Archive for August, 2005

Help, I’ve Got Ants in my Pants

August 26, 05 by kenrich

Well, it took a while, but the ants have finally made it into my home. I enjoyed a long summer without any ants at all. Even though there are ants in my home now, I noticed there just aren’t as many ants around the house as their were in previous days.

The funny thing is that I just laid down some fertilizer last week that is designed to kill a lot of the bugs that inhabit your lawn during the summer. Perhaps that is what drove them out and into my house.

With any luck, we will be able to repel them without much difficulty. It is really annoying when they invaid your kitchen and (worse yet) your bedroom. I don’t mind the spiders too much, but ants are a real nuisance. They always seem to like to crawl over the areas where you work and play.

The Godfather

August 08, 05 by kenrich

Last night I finally got a chance to sit down and watch the Godfather for the first time. Not only was it the director’s cut, but it was on TV so instead of just being 3 hours long, it made the movie 4 hours long. It was okay though because I was working on a plan for a new business at the time and I needed all that time to think up new ideas.

I must say that it was a pretty remarkable movie. Especially considering the time when it was made (1972). Everybody always talks about how good Marlon Brando was in this film, but I really liked the performance of Al Pacino. I was nicely suprised to see that this film wasn’t loaded with violence like a lot of movies today. I’d heard about how gory and violent movies like Scarface were and I thought this was more in the same vein.

There’s a lot of interesting trivia about this film on the IMDB. For instance, the movie studio wanted to do a cheap production with the film set in the modern day (1972), but lucky for us Francis Ford Coppola stayed true to the Mario Puzo novel upon which the screenplay was based. I would give this film a perfect 5 stars – must see.

Ubuntu Linux is Pretty Cool

August 04, 05 by kenrich

Sorry I haven’t been blogging much recently – things have been really busy with work and family. We had a major incident with our hosting business that required one of our servers to be re-built. But that has all been taken care of and we are just now getting back up to speed.

So recently, I have been trying out the Ubuntu Linux distribution. This is a community-supported linux distribution that isn’t tied to a major corpporation. It is a Debian-based linux solution that is easy-to-install and easy-to-use. I am a former user of Fedora Core and was getting tired of their technical interface. I wanted something even simpler to use but without the ties to a major corporation.

So far, I have been really happy with Ubuntu. From the default theme it installs, to the combination of update manager (high-level) and Synaptic (low-level) package manager – Ubuntu manages to do everything right. I was even more pleasantly surprised when I looked at how the upgrade process works for migrating from one release to another. Ubuntu has a pretty frequent release schedule to make sure the system is on the bleeding edge (not always a good thing.)

Ubuntu uses the Gnome 2.0 desktop by default. If you are more interested in using a KDE desktop, you can always use the Kubuntu distribution. I definitely recommend checking out this Linux Distro. It is my new distribution of choice from now on.