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I'm fumbling my way through Ubuntu and having to do lengthy Google searches almost every time I have to install something. Monday, I learned how to make a 32 bit app work on a 64 bit OS. And by make, I mean force. It took 3 separate scripts and three more lines of a partial script and a whole lot of time searching the Ubuntu forums, downloading scripts people had written for this purpose and such. But I got Amazon Mp3 Downloader working damn it! I'm trying to take it slow and just do a couple of things a day so I'm not wasting my entire day away completely relearning how to deal with linux from scratch.

I swear, this is frustrating though because it's like I retained absolutely nothing from Booksys. When I left there, I was perfectly comfortable connecting to a linux server and running, tweaking and even writing simple perl scripts to run over MARC or csv files to clean up data before converting it. But it's all lost, deep in some recess of my brain. It's like when I repressed the memories of working there, I also repressed the knowledge I gained. But then who wouldn't want to forget MARC21? *shudder* *twitch*

Don't let librarians develop data formats. Just don't. I'm sorry to all the librarians out there, but I've dealt with the results of this. JUST DON'T!

Anyway, apart from my professional experience, I used Ubuntu before I got my laptop. But a lot has changed and I was just using it. I didn't mess with installing anything or such because it was our media server and I was honestly afraid to do anything of that nature on it.

I guess I should be proud of myself for being able to figure out what I've figured out, but man, it takes a long time for me to get anything done. For me, the learning curve looks a bit like staring at the summit of Everest from base camp. :/

Meanwhile, Chris is wringing his hands saying, "everything is working according to plan, muwahahahahhahaha!"

I'm sure this will all be worth it, though.

I guess the next thing will be getting proper drivers for my speakers because they now sound like tin cans and there is supposed to be a decent sound system on this machine, including a subwoofer. *sigh*

on 2011-03-02 03:58 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/my_belle_/
I don't know Ubuntu, and I certainly have never used linux, but yay for figuring it out? :)
Is this your home computer?

on 2011-03-07 03:44 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mellymell.livejournal.com
Ubuntu is pretty awesome, as far as a no-nonsense, straight forward operating system. I just have to remember how to make computers work rather than just use them. ;)

Yep, home computer. I quit working when I had Jonah.

on 2011-03-08 01:34 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/my_belle_/
lol-I like knowing in general how computers work, and how to use them, but my small foray into programming (well, just scripting really) has me glad I didn't go into that field! It's incredibly frustrating, but also rewarding I suppose. :)

on 2011-03-02 05:47 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] baka-san.livejournal.com
you can do it. although, i don't envy you getting the sound figured out. that's occasionally as painful as printers.

on 2011-03-07 03:50 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mellymell.livejournal.com
I'm sure I can... eventually. ;)

And good news (or bad news, depending on how you look at it): the audio is a known, unresolved problem with my particular Lenovo model under 10.10. Also, no hybernate/suspend right now for the same reason. So pretty much I get to sit back and wait for someone else to fix it and post it. If it's this hard for me to do simple tasks, I wouldn't even know where to start to try to get hardware to work properly.

I feel like Homer when he was trapped in the 3rd dimension. CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP....

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