Users .. and Spammers
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I just checked and had six pages of ‘users’. I went through and deleted everyone that didn’t have a name and ended up with 14 users .. including myself.

The problem is I have my blog set to “anyone can register” ..

I will probably end up turning that off .. and instead put a link in where someone can send me a request to be added. I think that someone sending such a request complete with name and a REAL email would be better anyway. Still .. I added a plugin that is supposed to catch Bots .. I’ll let it go for a while and see what happens.

I could cure the hell out of spam .. use a 9mm to the back their heads.

Dual Boot?
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Talking to people about building a new computer the subject of the Operating System came up. I have had a lot of people suggest Ubuntu (according to some metrics, the most popular Linux distribution).

I’m fine with the concept but I pointed out that Sketchup won’t run under Linux (somewhat under WINE I understand). I was then told .. “Oh. That’s OK. Run Blender” …

Ok. Here’s the deal. I appreciate that I would probably be better off with my computer running Linux. I got that. I hate the bloat that is Windows .. BUT .. and a big but.

I like Sketchup. I work in Sketchup. I don’t WANT to learn Blender .. I want my Sketchup. I have spent hundreds (possibly even thousands) of hours learning to use the product. I don’t want to change. I just want a faster, more modern computer.

So .. I ran across this article on dual-booting a computer with Windows 7 and Ubuntu. Seems to me this would be the best of both worlds .. running Sketchup and other programs that need Windows .. and Ubuntu for other ‘stuff’. Just how much of the ‘other stuff’ .. have no idea. I would that would be part of the learning experience.

Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony

Of course .. as soon as I install Windows 7 .. Microsoft will stop supporting it. Microsoft seems to support only two Operating Systems at a time and sooner or later they will drop Windows 9 on us.

Oh well. Live is a bitch .. and then you die.

Edit: Just ran across this YouTube video on Installing and running WINE in Linux, Ubuntu

Graphic Design Computer
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This was taken directly from – Build Advice For Graphic Design Computer

The link is directly to PCPartPicker website. Interesting .. have been playing around a bit but .. here is what this guy chose/suggests. Not promoting any of this by any means (I’m not knowledgeable enough for that) .. just a place to start looking around .. but everything I could check out .. checks out. I made a few minor adjustments in the original list.

Playing with PCPartPicker website. Permalink – http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2c3pq

A new computer?
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Yeah. I need to get a new beast. This current one is really showing it’s age. Here’s what a Belarc Analysis shows:

  • Operating System
    Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
    Install Language: English (United States)
    System Locale: English (United States)
    Installed: 7/25/2009 10:44:11 PM

    Well .. that pretty much tells me how old this system is .. geeze .. 2009?? At the time .. whatever the ‘favorite OS of the month was” .. Windows 7 or Vista .. I opted for XP

  • Processor
    2.70 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core
    256 kilobyte primary memory cache
    1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    64-bit ready
    Multi-core (2 total)
    Not hyper-threaded

    There is my biggest problem .. beyond the OS. I do a lot of work in 3D CAD .. Sketchup and the system just bogs down when there are lots of polygons. Not hating on the processor, memory etc .. but it can only do so much.

  • Drives
    250.05 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    90.22 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223B SCSI CdRom Device [Optical drive]

    The drive is obsolete – so much more capacity available now.

  • Controllers
    NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller (2x)
    Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
    Secondary IDE Channel [Controller]
    Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
  • Display
    NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS [Display adapter]
    DELL IN1910N [Monitor] (18.5″vis, s/n XX-0J349N-XXXXX-95L-5VKM, May 2009)
    DELL IN1910N [Monitor] (18.5″vis, s/n XX-0J349N-XXXXX-971-5WVS, July 2009)

    The Graphics card was chosen so I could use dual monitors. Love dual monitors.