- Get apt and synaptic at FreshRPMs.net.
rpm http://download.fedora.us/fedora fedora/2/i386 os updates stable
rpm http://rpm.livna.org/ fedora/2/i386 stable unstable testing
rpm http://apt.sw.be fedora/2/en/i386 dag
rpm http://apt.atrpms.net fedora/2/en/i386 at-testing
rpm http://newrpms.sunsite.dk/apt/ redhat/en/i386/fc2 newrpms
rpm http://apt.sw.be dries/fedora/fc2/i386 dries
rpm http://ayo.freshrpms.net fedora/linux/2/i386 core updates freshrpms
A pedant that hangs out in the dark corner-cases of the web.
Friday, September 24, 2004
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Friday, September 17, 2004
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Monday, September 13, 2004
In a nutshell:
- Add a user: control userpasswords2 (or rundll32 netplwiz.dll,UsersRunDll, lusrmgr.msc is more advanced); uncheck Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer to auto-logon
- Remove Internet Explorer Enhanced Security (useless mode) from Add or Remove Programs
- Install Sun Java
- Disable shutdown event tracker: gpedit.msc → Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → System → Display Shutdown Event Tracker → Disabled
- Install drivers
- Display Properties → Settings → Advanced → Troubleshoot → Hardware Acceleration → Full
- dxdiag → Display → Enable all
- services.msc → Windows Audio → Automatic & Start
- dxdiag → Sound → Full
- System Properties → Advanced → Performance → Advanced → Programs (both)
- Install DirectX
- Visit Windows Update
Saturday, September 11, 2004
Star Trek, as science fiction, died with Gene Roddenberry. Don't get me wrong, DS9 was powerful and my favorite series of the franchise, in terms of entertainment value. But, too often, the writers would simply insert [TECH] into the script where they required deus ex machina (this is true). There was almost no pursuit of where an idea would lead, or how a deeper understanding of the universe could improve (or imperil) our existence.
Excellent examples of contemporary genuine science fiction (GSF) include:
Science fiction is a form of fiction which deals principally with the impact of imagined science and/or technology upon society or individuals.
The slashdot article and discussion Slashdot | Is Science Fiction About The Future Anymore? has touched on something that has bothered me for a few years now.
The job of SF is to ask "what if", and examine the effects. It's a way of auditioning scientific priorities socially. Remove the science and you just have fiction.
To too many, sci-fi is just a setting for a story: in the future, maybe traveling in space, lots of "computers". Sadly, this is the prevailing attitude for nearly all SF writers anymore (certainly all "mainstream" "entertainment", including Star Trek).
<rant>This attitude infuriates me for two reasons: First, it is anti-intellectual to regard the whole of science; all mathematics, physics, information theory, sociology, cosmology, ...; as a minor implementation detail. Second, it lulls the general populous into thinking that science is "indistinguishable from magic": utterly unknowable, unapproachable, fearsome, and cannot be trusted.