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Gone back…

My experience with Ubuntu 10.10 had been “OK” over the several months I had it in my systems (i.e. 2 laptops + Desktop), but I find that I need to spend more time learning how to use it efficiently that I had to uninstall everything and go back to Win XP (and now Win 7).

Honestly, I would really like to detach myself from the Windows OS but there are simply some things that I tend to do more efficiently in WinOS than in Ubuntu – so I checked-out.

A week ago, I downloaded the new distro – 11.4 – and installed it in my “general laptop – a T23 which was running my old XP Pro” and started fiddling around with the new Unity Desktop (which was on my Netbook 10.10); my youngest daughter liked it that she wanted me to replace her netbook OS with that: I was tempted to, but then I realized I am not ready to do additional administrative works, so I am delaying on her request.

I have not totally given-up on the Ubuntu OS.  In fact, I am also downloading, as I post, the new OpenSuse distro and would try it too (but I am almost certain I will like the Ubuntu better).

Meanwhile, I need to be productive, so back to WinOS.

Until next time.


My Kawasaki Z1 Project Bike

The link will take you to my old posts in the MCP Portal.

I tried to document this project bike but somehow got lazy after ‘finishing it’ (or so I thought it was finished).  Now, I want to share this to everyone so you’d know how it is to do a project bike with zero knowledge.  This will also show you how I love the Kawasaki Z1, which arguably was the first Superbike.

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When I decided in November 2010 to migrate my old IBM T23 laptop from Win XP Pro to Ubuntu 10.10, all I wanted was to get it working as my MusicServer – and you know what?  It did! It even sounded much better than when I was running various multimedia Win Apps – the Rhythmbox just does it simply and well (I’ll do another write-up on this).

So, being very happy with my success on the T23, I decided to go on my migration spree and did my production machine – the HP Pavilion Desktop Pentium D (well, that’s all I know about its specs).  The migration was straight-forward, just like how I did it with the T23; everything worked well (except those apps & peripherals that “need” Win OS) and I was on my way to my usual work: but then I needed my Canon LIDE scanner, and that made me stop.

How in the world can I make this work, having ZERO knowledge of those Linux-gobbledegook (pardon) like ‘sudo’, ‘gedit’, etc.?  I don’t talk machine!  Man this is a totally ‘new language’ for me; fortunately, Ubuntu (Linux community or tribe, as I like to respectfully refer to them) had this figured-out ahead and that made a world of difference.

Canon LIDE 100 Scanner
So folks, I am copying the post done by one of the geniuses in the forum with the handle of “DESERTDOG” (I hope you’ll visit my blog, man).  Here it is:

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to get this working, here are the steps to take:

1) You need some usb libraries, so, in a terminal type:

sudo apt-get install libusb-dev build-essential libsane-dev

2) To get the sane backends from git you need git-core. If you don’t already have it, type this (also in a terminal):

sudo apt-get install git-core

3) Now use the git that was just installed to get the sane backends using the following command:

git clone git://

That downloads the backends and puts them in a folder called sane-backends in your home folder.

4) Change directory into the new sane-backends folder and compile them:

cd sane-backends

./configure –prefix=/usr –sysconfdir=/etc –localstatedir=/var

make <— this one takes a while

sudo make install

Now everything is installed, but you still won’t be able to scan (except as root) until you set up some permissions.

5) You need to edit a file, but you need to be root to edit it, so:

sudo gedit /lib/udev/rules.d/40-libsane.rules

and add the following 2 lines:

# Canon CanoScan Lide 100
ATTRS{idVendor}==”04a9″, ATTRS{idProduct}==”1904″, ENV{libsane_matched}=”yes”

save the file, exit gedit, exit terminal, reboot, and…

Instructions modified version of Shutter4U’s post.


See that?  It’s like a machine talking to a machine!  Fantastic!


Asus eeEPC

Ok, on to my migration spree, this time, it’s my production Asus eeEPC Netbook (what kind of name is that anyway?  Sounds like someone is either in ‘pain’ or needs help. pronto!).  Anyway, I started to migrate it from Win7 to Ubuntu Netbook but the background was dark that I can hardly use it; the brightness button doesn’t work so I was naturally disappointed.  Then, I used OpenSUSE (which was more difficult to use than Ubuntu), then I thought of using U10.10.

As usual, installation was easy and a breeze.
But then, the display was still dark.  I was racking my head and started searching the net, of course I had to go back to the Ubuntu Forum – and then, I found the solution – a post by another genius, “FINNK“, and here it is:

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sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

Find the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT and add “acpi_osi=Linux” so it looks like this GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet acpi_osi=Linux”. Save the file. Now run update-grub2.

sudo update-grub2

But gnome power manager still randomly changes the backlight. I disabled it from startup, and start it from the command line when i want to suspend on closing the lid.

Man, I am not sure if I will learn that ‘language’, but I supposed I had to.

