Archive for April, 2005

Fanboy Alert

The Serenity Trailer has been release. Heck, I’m more interested in seeing this than the new Star Wars.

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Ubuntu

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Last weekend, I ended up loading the latest version of Ubuntu on an empty partition to give it another look. For a relatively new distro, it’s pretty amazing how far they’ve come in such a short time. In some ways, they are already ahead of Fedora, just in the sheer number of packages available. As such, it gave me a chance to easily play with some of the new Mono applications that are being worked on, since they are easily installed from the Ubuntu repositories. The one application that most impressed me was Muine, a music player. The interface is probably the best I’ve seen so far, very intuitive to use, unlike the many iTunes and WinAmp clones out there. The only downside is that it depends on Mono, which adds a hell of a lot of bloat to it. As such, I’ll be sticking with Rhythmbox for the time being. Also, in the above picture, I’ve got an example of the contact lookup applet pulled up with my card. The applet ties into Evolution data server, so I just need to type my contacts last name, and select the appropriate contact.

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Nice Weather

Hawk Alongside Olentangy Trail

Surprisingly, the weather here in central Ohio has been beautiful so far this spring. Not much rain, and warmer than average temperatures. Sweet. I’ve spent most of the last week riding, but have been limited to using only the Olentangy Trail, since most of the other trails are closed till mid-May for erosion control. I’m not too bummed about this, since I’m pretty out-of-shape after not riding for five months. I’m thinking about participating in the Ohio Mountain Bike Championship Series this year, but I’m going to need to put on some serious miles to be ready for the first race at the end of May, so we’ll see. This week I’ve put on around 100 miles, but I’m feeling pretty worn down, so I’m going to take it easy and rest today. Providing the weather holds out, I’m going to do some long (40-50 mi.) and slow rides this weekend.

I ran across the hawk in the photo above yesterday while riding. He wasn’t more than 10 feet way, and didn’t seem scared of me in the slightest.

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