xbtit is the newest site addition

I’ve been curious for a while about the option of offering projects and other various downloads here at kyleabaker.com via BitTorrent.

If you want to take a look at the torrent section, just continue on over to kyleabaker.com/torrents and browse through!

I’m still in the process of posting my content to it, but its there if you need it!

Installing xbtit was straight forward and simple. It took a little searching to find the settings that I needed to make it open to the public. Otherwise everyone would have needed a user name and password to access it…annoying.

I think the layout is poorly mapped out and cluttered in the Administrative Panel, but xbtit doesn’t seem to be getting as much attention as WordPress either.

While configuring the default style so that the torrent section integrates with the rest of my k2 theme, I realized how poorly parts of the BitTorrent user interface were coded and html was hard coded into the some none theme files.

If you plan to make sure that your site passes W3C validation, then be prepared for a lot of time wasted on debugging.


This afternoon I decided to rest up from a very busy day and so I turned to Hulu.

After watching several new episodes of my favorite shows I decided to see what else was available on Hulu.

That’s when I came across Dilbert. You know, the little cartoon office guy from the funnies.

I’ve posted a couple that I found humorous. Hopefully you will as well.

Know of any other ones that I missed that are worth mentioning? Share them below!

Final Release: Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

Today’s April 23, 2009 and you know what that means. Ubuntu 9.04 is to be released in it’s final state.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 8.10 on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘9.04’ is available. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 8.10 on a server system: install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed; edit /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades and set Prompt=normal; launch the upgrade tool with the command sudo do-release-upgrade; and follow the on-screen instructions.

I’ve been using Jaunty Jackalope since the early Alpha releases with few problems and the ones that were there have disappeared thanks to speedy updates!

Ubuntu New Wave skin for Opera

I’ve recently been flip flopping between two themes that are offered in Ubuntu 9.04 and I like to have everything integrate nicely.

So, I spent a little time putting this skin together, or modifying it rather, so that it helps give Opera a more integrated feel into the Ubuntu New Wave environment without sacrificing the graphics and layout that Opera has by default.

You can find this skin in the Opera section along with a few others that I’ve uploaded or simply take the direct link to the skin page.

You can also find out more details about the skin there as well as a complete change-log with previous versions of the skin.


Click the images below to see a larger version.



Seeing Saturn for the First Time

Today my Astronomy Lab was a bit more exciting than usual.

Instead of simply learning about the stars and constellations, we finally got to take a closer look.

I’ve seen plenty of pictures of Saturn on Space.com, Google Images and in text books, but seeing the real thing is a little exciting!

I found an image that someone took of Saturn on March 17th, 2009 and altered the image a bit to reflect the way it appeared when I saw it! Basically identical, just tilted.


As you can see in the image, this time of year the rings are edge on and may not even be noticeable to weaker telescopes.

The telescopes that the University owns seem to be of decent quality. Now I think I’m going to start looking around for one similar to theirs and start taking some pictures myself of other cool celestial objects.

How-To: Opera Repository for Debian-based Linux

If you’ve ever used Opera in Linux, then you most likely installed it by manually downloading the install file.

Now I’m going to show you how to add the Opera repository so that it automatically updates when you check for normal updates in Linux.

There are some directions listed at deb.opera.com, but they don’t make it very clear in my opinion for Ubuntu.

  1. Open: System ->  Administration -> Software Sources -> Third-Party Software

  2. Click Add, copy and paste the following
    deb http://deb.opera.com/opera/ sid non-free

    This can be confusing if you’re using Ubuntu, however, I’m using Ubuntu Jaunty and the above source worked great for me.

    *If you want to use the latest stable version of Opera, then the above line will be just fine. However, if you prefer to use Betas or Snapshots then you can replace the “/opera/” with “/opera-beta/” and “/opera-snapshot/” respectively.

    *If you’re using Debian or maybe even an older version of Ubuntu then you may need to use a different release name than “sid” in the source above, so you can use any of the following: potato, woody, sarge, etch, lenny, sid

  3. After adding the correct repository, you will need to add the repository key. You can do that by running the following line in a terminal window:

    Debian users:
    wget -O – http://deb.opera.com/archive.key | apt-key add –

    Ubuntu users:
    sudo wget -O – http://deb.opera.com/archive.key | sudo apt-key add –

  4. Now, if you have any version(s) of Opera already installed, you will likely need to remove it:
    sudo apt-get remove opera

  5. Now you need to update apt before Opera will be available via the newly added repository:
    sudo apt-get update

  6. All that is left is to install Opera again:
    sudo apt-get install opera

You may be wondering why you need to remove Opera only to install it again. This is because, the first time that it was installed, it was installed as a “local or obsolete” package and is not “maintained” by any package manager or update application. After you update apt and install Opera, it is maintained with the rest of the applications that you install and update directly through a package manager.

Lyrical Friday: Blink 182 – Miss You

Hello there, the angel from my nightmare
The shadow in the background of the morgue
The unsuspecting victim of darkness in the valley
We can live like Jack and Sally if we want
Where you can always find me
We’ll have Halloween on Christmas
And in the night we’ll wish this never ends
We’ll wish this never ends

Don’t waste your time on me you’re already
The voice inside my head (I miss you miss you)
Don’t waste your time on me you’re already
The voice inside my head (I miss you miss you)
Where are you and I’m so sorry
I cannot sleep I cannot dream tonight
I need somebody and always
This sick strange darkness
Comes creeping on so haunting every time
And as I stared I counted
Webs from all the spiders
Catching things and eating their insides
Like indecision to call you
and hear your voice of treason
Will you come home and stop this pain tonight
Stop this pain tonight

Don’t waste your time on me you’re already
The voice inside my head (miss you miss you)
Don’t waste your time on me you’re already
The voice inside my head (miss you miss you)

Don’t waste your time on me you’re already
The voice inside my head (I miss you miss you)
Don’t waste your time on me you’re already
The voice inside my head (I miss you miss you)