Friday, June 25, 2010

Fire in the Comptuer!

No, my computer is not on fire! (Otherwise I wouldn't be typing would I?) Instead I've been using myPaint to come up with another piece of art! I was
testing out some more brushes, and just in general playing around.

To create the backround I just stroked it a couple times with the default brush. I then used an oil-pastel like brush for the base of all the logs, and after that used the charcoal brush to give the wood a slight texture. I used the glow brush (with different colours) to create all the flames, and finally went over certain areas with the blur brush to give it the look of gas coming off the fire.

Hope you enjoy!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04 - Experiences and Review

Well, I just installed Ubuntu 10.04, nicknamed "Lucid Lynx", and it definitely looks very lucid. I didn't even know what that word meant until I looked it up in the dictionary that accompanies 10.04, something very useful. The first thing I did after finishing the installation was reboot and login (obviously). Next I added the System Monitor to my top panel. Since I do lots of resource heavy tasks, I like to have a quick view of what I'm using. In case you are new to Linux--to do this just right click the top panel and select add to panel..., then scroll down and click on System Monitor. Done!

Next I went to restore my backed up data from Ubuntu 9.10. Unfortunately Maxtor encrypted drives do not work on Linux, so I had to boot to Windows XP (Luckily I have dual-booted) and unlock the drive. From there I restarted (DO NOT SHUTDOWN!) and logged back in to Linux. Once that was done I had access to all my data, it was a bit of a hassle, but not something that Ubuntu could do anything about. I double clicked on the icon of my external HDD on the desktop and waited for it to load.Nothing happened, so I double clicked again and voila, it worked. A little weird but at least I could get around it. Then I noticed the first major difference about Ubuntu. The minimize/maximize/exit buttons have been moved from the right side to the left, imitating a mac book. I'm still getting used to it, and I don't really see the point of the switch, however it is not going to kill my usage of Ubuntu. If you are really tired of using it however, you can change the theme.