Category Archives: Computers

Installing Wine on Ubuntu Edgy (6.10) 64-bit

Using a 64-bit operating system is somewhat like being left-handed: you feel with some justification that you’re orbiting among the elite, but the world is designed against you. Installing Wine on 32-bit Ubuntu was a breeze: just a couple lines of APT. However, for 64-bit systems you have to compile Wine yourself. Even following the […] A Good Example of Bad Web Design

That’s what I saw when I went to pay my bill at, something I’ve done several times before. I do have Flash—it just happens to be Flash 7, the highest version Adobe has yet released for Linux. The problem with making your website depend on proprietary technology, such as a particular version of Flash, […]

Google Thyself

Google recently purchased the house where the company started in a garage just eight years ago Saturday. The story is interesting not for the purchase itself but because of what Google asked of the Associated Press: so many people drive by the Google house that the company requested that reporters not reveal the address, despite […]

Today I Was Part of a “Very Isolated, Very Random” Problem

. . . according to a Comcast spokesperson. Our good buddies at IDG News Service report that the failure of a DNS (domain name system) server at Comcast caused problems for some Web surfers in the northeast section of the U.S. today, making several Web sites, including Google, inaccessible. The server failure caused connectivity problems […]

1 in 4 Million

Apparently there are four million of us Ubuntu users (I’m assuming they’re including Kubuntu in the mix). That sounds like a lot, until you realize that it’s only about 2/3 the number of Windows computers that are zombies.


Yesterday I upgraded my main computer from Kubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) to 6.06 (Dapper). It’s probably one of the most painless upgrades of any that I’ve done: I few lines changed and typed, and apt-get does it all.