A new OS for my laptop? (and possibly other ramblings)

Well, in trying to install ChromiumOS to my Lenovo IdeaPad U400 (which I found thankfully fully works, when I dropped it, the only damage it took was cosmetic, but the disk drive is unusable, I wasn’t using that anyway) I found a somewhat older (but still active) Linux distro called JoliOS which uses the JoliCloud service, and I’m typing this post from JoliOS with the WordPress plugin. will it make it easier to keep this blog updated? possibly. is it a nice OS? very much so, but it does have the disadvantages of being based on an Ubuntu release from 2 years ago (that’s 4 releases right there, it’s based on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat) and as such I had to figure out why it wasn’t detecting my wifi card, the cause was the kernel being too old, and the drivers not being there, so I had to grab the 3.5 kernel and the iwlwifi drivers, after that, all worked well!

 

Now, I’ve gotten myself a desktop, a pretty nice one, a CyberPowerPC Gamer Ultra which I swapped out the RAM on (it now sports 8GB of Corsair Vengeance) and added a wifi chip. that’s my main gaming rig, and as such it runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit as some of my games refuse to run on Linux, even with recent advances in that area. but gaming doesn’t take near as much of my time as it does for some people. I’d rather balance that with other things than game 100% of the time, as if I did devote that much time, I’d get bored. plain and simple. what I COULD do for hours on end is stare at computer code and find errors in it, as that’s just a big puzzle to me. Gotta love when working with computer code is like working with a puzzle to yourself.

 

anyway, enough rambling from me.

 

~Cody Smith

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A bit on me living with Aspergers and a couple other things

First off, I don’t condone shooting a school full of children, hell, I don’t condone hitting people.

But what the news anchors have been suggesting is just cruel and wrong. I myself have Aspergers Syndrome (Soon to be part of the ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder), and many people are suggesting people with Aspergers are killers, and that they will kill one day. To that, I would quite literally reply “Are you fucking kidding me, seriously, are you FUCKING KIDDING ME?”.

Here’s some facts for all you who think people with Aspergers are all killers:

  1. People with Aspergers are actually more likely to be shot than shoot another person
  2. Neurotypical (so-called “Normal”) people ALSO have the ability to be a killer.
  3. a lot of people with Apergers feel remorse after hurting somebody

My personal experience is that when I was younger, I’d go into a rage, and I’d lash out at anyone and everyone, but shortly thereafter, I’d feel immediate a profound regret and remorse to the point all I could do is cry. and that happened nearly every day, did I kill anyone? no. Do I have the guts to? Hell no, most neurotypical people wouldn’t even have the guts to.

Every time I would go into a rage, it’s not a planned-out anger in any sense of the term, no, all thought would be replaced with a angry emptiness in my mind. there would quite literally be minimum to no thought that I would know of, hell, a lot of the stuff I’d do I wouldn’t even have much recollection of. but I WOULD know if I hurt someone, inadvertently or not.

How the news anchors and a mojority of the population is suggesting that those with Aspergers and ASD should be put on a registry is wrong, and will hurt more people than it helps, a majority of the earth’s population has, will have, or has had at one point in time a mental disorder or were mentally unhealthy. and what they are suggesting is just the same as saying all Neurotypical people are killers and should be put on a registry, it is this kind of stereotyping that hurts everyone.

Most Autistic people and Aspies tend to be good people, and we stick to ourselves because  socialization isn’t easy for anyone with Autism or Aspergers, hell, there are even non-verbal people with Autism.

All I can say at this point is that the suggestion news anchors and people are throwing out there are fucking ludicrous, and if they’d spend a bit more time reading up on what the disorders actually involve and how they affect people, they would most certainly have NOT made any of these suggestions.

Again, I don’t condone any type of violence unless it’s in self-defense, and what the shooter did in Connecticut was not just wrong, but evil and cruel, but these suggestions that the news anchors and a mojority of the world hit closer to home than anything ever has for me.

–Cody Smith

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