Archive for Humour

Bugs in Ubuntu Pre-releases

// February 3rd, 2011 // 1 Comment » // Free Software, Humour, Project Mayhem

Every time there’s an Ubuntu release or pre-release is tested, it is logged on the Ubuntu QA team ISO tracker.

Every time it draws some pictures that changes as images are rebuilt and as bugs are added and removed. Especially smiley faces.

Am I really the only one who notices it!?

PS: I bet when you read the title you expected something a bit more controversial :)

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Then and Now Meme

// April 24th, 2010 // 9 Comments » // Free Software, Humour, Jonathan

Maybe it didn’t exactly start out as a meme, that doesn’t mean I can’t make it into one :)

My Very First Time

My first GNU/Linux desktop was installed in 1999 on a 486DX4-100 with 16MB RAM. It was Red Hat Linux 6 (Hedwig). I still have the CD, it has “Linux 6.0″ written on it which sounds extremely futuristic considering I’m on Linux 2.6.32 now in 2010. I don’t have any of my original screenshots, but I found this one which is a typical RHL 6.0 desktop:

Today I run Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on my desktop, laptop and netbook:

Not too much to see though since I generally keep my desktop clean. I usually use my desktop to store some files temporarily while I work on a task, afterwards they are stored somewhere safe just in case I need them again. I also keep my window list on the top panel, it saves some screen space especially since I only have 2-3 windows open on a desktop space. The space saving is also great on my netbook, since I don’t use the Ubuntu Netbook Remix on there.

Then and Now Edubuntu Edition

Earlier this week, I posted about new futures available in Edubuntu 10.04. This evening I put together a wiki page showing some of the artwork differences in Edubuntu between Karmic and Lucid. I also added some additional information that might be useful to the website and marketing teams similar to what the Ubuntu branding page has done. It’s still early work but I’ll copy and paste it in a page for Maverick and continue to improve on it there. For now I’m getting some sleep since I have a CTWUG meeting early in the morning, seems like blogging just before 2am is becoming a habit :)

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Screens of Death

// April 25th, 2009 // 4 Comments » // Free Software, Humour

I initially wanted to write “Death” in the title in full-caps, but that’s a bit melodramatic, even for me.


Error messages are often scary and frightning. Sometimes, they’re even amusing. I use a screensaver called BSOD (named after the Windows Blue Screen of Death) that displays error messages from various systems. Even though I know it’s just a screensaver, I’ve gotten a fright a few times too, since it uses my actual hostname and computer details in the screensaver. The screensaver also has a very nice feature that might not be intended, and that’s when people see it on my computer, they don’t touch it, since they think that it’s already broken. Awesome.

Here’s a list of “supported” systems:


The BSOD screensaver is available for XScreensaver and you can install it on Debian or Ubuntu by installing the xscreensaver-data-extra package.

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// November 10th, 2008 // No Comments » // Free Software, Humour


Some of you may be aware of LOLcats. It’s a site where pictures of cats are posted with funny captions. The language used has evolved into it’s own little language, and there’s also a LOLcode programming language. LOLcats have become very popular, and there are many references to it in popular culture these days.


A while ago, Debian started posting loldebian pictures, which are similar in format:


Towards the end of last year, I thought of starting something for Ubuntu and related projects called Lolbuntu. I poked a few people about it but there wasn’t too much interest at that stage. It was never really announced anywhere either, I wanted to get timing right. I played around and made a few posts which you can find at

I might end that site if it ends up redundant. I’ve been complaining about how boring the Fridge is again. It’s supposed to be cool and fresh and weird and exciting, but it’s become too formal and more of a generic newspost than anything else. I talked to the Ubuntu news team briefly tonight, and suggested that we could perhaps make Lolbuntu part of the Fridge instead. I hope that it would bring in some fun and it could give better exposure to activities within your local Ubuntu team. If you have photos of local Ubuntu users doing something funny or captionable, then please e-mail it to me with the following details:

  • Caption (or you can add it yourself if you want)
  • Who’s in the photo
  • Where and when it was taken (if you have that information)

Remember that we want good pictures to post on the Fridge, any picture you send through should comply to the Ubuntu Code of Conduct.

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Totally getting a GNUphone

// September 23rd, 2008 // 7 Comments » // Free Software, Humour

While some people are getting all excited about the Google Android-based phones, I’m going to opt for something way cooler:

The Free Software Foundation (NASDAQ: RMS) has announced the Free Software alternative to the evil, DRM-infested, locked-down, defective-by-design iPhone: the GNUPhone.

The key technical innovation of the GNUPhone is that it is completely operated from the command line. “What could be more intuitive than a bash prompt?” said seventeen-year-old Debian developer Hiram Nerdboy. “The ultimate one-dimensional desktop! Just type dial voice +1-555-1212 –ntwk verizon –prot cdma2000 –ssh-version 2 -a -l -q -9 -b -k -K 14 -x and away you go! Simple and obvious!”

The phone should be able to make actual phone calls by 2011 to 2012.

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Not blogging enough?

// August 17th, 2008 // 3 Comments » // Free Software, Humour, Jonathan, Music, Project Mayhem

I’ve had 3 people from the Real Life (which is a very weird and disturbing place) telling me that I’m not updating my blog often enough in the last week. I’m not sure how much is supposed to be enough. I usually blog when I have some time and have something I’d really like to say. I’m completely fine with about 2 blog entries a month and perhaps more now and again when things get interesting. However, sometimes I like to cave a bit under pressure, so here’s a random blog entry for the bored:

  • I heard the I-can-ride-my-bike-with-no-handlebars song for the first time on Friday. Listened to it 20 times over the weekend so far. Aparently everyone else knows it already. It’s an awesome little song about how power can corrupt (or at least, that’s my interpretation ;) ).
  • I played with Mac OSX again yesterday. It’s annoying. Recently Mark Shuttleworth said that Ubuntu will be more attractive than a Mac in two years. I think he seriously needs to take a look at a Mac again. I’ve installed plenty of add-ons and stuff to my Mac, and I just can’t make it match the usability and productivity of my Gnome desktop with Compiz on Ubuntu. In order to make Ubuntu really more attractive to the current Mac market, it will need to run the software that’s available for a Mac. I bought my Mac because I want to use the real nice video editing software that’s available for it.
  • Still stuck in Jo’burg for work purposes. Tried to fix that but it failed. I’ll just have to try to get back home a bit harder. I guess I’ll be here for another 6 months max. At least my mother is visiting next weekend.
  • Everything else is pretty much ok.

Some pictures from the real world (not sure where they’re originally from though):

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Girls suck

// May 20th, 2008 // 1 Comment » // Humour

Just be careful. It’s all I’m saying. This kind of thing happens all the time, and when it does, most guys won’t even realise it until it’s too late.

PS: Never ever EVER write them letters. They keep them, and then show it to everyone after your relationship ends and laughs at you! I haven’t been a victim of this yet, but have seen it a lot. Just after making this post, I found this picture (I promise that is another Jonathan). Some girl must have decided it would be funny to put it up… although I must admit it is quite funny, but don’t let it happen to you.

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