Daily Archives: April 16, 2010

How to live trap a squirrel

It is not recommended that you trap and move squirrels. It may be illegal in your state, and since squirrels have teeth and may carry disease, it could be dangerous. But if you MUST trap a squirrel to move it, say, to a point a few blocks away, I suggest using a Havahart trap. Havahart traps can also be used to trap other animals such as mice, or larger critters, depending on the size of the trap.
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Linux Fedora 13 Beta

There are many versions of Linux, but the two biggies seem to be Debian (on which Ubuntu and many other distributions are based) and Red Hat. Red Hat uses a commercial support model, so it is an example of a very different approach than Ubuntu. Many of the commercial applications of Linux are Red Hat. I suppose because of the support, but I’m pretty sure most VP’s in charge of things would alway pick the paid over the free version just because, well, they’re morons that way.

Anyhow, a fedora is a kind of hat (like Indiana Jones and Nick Danger, Third Eye wear) and the hat in Red Hat is a fedora. Therefor, Fedora is a version of Red Hat Linux. It’s the version that you don’t get with the paid support … rather, it is, more or less, the NEXT version of Red Hat. The test bed. The bleeding edge.

So, Fedora 13 Beta is tomorrow Linux, at least some times. And, according to the Mysterious JH of Linux in Exile, it rocks, more or less.

Read JH’s Fedora 13beta mini-review, at Linux in Exile.

Meanwhile, I’m going to go check out Shotwell, as per JH’s suggestion.

Bachmann, Teabaggers, remain annoying, stupid.

Bachmann’s health care claims falter

Bachmann has said the new health care act will unleash a wave of new federal funding for abortion … contrary to Bachmann’s claims, the law doesn’t fundamentally change federal policy on abortion …a Bachmann spokesman has backed off her prediction…

Tea Party rally cost taxpayers nearly $14k

…Bachmann solidified her place in the national spotlight … when she gathered thousands of Tea Party activists in front of the U.S. Capitol for a “House Call on Washington,” to stop the Democrats’ health care bill….. Months later, official expense reports show that the boisterous, 10,000-person rally to rein in big government and stop runaway spending cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $14,000.

The April 14th Tea Party Rally: A Cup of Rather Weak Tea

The rally was truly weird–and not just due to the stated purpose. There were probably as many people opposed to the Tea Buggers as there were Tea Buggers. We anti-Tea Buggers were ready to roll…and it was really dull. Seriously, break out the Barcaloungers….

Discover Channel: Anything to make a buck.

What next, will we be seeing the CEO of Discovery Channel out harpooning whales?

The media conglomerate Discovery Communications used to be known for their earth-friendly offerings. But they’ve just paid millions to Sarah Palin to host a “nature” show, despite her decidedly anti-environmental stance: She vocally advocates for habitat-destroying oil drilling, she denies global warming is a human-caused threat, and she spearheaded a brutal wolf-slaughter program as governor of Alaska.

More details and a petition for you to sign.

How To Actually Get the Kindle Reader To Work on your Linux Desktop (UPDATED)

UPDATE UPDATE: I no longer have that file, because it is not the most current one. However, people who want to read their Kindle books on their Linux machine need only to use the browser-based Kindle Cloud Reader. It’s pretty nice.

There is a Kindle reader application for the PC (and the Mac and the iPod touch). But not Linux. Which makes us sad because without Linux, your Kindle wouldn’t even turn on.

But despite this deeply insulting unforgivable slight by Steve Bozo or whatever his name is, diligent supergeeks have solved this problem temporarily. The problem is, as usual, the Intertubes are full of people who know diddley squat but don’t seem to understand that, so you will find ample instructions to make the Kindle for PC work on your Linux computer, and you will have very little success.

Unless you know two secrets that I know.
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