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[SCENE:  Still in the F'book NexusLord 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):  I should’ve known you were involved in this, you vile p’tahk!  How many limbs do you want to lose before I take your head?!?!?!

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

VENOMOUSYOU ARE GOING TO FIX MY SHIP SUCH THAT IT DOES NOT BREAK AGAIN, OR I WILL LAY WASTE TO THIS ENVIRONMENT AND YOU AND YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE WITH IT, DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?!?!?!?!

K’TINGHE (terrified:  (ulp!) Uh, I—

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

[A bright light appears and expands to engulf both His Rudeness and K'Tinghe.  As it fills the screen, we cut to...

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

OZY McCOOL:  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:  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.  Korrioth, as usual, regains his composure first.]

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

VENOMOUS (grabbing K’Tinghe by his familial sash):  Now, you effin’ coward, we’re gonna go help them – and then  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™ 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.  (The old Big Box™ and its eight gigs have been redeployed as the work machine.)

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



5 Comments to “Back up & running”


  1. David Hartung — January 28, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    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. Darth Venomous — January 28, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    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™, not to mention the old work machine.

    Besides, there’s that damned Unity Desktop™ that Ubuntu employs now.  Absolutely hate it, and even though there’s a Mate Desktop™ 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. 

  3. David Hartung — January 29, 2013 @ 6:10 am

    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. Darth Venomous — January 31, 2013 @ 2:39 am

    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. Supreme General Rayegun — February 2, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    Umm Darth, here’s the current config on my Big Box™:

    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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