Crazy Numbers of Leechers and Seeders

I was visiting Mininova looking for the Wired CD torrent (totally legal stuff, so don’t sue me). And I saw this list of torrents that have millions seeders and leechers.

Seeders and LeechersWell, most of those torrents actually do not exists – I clicked on them, that’s how I know.

A foreigner

This is one of those many times I write to calm down the urge to write something. I don’t simply want to write, I was urged to write. It’s strange. We aren’t usually urged to do such tedious task. We are urged to call up a friend to hang out when we are bored, we are urged to get out of the house when our mom would not stop talking, we are urged to touch and hug those we are secretly in love with but none of us should be urged to write. None, because we thought we can write, so we can do it anytime. We are urged to do things only when something tells us we cannot do it or we fear the consequences. There might be a chance that friends forgot about you and left you all alone. Walking out on your mom might tick her off. You might be rejected if you try to be so obvious to someone you like.

I was urged to write because something tells me I cannot write, or I fear that I will write a bad piece, or that people just laugh at my writing. Cliche. There are many times that I tried to write and always left unsatisfied. I usually delete everything I write right after I finish it because I thought it was not good enough. It’s frustrating. I want to tell my story, in writing, because words last. Yet I was left unable. My grammar was bad, metaphores were awkward, and the piece was uninterested.

I wanted to write but I am not talented enough. I will one day die like any ordinary person with a story left untold. A story of a person who cannot write for himself, of a person has so much content but was unable to express. A story of a life full of awkwardness, a life that does not flow, a life that does not “sound right” and full of unexpected commas. Life of a foreigner.


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

A Black Desktop

After trying to replace Nautilus with Pcman File Manager, I somehow got this black desktop

It’s not possible to right click on the Desktop and changing the background by using System->Preference->Appearance would not help either.

As I learned later from a new Hollandish friend, nautilus failed to start and therefore the Desktop cannot start proberly. Now, I don’t know any better, all I know is as soon as I start nautilus back up using terminal, the Desktop appears like magic.

So the solution was simple Restart Nautilus. In fact, restarting nautilus can solve a lot of problem when something does not display correctly.

I finally gave up on PCman File Manager and decided to stick with nautilus after all.

Anyway, that’s it!

San Diego

I just got back from San Diego this afternoon. What a beautiful city, people here somehow just radiate positive energy. Everything was exciting. I loved the beaches. Fell in love with the city… I enjoyed the food and the sights here too. Definitely coming back. Well, short post.

A Blank Desktop in Ubuntu

A few days ago, when I decided that my 5GB partition for Ubuntu is getting a bit too crowded with all kinds of applications, I uninstalled a bunch of software through synaptic. Well, one of them is Evolution. I freed about 1GB of hard drive space. However, disaster stroke, everything disappeared from my desktop. I saw nothing on my desktop, no menus, no icons, no panels and not even my beloved desktop background but a smooth orange background. I freaked out. After several restarts, things did not help at all.

I needed to get online for some help, and the only way to do that was to open Firefox. So I opened terminal -> Ctrl+Shift+T (Thank god for the shortcut, otherwise I’m dead). Typed in firefox, it opened firefox! nice. Now, this guy had a similar problem, and the solution seemed very simple. I posted it here.


After uninstalling several packages in Synaptic, the desktop just goes blank and there is nothing, not even icons or panels.


We need to reinstall ubuntu-desktop, this will reinstall all the default packages.

  1. Hold down Ctrl+Alt+F1
  2. Login
  3. Enter

    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

  4. After you are done, return to x-server by Alt+F7 or just restart.

Interestingly enough, if you would like to have packages installed in Kbuntu or other distribution, there you can do so with a similar process as above. The only thing different is it would be Kbuntu-desktop (or else) instead of Ubuntu-desktop. Check Synaptic.

Ok, that is it.

A Useful Handbook for Linux Commands

To continue my quest on learning more about basic linux commands, I stumbled over this page called The One Page Linux Manual that provides a pdf file of basic commands and explations that I really need to know. Check it out. I post this here mostly for personal reference in the future.