Ubuntu October 3rd, 2006

I’ve updated my main machine with the newest Ubuntu, Dapper Drake. It’s great. It did not take care of all of my idiosyncracies straight out of the box, but it came closer than any linux distribution I’ve used before.

I’ve been using linux for about 8 years now, and I remember all my checkpoints installing a new distro.

* It installs and boots
* Xwindows starts
* I can bind a key to launch a terminal
* The mouse will scroll
* Sound will work
* XWindows will work right to take advantage of my hardware

In my installation of Ubuntu, it installed looking great, and checked off almost all of my old ‘getting through an installation’ checklist. I needed to change one setting (through a gui!) to get sound enabled right. I had to do a decent bit of xorg.conf tweaking to get my monitor working right, but that’s understandable — I use a two monitor (one crt, one lcd, run off one video card) setup. It even dealt with my sata drives correctly!

On top of all that, it has a great appearance and software package out of the box, all the plusses of debian package management, and old pieces I could never get to work, like hibernate, are all set in this edition. I’m excited to see a linux distribution put together this well.

This site October 3rd, 2006

I’ve been neglecting my personal website, after spending lots of time a couple years ago getting it up and running, managed by wordpress, and looking great! It’s time for some updates.

The final report for a robotics research seminar I participated in down at UNSW.

My senior thesis in computer science working under Jim Teresco at the Williams College Department of Computer Science.

A summary of a summer working for Andrea Danyluk at the Williams College Department of Computer Science extracting information from news articles using machine learning techniques.

NobodyLikes.us July 4th, 2005

NobodyLikes.Us is my new Humor site — coauthored with Dan Bahls and Seth Brown. Any humor I write elsewhere will be crossposted to NobodyLikes.Us.

I published this article on NobodyLikes.Us. It came out just after the 2004 presidential election, and would have been better if the elections had dragged on longer.

Bush Wins Florida in Advance November 13th, 2004

I published this article on both BBspot and NobodyLikes.Us. It came out just before the 2004 presidential election.

I published this piece through BBSpot and NobodyLikes.Us

I published this article on both BBspot and through the Mad Cow, the Williams College Humor magazine which I edited when was still a student. It was a timely piece, posted just after the RIAA announced the launch corporate run education program in schools.