Monday, November 8, 2010

n@!LDownX reaches 1000!

Just a few more pageviews and my site will have reached 1000 visitors :D
Thanks everyone for visiting! I plan on posting more very soon!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New To Linux?

It is interesting to me how many people are interested in using Linux now...
Whether they have an old machine they want to revive, need to retrieve files that will not boot up in another operating system, or for the reason I really love...they want a solid system that is not prone to Spyware/Malware/Virus and puts fun back into computers for free.

I use three of the most widely known operating systems...all for different reasons...
Windows - Testing/Work Related Applications/Gaming

OSX - iTunes/iPhoto/iMovie/iChat/Final Cut/Some Gaming

Linux - Everyday use - Chatting/Email/Browsing/IRC/Developing/Gaming/Testing

So as you can see in comparison, I am pretty neutral across the board when it comes to computers and their usage.  I would recommend them all to anyone depending on your needs.

Reasons to give Linux a whirl:
1. You are broke $$
2. You cannot afford to buy a new machine for Windows 7 and your current system is running at snail speed.
3. You just bought a netbook that came with Windows 7 Starter and you cannot even change your background :) and you think...maybe I should have a little more freedom than this :D
4. You are tired of having to $$ buy $$ every application you need for your computer.

The following is my recommendation for most newer computers:
Linux Mint Main Edition
First off it's beautiful. It comes with Adobe Flash pre-installed as well. You can have a fully Internet/Work readily machine up and running in under 15 minutes easy.

For Netbooks:
Peppermint OS is a very lightweight Operating System that will get your Netbook hopping like it should in no time...very easy to install and setup.

Again these are my recommendations for new users to Linux. There are many other Linux Distros that I do enjoy however may involve more experience with Linux. So if you ever have any questions about getting started with Linux or want to just get to know a great community
1. Download Xchat at
2. Join Server
3. Join the channel #linuxmint-help
4. Get to know us and start asking questions to learn about this great Operating System :D

Monday, September 13, 2010

My Harley

A bit off topic here but I liked the way this picture turned out today....

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Correct Parts

This ad reminds me that if I see a rattlesnake with a baby rattle, I still need to run.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

Keep on brickin...

Next Debian Release 7.0

Release name
We will continue to use Toy Story character names for squeeze's
successor. The next release will be called ``wheezy'' (the rubber toy
penguin with a red bow tie), and will be Debian 7.0.

Source Info


I learned how to juggle this morning....W00t!

Zombie Humor

Resident Evil 4 in 3D!

This is the craziest thing I have ever seen....
Resident Evil 4 Trailer in this is awesome!
Click to watch the trailer in 3D...Totally cool!

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Linux Mint Debian Edition - Just the name has a nice ring to it :D

 *not official LMDE background...but can be downloaded here

Several people have gotten an opportunity to sample LMDE including myself.
It is everything you would expect Debian to be, fast, lightweight and now incredibly gorgeous...

We are still waiting on an official release but when all is said and done,
LMDE will be one of the best community efforts the Linux Mint team has put out
in my opinion. They never cease to make elegant editions, and this is proof that
they are doing it again. Keep up the excellent work Linux Mint Team!

When the official release is published you will be able to obtain it here:
Follow the Linux Mint Team at:

Friday, September 3, 2010

Google Priority Inbox

This video made me laugh out loud...pretty nice actually for you gmail users :)

Peppermint Sticks

Peppermint Sticks :)

On the left is my Peppermint OS and on the right is my Peppermint Ice.
Both are equally powerful and very lightweight.
I use peppermint all the time to boot into pc's that cannot boot into Windows
to retrieve files and back them up on an external hard drive.

To put peppermint on a USB thumbdrive for you download the following:
Run Unetbootin to install to USB thumbdrive :)

Here are a few screenshots from both.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rotating BG Using Perl

So you would think it is cool to have your Background swap out every time
you boot up or log in your machine...It can be annoying to some, especially if you
think that a wallpaper takes up to much RAM and is a waste of time (coughs)
But if you are a person that likes wallpapers so much you wouldn't mind them
changing every time you log in, then you are whom this was written for...

I wrote the following for Gnome users can alter the way
you set this up real easy for Openbox/KDE

First things first
1. Obtain some wallpapers that fit your resolution of your screen exactly.
The amount of wallpapers is up to you. Make sure they are all of the .jpg extension. Place these pictures in a folder you create named 'rotate' under /home/user/Pictures/rotate...make sure you change to your 'user'...Then rename images to 1.jpg 2.jpg 3.jpg etc.


