Monday, September 24, 2007

The Presario, getting to love it

Connected it to a p*ece of crap CRT monitor I have at home.
With it, the resolution can be boosted to an amazing 1024x768 (!!!), the thing does really become usable, and far more beautiful than on the Presario's LCD.
Once the thing got a little bit more nice, I went Window Shopping... What I wanted was to get rid of the border of the windows, just like in Os X.
I haven't been able to do so, but below are some things related (or not)

Some FreeBSD and *nix links I found this weekend:

Devil's pie
A window-matching utility, inspired by Sawfish's "Matched Windows" option and the lack of the functionality in Metacity.

It is really useful, but I was looking for a way to get rid of the borders of the rxvt or gnome-terminal windows.
This one does that, but, also removes *all* the borders.
Sort of reminds me of this program wmctrl

Devil's pie configs
Samples of configurations for many programs and situations.

BSD Guides
Doing stuff with BSD, really useful site.

Laptops - Install Tricks & Release Status
Using FreeBSD on ancient hardware.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

More on the Presario

Well, trying to get beyond the 800x600 resolution no the beast, I have tested it with Ubuntu and Knoppix.

I haven't been
able to get it nowhere above 800, but, in the process, I learned a couple of things:

1- Ubuntu is amazing :)
2- KDE is definitively not my cup of tea.
3- This Presario is really, really, really a piece of sh*t.

As a side note, neither Knoppix nor Ubuntu recognized my MSFT Wheel Mouse Optical, connected via USB -> PS/2 adapter, the same thing worked flawlessly on FreeBSD from day one... Go figure, and then people say that FreeBSD it is a hard, unfriendly OS...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Povera Os X

Or... running FreeBSD on a Compaq Presario piece of sh*t :)

Not much of Os X here... But, I got a Compaq Presario laptop, a really clunky box, with a 6 GB HDD, and 64 MB RAM (shared with video)
It had Windows ME, which was like saying, it had nothing on it.
Maxxed the RAM with a 512 MB stick I had form my dead iBook G3 (the Compaq only sees 311 MB, but what a hell...)

To play with it, I d'loaded FreeBSD 6.2 RELEASE (both CDs), and installed without a single problem.

Recompiled the kernel, mostly, to get rid of crud, and to get a nice, cool looking smaller font on the CLI.

The thing, running Gnome, and Epiphany it is s l o w, but usable.

The main dissapointment is the resolution, I can't get it to go upwards than 800x600 which is a major PITA; the other thing is the HDD drive, 6 GB of HDD, nowadays, is as close as nothing as you can get to... But nevertheless, it installs.

Nevertheless, for CLI work it is simply amazing, and for some lightweight browsing, it works.

I even run it with the X org composite on, having drop shadows enabled.

The theme, emulating Os X of course, it is a mixture of this three, all of them from Gnome Look:

- Kougyoku Aqua
- Unified
- Exquisite

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

The forum @ Mac User Group Argentina

Yes, what you read. The User group it is now official, but, the best thing is the forum, a very friendly place, and, also, but not least important, a very dynamic place.
Unlike many other forums on the "English-less internet", this one has a lot of traffic, many replies, and also, the topics are fairly varied and diverse.