-D effects, but I guess you can’t have everything.

The system is still running ext3.  I’m not sure how to move to ext4 without rebuilding, but I have some time to research it.  I started Firefox and logged into Youtube to see if I still can play and watch movie there.  Nope.  Flash player was detected as being an old version or my javascript was not enabled.  Well, I knew javascript was running, so closed Firefox and removed and reinstalled flash with the following commands: sudo aptitude purge flashplugin-nonfree andsudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree.Now I can watch Jeff Dunham anytime I want!

I will order the Ubuntu 9.04 CD as soon as I can and then most likely do a complete reinstall.  After all, this system started as Ubuntu 8.04, ugraded to 8.10, and now is 9.04 RC.

My PC from bootchart
My PC from bootchart

Ubuntu 9.04 RC

Well, I’ve deceided to update my version of Ubuntu 8.10 to Ubuntu 9.04 RC.  I updated my backup for Linux, and I will run the update with the command update-manager -d -c. Good luck to me!


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.