Hello openSUSE

Or should I say “Goodbye Ubuntu?”  I have been using Ubuntu steadily since 4.10 Warty Warthog.  Ubuntu installed easily and I even got my laptop wireless card to work at a time when it required crazy configuration and extracting Windows drivers.  I still tried other distros during that time even running some for a good … Read more

Homemade Laundry Soap

I’ve taken a keen interest in homemade cleaners and especially laundry detergents or soaps.  Everyone seems to have an idea about how it should be made and how diluted it should be.  I’ve found powdered recipes and liquid recipes.  I’ve found recipes that take three ingredients or as many as seven.  Until I have a … Read more

Chickens

My wife and I have been throwing around the idea of chickens for a long time.  Its something we thought we would enjoy having and taking care of as well as collecting those wonderful eggs.  One Saturday, we researched the whole deal.  We bought books and a magazine, discussed our future chicken coop, and decided … Read more

I Am Now An Android

Or should I say a Droid?  My Palm Pre took a final nasty dive last month.  While I did have an upgrade coming to me, my wife really wanted an iPhone.  Being the good husband that I am, she got  a shiny new white iPhone 4 whilst I received a slightly used refurbished white Droid 2 Global. … Read more

Quote of the Week

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. –Henry David Thoreau First off…  Quote of the Week is a new exciting feature here, hoping to play on the wisdom of our elders.  Thoreau has always been a huge … Read more

The Problem With Green Retrofitting Today

Cash for Caulkers is a lovely program.  Let’s give people a financial incentive to upgrade to more energy efficient appliances, lay down some insulation, even install a newer furnace or wood stove.  It works well too.  People have taken advantage of the program. Here’s my problem:  Upfront spending.  The tax credits involved are wonderful for … Read more

Why I Bought A Palm Pre

I’ve been debating for a while between Android vs WebOS, all touch screen vs physical keyboard, now vs later.  Yesterday I made my fateful decision by buying a Palm Pre Plus from Verizon Wireless.  Unfortunately, the two stores in town were out of stock (that sounds good for Palm though, I think?) and they ordered … Read more

Green Building Materials

If you’re looking at building a new home or renovating the one you have, you can green it up with any or all of these… Roofing MaterialsThese are available in recycled rubber and polymers that similar to slate. These are lower maintenance and lighter than conventional roofing. Counters and ShowersUsing glass and concrete mixed together … Read more

Random Compost Advice

DefinitionIn simplest measures, composting is the method of turning organic wastes in usable soil. While one can get highly scientific about creating compost, this is my quick and dirty guide to making easy compost (the compost is, however, not so quick). Pile It OnStart out with whatever yard wastes and kitchen scraps you may have. … Read more