Sunday, August 2, 2009

I am also on Youtube

so give it a whirl... i have a lot of subscriptions and a lot of Favourite Videos. a lot of what I have on youtube is Music Videos and Game Reviews.

My Channel:

Thursday, July 30, 2009

That Guy with The Free For All.

Fun Fun, Angry video game nerd, nostalgia critic, little miss gamer, spoony one, linkara, nostalgia chick, etc. pretty much 20+ reviewers from

Thursday, July 23, 2009

My current LXDE Desktop

My current Fedora 11 LXDE Layout :)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

LXDE Environment

A list of Features from Fedora 11 LXDE's wiki :

* PCManFM: File manager, provides desktop icons
* LXPanel: Feature-rich desktop panel
* LXSession Lite: Standard-compliant X11 session manager with shutdown/reboot/suspend support via HAL and gdm
* LXAppearance: LXAppearance is a new feature-rich GTK+ theme switcher able to change GTK+ themes, icon themes, and fonts used by applications
* LXTask: Lightweight task manager derived from xfce4 task manager with all xfce4 dependencies removed, some bugs fixed, and some improvements of the UI
* LXTerminal: Desktop-independent VTE-based terminal emulator
* LXLauncher: Open source replacement for the Asus Launcher on the EeePC
* LXNM (still under development): Lightweight network manager for LXDE supporting wireless connections
* LXRandR (still under development): Monitor configuring tool.
* Openbox: Lightweight, standard-compliant, and highly-configurable window manager. This can be replaced by any other window manager like icewm, fluxbox, metacity, ...etc.
* GPicView: A very simple, fast, and lightweight image viewer featuring immediate startup
* Leafpad: Lightweight and simple text editor
* XArchiver: Lightweight, fast, and desktop-independent gtk+-based file archiver

Official Site :

after reading about XFCE vs LXDE discussions, it seems that LXDE can save from 15-50MBs in your RAM usage. Can run any Gtk and QT application but you must have Gnome and/or KDE installed. You should have no problem finding it in your Distribution's repository and if all else fails you could install from source. I also found that LXDE has a lot, for less than a 10 MB install in most distributions (my Fedora 11 install was less 3 MBs)

I have to give them a plus for using OpenBox and Leafpad. Leafpad is the most lightweight Graphical Text Manager I can think of. OpenBox is a nice addition but lacks some easy configuration tools that XFCE has. PCManFC is an excellent File Manager and takes a little to get used to but as many features of Thunar. I would seriously give LXDE a whirl. I'm currently going to try to go 7 days with it. Myself, I'm usually a XFCE boy and used GNOME occasionally. I tend to flip flop between Windows Managers.

Many Blessings
Jason Hicks

Monday, July 13, 2009

Kenosha Linux User Group : Next Meetup

Kenosha Linux User Group will have a meeting on July 25th @ 2-4:30pm
at Kenosha Library Southwest in there Meeting Room. The topic will
be Advanced Terminal Commands.

Location: 7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142

Chip Millholland will be going over some commands in the terminal as well as teaching how to make "alias" for common commands. Chip has been a Linux user since Fedora Core 1 and is very knowledgeable. Any other wish to contribute can contact us here.

Drinks and Snacks are allowed in the conference room. Feel free to
bring you laptops or desktops. Wi-Fi is available but you must have a
Kenosha Public Library Card and a pin number.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Instant Messaging

for the sake of Instant Messaging... I'm xaer0knight on AIM/Skype, wood_elves with Yahoo IM.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Meeting: June 20th @ Kenosha Northside Library

Kenosha Linux User Group will have a meeting on June 20th @ 2-4:30pm at
Kenosha Library North in there Meeting Room. The topic will
be Web Browsers. The timetable is a general/floating time line.

Location: Kenosha North side Library, 1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI

2:00-2:30: Greets and Meets, Introductions.
2:30-4:00: Discussion about Web Browsers (also Richard will be showing of elinks)
4:00-4:30: General Questions, Suggestions.

I will be going over the XFCE Browser (Midori) and comparing system resources between Opera, Firefox, and Midori while using JAVA in Facebook and FLASH via Youtube. Any other who wish to discuss extensions, plug-ins, add-on, and themes fell free to contact me and I will work you into the meeting :)

Drinks and Snacks are allowed in the conference room. Feel free to
bring you laptops or desktops. Wi-Fi is available but you must have a Kenosha Public Library Card and a pin number.

Jason Hicks
"Event Coordinator"

Sunday, May 31, 2009

XFCE 4 theme

Playing around with XFCE settings. love my new theme i picked up on ALSO Fedora 11 has been delayed for the second time now :(

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Youtube used to be my favorite site :(

I've had an account for about 4 yrs now and its really starting to bother me off all the suspended and account closers :(

Friday, March 6, 2009

System Updates

Nvidia, Memory, CPU, and Kernel Information with Htop.Virtual Box's Virtual Machines

Right now, I've installed GNOME 2.24.3 for Fedora 10 because KDE4.2 even tho I have enjoyed it, I need a better proccessor. I would like to install a AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core and the Max CPU would be a 6000+ at 3.1 GHz.

