Software Engineer

fedora core 6

· by jsnby · Read in about 3 min · (445 Words)

My frustration with Windows is continuing to grow. I have been doing a lot of web development on my XP box lately. This required me to run MySQL and Apache on my machine. I could have run Microsoft’s IIS web server, but Apache is just sooooo much better. I’ve also been running a couple other services in the backgound on my machine. I would just run it on my linux box, but until last week, I didn’t have one. When we moved, I tossed the old one because it was pretty much dead.

I got a new box from Jenny (1.4Ghz Celeron, 256MB RAM, 40GB HD, 80GB HD). I installed FC6 on it. I’ve been fighting with Apache to get it to run multiple virtual hosts….turns out it was SELinux not allowing me to open the ports that I wanted….so I disabled it and all is well. I can now have unlimited virtual hosts running on my machine. Now, I need to open up the firewall on my router to allow outside traffic to it.

I’ve pretty much decided that I’m going to install WordPress as my blogging software. My custom implementation isn’t very nice and doesn’t have many features. With WordPress, I’ll get a lot of the nice to have stuff, plus I’ll also be able to add plugins and stuff like that.

Back to my frustration with Windows…I’m thinking that after I have completed, I’m going to rid myself of my dependency on Windows and install Linux on my main PC. The only thing holding me back right now is Photoshop. I need Photoshop. I’ve been looking around online and it looks like GimpShop will do what I need, so I might just take the leap….no more Windows!!! How cool would that be? Sure, I wouldn’t be able to play many games, but I really don’t have the time to deal with games anymore. My life is so full right now that any time that I do spend playing games, I could probably be doing 50 other things.

My interest in ham radio has been renewed. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a ham, but the equipment was too expensive. Now, that isn’t so much of a worry for me anymore. Plus, it would be nice to have a real radio in my truck for when I go offroad. And, due to an FCC rules change, I don’t have to learn Morse code. I purchased a study guide book a couple weeks back and have been slowly reading through it. I haven’t had any time lately to read it, so I might have to wait until after the wedding.