Gentoo 2005.1 + Old Gateway P3 800 = New Print Server

Yeah, I finally got the thing working. After replacing an IDE cable and the hard drive and still receiving the same error I was getting before I actually looked at what the kernel was trying to do. This lead me to the problem, fixed a simple fstab script—the default script had issues/fillers that I forgot to fix. In particular a /dev/ROOT instead of what should have been /dev/hda3, after fixing that it booted. I go to emerge xorg-x11 and the sourceforge server is having issues so I can’t get some required files. Right now, I’m recompiling my kernel so that it natively supports my Intel 810 integrated graphics, USB mass storage devices, and USB printing. So in about an hour I’ll be able to reboot to the new/custom kernel and then hopefully emerge X11 and KDE so that I get a nice GUI ;) .

-John Havlik

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Mtekk: v. to understand something in a big fashion.

This is just one of the wacky definitions found via the Infinite Teen Slang Dictionary. There are some more fun definitions such as the one for my buddy Jmweirick;

Jmweirick: v. to intentionally buy a teacher.
Thasp: interj. an exclamation used in celebrating a victory.
XCmiler: interj. expression of disbelief.
CKchaska: v. (vulgar) to kill someone.
PLchaska: n. complicated acronym, meaning ecstasy.
JErm: n. a teacher which the speaker wants to love.
Buu: adj. getting ready to eat something.
Jark: v. to intentionally chase a thong.
Spyed: v. to borrow something in a superior fashion.
Leflaw: n. an old-school term for LSD.
JD: v. to share things, with no purpose or reason.

Those were just a few of the fun definitions that I found at that site. No, their definition of mtekk is incorrect so that’s just too bad.

Here is the link: The Infinite Teen Slange Dictionary

-John Havlik

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iWood Nano

So I don’t like apple products, and in particular their deceiving advertisements. However, I have to hand it to them, they do know style. Now, iPods don’t have the best audio quality for output, I know from experience, but one cool thing I found for them is a fully wooden case.

The case is carved from solid blocks of various hard woods with interesting grains including maple, mahogany, pear, weng, and walnut. Personally, I like the look of the maple, pear, and walnut. The cases include a single hole for your earbuds to connect in while the case is closed. With the case open, you can also connect the data link cable into it as well.

I came across this and thought it was cool. In fact, I am somewhat inspired. Maybe I’ll make an oak or maple case or stand for my Zen micro—who knows? I’m already planning to make a Plexiglas stand/cradle for it in my truck. This wood one would look cool on my desk, and possibly other wood mods, *cough* speakers *cough*.

-John Havlik

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Worst Essay Ever Written

A common observation about the Democratic and Republican parties is that they try to be all things to all people and are thus indistinguishable from each other. When viewing the parties in a macro (generalized) fashion one could conclude that indeed both political parties are indistinguishable. This is realized when looking in to the overall function of each political party, which is to promote its ideologies and nominate candidates for elections. The truth is that one cannot say the Democratic and Republican parties are indistinguishable from each other because they are truly distinguishable when viewed in a ‘micro’ manner. The ideologies that each party represents are what distinguish one from the other. Democrats typically follow and promote the liberal ideology while Republicans typically follow and promote the conservative ideology.

The Democratic Party has in the past and continues to promote equality heavily over freedom and freedom over order, falling into the liberal ideological category, while the exact opposite can be said about the Republican Party. This does in a ‘micro’ manner distinguish the parties from each other since their respective ideologies will influence whom the party nominates and how their members will tend function. A common generalization is that Democrats tend to favor a larger government in terms of social programs while Republicans tend to favor a smaller government and a stronger military along with reduced taxes. In the real world we see that the two parties normally have issues when trying to operate in a bipartisan fashion. How can one say that they two parties are essentially the same if they parties clearly have different views on how the government should conduct itself.

The term bipartisan politics infers that the two political parties are working together and agree on a certain policy or set of policies. If the two parties were the same as the observation about political parties concludes then bipartisan politics would be a thing experienced all the time with both parties spear heading the same issues with the same or very similar approaches. Political parties could be classified as a type of interest group that also nominates and endorses candidates to represent their ideologies in the government. This in turn could be seen as conforming to the pluralist model which does represent a portion of how the United States’ government works. If the two parties were the same then the pluralist model would have less of an impact on the way that the US government operates (since they would operate in a bipartisan fashion) and then in turn diminishes the legitimacy of the United States’ democracy. Since there is often congressional gridlock, we can rest assured that the political parties aren’t one in the same (For the time being at least.) and as a result adhering to pluralist model essentially protecting the people.

If all political parties were the same as the common observation suggests then why doesn’t each party nominate the same candidate? The obvious answer is that they are not the same because of the fact that they don’t nominate and endorse the same candidate for elections. These facts bash the notion that the two political parties are indistinguishable. The one ‘exception’, George Washington, was never actually part of a political party therefore nullifying his significance in this statement.

The inability to operate in a bipartisan mode, differing political ideologies, and other general differences lead one to conclude that indeed the Democratic and Republican political parties are distinguishable and therefore non-homogeneous. Observing with macro precision leads one to conclude things that just are not true and are provably true when observing them with ‘micro’ precision.


The third paragraph in the body should be deleted and the conclusion should be re-written, in my mind at least, I still received a 4 out of 4 on it though.

-John Havlik

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The Empire Strikes Again: Declares War on Teens

The Empire, err Trade Federation (RIAA), is at it again. This time they are sending their troops of layers to get the 14 year old Brittany Chan. After a judge ruled that Brittany’s mother was not to be held accountable, the Empire is now attempting to force the state to assign Brittany a legal guardian to represent her in court. The Empire claims that Brittany used the family computer to download and distribute some 829 MP3s on an unnamed peer-2-peer network.

The legitimacy of the Empire is diminishing and the true qualities of its monopoly are becoming evident. A good question for the Empire is whether or not a trade federation is allowed to act on behalf of its members and sue its potential customers? When a company becomes out of touch with its customers, usually the company goes bankrupt. However, when the ‘individual’ companies band together to form an Empire, they become the sole provider of content to their market. And, therefore enjoy a monopoly over their content’s market. Once the Empire is the sole provider of content, it goes around and marauds its customers and gets away with it.

What happened to the customer is all ways right? The customer no longer has a choice, that is what happened. Competition is good for the customer; monopolies are bad, especially informal monopolies.

-John Havlik

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