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[SCENE:&#160 Still in the F’book Nexus.&#160 Lord Darth Venomous is still on a rampage – only now, instead of bodies being dropped via Force-choke, only heads & various limbs are falling, the result of being severed by a whirling dervish of a purple lightsaber.

The blazing blade has come to rest mere inches from the last surviving soul in the vicinity – a Klingon who, ironically, bears a striking resemblence to former shipyardmaster Commander K’tinghe.

A fact that is not lost on His Rudeness.]

VENOMOUS (pointing blade at K’tinghe):&#160 I should’ve known you were involved in this, you vile p’tahk!&#160 How many limbs do you want to lose before I take your head?!?!?!

K’TINGHE (terrified):&#160 M’lord…please…please, m’lord, I—


K’TINGHE (terrified):&#160 (ulp!) Uh, I—

VENOMOUS:&#160 Nexus!!!&#160 Transport me, this Klingon bastard, and the best ship’s computer system you have back to Pegasus!!!&#160 DO IT NOW!!!!!

[A bright light appears and expands to engulf both His Rudeness and K’Tinghe.&#160 As it fills the screen, we cut to…

SCENE:&#160 The bridge of Pegasus&#160 Lieutenant Commander Ozymandias McCool is briefing General Korrioth on repairs to the ship.]

OZY McCOOL:&#160 Not the best news, General. Probably another week or so to bring the main core online. Has anyone notified the Admiral yet?

[At that precise moment, the bridge doors part, and in walks Venomous, with K’Tinghe in tow.]

VENOMOUS:&#160 Ozy, I believe you’ll find the answer to all our difficulties in the main cargo bay.

[Ozy & Korrioth gape wide-eyed at the Klingon, who had previously been thought to have suffered Venomous’ purple blade.&#160 Korrioth, as usual, regains his composure first.]

KORRIOTH (nodding):&#160 Very well, Admiral.&#160 Come along, Ozy.&#160 [They proceed out.]

VENOMOUS (grabbing K’Tinghe by his familial sash):&#160 Now, you effin’ coward, we’re gonna go help them – and then&#160 you get to beg for your life again like you did last time…!!! [He drags the frightened Klingon off the bridge towards Engineering.]

Okay, guys, the Big Box&#153 is back up and running – a 3.6 non-name-brand system board running Ubuntu 10.04.4 64-bit (and the requisite Win7 virtual machine for employing Outlook) with 16 gigs of RAM (and a brand new 2TB drive) out of Mrs. Venomous’ old Acer case.&#160 (The old Big Box&#153 and its eight gigs have been redeployed as the work machine.)

We’ll see how long this lasts.&#160 It had better (casts a menacing look towards K’Tinghe)…

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5 responses to “Back up & running”

  1. David Hartung says:

    Why 10.04? Why not the 12.04 long term support build? Also, why outlook? I have found Thunderbird to be very serviceable, not to mention it is free!

  2. Well, Vicar, long story short – 12.04 sucks.

    Now, it’ll probably run on this box – but I’m rather skittish to try it; it positively locked up the previous Big Box&#153, not to mention the old work machine.

    Besides, there’s that damned Unity Desktop&#153 that Ubuntu employs now.&#160 Absolutely hate it, and even though there’s a Mate Desktop&#153 workaround, it doesn’t really fit hand-in-glove with Ubuntu, even though it’s said that it does.

    So for now, it’s 10.04 until it goes the way of Windows 3.1 95 98 98SE NT NT4SP6 2000…well, you get the idea.&#160

  3. David Hartung says:

    Fair enough. I too dislike the Unity desktop, and have installed the gnome workaround. It isn’t perfect, but other than that I have had few problems with 12.04. What bugs that have cropped up, have been ironed out over time.

    My problem is that in Linux I cannot run Libronix. Libronix is the chosen format used by our LCMS pblishing house for the digital release of its theology stuff. This nessesetates a windows virtual machine, which I have not yet sorted outr how to do, using the existing windows installation on this laptop.

  4. This nessesetates a windows virtual machine, which I have not yet sorted outr how to do,

    If you see this, shoot me an email. I’ll walk you through employing a Windows VM on a Linux host.

    Not that difficult, just detailed.

  5. Umm Darth, here’s the current config on my Big Box&#153:

    Asus M5A99X Evo with an AMD FX-8150 (8-core @ 3.6GHz) CPU
    16Gb G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1600 (4x4GB)
    2.1TB total HD space
    Asus Zonar D2X sound card
    NVidia GeForce GTX 260 (RSN upgraded to a GTX 650 or better)
    Dual 24″ Widescreen (1 LCD, 1 LED)
    Windows 8 Professional
    Cooler Master HAF912 Full tower (on casters)

    I need to get the VM app installed so I can run Ubuntu in the sandbox…just haven’t had the time to get to that yet. Otherwise the box has been rather seriously reliable.

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