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Music tag

Shannon at Shenanigans arranged a Ottawa bloggers get-together last weekend (captured by intrepid reporter the Phanton Observer), the least I can do to repay her organizational abilities is to respond to her music tag. The person who created it has no originality, however, it's almost exactly the same as the book tag that went around earlier. Oh well, let's see...

1) How many music files are there on your computer?

According to that little Windows puppy, 3953. That's rather a lot, I think.

2) What was the last CD you bought?

Get Behind Me Satan, by the White Stripes. For 29 Argentine Pesos. It's pretty good. (How's that for a detailed review?) I'm rediscovering rock music again after spending a couple of years lost in the electronic/trip-hop/lounge/jazz ghetto. Thievery Corporation's ponderous and preachy The Cosmic Game made me realize how sick of that stuff I was.

3) What song do you have playing in ITunes?

ITunes? What the heck? Like all real men, I use Winamp for all my digital music needs. Playing right now is Doo Rag by neo-boogaloo jazz band Galactic. Previously was 4 Dead Monks by alien trip-hoppers Red Snapper and on deck is Ain't Gonna Work Today by relatively unknown country superstar Junior Brown. I have a bit of a strange mix going tonight.

4) Which five songs mean a lot to you?

Come on. This question should be, 'Which are your favourite five albums?', which would give far more insight into whether the blogger was a person who's opinion you could trust, or just some bozo you'd prefer having nothing to do with. Who listens to songs, anyway? But I'll try to answer the question...

  • On The Outside by Oingo Boingo. The ultimate song about not fitting in. Which is how I felt in my early twenties. (And still do, to a certain extent...)
  • Musical Key by Cowboy Junkies. A beautiful little portrait of a happy home life. And it fufills my manditory Canadian content requirements for this list.
  • Monday by The Jam. My wife made a mixed tape for my when we were first dating, and this was the first song. It never fails to remind me of those days.
  • La Habanera by Yello. This is the first song off the album One Second, which was played way too often during the two months of summer a friend and I shared an apartment in downtown Winnipeg. Good times...
  • I Will Survive by Cake. This song is one I associate with the group of friends that turned up at the wedding in Buenos Aires. I dunno why -- I just do. And it's a good song (yes, I know it's a cover).
Okay, that was exhausting. I'm going to skip handing out this punishment to five others. This virus deserves to be eradicated. But if a good music quiz comes along, I'm in.


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WinAMP? Are you kidding? Real men don't run Windows.

Hey, don't you dare dis my Mac. I've used a lot of Unix workstations over the years and now that Mac is running an honest Unix under the covers I think it makes the ideal home computer - all the Unix development stuff for us geeks but an excellent UI and virus-free environment for the rest of the family.

But actually, if I didn't have my Mac, rather than Linux I'd be seriously tempted to run Solaris x86 - I've downloaded the latest Solaris 10 at work and it looks pretty darn good for a free OS. Certainly that would be my choice if I were doing any serious Web stuff.

"Can I install it on my laptop?"

Surprisingly, the answer to that is almost certainly yes. You can check here: .

But realistically, it's not the best hardware for running any Unix OS. I'm posting this from a 20" iMac that I can't recommend highly enough. But I think any desktop system with a decent flat screen monitor and Linux would be almost as beneficial for a guy who "can be stressful easily".

Ah, there's actually a perfect solution for computers of the dust-gathering variety. There's a Linux distribution that is less than 200 MB - you can burn it onto a mini-cd and either boot from the CD or install it on a hard drive that can be less than 1GB. Included in this tiny distro is enough to resurrect these old computers and make them genuinely useful second computers - a Web Browser, E-mail client, the OpenOffice word processing suite, and a chat client. It's the perfect antidote to the plague of feature and software bloat.

And not only that, it's a full Debian Linux - so if there's any other Linux package you want to add to it, you just do an "apt-get" (and create your own self-inflicted bloat at your leisure). It's called Beatrix Linux (produced by some guy in Prague, I believe). I've tried it and it's excellent. When you've run out of other projects you can get info on it here:

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