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#3201 2020-01-16 08:36:22

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ohnonot wrote:

Are you sure it wasn't because that's when they dropped the almost perfect Gnome2 desktop for the "and now for something completely different" Unity?

Ubuntu wasn't my first Linux experience. Started using it because, at the time, it simply detected my hardware out of the box better than other distributions. Think I only ran Gnome 2 for a year (give or take) at most, around the G and H versions of Ubuntu and whatever esoteric names Fedora called their releases of the time. I tended to run the Xubuntu variants prior to that (because hardware), and maybe KDE 3.x or Ratpoison with PCLinuxOS or PC-BSD. Never used Unity. Papanominal got me into #! and *box WMs around that time and I completely ignored the whole Unity and early Gnome3/KDE4 guanoshow.

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#3202 2020-01-16 18:53:40

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glittersloth wrote:
ohnonot wrote:

Are you sure it wasn't because that's when they dropped the almost perfect Gnome2 desktop for the "and now for something completely different" Unity?

Ubuntu wasn't my first Linux experience. Started using it because, at the time, it simply detected my hardware out of the box better than other distributions. Think I only ran Gnome 2 for a year (give or take) at most, around the G and H versions of Ubuntu and whatever esoteric names Fedora called their releases of the time. I tended to run the Xubuntu variants prior to that (because hardware), and maybe KDE 3.x or Ratpoison with PCLinuxOS or PC-BSD. Never used Unity. Papanominal got me into #! and *box WMs around that time and I completely ignored the whole Unity and early Gnome3/KDE4 guanoshow.

OK, my very first Linux experience was actually a fair time before 8.04 when a computer magazine came with a bundled version of SUSE Linux 7.3 (must have been 2001/2002/2003). It had the classic (KDE3 and earlier) look for sure. Young me installed the thing, on the way deleting the Windows XP off the family PC which my younger brother didn't like (and I didn't knew what to do with it I couldn't do on Windows). So I reinstalled XP after that and forget about the SuSE...


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#3203 2020-01-17 17:34:45

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This Windows talk reminds me of this XKCD episode.

In the late 90s at my highschool we had Windows 3.11, and at home I had Windows 95 that I was breaking and reinstalling every week for a year. I cba to dig screenshots from my backup CD/DVDs, so here's later one from 2001 (or 2000, not sure) that I already had online: Windows 98SE with icon set from WinME or some other icon pack.

First time I've encountered Linux was at uni in 2001, and I was experimenting with a lot of distros for some years at home - usually in dual boot setup. The last dual boot home experiment was in 2007 with stage1 Gentoo, where compiling DE took about 14h. I've had issues with audio driver and in the end I had a hunch that fixed my problem - I've compiled drivers for completely different line of sound cards and it just worked. I just didn't have need to keep Linux on my home machines, while at work I enjoy a lot more operating Linux workstations.

On my old laptop first I've had #! installed and then BL, but I sold it two years ago. Currently if I need ssh I have my phone, so no need for laptops at the moment.


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#3204 2020-01-17 23:01:52

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You're a 55 year old classical violinist who has been playing rock and jazz since his teens, which color do you pick?

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#3205 2020-01-19 08:14:36

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Sun For Miles wrote:

reminds me of this XKCD episode ... In the late 90s ... Windows 3.11 ... Windows 95 ... breaking and reinstalling every week ... Windows 98SE

There was a joke about windows 95 at the time:
- why is it called windows 95?
- because it works 95%!
(some years later)
- why is it called windows 98?
- ...

both win 95 and win 98 didn't come out until late that year. i'm sure they were under enormous pressure to release it at all in the year it was named after.

anyhow, hacking: http://virtualplastic.net/ lots of great tips about win95,98,xp...

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#3206 2020-01-19 13:42:30

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Why not the pink? You could've dyed your hair electric blue to finish off the look.
Out of curiosity, can you pizzicato an acoustic-electric violin when plugged in, or will the circuitry pick up too much distortion?

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#3207 2020-01-20 03:41:14

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Dude, pink is not my color. I'm an autumn guy, greens and oranges, not spring.

Yes, you can pizz this axe just fine, you pluck the string over the finger board, not near the bridge. Actually, you shouldn't touch the strings between the fingerboard and the bridge, and don't touch the bow hairs. The oil on your hands doesn't play well with friction. Friction and the micro-barbs (tiny spikes on the hair pluck the string over and over as you draw the bow) of the horsehair or fiberglass artificial-horsehair pull the string via the bow. String players use rosin to help with that, the same way gymnasts and weightlifters use rosin to help their grip. Rosin makes things sticky when heat occurs and also protects the barbs or human skin from being torn off suddenly.

The only thing I'll need, besides a honking loud amp, is an effects processor with noise suppression so the thing doesn't howl feedback every time I stop playing at high volume (because it's not a solid body). The violin was shipped already via FedEx, I think I'll get it Tuesday.

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#3208 2020-01-20 05:20:18

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My idol, Jean-Luc Ponty on a Barcus Berry in the seventies. Blue and pink and pizzicato, glitter-s... Wait, no bronies, right?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX-9_3q6Z_g

Note, he's playing a custom-issued 5-string (the low viola C string is added to the violin's E-A-D-G). You can tell because the left side of the scroll has 3 tuning pegs. Also when he cranks out that bottom open C. That's what I wanted but they don't make it anymore, or maybe they only ever made it for Ponty. They're made in Romania now, I'm hoping for a quality product.

