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Alachua County Friends of the Library Book Sale Rocks (Again)!

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  • Monday, May 03 2010 @ 06:03 PM EDT
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The Alachua County Friends of the Library spring book sale has come and gone.  I love that sale!  I had my Droid with me so I could look up book reviews using the Amazon shopping app for each book before buying... thus I bought a few more books than last time.  Monday through Wednesday were very convenient for me since I work just down the street from the sale.

I think I only spent about twenty bucks total.  I was happy to pick up some copies of books that I had already read but did not own.  I also found a few books that I had on my reading list to watch out for.

The most interesting looking titles (that is, the titles themselves were interesting) were Great Mambo Chicken & the Transhuman Condition and The Millennial Project - Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps.

Here is the complete list of the books I bought at the sale:

Linux Home Theater PC - HTPC

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  • Wednesday, April 21 2010 @ 06:05 PM EDT
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Linux, Open Source, and Tech Stuff

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Our digital media collection was ready to exceed the disk space of the old home file server. For the past few years I used a small, quiet, low-power PC to function as the home file server, print server, and staging/Intranet web server. This machine was powered by a Via C3 Samuel 2 processor and just couldn't keep up anymore. Most of the current Linux distributions are not compatible with that processor. I also wanted to get a faster computer in the house to make video transcoding less painful. I decided to solve all of these issues by buying an all-new Shuttle Small Form Factor (SFF) computer to be the file server and also function as our media player / HTPC (Home Theater PC).

Our home network consists of Linux, Mac, and Windows client computers. I bought a Samsung ML-2571N network laser printer for 70 dollars from http://geeks.com to eliminate the need for a separate print server computer. This printer is SO FAST and works with all three platforms. My Linux desktop computer has a color printer/scanner attached to it so if we do need to scan or print in color we just power on the desktop computer. Eliminating the print server functionality allowed me to put the new server in the entertainment center.

Our digital movies and music are now right there with the sound system and HDTV. The new machine allows us to watch full-screen flash video (such as Hulu.com). Video transcoding is about four times faster on the new server than my desktop computer (which I described in My Home Desktop Computer Runs Linux ).

Here are the specs of the new Server / Home Theater PC (HTPC):

Kato's Island Sauce is spicy and delicious

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  • Wednesday, April 21 2010 @ 05:30 PM EDT
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Dan Stoner and Family

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Another festival... another bottle of hot sauce. I bought this one at the 1st Annual Melrose Butterfly Festival. Kato's Island Sauce with Habanero & Mango is sweet, spicy, and delicious! It was great on chicken, steak, and black bean burgers.

Geeklog in Google Summer of Code 2010

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  • Sunday, March 21 2010 @ 08:01 AM EDT
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Geeklog is the CMS / Blog engine written in PHP that powers this site (http://thatlinuxbox.com/blog/).

The Geeklog project has been accepted as a student mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code(tm) 2010. This is Geeklog's fourth year in the program.


For more information, see:

http://www.geeklog.net/article.php/su...-code-2010

Fifty-Fifty Ladybug

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  • Friday, March 19 2010 @ 06:36 PM EDT
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My daughter caught a ladybug (Lady Beetle) with split coloration, half red and half tan. I had never seen that before so I took a picture:

Phychic Reading?

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  • Sunday, March 07 2010 @ 09:25 PM EST
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