April 6, 2012

I have become a professional computer programmer.

All those late nights reading computer books and using the Internet seem to have paid off. I am a professional programmer these days with volunteer duties in Internet studies with some of the world's well known scholars of the Net.

October 9, 2010

I have been using Dell Computers lately.

The first Dell brand computer I bought was a Dell Mini 9 netbook with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. I owned it for a year and a half but rarely used it. I did take it with me to one on campus university class I had last winter, in the winter of 2010. I found it light weight. I ended up giving it to child in my life and left Kubuntu installed on it for that child.

The second Dell computer I bought was an Inspiron 1545 and I used this for 1 year and then sold it to a musican friend who paid me back every month until now he has almost paid it off completely.

I still owe money to Dell Financing for both of these machines.

September 24, 2010

Blogs at CyborgCitizen back online for writing.

I have not been able to write here since moving this site off Yahoo. I can now blog again because my new hosting provider fixed the Moving Type blog for me today.

August 29, 2009

I opened two linux-netbook sites

I was inspired by this site to open these two sites to provide information about Linux on Netbooks. and

July 13, 2009

My latest computers are Dell laptops because of easy financiing.

I was able to buy a Dell Mini 9 netbook and enjoy carrying it around all the time. I do not use it for email or money stuff but enjoy social networking with it and reading online documents. I also use a Dell Inspiron Laptop with 15 inch screen and use this for Eve Online. The Mini 9 runs Ubuntu and the Inspiron runs Vista 64 bit and also Debian 5.0. I did have the Dell Inspiron running Kubuntu for a while which is a KDE version of Unbuntu but I found it very limited so switched back to Debian.

January 31, 2009

Another computer swap update

I have now sold the 1 U clone server. I got 40$ so I am about 50$ short of breaking even on the computer swap now.

December 12, 2008

An update about the computer swap

I was able sell the Sunfire server for 100 dollars minus 20 dollars for shipping.This means I now need to recover only 119 dollars and some money to adjust for inflation, time and taxes on the initial purchases for the stuff I traded away. There was a time when I would be happy to spend 100 dollars on a used laptop which is one item I have left. I also have an empty case and another Pentium M motherboard and a Dell 600 Mhz computer tower that has already done some work for the green party when out on loan. I also still have the 120 GB hard drive which is holding my mp3's now in a network storage drive installation. And last but not least I still have the 1U clone server to refurbish. For the clone I spent another 20 dollars for another pentium M chip used on ebay. So with a little positive spirit and patience I have actually come out ahead on his computer swap.

In an older swap, I traded an IBM T-30 thinkpad wih broken screen for 200 dollars and a Linksys open source router. I used this wireless router for about three years and just sold it this week for 25 dollars.

November 11, 2008

I built a new PC workstation from parts.

I am just formating the first hard drive as I install Windows XP 64 bit on my homebuilt PC. I used an Asus motherboard, 8 GB of RAM, and an Intel Wolfdale power efficient processor. It has an e-GeForce 8500 video card with 1 GB of RAM. I have a new LG 19" widescreen monitor for this system. The monitor uses 36 watts for power. I also used a Seasonic 500 watt 80+ power efficient power supply. It seems to be working and is fairly quiet. This new homebuilt PC is fairly green in its power efficiency.

July 27, 2008

I did some computer swapping.

I have done some trading in computer parts recently. I traded my Sun Ultra 5 for a Sun Fire v120, a clone 1U server which takes a Pentium M, some parts like drives including a 120 GB SATA drive, a mother board, three towers of various vintages and a Dell Pentium II laptop without power supply. I focused on refurbing the servers first and bought a Pentium M chip for the clone and two 18 GB hard drives for the v120. This cost me about 50$ on ebay.

I also focused on the motherboard. I sold the mother board complete with the Pentium M chip I bought on ebay. After this I had 30$ from this deal after recovering costs for the chip. I still need to recoup 90$ to cover the Ultra 5 and then 99$ to recover costs from the Peavey stereo EQ I also traded as part of this deal. Then need to cover the costs of the two hard drives in the v120.

I am giving away one of the towers with Debian 4.0 r3 installed on it but am waiting to find a modem for this machine before I give it away. One of the other towers was so old a friend who was recycling computers took it to the recyclers. He also gave me a 19 inch monitor that I am now using for Eve Online and also my Linux computer. Other than the one tower I am giving away none of these machines is working right now.

April 8, 2008

I am still running Linux successfully and now have Vista as well.

I have three windows operating systems working. I have win XP running dual boot on my Macbook. I have Vista running dual boot with Debian Linux on an IBM Thinkcentre desktop. And I have win2K on a Virtual PC drive on my eMac. I did not pay for these operating systems directly but instead these are covered by my tuition at school. I mostly use the Vista these days to play Eve Online. I have SAS on the XP on the Macbook.

