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We shall C

Posted 01-22-2010 at 06:52 AM by brianL

I mentioned in my first blog entry that it was programming that spurred my rather late in life interest in computing. Well, how much have I learned, in any language, since then? Next to nothing. I keep getting diverted. There's so much to learn using Linux, as soon as I start on one thing, something else grabs my attention.
Anyway, I'm finally going to put some effort into learning a language. Forcing myself to concentrate on one: C. So I've bought, via Amazon, these three books:
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Going Multilib

Posted 09-01-2009 at 05:50 PM by brianL

Converted Slack64 to multilib today, following the procedure in the article by Eric (Alien Bob), which is excellent - clear and informative as usual. As far as I can tell, everything went OK. I could do with finding some means of testing it, but my knowledge of programming is limited to cut & paste, or just copying programs, to compile. I have edited "Hello World" programs in several languages to read "Hello, Brian! How are you today? You're looking GOOD!!", but that's the...
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Waiting For Thirteen

Posted 08-25-2009 at 04:34 PM by brianL

Today is Boomtime, the 18th day of Bureaucracy in the YOLD 3175.
There's great expectations, nervous tension, and a large dose of silliness in the Slackware forum. All caused by the imminent arrival of Slackware 13.0.
I've been messing around with the two versions of current: 32 & 64 bit, trying to decide what to run when 13 materialises. Think I'm pretty sure now. I shall have 12.2 on my laptop (sharing the HDD with XP Pro), and 12.2 and the 64 bit 13 on my desktop. I'm keeping...
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Sleepless In Oldham

Posted 06-27-2009 at 09:38 PM by brianL

Another of my occasional bouts of insomnia, so what better way to waste some time than a rambling blog entry.
I know I said in a post in the forums that nothing from Microsoft was going to pollute my relatively new desktop. Well, I've gone back on that. I installed XP Pro in VirtualBox, just as an experiment, out of curiosity, not any need. I'd forgotten how tedious the Windows installation is. Anyway, while it was slowly progressing, I was watching Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band...
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Alien Environment

Posted 05-18-2009 at 03:56 AM by brianL

I've just booted into XP Pro on my laptop for the first time in I don't know how long. Weeks? Maybe months? And it feels strange. A bit like a long-term Windows user must feel on first using GNU/Linux. At least I have Cygwin to give some sense of familiarity. There's no doubt that I feel more at home on Linux, in particular Slackware, than I do on Windows. But, having said that, I still intend to keep XP, for the sake of variety. But again, if it wasn't already on, and I had the choice to install...
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