Computer woes and big news

So, I haven’t posted on my blog in a while.  Well, there is a good reason for that.   After battling with a computer virus for two weeks on my computer, I decided to look elsewhere for my operating system.  While I seemed to be slowly losing my geekiness, I decided to go back to my roots.  I spent much time learning and using Linux in the early days of Linux.  I used to run Slackware on my machine, and compile everything.  As time went on, Linux became better, but I also required the use of Windows-based programming and never really utilized Linux on my PC (except my TV has a MythTV box connected).

It was now time to try again.  I heard my favorite distribution Debian (I still have a spot in my heart for Slackware though) was made even easier in a distribution called Ubuntu.  Well, on my first run through of installation Ubuntu detected more hardware in my PC than Windows XP did.  I have only had one major trial – converting my Outlook email into Thunderbird.  I was able to do so by converting my PST into Outlook Express, and converting that after a Windows based install of Thunderbird, and simply copying over the folders to my Linux box.

This is my first blog post from my Ubuntu machine, and I am very satisfied with the OS.  I am running gnome, and was able to install some Windows based programs under Wine, and am using a nifty OSX-like dock called Avant Window Navigator (AWN).  Plus, Ubuntu has the high-graphics interface included by default now so I get a sweet looking desktop environment.

Anyways, the big news that I am writing about… Jen and I are having a baby!  We saw our child’s heartbeat in the first ultrasound last week, and the baby even jumped.  I am really excited, and am praying for good health throughout the pregnancy for mom and baby.

I already have a “F is for Fishing” outfit picked out.  Also, I found a Jeep Baby Carrier (papoose) that gets good reviews:

Pigs that eat birds that eat fish

Interesting article in the Detroit News today about three pigs that were released on an island up in northern Michigan.  Why release pigs?  Well, the current theory is that a fisherman did it to kill off cormorant birds – a type of bird notorious for eating fish.

Here’s a link:

One last political post…

After talking with some of my co-workers, I was introduced to Huckabee.  I didn’t agree with Huckabee’s statements at one of the the debates where he directly attacked Paul and said we needed to remain in Iraq for our honor, but I do agree with his stance on many different issues.  There are some issues I could not tell if Paul was either for or against because he uses a “Let the state decide” comment very often.

So, I started looking for some good comparisons of the candidates and found the link below.  If you are looking for some more candidate information, check out this site:

It seems to be a neutral site that offers a side-by-side comparison for any of the candidates.