Notice his bowing. At the head, he uses two up-bows in the middle to get to a down-bow for the end of the phrase. Those details really make a difference in string playing. Down-bows sound "weightier". Note: Not heavy/heavier. Weight.

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#3209 2020-01-20 23:59:31

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It's in New Jersey now, scheduled delivery is Wednesday. I'm super jazzed.

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#3210 2020-01-21 01:47:47

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hhh wrote:

It's in New Jersey now, scheduled delivery is Wednesday. I'm super jazzed.

Maybe you should post geolocation updates, so we can all track it!


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#3211 2020-01-21 03:00:42

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I appreciate the fellow enthusiasm! It'll be here day after tomorrow. Photos, restaurant hijincks and some mp3 recordings to follow.

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#3212 2020-01-21 11:21:52

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hhh wrote:

I appreciate the fellow enthusiasm! It'll be here day after tomorrow. Photos, restaurant hijincks and some mp3 recordings to follow.

Don't forget selfies of you eating cupcakes.

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#3213 2020-01-21 12:52:51

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glittersloth wrote:
hhh wrote:

I appreciate the fellow enthusiasm! It'll be here day after tomorrow. Photos, restaurant hijincks and some mp3 recordings to follow.

Don't forget selfies of you eating cupcakes.

lol  lol  lol


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#3214 2020-01-21 22:50:18

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PackRat's signature wrote:

You must unlearn what you have learned.
    -- yoda

A True story

First day at my new job and my foreman says: "OK!  Forget everything they taught you on your course.  Now you'll learn how things are done in the real world!"

He must have been Yoda's cousin,


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#3215 2020-01-22 03:30:29

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^Yodaspeak

Ok!  You on your course forget everything they taught.  Learn how things are done in the real world, you now will!  Yeesssssss.

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#3216 2020-01-22 03:49:01

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glittersloth wrote:
hhh wrote:

I appreciate the fellow enthusiasm! It'll be here day after tomorrow. Photos, restaurant hijincks and some mp3 recordings to follow.

Don't forget selfies of you eating cupcakes.

The first pic will be the fiddle surrounded by vegan muffins surrounded by croissants, I promise. Tomorrow! It's in Charlotte, NC now! If they don't hold a Trump rally there in the next twelve hours, it might make it!

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#3217 2020-01-23 02:05:28

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The fiddle wouldn't fit in the pastry display case, but this will do...

20200122-161813.jpg

The white specks on the fiddle are bow rosin, you have to use a lot initially to develop a base coat and it flies off everywhere at first.

Neither of those delicious looking pastries are vegan, of course. The formula for good pastry is flour, sugar, milk, eggs and butter. We do have a vegetarian muffin right now, it's much less photogenic.

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#3218 2020-01-24 01:50:45

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Brexit is now Law and starts next week. The Top Comment on Reddit...

In typical British style, we're confused, unsure, and late.

I find the comment a bit funny, but is it accurate at all? Is that typical British style? Isn't that then also modern US and Australian style?

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#3219 2020-01-24 05:11:14

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I am a very happy man, I managed to get two tickets to see Tool next month.  I can't wait.


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#3220 2020-01-24 06:46:38

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hhh wrote:

In typical British style, we're confused, unsure, and late.

I find the comment a bit funny, but is it accurate at all? Is that typical British style? Isn't that then also modern US and Australian style?

Yes, but the Brits created that "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster out of confusion, were unsure when and where to put them up before the war, and in the end were late in doing so when the bombing started. Those qualities have been forever enshrined in British culture, and nowadays they simply depend on that poster and this unquantifiable thing called "pluckiness" to pull them through everything.

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#3221 2020-01-24 09:58:41

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"Keep Calm and Carry On" would work fine if it wasn't for social media and Rupert Murdoch, which make up 2/3 of the existential threats to society. The other 1/3 is <your_hate_figure_here>.


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#3222 2020-01-24 14:02:25

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hhh wrote:

Brexit is now Law and starts next week. The Top Comment on Reddit...

In typical British style, we're confused, unsure, and late.

I find the comment a bit funny, but is it accurate at all? Is that typical British style? Isn't that then also modern US and Australian style?

confused and unsure because of all the red tape! Would make any self respecting person late!

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#3223 2020-01-24 14:36:50

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hhh wrote:

Brexit is now Law and starts next week. The Top Comment on Reddit...

In typical British style, we're confused, unsure, and late.

I find the comment a bit funny, but is it accurate at all? Is that typical British style? Isn't that then also modern US and Australian style?

And World Style.

I can see the black smoke rising from damo's house alllll the way over here.


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#3224 2020-01-24 15:51:50

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Sector11 wrote:

...
I can see the black smoke rising from damo's house alllll the way over here.

I'm going to wear a black armband to work on the 31st  cry


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#3225 2020-01-25 01:57:10

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damo wrote:

...Rupert Murdoch...

someone wrote:

The world has a problem with Rupert.

I wish I could remember who it was (long time ago). Google didn't help.


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