Thanks to the nice 2GBs of RAM, I can distro-hop using my Virtual Box. As you can tell, I been trying out light-weight Slackware Distros :) As of right now, Wolvix but its based on Slackware 11 which is about 4 releases behind.

I've enabled Compiz, Emerald, and Avant Windows Navigator and just a little lag but not to bad. Emerald's theme is CleanNSimpL and AWN theme is Sunflower.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Next Kenosha LUG Meetup: Feb 21st

Taken from our Google Mailing List:
" Hey all,

Looks like the next meeting will be February 21st, at my apartment. 6pm - 9pm.

4134 Washington Road Apt 206
Kenosha, WI 53144
(when you find the apartment building, park across from the building - adjacent spots are for residents.)

We need to start having topics/an agenda for meetings. Any suggestions for this one? I'll likely show off my MythTV box to those who are interested, but have no plans other than that.

Feel free to bring snacks, drinks, etc. to the meeting.

Omnipresent Garage Banjo"

New Parts

I recently invested in a Jaton GeForce 8400GS 256MB DDR2 PCIe x16. Awesome video card that was about 25 bucks open box on The problem is, my motherboard only does PCIe x8 even thou the MB and manual state x16. Thank god for backwards compatibility. The card also requires a 450W PSU but my 400W works good with it. Came with all the cable for out to devices, so experimenting with Nvidia's Twin View to out 21" TV. Flash video's from fancast, hulu, youtube, etc look freaking sweet. -

Got myself a 2x1GB DDR2 800Mhz (PC6400) Kit by OCZ from as well. The price of RAM just made me go "whoa!" at about 24.99. -

I had to sacrifice some OverClocking speed from my Semperon 3000+ 1.6GHz because of the RAM and Video card. Instead of a CPU Multiplier of 300 for a 2.4GHz had to settle for a Multiplier of 263 for a 2.1GHz. Still a nice gain and with 2 80mm Fans (back), an 80mm (front), a Video Card Fan, and a nice CPU fan... Still runs about 40C for Case, 48C for the Nvidia, and 55C for the CPU. Nice if you ask me :) Also, took my PCIe from 100Mhz to 150Mhz as well.

Hrm, Compiz + Emerald works with out a hitch. The problem is trying to narrow it down to KDE 4.2 with its system settings manager and more complex customization features. Or do I stay with Gnome 2.24 with its simplicity.

The KDE widgets/plasmanoids are nice to have so I can post to twitter, gmail notifications, and folder view.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Foresight Linux

I have to say, I'm really pleased with Foresight Linux thus far. FL uses the Conary Package Manager. Conary can be hard to learn but there are many benefits you can gain from it. Foresight is ran by rPath Linux which is based out of North Carolina (Go Mid-Atlantic!)

+ Only downloads what it needs, it doesn't have to uninstall, then download, and then install. Just downloads what it needs for the update. Which makes for faster updates.
+ Say you download a package from a server, not a server you use all the time, Conary will also search that server for updates :)
+ It can do roll backs.

The most useful function is when it update a package not listed in your repositories. also using things like Troves which is like a version number. Grant it, Learn how to packages from a server is quite confusing at first but it goes something like this:

  • rBuilder will display every label the package is available on, including Foresight 1.x, Foresight 2, and Foresight's two testing branches (fl:2-devel and fl:2-qa)
  • Packages available in fl:2 are available for installation using Conary or PackageKit on your Foresight computer
  • If the package shows available in fl:2-devel or fl:2-qa you can install it, but you are installing beta software.
  • To install you will have to use Conary in the command line. To install, in a terminal type:
 Ya, not easy to explain. so lets try this: 
It works like this "package=shadowed from (minus everything past the /)" that you got off the

link above. So you get this:

sudo conary update

That's the best way i can explain it. Other than that, not much different. One thing not corrected
is that you can go full screen with flash in Firefox or Opera.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Linux Windows Emulator (WINE) testing

All testing done in Fedora 10 GNOME with WINE 1.0.6 (Windows Emulator)... No hiccups yet. The PSOne and N64 emulators need work, thats a Windows problem, and not a Linux problem. Quake 3 Arena plays online Flawlessly at the highest settings @ 1024x768 Fullscreen. Return to Castle Wolfenstein plays 100% at full screen at highest settings. Quake 2 doesn't even touch the system resources :) Plus all the sound works!

BoycottAdvance (Gameboy Advanced Emulator)
Magic PCEngine (Turbografx-16 Emulator)Project64 (Nintendo 64 Emulator)ePSXe 1.7 (Playstation 1 emulator)Quake 2Quake 3 Arena

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