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The LUzer bLog

I talk or rant about what's on my mind -- usually from the point of view of a lazy lUzer who hasn't a clue about how his computer really works or what he's really talking about. But is glad to be a using Fedora desktop, instead of whatever Redmond is offering.

I use Fedora, a version of Linux, on my desktop, laptops and used to use it for my home server. I had a brief bout with Ubuntu 9.04 (hated it but it worked, and I continue to hate Ubuntu with a passion. Funny, I still recommend Ubuntu to people, it has a not very painful learning curve. And, why divide ourselves when the point is to encourage people to at least try linux. Finally, I used to use CentOS 4.4 to 4.7 (A Red Hat Enterprise Linux re-spin) on my desktop and laptop, and moved to 5.2 until I had to move on due to printer incompatibility. Most linux distributions are legal to download and install for free!

I've used Fedora 9-12, 14-19, 21-23. I have used CentOS 4 as a desktop, very briefly 5, and 6 and 7 as home servers as well as the very occasional backup or secondary desktops. In fact the current CentOS 7 install is on the same machine I happily used Fedora 19 for a year and a half … the base engineering / architecture are essentially the same, RHEL 7 having been branched off of F19 as I understand it.

As of October 2015 I have been using Fedora 23 Workstation on both my i5 4 processor desktop and on my i7 2 processor (now explain that to me!) laptop, using the standard installed Gnome along with all the usal customizations. I have a homeserver with CentOS 7 doing really light ftp and manual backup duty, and if ever I get around to it some home network ssh redirecting and vnc services.

Would you like to know how Fedora has historically kept up with a roughly 13 month lifespan (and by default, its 6 month release cycle -- given that they say that End of Life is 1 month after the release of the second version following, and that they will release roughly twice a year)?

Surprisingly well on average, despite often being late by a few weeks and occasionnaly wildly variable individual lifespans, or being a whopping 2 months late for Fedora 18!

Public Stuff:

My winemaking recipe archive
My Scouting archive
My Star Trek archive
My anti-wussley archive
My Swedish Chef archive -- includes recipes!
My old homepage and web pages/resources
pictures of my trip to London, England (2003)
Photos relatives à Sodexen
John's Wedding
Tracey's Cats
Tracey's 33rd birthday (2004)
Tracey's Wedding (2004)
Mrs. Griffith's Party (2004)
Tracey's 34th birthday (2005)
Geocaching archive
Labyrinth pictures
Lake Harrington resources
The rec.crafts.winemaking FAQ
The rec.crafts.winemaking FAQ with hyperlinks
My Ask-A-Scouter Page, with all sorts of outdoors skills questions answered

Tolhurst Christmas 2004
My experiences coding .avi files to VCDs
Fichiers Université de Sherbrooke
Pics from my trip to Paris and London (2005)
The Griffith's 50th Anniversary Party (2011)
Tracey's 45th Birthday

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One of my previous hobbies, which, for all intents and purposes, I don't do anymore:

Geocaching.com -- GPS Treasure Hunting!

My geocaching sites:

Iced Tea 12's Excellent Adventure -- Ile Bizard, Quebec

Iced Tea 30 Walks the Labyrinth -- singlepoint offset figure-me-out -- Blainville, Quebec

Iced Tea 38, hapless geoUPS delivery boy – multicache, Laval, Quebec

Iced Tea 40 Lost the River! -- Lost River, Quebec

Hi-rez Canadian Geocaching permit

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My worksheet in Excel or .jpg

My findsheet in Excel or .jpg

How to calculate coordinates lower than the precision of your gps allows

A .wk4 (excel compatible) file that calculates the distance and bearing between one point and a set others

Scanned .jpg's of an article in La Presse de Montreal, Friday, 04 July 2003, on geocaching p1 p2 p3 p4

A CBC Radio interview I did on geocaching, which aired on January 22, 2004

Scanned .jpg's of an article in La Presse de Montreal, Friday, 04 July 2003, on geocaching p1 p2 p3 p4

My pics from Go and Get 'Em 6 in Ottawa

Places I think are cool:

Geocaching.com -- GPS Treasure Hunting!


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