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Thursday, September 25th, 2008 | Author:

Well….it begins again….today was the official first day of school. I can’t really say that i’m too excited….i’m going to be a Junior….things will only get harder. However, on the upside….I am now in my apartment and all it’s glory with my roommate Jared (great guy!)

It’s definately something that i’ve been looking forward to, the parking spot below, the kitchen to actually cook in, the living room with all of it’s home theater glory, and that’s not even counting the awesome bedroom layout.

Jared was able to hook us up with nice, comfy leather couches and more kitchen utensils than you can shake a stick at! Definately looking forward to this aspect of the year, the first time living in an apartment since I got kicked out of my moms house many many many moons ago, oh the memories….not?

This quarter i’m taking it somewhat light, only 3 classes….ECE 132, ECE 2C, and Physics 5. Hopefully the 3 classes will not present obscene challenges in terms of academics, not really feeling up to it right now haha.

The first day was definately boring, had to wake my ass up at 7am to get to my 8am class…..*sigh* that never gets any easier….even from freshman year….all in all I think that’s the only crappy part of this quarter. Weekends start on Friday at 5pm and end on Monday at 12pm which is good. That will hopefully lend itself to plenty of snowboarding trips this fall. Definately looking forward to that!

Well until next time….l8rz!

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Thursday, September 11th, 2008 | Author:

Well I know I haven’t really been keeping up with the blog posts, but it’s not like anyone ever reads this anyways right?? Well after reading a few interesting, and well worded I might add, blog entries over at my friends blog (Carlos G @ http://rocketsilence.com/db/), I figured I might return to give an update on my own!

So here we go:

  1. Jared, my roommate is on his way down from Sacramento today, I’m going to help him get all settled in.
  2. Forgot the keys to my moto back home, so this whole week I’ve been doing the bicycle thing, kinda hits home as to how much I’m out of shape! *sigh*
  3. I went on vacation for a week (9/1/08 – 9/7/08) that was relaxing and somewhat productive I suppose. That entailed a few days in Palm Springs with mom and g-money. I returned to the city and did some stuff at my dads house. Met up with the business partner and discussed some business stuff, we then proceeded to go to Fry’s to purchase him an xbox360. ($200 not bad!) I then returned home to Santa Barbara (yes I have like 20 homes!)
  4. Friend has a new BF, happy for her. However we don’t talk that much anymore, but I guess it’s to be expected! I went through the same thing once *memory bubble appears*
  5. I’m starting to get things straight with phpcake. Once you get the hang of it the methodologies and ideas just seem to flow. MVC, it just makes sense!
  6. I’ve also settled at home with my new IDE (cross platform ftw!) I’m running eclipse with a bunch of PHP strap-ons, I’m also trialing Zend Studio for eclipse, nice but will I dish out the cash for that bad boy? We’ll see…
  7. I move into the Apt on Saturday and out of FT on Saturday, bye bye FT….I’ll never ever live there again *tear…..regains composure* On the plus side I’ll never have to move all my shiznit….so there are pr0’s and c0ns O_O
  8. Want to give a shoutout to my friends over at JaguarPC for hosting me and all my ventures. Great support and great uptime!
  9. Maybe Carlos is right….this blog post turned out to be a little more drawn out than I intended =O
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Thursday, August 21st, 2008 | Author:

Hello All,

I write this post to you from my new internet connection…..that’s right i’m tethered to my cell phone over bluetooth IN LINUX! I am a happy camper….one step closer to complete linux migration!

Well for those who care, I’ll be posting the steps I used below…

Credit, where credit is due….I used the information from both of these sites to get up and running:

http://glyf.livejournal.com/65878.html

http://litljay.com/howtos/tether/kppp.html

Now onto the goods!

1) You have to check and see if bluetooth is running on your linux box. For me I had to flip the wireless switch on the front of the computer AND fn+f8, which is the wifi signal thing. This turned on the bluetooth for my laptop. This is the command to see if linux detects your bluetooth:

hciconfig

2) Next we scan for the phone and check to make sure that it reports DUN (Dialup Networking) support.

3) As root we need to edit “/etc/bluetooth/rfcomm.conf”. You have to uncomment the rfcomm connection to create the BT serial adapter. Be sure to take note of the device address from above and the channel number! mine below:

4) Next we install the “gnome-ppp” package..

sudo apt-get install gnome-ppp

5) We then open that app up and configure it. For me I had to use “[email protected]” for the username and “CINGULAR1” for the password.

6) Now we are going to change the settings of the connection. Press setup, and below are the screenshots of my configuration. Note, I have updated the DNS servers to point to OpenDNS (highly recommended)

7) On the first tab, “Modem” click the “Init Strings” button and configure it as it is below:

8) Now we completely restart the bluetooth service. When it restarts it should make a connection to your phone. Use the same password on both your computer and your phone and it should connect.

9) Lastly, press the connect button on your PPP Dialer and cross your fingers!

10) Success! (hopefully)

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Saturday, August 02nd, 2008 | Author:

Well, thanks to the wonderful thing that is Google (my best friend I might add, sorry Esther)I have found yet another gem of an application!

http://www.portableapps.com/

That allows you to run a multitude of the most popular software titles off your USB drive. So now if I go to the library, or to a terminal at work I just have to make sure I take my trusty USB!

I am currently typing this post in Firefox 3.0.1 running off my USB drive!

The best thing is, all my sessions, history, cookies, tabs, passwords, etc. get saved onto the USB drive…so they go with me anywhere I go!

I also run Pidgin, my new IM client (yes….I finally got rid of trillian….)

I’m using Pidgin with this free service I also found on google, IM-History. That app logs all my IMs online for me in an easily searched database. Private of course, but accessible to me!

Until next time!

~Robert Navarro

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 | Author:

I am the proud owner of a Motorola q9h……that now rocks windows mobile 6.1!!!!!

Yes you read that right, before ATT even released it…I got it! Don’t ask how….hehe

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