Recently I installed MySQL on the Macbook and am running Drupal and Mediawiki on the Apache web server on the Macbook but as an Intranet on local host and on the home router. The Mediawiki is being used to organise my studies. The Drupal is not yet used much.

December 25, 2007

I am now using a Blackberry phone.

I decided to use a Blackberry phone. I use it to listen to music so far. I also use the facebook application. I am also using MobiPocket to read a Gutenberg free book. I am reading Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure. I donated 10 dollars to Project Gutenberg this month.

August 12, 2007

I am installing Solaris 10 on a Sun Ultra 5.

I was able to study on the Sun web site how to change the boot device in Solaris and then logged into this government surplus machine and started to install Solaris 10 on my 40$ Sun Ultra 5 machine. It has a Sun Sparc 400 Mhz processor with 256 MB RAM. But I am going to install another 256 MB of RAM so brought up the swap to 1024 MB in size. The machine has a 20 GB hard drive. It is my first Sun Solaris Machine.

August 11, 2007

While not cyber tech I am buying panniers today for my bike.

These are not really cyber tech per say but I am buying some panniers today for my hybrid/road bike bike.

July 5, 2007

I am now wearing wireless technology in my shoes.

After some struggles to afford to purchase this pair of shoes and devices, I am now wearing a pair of Nike + Morie ST winter running shoes designed to hold an Nike +iPod remote sensor in the sole of the shoe under my left foot. I also have the sensor in the shoe now but still need to purchase the proper iPod Nano model for it all to work. This does remind me of the movie called My Left Foot which was a tear jerker in my humble opinion. But no more random editorials here I am now wearing what I am reading about in the book Smart Mobs by Howard Rheingold. I am reading this book in both French and English at the same time as I attempt to improve my French reading skills.

June 15, 2007

I bought a Scottevest jacket and now can wear more electronics.

I did in the end purchase a ScotteVest jacket which is a product connected to Xybernaut and is a sort of cyborg like item of clothing. It allows me to hold electronics in pockets and run wires through the lining which was something I had made before with an Afghan jacket and a guitar cable in 1988. Now Scottevest have a patent on this idea.

June 4, 2007

I did not buy the Xybernaut computer yet.

I think this Xybernaut Mav unit and 8 inch screen will cost 340 US$. I just don't have the money yet.

May 26, 2007

I am trying to buy a Xybernaut wearable computer on ebay.

I have been web shopping and found some Xybernaut wearable computers for sale on ebay. I have a bid in on one now but don't think I can afford this computer if the bidding goes to high.

May 16, 2007

Electronic warfare

My iPod broke as soon as I went in the door to the anarchist shop. There must be radio warfare happening there.

April 21, 2007

I am trying to get three different OS's running on my Macbook.

Actually I will only have two different OS's running Mac OSX and Windows XP but I will run a KDE desktop on the Mac OS X if my tinkering is successful with Fink.

April 15, 2007

I got myself some pannier racks for my road bike.

I purchased some cheap pannier racks from the local camping coop. I want to be able to do some touring with my bike and also move around the city with my computer, with data projector and printer all on my bike. This is my moobile cyborg system.

January 27, 2007

I have a wearable computer with GPS antenna.

Perhaps my first piece of computer hardware that is wearable...I now own a Garmin Foretrex 101 model GPS unit. I wear it on the bus and am feeling slghtly embarassed. Someone in my law enforcement volunteering said her dad got one for Christmas and said what I was doing with it was the fun to be had with these devices. The thing I was doing with it was entering the locations of places I go to in our city often and adding these to routes in the wearable units computer. I was on the bus ride with this GPS attached to my wrist and pointing out the window holding an assertive mood to overcome the embarassment; as I am now also in an assertive mood as I write this post.

January 18, 2007

My offices in Second Life

You can find my offices in Second Life with this URL and Second Life on your computer.

December 20, 2006

I spend long hours on the internet.

I spend long hours on the Internet. These days some of this time spent shopping some is time spent interactive blogging and a smaller part email and exploring.

October 15, 2006

I did not buy a wearable computer today.

I did finally find a wearable Xybernaut computer for sale on ebay. I started to negotiate a sale but then backed out. I did sell my old server finally. I also bought a portable "road warrior" projector screen and an LCD TV which is great for a monitor. I also got a new DVD player that plays more formats and have now paid the credit card back for it. The TV will take a full year to pay for. There are about twenty of so cables now coming out of the back of this TV or going in depending on your perspective. Although I guess actually most of the cables are sending in video and audio signals and only a few are bringing signals out to the audio amplifier and the VCR. Speaking of audio amplifier now I must have a digital audio amplifer it is no longer good enough to just have a surround sound 5.1 system. Today I am buying portable phones to replace the ones we have that are breaking down. The ones we have were about 160$ for the pair and they were refurbished. The ones I am buying today are new and are only 60$ in price on sale and have more features and include an answering machine.

