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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Soundtrack to your life

I've always contemplated the idea of having a soundtrack to your life. If my life was a film, what music would I chose? There are very specific albums that relate to different times in my life, like with anyone I guess. I suppose really that it's just albums that I own. I think the reason that I see it as more than that is because I've never really been much of one for buying music, which is stupid considering that I'm a musician. Anyway, This is bound to be an incomplete list, but here are the albums that all, for one reason or another, are in my mind as being important albums to me.

Early life:
Queen - Greatest Hits (I & II)
Ace of Base - Happy Nation (re-occuring)

Mid teens:
The Kinks - The best of

End of Senior school:
Radiohead - OK Computer (re-occuring)
The Prodigy - Fat of the land (re-occuring)

Whilst doing A-levels:
B*Witched - B*Witched
Vengaboys - The Party Album
NIN - The downward spiral

My year out:
This is when I got my computer, and hence started gitting into mp3s. So there's a lot of unrecorded music listening here... This is what makes this list inaccurate, but at the same time emphasises the important of the albums involved.

Kittie - Spit (important)
The Offspring - Americana (important)
Train - Drops of Jupiter
HIM - Razorblade romance

First year of college:
The Offspring - Conspiracy of One
Green Day - Dookie (important)

Second year:
Ash - Intergalactic super 7s

Third year:
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - By the way

Forth year:
Dune - Dune/Expedicion
The Cat Empire - Hello

Since the summer:
Korn - Issues
Pendulum - Slam
The Cat Empire - Two Shoes

Let me know if there are things I've forgotten

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Enough is enough

After some contemplation I have given up on FreeBSD. I've had problems all week with minor and major things but the final straw came when my computer was repeatedly disconnecting itself from the internet and then not allowing me to connect with my modem in order to get back on. After watching Steve (who has considerably more experience than me) trying to solve a similar problem on his computer for an hour and giving up I figured that I wasn't likely to get past this one.
I've gone back to using Slackware Linux because it's what I'm used to.

Thursday, February 23, 2006


just in case anyone reading this is wondering, this blog isn't intended to be purely about my computer, it's just that my FreeBSD experience is preventing me from finding anything else to write about. I will write about other things and post photos etc on here at some point in the future.

The saga continues...

Well so far I haven't done a Windows job and wiped my hard drive.
Following the advice of someone on I have used a different command (portinstall) to start reinstalling glib and gtk. There appear to be a lot of dependencies etc for glib and it's recompiling approximately 100 packages ranging from pango to kde (all of kde...)
Needless to say this is taking some time...

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Sure I've done this one before...

Ok, so, today I've been enjoying the FreeBSD Ports system. It's a very good package-management style system whereby you have a series of Makefiles on your system (/usr/ports) and you simply type "make build" and "make install" and it automatically downloads and compiles your selected program and it's dependencies. Nice.
Things however have gone a bit tits up and I think I've managed to break things a bit. The one thing I know from past experience with Linux not to go near is glibc. Now I personally didn't touch it, but now loads of programs are complaining that they can't find it and I really don't know how to solve that. I'll look about briefly but I think essentially I'm looking at a full re-install. Shame...

Monday, February 20, 2006


Two days ago I installed FreeBSD 6.0 on my computer. This is the second tim I've done it, but the first time I couldn't give it a decent chance because I was on dial-up and had no way to get a driver for my modem.
I found the installation process logical and quite painless because of the countless Linux installs I've done in the past. It took me a while to get the xorg.conf file configured correctly then just as long again once I installed the NVIDIA driver for my video card.
My next task is to activate my sound card and then I'm going to try to tweak my init settings file (which I believe is something like /etc/defaults/rc.conf, which is a difference system to what I'm used to).
I'm not going to post a screenshot for now because I'm using KDE which looks the same on FreeBSD as it does on Slackware...

Friday, February 17, 2006

Nexuiz v1.5

Nexuiz Version 1.5 came out 2 days ago. It's vastly improved on the older versions and it's one of the nicest looking games I've ever played. Go take a look.

Website Updated

I just updated my homepage, so go have a look. :)

Start as you mean to go on

Well this is my new blog. I thought I'd start off in my typical fashion with a screenshot. I prepared my computer especially for this occasion by installing yeahwm and rox-filer so that I could make it a bit unique.