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The power of seeders! Share and Share alike.

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

seeders

The above picture was taken today after looking at my Ktorrent Server.

Yesterday people could not stop complaining about how long it was taking to get Ultumix GNU/Linux and over 23 people were leeching off of it. What is amassing is that this 4 GB download went from 23 lechers and 1 – 2 seeders to 8 seeders and 1 lecher in such a short time.

This is why it’s important to leave your torrent client open for at least 24 hours after you finish downloading so that you upload to others and get more credit. Also when you share more and get more points for sharing you end up getting faster download rates.

Thank you to those of you who made this possible. Also if you want to download Ultumix GNU/Linux Gamer Edition the time is now while there are still 8 seeders. This probably won’t last long.

$250.00 GNU/Linux Desktop PCs Going Fast!

Friday, March 28th, 2008

My name is Justin Breithaupt with Computer Rescue and a customer of mine just recently ordered 20 PCs from me. I have some contacts that can get me computers at unbelievably low prices.

These PCs will be as follows:

2.0 Ghz or faster single core AMD AM2 processor,

80 GB HD Space,

1 GB RAM,

Card Reader,

DVD Burner,

128 MB Nvidia PCI Express x16 video card.

Ultumix GNU/Linux

My normal selling price is $300.00 but I will give a $50.00 discount to students, charities, churches, ect.

Call for details about adding 17″ LCD monitors for very low prices. Quantity lowers the prices.

1-208-750-5628

This offer will only be available until Tuesday April 1st 2008. This is no April Fools!

Also ask about our cheap laptops.

(money received from this sale will go towards expanding my business in my local town, helping Ultumix GNU/Linux by hiring programmers to help out, and buying a few of these computers to keep them in stock)

OpenOffice.org Writer it is!

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

I like Writer.  It is quite flexible.  So flexible that I can do a bunch of copy, paste, and rearrange to the point where I can set up an entire page to look how I want it to.  Throw in the fact that I can move images anywhere I want in the document among other nifty features, such as PDF export, and I have an overall decent desktop publishing solution.  So it looks like I will be using OpenOffice.org Writer for now as it is more flexible for what I want to do with it than Scribus.

The *NIXED REPORT Being Revamped.

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Thomas Holbrook II | *NIXEDBLOG

This will likely be cross-posted.  I have updated the website to where it is now a portal.  For now, there will be four sections on said portal:

  • News Area: This is where the Content Management System (CMS) is at.  News from multiple avenues will be posted there.  I will warn you that signing up is intentionally disabled to prevent spam bots from infesting the site.
  • *NIXEDBLOG: The site’s blog, which uses WordPress, will still remain on the website.
  • Forums: Trust me when I say this…. the forums will become more active in the future.
  • WE ARE *NIXED: That’s right.  A link to this blog is on the portal as well.  How is that for keeping things simple?

I have not figured out what software I am going to use yet.  I am torn between OpenOffice.org and Scribus.  The purpose of the WE ARE *NIXED blog is to chronicle success stories concerning migrations to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) platforms and applications.  It is a very specific focus, and I am currently looking for more authors.  So please let me know if you are interested.  Thank you for your time.

New Blog and Site Changes

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Thomas Holbrook II | *NIXEDBLOG

WE ARE *NIXED!  That is the new blog that I have created, which was inspired by the group known as We Are Change.  Imagine a group similar, but with the focus being on Microsoft and computer technology.  That would be the aim of the WE ARE *NIXED blog.  I am also going to be doing some dramatic changes to the website very soon.  I am truly looking forward to doing so.  Please click here for more details.

Ultumix 0.0.1.4 Is Out!

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Justin Breithaupt | *NIXEDBLOG

Ultumix0.0.1.4 is out!