September 26, 2006

I am selling off my IBM PC server and have been buying and selling computers all summer.

Being a person who uses technology has meant that I have bought many computers. I have this summer been cleaning up our apartment. I have sold off one laptop, one PC and bought and sold a laptop for someone. This means three comrades now have computers to use. Today I posted an add on a local usenet for sale group trying to sell off a computer case and an old IBM PC server.

I am also buying some road warrior stuff. I am trying to buy a portable projector screen, and a projector. I am also thinking of buying a portable printer with bluetooth. This could all cost two thousand dollars when it is all bought. I am using eBay and a big box computer store for this shopping.

August 29, 2006

Dreamweaver and other Mac friendly software

I am buying a student copy of DreamWeaver soon. I am also looking to buy some older Desktop publishing software for a publisher I know.

June 22, 2006

New carpentry tools.

I got some new tools, including power tools. I got a circular saw, a small angle grinder, a small cordless screw driver, and had gotten a jig saw in the winter. I also got a tool belt with suspenders and lot of tool pockets. I also got some new pliers, dust masks, ear plugs but still need an extra set of safety googles in terms of safety equipment. I am building a frame which will be covered in plastic netting to keep pigeons off our balcony. I have the wood and fittings I need for this project. I need to charge up my cordless drill for this work still.

June 17, 2006

I bought a used Powerbook for my wife's publisher.

I get a feeling of being some powerful writer because I support my wife's publisher with computer parts and computers. He pays for these things. But I am financing it for him. I picked it out after he accepted my suggestion that he try out Macintosh computers.

I also did another microloan for my wife's best friend buying her an air conditioner and we will be paid back for this on Monday.

June 5, 2006

I got my Macbook now and this is my first post to this blog using this new Apple laptop.

It is a fun to have new things. but really this is farily embarrassing materialism. This computer was probably made by underpaid labour in China. I do know that it was shipped from China.

May 31, 2006

The Macbook is in the mail or rather Federal Express from Suzhou, China.

I ordered a new Macbook computer on-line and it has now shipped. It is shipping from Suzhou, China and I wonder who built it. I have written a science fiction story which played on the idea of computers as drugs and the idea that China or Asia is the birthplace of technology. But from what I am reading about feminism and computing it is also place of low wage jobs building computers for people like me.

I am looking forward to increased functionality in this computer. It is new and has only been on the market for a few weeks. It has a video camera built in. I am really looking forward to that device. It also has a remote control so I can do projections and slide shows away from the machine. It will burn DVD's and CD's. It also has iLife 06 and I want to try out iWeb a new software I have been hearing about although what I have heard has been critical of iWeb. I also will be able to run bootcamp and thus WinXP on this mac. I also was able to afford a Mighty Mouse which I have been meaning to buy for some time now.

May 27, 2006

My next piece of technology is a Macbook

I am getting a Macbook computer. The specs of the Macbook are here

May 25, 2006

I am trying out Second Life and made 1 friend in that system tonight.

I listened to a business week podcast earlier on Wednesday. It was about Second Life and money making in on-line gaming. I tried Second life for about 15 minutes just now. I made one friend who was logged on for the first time. She had cool clothes and some fast athletic moves. We chatted a little and then added each other as friends. It was my second time logging in. It was sort of uplifting. But am I really to be defined as a second life player?

May 2, 2006

I was able with a little editing to run my old school work in R on a Debian laptop.

I have been working on this laptop for about 6 months now. I first installed Debian 3.0 and got that working but on that install the terminal program, in other words the command line could not do edit menu functions. So I had to install a more recent version of Debian. For this I needed a larger hard drive. I spent about 40 dollars buying a used 6 GB drive which turned out to be a bit wonky so I used a 3.2 GB drive I had taken out of an original iBook. In the last two days I finally installed Debian 3.1 and just last night installed R and tested it out with some R code from a school assignment from last winter 2005. After changing some directory paths to fit linux directory structures, and where I had copied the school course folder too, I was successful running R and getting one graphic. So now I am ready to write my code for my talk on R and can run it in Linux on this pentium 1 laptop and even then project this at a meeting. I am my code.

April 30, 2006

My partner has initially accepted that she will have a computer.

I was fixing up this old clamshell iBook macintosh computer and went broke doing it. I offered to give it to my partner who has never owned a computer and does not really use computers. She has accepted and this is a first step in digital divide work with my partner. Her friend has just taken a job at an Internet café.

April 5, 2006

The iBook works.

The iBook I bought actually works I just need a new power adapter for it. I bought one on ebay and just need to wait for it to be shipped to me.

March 31, 2006

Stupid lose.

I tried to buy an iBook on ebay and it is broken. It took seven months to get here too. I was robbed on ebay. It may only be the power adapter as it came with the wrong power adapter.