The truth about my life

Tue, 26 Aug 2008

We need a special holiday to honor the countless kind souls with unsecured networks named 'linksys'.

We moved the house about 3 weeks ago and before our wide kitchen window we've got the kids playground. Beautiful noise little Skywalkers make. There are no unsecured 'linksys' networks I noticed though, so I happily subscribed to Turbonet. No fuss, no buzz. A gentleman knocked our door two hours after I decide to subscribe. They did not require me to have a Turk Telekom phone line because they had the wiring in the whole neighborhood. That was really quick, and I didn't have much time to tinker with a Cantenna.

Sun, 17 Aug 2008

I've been trying Microsoft Vista for the last couple months, on the post-thief-bought EasyNote BG45-P-006. Contrary to what you probably keep hearing from colleagues, Vista works relatively good for me. Am I sold for some screen blings? Definitely not. Would I give up my GNOME desktop? Definitely not. Here is the pro:

  • Good support for my hardware.
  • Fair enough power management.
  • Reliable suspend and resume.
  • Very, very good fonts and font rendering. I mean, close-to-Apple-good, but not there yet.
  • Quick user switching.

And here is what you'll love most, the con list:

  • Slow startup. It takes like ages to get a usable desktop.
  • Immature support for wireless networks. Actually, wired networks are not so good at all. I keep myself doing ipconfig /release and ipconfig /renew all the time.
  • Too many questions. Security doesn't mean ask user about everything.
  • Enormous, gigantic memory usage. Boy, a decent default desktop uses just about 1 GB memory. I've got 2, so this beast uses about half of it for itself.
  • It's messing around with my hard drive all the time. Disk light keeps blinking every couple seconds even if I have nothing running. This prevents disk from entering standby to save more power.
  • I like the new Start menu layout but searching the menu is just too slow.
  • There's no use for Sidebar on my desktop.

For your pleasure, here's what my usual work session looks like:

Most of what you see in the list is open source, or free software. I also have an Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex installation on the same device but I pushed myself to bear with Vista stupidities for a while. I think I'll go back as soon as they fix Compiz's multi-head support. For my single-headed desktop needs at work, I just use Ubuntu.

Wed, 06 Aug 2008

Bir süredir görüşlerine büyük ölçüde katıldığım ve düşüncelerine büyük değer verdiğim Yaşar Nuri Öztürk'ün Hürriyet Gazetesi'ndeki köşesini takip ediyorum. Geçtiğimiz hafta Konya'da Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı'ndan habersiz işletilen kaçak Kur'an kursu binasındaki patlamayı müteakip hazırladığı bugünkü yazısından bir bölüm aktarmak istiyorum; ama makalenin geri kalanı da mutlaka okunmalı:

Bugün Türkiye'de Diyanet'in şemsiyesi altında faaliyet yürüten ve Türk halkından resmî, gayrı resmî büyük meblağlarda paralar toplayan Kur'an kursu sektörü, Allah ile aldatmanın bir hizmet kurumu gibi çalışmakta, buralara devam eden çocuklara Kur'an'ın muhtevası, ilkeleri, zulme karşı çıkan, ahlakı öneren ruhu öğretilmek yerine Arap harflerinin telaffuzu öğretilmektedir. Oysa ki Kur'an kursunun anlamı ve amacı bu değildir.

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Kur'an'ı özgün metniyle okuyup anlayacak ve bunu bir bilimsel meslek olarak yürütecek insanların eğitileceği yer Kur'an kursu değil, İmam-Hatip okulu ve ilahiyat fakültesidir. Nitekim, bizler de oralardan başlayarak yetişip İslam din ilimlerinde yetki sahibi olduk. Kur'an kursunun hedefi, çocuklara veya halka, Kur'an'ın temel mesajlarını tanıtmak ve belletmektir. Bugün bu yapılmıyor. Bunun yerine Arapçılık ve Arapçacılık eğitimi yaptırılıyor. Bunun Kur'an'la, Kur'an mesajıyla ne ilgisi vardır?

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I'm Enver ALTIN. I'm from the other side of the river.

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