The long awaited Ultumix 0014 is out. It comes in 3 flavors but all are based on KDE. Screenshots here. Ultumix Standard Edition: Requires: 128 MB of System RAM, 7 GBs of Hard Drive Space, and a 800 Mhz CPU or greater. Recommended: 512 MBs to 1 GB of System RAM, 25 GBs of Hard Drive Space, and a 2.0 Ghz CPU or greater. What’s Included? In Ultumix Standard Edition you will find that all of the office programs you need for home use and business use are there. There are financial programs like KmyMoney and GNUCASH which can import your quick books files as well and help you do your taxes. You can convert your Microsoft Office documents that you had on your Windows computer into .PDF files if you like or open and edit them in OpenOffice.org first. You can view and make Power Point presentations. There are a few games to help you ease your grueling work day. You can also convert Microsoft Works documents into readable, editable OpenOffice.org documents. You can hook up any digital camera or digital video recorder and save your pictures and video to your PC. With Cinelerra you can edit your video just like the big boys in Hollywood do it. Ultumix SE also has a Windows user friendly start up menu that has the programs categorized under All Programs, Accessories, ect. just like what you were use to in Windows 98. You can also run Windows 98, 2000, 95, and NT programs pretty well and some XP programs as well. You can install Printmaster. If you look for instructions on the Internet you can even install Microsoft Office 2003. Do you or your friends need an office program to open your documents you send them? Well all they need to do is go to www.openoffice.org and they can collaborate with you. This distribution comes with free 24 hour support and a chat room where we can all exchange information. The forums work well too. Ultumix SE has all new sound effects that make your computer sound like something from Star Trek. Ultumix Gamer Edition:

Requires: 512 MB of System RAM minimum, 10 GBs of HD space, and a 1.5 Ghz CPU or greater,

an Nvidia video card with 128 MB of memory.

Recommended: 1-2 GB of System RAM,

50 GBs of Hard Drive Space, and a 2.2 Ghz CPU or greater.

an Nvidia video card with 256 MB of memory.

What’s Included? Everything that is in Ultumix Standard Edition is included however there are two missing packages that you will need to install from the Add / Remove Programs icon on the desktop using owner as the password. The packages are: build-essential and g++. This is a simple process that needs to be done before installing any 3D video drivers as instructed in the Read Me First file located on the Desktop.

 

There are over 128 Games in Ultumix GE. (yes I tested them and they do work) Same Gnome, Sudoku, Tetravex, Armage tron Advanced, Bug Squish, b zflag, Circus Linux!, Cuyo, Eins tein, FlightGear, Gterinet Tet ri net client, Heroes, Keepalive, KQ, lbreakout 2, Lincity, Madbo mber, Metal Blob Solid (blob wars), Super tuxkart, Torcs, Track balls, TuxKart, TuxMath, TuxTyping, Vectoroids, Dos box Emulator, Fiveor More, Four – in – a – Row, Gnometris, Klots ki, Mines, Nibbles, Airstrike, Ksirtet, Ks mileTris, Ktro n, Tux p uck, Alien Arena, Barrage, Ene mylines 3, Epiphany, Frets on Fire, Frozen – Bubble, glTron, Holotz Castle, koules, Monsterz, Never ball, Never putt, Overgod, Pengupop, pydance, rroot age, Scorched 3D, Slune, SolarWolf, Tower Toppler, Tremulous, Warsow, Zatacka, DefendGuin, Kgoldrunner, SuperTux, Planet Penguin Racer, Kbounce, Emilia Pinball, KfoulEggs, Kolf, Robots,

KsnakeRace, KspaceDuel, Kasteroids, Fyrdman, KCC, Keepalive, KtickTacTux, Childs play (includes a bunch of games), Educational suite Gcompris, Potato Guy, Freeciv, Fyrdman, Kato mic, Kbattles hip, Kju mpingCube, Klickety, Kmines, knetwalk, Kolor Lines, Konquest, Ksokoban, NetPanzer, OpenCity, SameGame, Stratagus, Warzone 2100, AMOR, Kodo, KteaTime, KworldClock,

 

Extra Games: (these games must be installed by the user following a second Read Me)

Mania Drive, Urban Terror, Legends 3D, America’s Army, Spring, Enemy Territory,

 

There are also added programs in GE. It is recommended that you also install the Ultimate Edition or UE upgrade package.

I think the extra download time is worth it. Ultumix Ultimate Edition: Well what Ultimate Edition is, is a tiny download of an .iso file that you will use with aptoncd to install the top rated extra apps for Debian. If you want to know what programs come in the package go to www.ultumix.com . Also you will find that this package will fix bugs automatically in Ultumix Gamer Edition. ( a few packages were removed before compiling Gamer Edition by mistake that caused a few bugs )

Blog Update!