Installing Ubuntu is as easy as when I installed my Win3.xx in the 80s and then WinXP Pro in the 90s.  In fact my experience was almost the same that was why I had no serious hesitation when I decided to migrate.

I have to thank these kind people of the Ubuntu Forum for sharing their expertise; their unselfish attitude is simply amazing!

As what we will say here in the Philippines, “MABUHAY!”

May your tribe increase!



Pacific Ring of Fire

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The Philippines is a risky country.

This could mean ‘overall risk profile’, but I’d like to limit my point to ‘Natural Perils’ like Earthquake, Typhoon, Flood, and the likes; touching on other risk items like politics, economics, or legal are not in my comfort zones so I’ll leave these to the ‘experts’ (but I do have strong opinions regarding them).

In terms of natural risks, we are in the ‘Ring of Fire’ or the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire‘ – an imaginary ring or boundary populated by volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and other risks brought by nature (some would call this AOG or Acts of God).  ; in terms of political risk, the Philippines had been compared to some countries in Latin America, in Russia, or in Africa – but I could not make any useful comment now, perhaps in one of my upcoming posts.

We/Filipinos are forgetful people.  The local language would say, “Sanay na kami diyan” (We are used to it): when a calamity or catastrophe hits us, we become aware and suddenly become too concerned that all types of programs come-up but implementation is either too sudden (we have a word for that – “Ningas Cogon”) or half-hearted, bordering towards indifference.  Local leaders scamper for budgets or come up with committees or groups!  Heck, I just heard yesterday evening that there is now a “Regional Risk Reduction and Control something” in Northern Luzon (I’d assume there are similar ones in other regions: we have a word for that, too – “Gaya-gaya”).  Then give it some months (or a year) and we forget; we are back to our old non-risk aware or indifferent ways (sanay na kasi).

We are also a resilient people.  We fall, we pull ourselves together, dust ourselves up, and continue on – not only that, we always sport a smile (others call it, a “Smirk”).

Being resilient is an important characteristic that has to be harnessed if we are to have a Country-wide Risk Management Program.  Not some disparate, independent or regional or localized initiative run by the mayor or governor, or by some wanabee, with FYI only the National Disaster Coordinating Council (OK, I might be stretching myself here – but my point is that I am not aware that there is a concerted effort – TOP-to-Bottom approach – to manage risks in the Philippines).

It is time to have a Country Risk Manager.

Shall he be the president?  Technically, he is.  But given his daily chores, he should not be but someone who knows and understands “risks”.

Should he be in the military or the industry?  Whatever.  Wherever.  For as long as risk management, country-wide is formulated, disseminated, taught, inculcated, indoctrinated, and tatooed in our thick skulls into something called a “brain” – then that does not matter where he is coming from.

But his job can be monumental – so a management-savvy man is it. The rest is like running a corporation – Corporate Philippines – and this Country Risk Manager is the equivalent of a Chief Risk Officer/CRO running a country-wide Enterprise Risk Management /ERM initiative


Can we do it?

Of course we can!




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Discovering tools in the net, like open source OS, especially Ubuntu 10.10

Powered by Plinky is another discovery that’s supposed to inspire me to write more – and i guess it does for it prodded me to write this now after following the link, registering, and answering some questions, like this one:

“What was your recent “AHA” moment?”

or something like that – and my answer was the heading.

I am amazed at the myriad tools that can be found in the ‘net; tools that help me study, write, get in touch with friends and families, trace or follow leads, draw, compute, learn some new things, ho! I might even learn how to play the guitar again!

But I guess, too, that one needs to be very careful with these “tools” as these can also become sources of problems in the hands of unscrupulous individuals – where else did we here “identity theft“?

Another “AHA” moment was discovering that operating systems and software can be FREE – wow!

Ok I’ve heard and used “freeware” before but it was only being exposed to Open Source like OpenSUSE, Fedora, Ubuntu, etc that my eyes and mind were “opened”.  It is amazing that there are hundreds (or thousands?) of people who are willing to share their expertise to people like me so that i can do my work well.

How about you, my friend, what is your “AHA” moment?


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New King James Version

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One Year Bible OnLine

Last Wednesday during our 1st Prayer Meeting for 2011, Dr Berry discussed various 1-year reading plans and gave out copies of the plans, each one very interesting while some can be very challenging to follow.

My Approach
Having been a Christian for many years, I can only remember reading through my bible cover-to-cover 4 times, and the in-between times are spent reading by following some study plans I made for myself with the purpose of using them in Sunday School or Preaching opportunities.  But 4 times through-and-through seems embarrassing to The Lord – so I have purposed in my heart to read through my bible this year following one of the suggested approaches: Chronological Reading.

