Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Sitting Home at Night

A good night. Cooked dinner, baked an apple pie, went on a bike ride with the boys and cleaned up the place.

Now they are busily battling Pokemon and I am working out the kinks of switching over to Linux as an operating system for my computer.

I'm being a little weasily about it. I really cannot stand the way that Microsoft does business, but the cold reality is that sometimes it is very difficult to do business without having Microsoft apps loaded on the box.

So right now I'm playing with SuSE 9.3 and I am starting to get hopeful that I may be able to purge the microsoft shit off my computer soon and stop doing business with the beast. The web-systems are identical to the windows based stuff. I have been running through some fairly heavily defended commercial sites to see if the system breaks there and so far no glitches.

Now I am going to try and get the e-mail system and the VPN systems up and running. If I can work with an exchange server transparently that will be a big step. I think that the Office-style programs are already there.

The big project for this summer is to create a high-tech/low-tech solar oven. I am going to start posting the design parameters for it soon.

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