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Thomas Holbrook II | *NIXEDBLOG

UPDATE: I have removed the widgets in question, because PayPerPost prohibits “community” blogs, in which there is more than one author.  I want to be inclusive and allow others of multiple talents to contribute, so I am not going to be a part of PayPerPost after all.  So for those who want to monetize their blogs, always read the terms of service first!  Still, I am going to keep this theme, because it allows for sidebar widgets, meaning I could add ChipIn Widgets and other things.  🙂

Greetings all. As you can see in the right hand part of this blog, I am attempting to “monetize” my blog. It won’t be through Google Ads per se, but through a thing called PayPerPost. I can be hired to write on a number of subjects, especially technology and web related stuff. However, to those who like looking at PayPerPost for advertising purposes, I will warn you right now: I am no shill. I won’t do positive only reviews. If your product/service blows, I will say so. Just because I am looking for a way to supplement my income does not mean I am going to mislead my readers, because that would be wrong. So for other authors on this blog, I do have some new requirements for you.

Name required!

In other words, your name needs to be at the top of whatever you post. Look at the top for an example of what I mean. In order to do the pipe symbol, hold down shift on your keyboard and press the backslash key. You will need that between your name and the name of this publication, *NIXEDBLOG. Due to the formatting of this blog (to allow for widgets), it will not always be apparent who the author is without including a name. It does not have to be your real life name. It can be the same as your username. For example, let’s pretend ranger2 is an author on this blog. He can use that exact username as the author name at the top.

The category must be related!

Just clicking check marks is not going to cut it any longer. The category system was meant to make it easier for readers to search for certain posts, not complicate it. So without ado, here are the categories, and what they mean, etc…:

  • *Nix: Anything related to Linux, Unix, GNU, etc…. It could be distro news, and more. As long as it is related to Unix and Unix-like systems. If it is not, do not check that box.
  • Announcements: GNU Consumer Reports would be an excellent example of an announcement (when Justin announced the launching of that blog in particular). If it is not announcing anything from the author of the post in question concerning something the author is doing or the direction of the publication (that will likely be from me), do not check that category!
  • Blegging: This is essentially begging on a blog for assistance. One example would include the fact that I was imploring people to help helios from time to time. If it is not a call for assistance on behalf of someone else, do not check that category!
  • Blogroll: See those links to other blogs? If it is about something from those blogs or aimed at those blogs, check that category! Otherwise, do not!
  • Computer Rescue: Anything related to Justin Breithaupt’s computer business, Computer Rescue. If it is not remotely related to his business, do not check that category!
  • Diggworthy: Saw a news story or an article or blog post you think would do well on Digg? Check that category then, otherwise, leave it alone!
  • Free/Open Source: This can involve commentary and news on projects that are Free and Open Source (FOSS). One could write an editorial about PHPBB for example. Most *nix related posts can have this category checked. If it does not involve FOSS at all, do not check this category!
  • Humor: Jokes and more. That should be self explanatory. If there is no humor, and the post is meant to be serious, then do not check that category!
  • LXer: Whether it involves a commentary on LXer in any remote way, or if the post was submitted to LXer. Otherwise, do not check that category!
  • Magazine: Yeah, I have not gotten back to my online mag just yet. I will soon though. Any posts can be either opinion regarding an issue of THE *NIXED REPORT, or an announcement concerning the magazine in question. Otherwise, do not check that category!
  • MS-SHADYiness: Any news/opinion involving Microsoft’s practices and how shady they may be. If it is nt Microsoft related, do not check that category!
  • Opinion: Very broad. If it is your opinion, feel free to check that category!
  • Political Underground: 9/11 Truth Movement stuff and more…. Anything not in the political mainstream. Otherwise, do not check that category!
  • Review: If you are reviewing a product/service or are linking to one and/or commenting on one. Otherwise, do not check that category.
  • Survivial: Anything related to prepardeness and survivial. No, posting about the ills of Microsoft does not count! So if it is computer related (with no outdoorsy stuff involved), then do not check that category.
  • Uncategorized: If your post does not fall into the above categories, check this one. Otherwise, do not check that category!

I sincerely hope that clears things up. Of course, this means I’ll have to edit every single post so that the name of the author in question clearly shows at the top. Anyhoo, happy blogging!

Microsoft has set a trap. DON’T BITE!

