I downloaded Knoppix yesterday. I had read up on it some time ago, but just recently got the gumption to get it (mostly because I just got a 48x burner in my box at work). So I start downloading the ISO and 15 minutes later have a copy of knoppix on CD. I wasn't sure what to expect, but what I found was far beyond my wildest expectations.
I plopped the CD in the drive and turned my box on. My feeble Pentium II 400 came to life and the CD-ROM started spinning. Up jumps the boot screen for knoppix. One touch of the [enter] key and I was on my way. Knoppix takes over and starts autoconfiguring everything, then zip, bang, and KDE 3 is up and running. Impressed I am with the way KDE runs, yes.[end Yoda]
Knoppix comes with a plethera of software (1700MB worth, on one CD). OpenOffice, xmms, gaim, mozilla, and even a terminal server that allows PXE enabled machines to boot from the network.
All physical drives are auto-mounted in read and have links on the desktop. The network utilities are great and I especially like nessuss (sp).
This was my first taste of the Debian distro and I was quite impressed. If you have the time check this out. I'm gonna have a copy with me from now on.
The Problem With Atomic Clocks...
I had a brilliant idea while sitting in class today. As I looked at the clock on the wall, I noticed a picture of a little tower, and the words atomic clock. While taking a leisurely stroll through school (and right to the parking lot to leave) I noticed another one of the same clocks. In fact, all the rooms in the building have the same atomic clock.
Now, I had the brilliant idea of instead of having to leave class during breaks, or just plain early (Oh, where am I going? Uh, the bathroom) because my college cares, you could just "hack" the clock.
From my general understanding (no research done) the atomic clocks get a signal from the atomic clock in Colorado. Now, this must be a frequency of some sort, and it (the frequency) must be on clock somewhere because of all the interference disclamer crap. My theory is, that, if you were to figure out the signal that is being sent to the clock, you could, theoreticaly (sp) create a device that emits a signal stronger than the one the atomic clock does, and in effect change the time therefore getting out of class early, yet on time.
How many profs wear watches?
On a side note. I ran across a reference to a program called sig2dat that is an add-on for popular p2p filesharing programs. It creates start files, which are the files that, say, kazaa lite uses to hold the information about the file you are downloading. So, say you have tried downloading a movie, and everytime it's done it is actually a different movie and you get really ticked off. So, with sig2dat you find a start file (hash file) that holds all the information about a verified movie. I'm testing it out now. Great concept though.
Creative Drive stuck in neutral...
Today I had the incredable urge to create. I didn't (and still don't) know what to create though. Did I want to program? Well ya, but what? Did I want to create physical matter? Ya, that sounds fun, especially after reading that article about the guy that modded his commadore to a PIII system.
It all sounds fun, but it all falls back onto money. I really need some of that green stuff that I have come to hate, and have hated for the past 10 years. I really need a new computer. I'm getting sick of my 800mhz Duron laptop. Don't get me wrong, it's a great piece of Sony workmanship, but the video card is just not meeting my standards.
I'll keep you informed on what I do happen to create. Besides a personal headache that is.