GEEK NOTES: Ubuntu 10.04 Alongside Windows 7

Decided to retire my 80GB IDE boot drive, and get myself a 500GB SATA one, since I’m slowly also needing more storage. Like any sensible multi-booter, I convinced myself to do clean installs of the OS’s. Just in time for the latest Ubuntu.

After installing Windows 7, there was again the dilemma of partitioning, and I finally decided to get a disc image of GParted to provide a better grasp of how to do this: 5 partitions, 2 for the OS, 1 for the Linux swap, 2 for storage. This will give my 500GB external WD MyBook drive some time to rest.

Installing Ubuntu was again the easiest thing to do, and after logging in for the first time, it was much like logging in to my initial experience with Windows 7: everything just works. With only ONE spoiler: after installing the recommended proprietary NVIDIA drivers, the splash screen suddenly went low-res, and was really an eyesore. Apparently, other people are annoyed by this as well.

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Hey dear reader. Yes, its been a long time since I posted anything of personal relevance. And as you can see from my Flickr account, there’s nothing much happening there as well.

Why the losing interest on photography? Its still there, it won’t just go up in smoke. The last band I took photos of even asked for copies of my shots for press releases. And premiere local gig photographer Mari Arquiza met up with me to pass on her high-school camera, a Spotmatic, and two M42 lenses: a Super Takumar 50mm/f1.8, and an impressive rarity, a Takumar 200mm/f3.5. The DSLR is bound to be happy with that adaptable bounty, if only I didn’t discover that my main AF lens has fungus again, and sadly, this time, the infestation is nastier. I called in the local service center and I was told their technician is out for two weeks. So thats more than a month of waiting, including the time for actual repair. Hence, I think I’ll be back to the kit lens for the meantime. Oh, and I took off the vertical grip from the camera as well, and the damn thing feels like it lost half its weight.

So kids, I got stubborn again re lens care, so learn from me: make your own drybox to store your precious camera gear. No, you can DIY it, stop pestering your mom for money. Get one of those airtight food containers, big enough to store your gear (and future gear), a hygrometer (look at mall hardware stores, at the car accessories section), and a dehumidifier (they sell it by pack at those 88 peso everything Japanese stores). That’s less than 1000 pesos, and it works. Yes, I already have one, but being on photography hiatus, I left the gear on the camera bag, and now I will suffer for that mistake. Boo!

What else is up? The past Friday’s have been spent organizing and recording the podcast. Sometimes, I think long and hard why I should bother, but I do think its one project I can look back to and proclaim that what I did was real -for lack of better terms- cool.

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