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Justin Breithaupt | *NIXEDBLOG

According to Microsoft and other sources it’s now safe to use Microsoft software in Linux without being sued and Microsoft is going to release their source code! WHAT!

Microsoft can say whatever they want to say but that does not mean I will believe it. I want to see it in writing first! If Microsoft will colaborate with people like me I will put their software into my Linux distribution and freely distribute their software. Wait that would put them out of Business right? Well yes it would unless they still keep the rights to their .net framework and other core systems that are needed to run their new software. Of course open source alternitives could be quickly made using their source code but what other choice does Microsoft have left?

Microsoft has to give in to Open Source sooner or later.

If Microsoft wants my trust they MUST sign the GPLv3. If they will do that then they have my support. If they can get Richard Stallman’s approval of their openness then I will use Microsoft code in my Linux OS.

Of course there is the matter of Microsoft and privacy. Will Microsoft code keep my data private? I don’t think so.

EU Skeptical of Microsoft’s Open Grizzly Bear Embrace

So DON’T BITE!!!

Maybe all Microsoft really wants is the ability to run Linux software in Windows?

Also apparently Microsoft is now using a Linux based wireless network!

GNU Consumer Reviews

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

Justin Breithaupt | *NIXEDBLOG

Right now you can go to http://gnuconsumerreports.blogspot.com/ and read the first GNU Consumer Review blog entries.

This site rates products and services based on real world facts and not on who pays us the most money to review their item. You as the reader also get to comment and rate these companies as well as suggest new companies to review.

We haven’t dugg this page yet or put it on lxer because we are waiting for our registered domains to be linked to this site and for our advertisers to approve our site. Once they do we will open up for everyone. We also want to post several product reviews before announcing the site to the world so if you have any ideas please don’t hesitate to suggest them to us. If you want to write for us you can also let me know at admin @ mindblowingidea.com. Thanks.

You will find GNU Consumer Review by using one of these links. (will be available after Edwin gets them working with his Linux web server.)
http://gnuconsumerreports.blogspot.com/

businessfactfinders.com

americanconsumerpal.com

usaconsumerpal.com

gnuconsumer.com

linuxconsumer.com

opensourceconsumer.com

freesoftwareconsumer.com

WA State will not represent you against PayPal.com

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

From: “ATG MI Seattle CRC” <SeaCRC@atg.wa.gov>
To: admin@mindblowingidea.com
Date: 14 Feb 2008 10:31:11 -0800
Subject: A notice from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office

2/14/2008

Justin — Breithaupt
PO Box 485
Pomeroy, WA 99347

RE: PayPal
File #: 304741

Dear Justin —- Breithaupt:

As you will note in the attached copy of the response we received,
PayPal declines to make full adjustment of your complaint for the reasons
outlined.

We realize you may disagree with the firm’s position, but our office
does not have the authority under the law to force a resolution on the
parties. We regret that we are unable to provide further assistance to
you in this situation.

We do not have the authority to represent individuals as their
attorney, nor may we act as a judge or arbiter in individual disputes. You may
want to contact an attorney if you wish to pursue this matter. If you
do not have an attorney, there are six county bar associations that
will provide lawyer referral services.

For referrals to attorneys in:

Snohomish County: (425) 388-3018
King County: (206) 623-2551
Pierce County: (253) 383-3432
Lewis County: (360) 748-0430
Clark County: (360) 695-5313
Thurston County: (360) 705-8194

We appreciate your bringing this matter to our attention. Your
complaint will remain a part of our record of this firm’s business practices.

SANDRA M. HATCHER
Customer Services Specialist 3

Consumer Protection Division
(206) 389-2743

Enclosure

—————————————————

Now if this was not bad enough the attachment they sent was in Microsoft’s new Office 2007

format that you can’t open in anything else. I believe after reading this that the WA

State Attorney’s Office has been bought off by PayPal.com. It’s their job to protect you.

So why would they deny this protection to PayPal customers? “our office
does not have the authority under the law to force a resolution on the
parties.” They don’t have permission to go against PayPal. WOW!

I can’t tell you what is in the Word 2007 file they sent me and I can’t upload it because

I don’t know what is in it. What I can tell you is Office 2003 told me I had to download

a converter from Microsoft and I did. However the converter was unable to open the file

as well. Sad Our US Government has major computer issues.