Well, I think I’ve finally made my computer a true usable piece of equipment. Its taking me around a month to do it, but I have done it. I’ve finally got all the pieces I need to have a computer that can be used everyday without lacking anything major. I have a word processor, cd burner, acpci, multimedia, chat, etc. To my knowledge there is nothing wrong with my current setup and most importantly I’m happy.
I recently switched to conky from the adesklets torsmo toy. The adesklet was nice, I really liked it, but it started doing weird things. Now I’m just as bad at measuring by site as anyone else, but 7% of cpu usage does not equal a half filled bar graph. That was really bugging me. I also feel like conky takes less of my system resources. I’ve also got conky up and configured to show me my last portage sync, last five packages merged/unmerged, etc. So right now I’m really liking conky. Also thanks to the Gentoo Wiki, I’ve also found a color scheme that looks decent with my new background picture.
For some reason every time I’d rip a CD I was getting a lot of background noise. It sounded like another track had been mixed in and was played really high pitched behind the ogg file I created. Well after some posting on the Gentoo Forums I discovered something was wrong with my vorbis encoder, so I put the ~86 keyword for vorbis in my package.use file, updated and now everything is working fine. I have no idea why that happened, but it did. Also, I have switched jukeboxes to Rhythmbox from XMMS. I like XMMS a lot, its functional, its relatively attractive, but at the same time it also seems to be lacking. The creators of Rhythmbox admit that it is inspired by iTunes and well I like the iTunes style. It also has the ability to disappear to an icon beside the clock without taking up space on the bar on the bottom. I really like that feature too.
I think that’s all the news for now. School is going well too, my C++ class is coming a long nicely. Maybe I’ll be able to contribute to a project or two soon. Who knows? Enjoy the Penguins!