Comments on ICouldWriteABlogpostToday: Errr, sorta… To be honest, we're usually like that, but this year, we got it licked!!!

And I can’t write one, technically I can’t login since that damn webhost of ours decided to leave PHP broken on the server.
That’s what you get for thinking you’re clever and leave WordPress and databases behind, but still depending on PHP.

christa 2006-12-17 22:55 UTC

Want a perl blog?

GreyWulf 2006-12-17 23:21 UTC

Ee bah gum,
Theres’a trouble brewing at the old….

Its a good job I checked here, lots of squiggley warning messages.

Oh the joys…
Anywhooo, a couple of questions fa’yee.

The first,
How easy is it to get to grips with Linux?

The second,
Is it possible to use vb under Linux? (Dumb question, I guess)

The third,
How the hell can I remove this hidden partition???
When I got my computer, it came from the distant land of Time Computers, anywhooo, my system totally knackered up and I had to reinstall XP, but I have less space, because I have the hidden partition and a complete install of XP.

Can I like buggery get it off there. Was just thinking about saying “narnas” to it and getting a factory flat HDD, the only trouble I guess is that when the computer was built, they also decided to put the motherboard drivers in the partition too…the swines!

The Creator 2006-12-17 23:56 UTC

“Want a perl blog?”

No thanks, sweetie.
I kinda like my pppblog and the server folks should finish what they’ve started. No matter how much they have to do – it’s paid webspace and that’s how it should be treated.

christa 2006-12-18 00:18 UTC

I know. Our hosts decided to “upgrade” PHP. Upgrade from “working” to “broken”, that is…… I’m hoping it’ll be back soon. It’s neither clever nor funny to make changes like this without warning, especially during a holiday. Grrr. Ah well.

On to your questions:

– It’s much easier to get used to Linux than it used to be. Grab an Ubuntu CD from It’ll boot into a working Linux setup without touching your hard drive, hit install when ready and it’ll guide you through the process. Christa is probably better qualified to let you know what Linux is like to use day-to-day though – she’s uses Linux from a Windows-user perspective, while I use Linux because UNIX is what I know best. I’m just too close to be unbiased :)

– Oddly, it’s not a daft question. It is possible to run Visual Basic under Linux if that’s what you want, either using wine (a very good Windows emulator that runs Windows coe kinda natively), or using vmware or qemu to run Windows inside Linux itself. A better solution is to look at projects like Gambas which brings Visual Basic-like programming to Linux natively. Clever stuff.

– Linux might be able to wipe that space for you, though I wouldn’t recommend it. Sometimes hidden disk partitions are there for power management (hibernation mode on a laptop, say), or contain stuff that the bios needs at startup. Unless you’re really, really strapped for space, I’d leave well alone.

Happy Christmas to you and all yours! :D

GreyWulf 2006-12-18 00:21 UTC

Thanks for that,

I have another question (sorry)
Some time ago you had an article of running PSX emulator on Linux with great results.

Now, what I’m wanting to do is play games like soul blade, tekken, you know all the great fighting games of our time, on my pc.
But, I’m having trouble with the sound.
I tend to use the built in ePSXe SPU core, but have tried others.
It sometimes works when I set the graphics to “Fast” rather than “Nice”
I’m using an american bin file coz I can’t find a uk one.

Would that make a difference?

A very Merry Christmas and a funpack new year to all your crew too.

The Creator 2006-12-18 00:30 UTC

You mean this post about Linux gaming? I still play too – Gran Turismo 2 running in Linux is every bit as fast and fun to play as GT4 on the PS2, even if tyhe graphics aren’t as good.

The ePSXE howto might help you if you’re using Linux, I know nothing about a Windows version though. The OSS PSX SPU is a good sound engine though. That’s the one I use. What’s your sound card?

And no, it shouldn’t matter whether you’re using US or UK games. ePSXE handles both just fine. Which is nice :)

GreyWulf 2006-12-18 00:43 UTC

Something totally unrelated but…

I got to thinking the other day, when I’m programming, I tend to fall into the trap of,
Writing extra stuff into the program, purly and simply because I can.
Is this really wrong???

I mean, after creating XPRunner, I added loads of stuff in there that wasn’t totally needed, but I included them because I could code it. Although some things actually made good features, it didn’t make sense to do it.

Now, after my devastating set back, I am currently recoding/designing XPRunner to just do “what it says on the tin” and remove all the rubbish, such as stat reports, mediaplyer, cache removal and all that.

I don’t claim to be the best programmer or nothing, but what I do create applications people use, and they like it. Its not going to win any awards, nor does it have flashy skinable windows or top notch graphics or anything, it just does what I say it does.

Is this babbling now???
I think so,
anywhooo, it was just a idle question really

The Creator 2006-12-18 00:46 UTC

Something of interest

PHP Ged View
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If its any use…its just something my provider made me aware of.
Throughly nice blokes!

The Creator 2006-12-18 00:59 UTC

Young jedi, you are learning. Just because you can add a function, doesn’t mean that you should. That way leads insanity and the Dark Side. Yes!

Read the Wikipedia entry on Unix philosophy. That will show you the answer to your question.

Take note of what Mike Gancarz said back in 1994:

  1. Small is beautiful.
  2. Make each program do one thing well.
  3. Build a prototype as soon as possible.
  4. Choose portability over efficiency.
  5. Store data in flat text files.
  6. Use software leverage to your advantage.
  7. Use shell scripts to increase leverage and portability.
  8. Avoid captive user interfaces.
  9. Make every program a filter.

I’ve highlighted the rule you have just discovered. Well done, padawan.

Then read The Cathedral and the Bazaar and The Art of Unix Programming, right now. That will show you the way to enlightenment.

Soon, you will be ready to build your own light saber. Using perl.

GreyWulf 2006-12-18 11:12 UTC

Hehehe, that last post really cracked me up, its funny, but very true.
Thanks for the advice
You finished all your shopping then???

We nearly have thank god!!!!

The Creator 2006-12-18 22:44 UTC

Well, I’ve nearly started. Does that count?

GreyWulf 2006-12-19 00:06 UTC

Errr, sorta…

To be honest, we’re usually like that, but this year, we got it licked!!!

The Creator 2006-12-19 01:19 UTC

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