Posts from ‘November, 2008’

FC10 serious bug – static IP

FC10 seems to have a serious bug in it’s handling of static IPs. The fix for me was the same as discussed in the following link, to edit the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ethX (where x is the number of your nic usually 0) file (in my case it was eth1 as I have two cards). The problem is […]

Death and Bissel Compact Upright Vacuums

This is obviously a tragic and disturbing story, but I’m wondering why it includes a list of items on sale, and their prices? Wal-Mart worker dies after shoppers knock him down – Yahoo! News (UPDATE 090316: This article is no longer on Yahoo. This is why I sometimes blog entire articles rather than just links.) […]

Credit crisis 101

For those of us who are financial morons like me, this is a refreshingly educational take on the financial crisis: This American Life 355: The Giant Pool of Money Download a transcript. A special program about the housing crisis produced in a special collaboration with NPR News. We explain it all to you. What does […]

Environment and behavior

This is an excellent article for even an intermediate class, and given the amount of litter and general disregard for the environment in Taiwan, it would be particularly relevant here. It might be fun to ask students to devise their own experiment in an attempt to replicate some of the results below. This article also […]

Of interest to internation students considering CSU admission

It appears the California State University system is in for some hard times, and if you’re an international student who has had your heart set on being accepted to the CSU system, read on. Near the end of the article (click on the link for entire article) it is pointed out that international students will […]

Environmentally conscious 6 year olds who value function as well as aesthetics?

The following appeared as ‘news’ in the Taipei Times today. I’m supposed to be teaching a class called ‘Journalistic English’ next semester. Perhaps the following will be of some value regarding critical reading. How can a six year old child be environmentally conscious, let alone value function as well as aesthetics? It might be interesting […]

They want to try an 8-year-old as an adult???

Priest: Slain dad had taught boy, 8, to use guns – Yahoo! News On Friday, a judge ordered a psychological evaluation of the boy. Under Arizona law, charges can be filed against anyone 8 or older. The boy had no record of complaints with Arizona Child Protective Services, Carlyon said. “He had no record of […]

Skype on FC 64

I was having trouble installing Skype on FC8 64, and the post indeed identified the fix. In short, you need to install 386 versions of qt4 and qt4-X11. This will place them in the /usr/lib directory, where Skype expects to find them, rather than the /usr/lib64 directory. Skype on FC5 – Failed Dependencies. [Archive] – […]