When I have enough time, I make notes while I read so I can also share or teach the same and that cuts my reading time a lot, thus, I’d miss my 1-year schedule.  Do I feel bad?  Not really.  But reading through God’s Words in a year, and I mean just reading as opposed to studying, provides a personal reward of knowing that I know more and more about a certain book that helps me connect other books or passages – it aids me in my studies, especially understanding the context: as my pastor would say, “a text without context is a pretext” (Pastor Dennis Potts).

Chronological Reading – not the Genesis-to-Revelations roadway but a pathway that is
arranged in the order the events actually occurred: how exciting!  This gives me the opportunity to have an “I’m there” experience as this allows me to read the whole Bible as a single story and ‘see’ the unfolding of God’s plan in history! WOW!!

The Site
The One Year Bible OnLine site offers a tremendous library of bible versions – they have at least 23 in English.  I read King James & NKJ versions, but I also read the NAV & NIV to make sure I understand well.

The site has links to the Matthew Henry Commentaries that can help in your bible studies.  It has other interesting links like “What the bible says about [something – a selection of alphabetically arranged topics]” and others.

Again, time seems always not enough, but the truth is I/We do have enough time: we are given 24-hours a day or 525,600 minutes per year – so what’s our excuse?


Welcome to Fluidity!

Just like many of you, I thought I’d make some new ‘New Year Resolution’ (with focus on ‘resolute’) – so I started counting my blessings and the challenges in 2010 and thanked The Lord that His enablement brought me ‘here and now’ to start anew.

But my problem is this is actually the first time I am formally putting down what I want to do in a year – not that I was just swashbuckling through the days with no roadmap, rather, this is the first time I am making a list that will shape my plan for 2011.  So boys and girls, here it is:

  • Migrate to a new OS :  I had been a windows ‘supporter’ (whether I liked it or not) for more than 20 years now and in those years had me wondering sometimes if there was a ‘better’ OS out there.  But it was only in the latter parts of those 20+odd years that I realized my OS+Apps expenses had been mounting and actually ballooned in 2003 when I had to upgrade both my machines, the OSes, and the applications that need to run efficiently and smoothly (which was not always the case).  Then the local Novell provider sent me OpenSUSE 11.3 and the rest is so-called ‘history’ which I will tell in my next posts – so stand-by – but suffice it to say that I have already successfully migrated one of my laptops and my main production machine from Windows to UBUNTU 10.10, and I am liking it everyday (since Dec 2010).

  • Start a BLOG – this blog : I have tried several times in 2010 but I always get stuck ‘somewhere’ and eventually fade away; but this time I mean to do this on a ‘more regular’ basis;

  • Get my motorcycle running again : I have a 1982 Kawasaki Z1arguably the first superbike – that I rebuilt from its old stock condition into a semi-cafe form.  However, it didn’t work so super in the years I had it here, so 2 years ago I brought it back to the original shop that helped me assembled it and I promised myself that I’ll have it working soon;

  • Review and modify my Business Plan; and most importantly,

  • Be more independent from myself, but more dependent on The Lord: I believe everyone should do this


Ubuntu 10.10 Wallpapers


One of my major shifts this 2011 is migrating from Windows OS to an Open Source OS, and that is UBUNTU 10.10.

I have already done my old P3 IBM T23 which is doing Music Server duty, running close to 24×7 since December 2010; I have done my PD HP Pavilion Desktop which is my main Production Machine; and I’ll probably do my Win7 Netbook soon when some of my needed Win apps can be run well in U10.10 – until then, I have no choice but retain the W7 OS in my Netbook.

Back to topic.
First the Disclaimer: My comments here are based on my personal experiences and definitely not applicable to everyone; so please take these with the proverbial ‘grain of salt’.

Firefox 3.6x
I have been an IE-user for 20+ years (because of Win OS) and once-in-a-while I’ve tried other browsers like Firefox, Safari, & Google Chrome, but this is the first time I am actually enjoying Firefox as my main browser
because compared to my IE experience in windows, Firefox loads way fast!  And not only that, it does my ‘usual’ browsing, search, and social interactions faster which feels like I have a new machine!

This morning, Firefox brought some more smiles because I just found out it can do Personas similar to GC’s  Themes and I liked that.  BTW, I am right now ‘wearing’ the Manny Pacquiao Persona created by Electric Red (Thanks buddy!)… yeah, yeah, IE9 can do theme, too, but I feel more comfortable here.

I’ll share some more as I continue using F3.6x.

I have not done any serious blogging before although I tried.  But one of my resolutions this 2011 is to do ‘regular’ (as opposed to ‘serious’) blogging, so here I am; then I discovered ScribeFire (from CFinke’s blog), a blog writer I can call anywhere to write (like right now) and then send to my blog – hmm, must be a cool tool… well, this is my first try, so I am not sure how this is going to come out, but we’ll see soon enough.

This tool can add links and insert images and videos – wow!
Perhaps other writer apps can also do this, but I wouldn’t know that.

This is all for now as I need to do some ‘real’ business.

Please add your comments or share your similar experiences.
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