1. Disable Show Desktop in Nautilus
How to:
Alt + F2
type: gconf-editor and click Run
Navigate to Apps -> nautilus -> preferences 
Scroll down and uncheck 'show desktop'
Warning: This will not allow you to right click anymore on your desktop...Which I don't care so much about anyways.
So if this is a major issue to you then proceed no further.

2. Open a Terminal and type:
mkdir ~/scripts && cd ~/scripts

3. Copy and Paste this code in the terminal screen:

use strict;
use warnings;

# How many pictures you have in your rotate folder
my $num_of_pics = 10; 

# Get a random number from your total of pictures
my $pic = int(rand($num_of_pics)+1); 

# Change your background using feh to a random pic from rotate folder
print `feh --bg-center ~/Pictures/rotate/$pic.jpg`; 
      # or --bg-tile, --bg-scale, --bg-seamless
4. Change $num_of_pics to number of pictures you have in the rotate folder
     Press Ctrl + X, Y to save, and Enter

5.  Make your script executable by typing this:
chmod a+x

6. Install feh with this:
sudo apt-get -y install feh

7.  Create bash script to start your script at startup by typing this:

8. Copy and Paste this in, change user for your user:

cd /home/user/scripts

9. Make executable with:
chmod a+x

10.  Test your script by typing:

If your wallpaper changed, then it is working, if you are still seeing
the same wallpaper as before then you may have not disabled show desktop or you may have missed a step above.

If your wallpaper changed proceed otherwise go back through and check your steps.

11. Add Bash Script to Gnome Startup Applications:
Add new application and Browse to your /home/user/scripts/ script
Finally Click Save and Close....Then Log off and back on and see if it works!
Sometimes it may choose the same don't freak...the more pictures 
you have the better variety. I will say that there are ways to make a Perl script
start at boot without doing it this way...that is your choice:) I just know that
this way works too...Good luck and have fun :)
feel free to offer suggestions or ask me questions 
at naildownx at gshellz dot org

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Macbook Pro Dualboot OS X and Debian Squeeze

In a perfect world...haha just starting it off like that makes me lol...
Probably you too huh :)
But in a perfect world it is great to have a native install of OS X
for my movie making moments and native linux for well, everything else
I enjoy ;) doing...Virtual machine may be your thing...not me, I like the full effect
you can get by sitting at a machine running at it's best. Here are some pics and screenshots I took of my Macbook Pro running:
OS X Snow Leopard 10.6
Debian Linux "Squeeze"
Both I love and use heavily...everyday :D
rEFIt Debian
rEFIt Mac
Debian Grub Loader
Debian Log In
Mac Log In

Debian Screenshot
Mac Screenshot

Thank you Blogger

I have come to realize that alot goes into making a webserver...

That actually was the easy part...but keeping it up and running
in the www and also bandwidth issues...
There is a reason why blogger works :D
Google has made it possible for all to blog without any of the hassle
and I am glad of that :)
Very much so :D

So I have decided to come back to my Blogger account...
It is way to easy not to!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

World Wide Web

n@!LDownX has visitors from all over the world :)
Makes the owner very happy :)
Click map to Enlarge...

Someone I Know :)

This reminds me of someone I know :)
Really, I won't call real names though...geez I'm just saying ;)


My screenshot running Linux Mint 9 Isadora on my Macbook Pro 15" 5,4
Icons = Aw0Ken
Wallpaper I Customized Download Here

Facebook Privacy: Places

Many of you may have already seen this, but for those of you that missed it, here is one more chance for you to disable this setting in Facebook that shows people your places you have been.

I will show you the simple steps to stop this:
1. Goto Account -> Privacy Settings

2. Click on Custom, then Customize Settings

3. Finally beside 'Places I check into', click the box, choose custom, then choose Only Me.

After you have done this, then you have successfully prevented people from seeing your places you may have voluntarily or involuntarily checked into.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Global Shellz
I am a member there and love it!
Great people, great benefits! Check em out!

After activation benefits include:
100MB Storage Space
Web Hosting (pubic_html with ~username access)
GCC Access (on request)
2 BG Processes
Email Address (
Icecast Access
1 MySQL database with 2 user accounts.

Come visit the group at #global-shellz


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* Linux
* Apple
* Microsoft
* Development/Scripting/Testing
* Jokes
* Fun Videos
* Free Shellz
* Crop Circles :)
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