Archive for the 'computers' Tag

I know where I’ll buy my next Laptop

I’m a big fan of the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Among other reasons, it’s easy to use, and all the programs are free– Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop, you name it– they have open-source equivalents that kick butt and are easy and painless to install for free. Now, a company called System76 is offering Notebooks and Laptops with Ubuntu pre-installed and with full hardware technical support. Go Linux! If you’re shopping for a new computer, think of them.

I made the Switch

This blog is now running on WordPress! The practical upshot is the software is much more modern, extensible and powerful.

The downshot is all your passwords are messed up, and there may be formatting things to correct in comments. If you need a new password, just e-mail me. I think you’ll like it when you log-in to write a new story. 🙂

Where do you hang your Internet Hat?

Since you’re reading this, you know where my blog is located online. 😉 Where is yours? Do you have one? If not, is there a forum that you frequent? Are you a sneaky Wikipedia editor? Or do you just lurk and read and leave this whole crazy “posting” business to others? I’m genuinely curious, so leave me a comment if you have a chance! (continued)

Shameless Plug: Need hosting?

Want a website of your own? If so, I can save you a few bucks with a special promotion. If not, feel free to ignore this blurb– I’m just a web-freak, as you all know, and Teisha is teaching me to be frugal, and this unites the two desires! (continued)

Comparing Blogging Software

In my spare time lately, I’ve been comparing Pivot (the blogging software which runs this site) with WordPress (a different system with a much wider userbase). I ended up writing a few hundred lines of code, digging through arcane implementation hooks, and more– but I’ve learned a lot, and I’m contributing back to the development community. (continued)

I’m such a Geek

I’ll admit I’m a teensy bit of a geek, and sometimes I like to revel in it. Take this, for instance: I just snagged a used monitor, some old parts I had sitting under my bed, and a cheap DVD drive… and now I have a working second computer running Linux again! Ubuntu Linux, specifically. What geekiness are you reveling in right now? (continued)

iBook Frenzy

What happens when someone gives away hundreds of iBook laptops for $50 each? A riot. Particularly telling is the guy who smashed people with a chair when they cut in front of him. He said, “I thought it was just.” What is wrong with people? (continued)

IBM Quality?

So I finally got my own desk and computer. (continued)

I’m NOT getting a Mac Mini

For quite a while, I’ve been considering trying a Mac, because Mac OSX, with it’s sexy BSD backend, looks really neat and amazingly easy to use. Finally, with the advent of the Mac Mini, they lowered the pricepoint to the point where I could realistically try it out. Or so I thought. (continued)

Help for a network illiterate soul!

I always thought that smurfs were happy little blue people,  WPA
was the wildlife protection agency and that I was at least moderately
computer literate.  Now I am being attacked by smurfs and I don’t
know how to stop it.  Someone please help! (continued)


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My first first-author paper!

Just wanted to share that my first first-author paper is now online! In the journal Stem Cells and Development, here’s my paper on “Roles of Integrins in Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Growth on Matrigel and Vitronectin.”

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