It is almost fall and plenty of things have changed.
- Linux Project scratched
- Forums purged from life
- Almost all video games and other forms of entertainment purged from life.
- Work and money became first priority
I have been busy with work and balancing it with my personal life, hence the lack of activity. The new healthcare laws has made so many impacts on the hospitals in America that I begin to think that there is no such thing as job security.
New friendships are easy to make and easy to break. People mingle and find out that they like a lot of the same topics. As time progresses, disagreements and arguments arise. Every dispute arises new information about each person. One can choose to accept the other for what he or she is or completely disagree and break the friendship. The former decision requires patience, empathy, and willpower even if the other party lacks these qualities. Over time, the other party will gradually develop the qualities necessary to build a healthy and strong relationship. However, if there are numerous consecutive disagreements and failure to respect each other’s opinions, then the relationship will erode and the bridge of friendship will crumble. There are other circumstances where the friendship could immediately implode itself from just one argument.
The next most difficult task is repairing the bridge of friendship. If the bridge is still intact, there is hope in recovering the rest via compliments and empowerment. However, if the bridge is completely blown apart, then it might be too late to make any amends to the respective person. Both parties are severly hurt by one another’s actions and prefer to shut out any information from the other party. It is only by luck if one is able to have the other person hear him or her out and agree to give the relationship another chance. With persistence and acts of kindness, one might be able to make some progress. In the case of workplace situations, this will have to be done sooner than later if anyone wants to bring the misery to an end.
The worst situation is when both parties know that the relationship cannot be salvaged and irrecoverable. As much as one wants to be friends with the other, it is simply not possible. These scars can last forever, but they are more devastating in the workplace. For example, the termination of one’s employment from the company can scar any participating member for life, but moreso for the terminated employee. In addition to receiving the last blow to one’s ego and occupational security, He or she will face even more hardships trying to find a new job.
There are two fanboys: Ignorant ones and enlightened ones. Both support their idol/item/deity wholeheartedly. They proudly advertise their beloved product to everyone and consistently back it up with subjective evidence about how it has improved their life. The only difference between the ignorant ones and the enlightened ones is that the enlightened one acknowledges the drawbacks of the item in question. The ignorant fanboys merely aggravate the more educated ones and tend to drain morale, progress, and creativity.
Example: Enlightened Nintendo fanboy acknowledges the fact that the majority of their games are mediocre and child-oriented whereas an ignorant one would dodge the question by supporting his or her standpoint with nearly irrelevant facts, simply because he or she does not have the in-depth background information. In other words, the ignorant fanboy has limited knowledge and understanding to even provide an adequate argument or debate against the debater.
Please be aware that the example above may or may not be particularly true to the nature of Nintendo fanboys in real life.
As far as life goes, a very small minority of the human population reside in the educated section of fanboys, especially on the internet. In order to enlighten the less-informed individuals, one must go back into the cave as Socrates has foretold in the story of “Allegory of the Cave” and convince them that what they believe in was simply just a shadow of a puppet show and that there are far better things in life. Unfortunately, this ordeal is highly trifling and time consuming, where one wonders if the ends would justify the means.
For the truly stubborn and unenlightened, leave them behind because they are rigid in their ways. They refuse to change, because they fear of change and possibly lack the mental strength to handle the shock. Also, it is not worth fighting the stubbornly ignorant fanboys who rage against the obvious facts, because they tend to think that they are inherently right. Make one attempt to show them that they are wrong and present concrete objective evidence and let them come to their own conclusions. If they still refuse to change their ways, then so be it.
Therefore, we are left with these options:
- Press forward and keep trying to educate them
- Ignore and leave them behind.
- Fuel the fire by retaliating like a boss (such as ostracizing or making a laughingstock out of the person)
Of course, watching this music video can immensely ease the suffering.
Happy Valentine everybody! New stuff has come to my attention and kept me busy.
- Dropbox experimenting their new build with automatic uploading of photos and videos (up to 5GB free space)
- Finding an adequate group collaboration tool for my new linux project
- Configuring Alpine to work with Lavabit
- Scrounging up money to somehow finance my techy endeavors
- Catching up on Movies, TV Shows, Comics, and Games.
- Enjoying the most out of my current job and social life.
For the bachelors/bachelorettes, this is prime time to setup blind dates or sabotaging other dates (not recommended). Just to make things clear, alcohol is not a suitable love companion. Same applies to food.
I have just done a debian netinstall over the week and I was surprised at how straight-forward it is. Anybody could literally pick up the netinstall cd and install it without any prior experience and still get a functional system. Say goodbye to downloading distros and hello to netinstalls. No more bloat and built exactly the way I like it.
The only parts that I think a newbie should consult first are wireless drivers, apt commands, bash commands, and how to setup a window manager. Other than that, it is pretty much smooth sailing.
AntiX-Core is the minimalist version of AntiX, which is a debian/mepis spin on linux. The AntiX-Core contains all the essentials that a budding user would need to create his or her own flavor of linux. However, the user must be well-accustomed to the terminal and figure out what packages that need to be installed for a functional system. This includes knowing which window manager, audio and video drivers or packages to install. Another prerequisite is that the user must have wireless drivers/deb package available if one desires to install and configure the system exclusively with wireless internet.
Besides these two factors, I found it incredibly easy to install a fully functional linux system in just about ten minutes. The documentation is well written in the required files for moderation. On a side note, it is very handy to the user to have a handwritten list of repo sources on hand for easy access.
The only gripe I have with this distribution is that AntiX does not have any images optimized for 64-bit machines. All in all, AntiX-Core is my main go-to distribution for 32-bit systems, because it is minimalistic, contains no bloat, and easy to install and individualize. I am very satisfied with community’s work on this distribution and would highly recommend this to experienced linux users who want a minimalistic 32-bit machine.
New Year New Life
My life has changed drastically since last year of December, which marked my departure from windows and entry into Linux. Fed up with windows and its cumbersome ways, I found myself in the realms of linux and created my first home in Crunchbang. Everything was snazzy and I had tons to learn. The community provided me all the basic knowledge I needed to enjoy a full linux environement without any reliance on windows.
A few months down the road, I am a regular user on the forums and IRC who helps new users find their home in linux. I even wrote two linux guides that fully explain how to setup a perfectly working linux environment. Yet, I am still amazed that I went from a GUI (Graphical User Interface) environment to an almost all CLI (Command Line Interface) environment.
As of December, I wrote another linux guide in the crunchbang forums about how to setup a conveniently functional CLI environment for Siduction with scrotwm as the default window manager. For this year (2011), I am grateful for having a PC the way I like it and the many new friends that I have found via linux.
As for the new year to come, I hope to accomplish the following.
- Enrich my nursing and linux knowledge.
- Become a better cook.
- Be a more compassionate person.
- Learn how to build a fileserver.
- Learn how to fix several things in a car.
- Learn how to maintenance my own bike.
- Make lots of money from my occupation and my hobbies
- Convert some windows adverts to linux mentors.
- Make life easier than 2011.
- Survive 2012.