Open Source Alternatives: Quanta Plus

A must have tool for web developers is Quanta Plus, a multi-purpose development tool. It supports code highlighting for many languages and applications, FTP, projects, plugins and much more. To be honest, I have barely scratched the surface of it's capability. Half the time, it is easier to open a document in Kate and edit it. Kate is the notepad of Linux, but on steroids.

Open Source Alternatives: Kopete

Kopete is a multi-network, multi-account instant messenger client for use with Linux systems. I run Kubuntu Fiesty Fawn and use this exclusively. I have two msn accounts, a yahoo account and an AIM account. Kopete supports 11 IM clients out of the box.

Get Your Own Blog

Every wanted your own blog with your own domain name (like You can have one now for $5 per month plus $10 per year for the domain name.

You don't have to know programming or HTML. The only thing you have to know is how to enter a username and password and you can be blogging on your own website in no time. Blogging is changing the world and gives everyone a worldwide forum. Don't miss the boat.

Open Source Alternative: GnuCash

GnuCash Financial Management is a free, open source alternative to highly priced commercial accounting software.

GnuCash provides the tools necessary for personal and business financial management. GnuCash includes everything found in commercial software costing hundreds of dollars including the double entry accounting method, customizable reports, invoices and customer management, job management, budgeting and much more.

Linux Tip: Get Hardware Information

Here's a good way to get hardware information on a linux system. The proc directory holds the files which store the hardware and system state information.

The command ls /proc/ gives me the directory listing. Most of these are files that you can look at.

jsteel@jsteel-desktop:~$ ls /proc/
1 4446 4751 5287 5720 5843 6017 driver mounts
106 4447 4755 5295 5721 5848 6019 execdomains mtrr
132 4450 4768 5306 5735 5849 6042 fb net

Yesss!!! My First Scam Email!

I got my first scam email today! I'm so excited!!! By the way, don't reply to these. Remember the old saying, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Well, someone wanting to give you 20% of 15 million is too good to be true. Although, I would think that those greedy enough to reply are getting what they deserve.

So without further delay, here's the email. By the way, feel free to sign the email up for all the spam you can! =)

Delivered-To: ::Edit::
Received: by with SMTP id c2cs509460bue;
Thu, 26 Apr 2007 20:35:11 -0700 (PDT)

Windows vs Linux

Windows vs. Linux. The debate rages on. For me, one product, one flavor settled the debate...kubuntu.

So why doesn't everyone use Linux? And why do many, many companies (specifically companies that run their own websites) choose IIS?


The Water In Wisconsin

A co-worker came across a story about a man from Wisconsin who ran over, and then consumed a seven-legged, transgendered deer. A story like this only comes around every once in a while and is wrong on so many levels. It leaves me asking, what the heck is wrong with people from Wisconsin?


The Dreamhost Nightmare

I attempted to sign up for DreamHost web hosting and had the absolute worst customer service experience I have ever none.

Shared Hosting Company Review

I just finished moving all of my sites off of Dreamhost and onto HostGator after a short run with GoDaddy. What follows is a review of each. The best host for the dollar by far is HostGator.


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