Monthly Archives: February 2009

openSUSE 11.0 → openSUSE 11.1 + KDE 4.2

When I get bored, I do things I might not do otherwise. Like I said in a previous post, my daughter’s enthusiasm about her new PC made me want to make my PC look a little more up to date. I really hadn’t intended to upgrade to KDE 4.x until openSUSE 11.2 came out, I decided to create a little excitement and some new challenges for myself and did it yesterday.

The move wasn’t bad, but it was not as easy as I had hoped for. The first thing I did was to back up all files to my external drive. Even in the best upgrades, problems occur and if you don’t do backups, then you may lose some important data.

I decided to stay with the 32-bit version of openSUSE. While my processor can handle 64-bit operations, the 32-bit version tends to offer better comparability with all applications. Since I am only running 2 gig of memory, I don’t think 64-bit would give me much improvement anyway.

The openSUSE 11.1 distribution only moves KDE to 4.1+, so the 4.2 upgrade had to be a second step. I was able to do the upgrade from 11.0 to 11.1 with little problem. If I had stopped there, then I would have most likely been able to claim a complete success. It was the move to KDE 4.2 that caused me the problem. Continue reading openSUSE 11.0 → openSUSE 11.1 + KDE 4.2

Hike in the Doraz Path in Dolega

If you are in need of a little exercise, then you might be interested in an email I received from Antonio Singh.

DOLEGA: The land of the Doraz people, the site of the Hummingbird.
“We invite you to know the route Doraz” … in the framework of the
celebration of 160 years of Chiriquí.

Doraz route, a series of hikes that will allow us to discover the beauty of
our land … dolegueña

INVITES: COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF 160 YEARS OF Chiriquí. Do not miss!

Sunday March 1: Tinajas to Los Algarrobos
OUT OF PLACE: Main entrance to Tinajas (bus stop or stand). Near the house
of her friend Maya.
TIME: 8:00 A.M.
On this hike the Doraz torch will be transported from Tinajas to Los
Algarrobos, where we will be members of the Organizing Committee of this
corregimiento: will walk in the path of the old rail route of Chiriquí. Is
about 8 kilometers. Continue reading Hike in the Doraz Path in Dolega

It’s All My Daughter’s Fault

If you are wondering why the lull in posts, there are several reasons. However, the most notable is my because my daughter got a new PC and she was bragging on it’s speed and all the glitz.

That made me take a look at my main system and it pushed me into migrating to the current openSUSE 11.1 Linux upgrade. Then not being satisfied with that, I went ahead and installed KDE 4.2.

I am sure that won’t mean beans to many, but 4.2 is the latest version of the KDE desktop and the first version 4 version that is considered stable.

I will write more related to that migration as soon as I work out all of the glitches that I have. Just wanted you to know, I am buried in technical poop and hope to be fully recovered in a couple of days.

Until then, take a walk. Smell some roses. Hug your sweetie. Do all the things you have been postponing.

Do You Like Chocolate?

I received the following email and it may be of interest if you have a sweet tooth.

From……: Nancy Amato
Email…..: Panamanian2009@yahoo.com
Url…….: www.Caribbean-Chocolate-Company

Dear Don,

You and I have not had the pleasure of meeting as yet, but I have heard about you, favorably, of course, from many of the foreigners, who live here in Chiriqui! I am, Nancy Amato, and my son, Henry Smith, and I, have the, “Caribbean Chocolate Company.” We have had this business for almost 7 years now. We started out in Bocas del Toro, on Isla Colon, and Isla Bastimentos, where we lived for about 5 years.  We moved to David about 3 years ago.

In any case, up until very recently, we were only selling our chocolate, in Bocas del Toro, where we have a good established customer base, including the Super Gourmet Grocery, Tito Thomas’ Hotel Bahia concession, at the Bocas airport, Starfish Coffee in Bocas, and the Bocas Internet Cafe. Continue reading Do You Like Chocolate?

Bad Audio Foto Experience

I received the following email from a reader.

From……: lewis

Email…..:

Url…….:

Hello Don wanted to share a recent expierence with you and your readers. Five months ago I purchaced my son a Playstation 3 at Audio Foto here in David. The system cost $700 and came with a 6 month waranty. After 5 months the system failed and after a little reaserch I discovered that the problem was not uncommon. I have been working with Audio Foto for over a month now and it seems that the out come will be that they will not honor their waranty. Tell your reader that a written waranty from Audio Foto may not be worth the paper it’s written on. Thanks