I’ve spent several hours over the last week repairing the Abit BP6 motherboard that Jon Webster gifted me when I helped him move to Champaigne. Over time, the capacitors had dried up and stopped working. I replaced them all, and the board is working like a champ now. Last night I put the motherboard back in its chassis, installed Ubuntu and got the nvidia drivers install for the ti4200 that I put on the board. For the first time ever, I have a good video card in a linux system. Yay. (:

I’ve discovered a few valuable pieces of free software for windows use in the last week or so as well. First Notepad++ is my new favorite text editor for windows. It has all the schtuff I need for coding and more. Next is CutePDF. It’s a free PDF creator with no nag screens and no limitations. Free for commercial use even. Can’t beat that. Anyway, I figured I’d share my finds.

Last but not least, I bought a digital camera on Ebay, so as soon as it arrives, you should start to see pictures become a part of live here at bloggenspiel. Fun times. (:

  1. Notepad++ is AWESOME. It has every feature that I want in a text editor. The only way it could be better is if it included features from other programs, like wikidpad, or some collaborative stuff. As it is, it has the “text editor” space completely and exactly filled.

  2. I’ve used EditPad for years… probably since the mid-late nineties at least. I’ve grown addicted to the simple things of this one (for instance it’s ability to covert files between \r\n to \n and vice versa). After looking at the notepad++ I might just have to think about changing my prefered text editor again.

  3. Yeah, I’d been using strictly editpad for windows text editing since soph./junior year of college Bryan, but when I found notepad++ a few weeks ago, I switched immediately. It has everything editpad does, but it’s completely free.

  4. Have you used UltraEdit? How does it contrast?

  5. It’s good to hear that motherboard is back up and running. Glad you are still getting use out of it.

  6. Jon, you’re not dead!!

    Todd, I don’t know UltraEdit, so I can’t really say.

  7. Whoah! Jonathan W speaks! Amazing.

    Got any ideas what I should do with my K6-400 system? It’s been in my closet for 4 years.

  8. Feel free to drop by my place whenever you’re in the neighborhood and help me out with my ailing system. I keep getting blue screens of death whenever I try to reinstall XP. Bother computers.

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