Sunday, February 17, 2008

ABC "Watch Episodes" Sucks Because it doesn't work with Linux

010/04/abc-and-fox-full-episodes-now-linux.htmlUpdate August 16, 2010: ABC, FOX, and CWTV now work just fine with GNU/Linux via the Adobe Flash Player. See this article for more information. Thank you ABC for switching to a truly cross-platform-compatible solution for your media delivery.

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Dear ABC "episodes" website, I wanted to let you know that your website sucks because:

We only have Ubuntu, Edubuntu, PCLOS, and Fedora Linux in our home. This is the only way to ensure we don't catch viruses from the Internet which are targeted at the Windows OS.

ABC "episodes" doesn't work on Linux (at least not that I can see, if I'm wrong please correct me) and so it sucks, badly. By committing this evil act, you are discounting a very large group of people that use computers. Please make your "Episodes" service available to Linux users.

So ABC "episodes" website sucks because I can't use it.

Seriously, we're not trying to rip anything off from ABC "episodes", we only want to be able to watch ABC "episodes" like all the other Windows users out there. Why are you picking on non-Windows users? Surely you don't believe that Windows is the only OS in the world?

Do you support Monopoly of Operating systems? Apparently so.

Boycott ABC "episodes", that's what I say, and that's what I'll tell all my friends.

Hopefully you intend to accept Linux as an alternate Operating system in the future, until then, ABC "episodes" sucks.


Shannon VanWagner

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Letter to Airlink 101 for making a wireless adapter "Just work" with Linux

Support request submitted to AirLink101 at:

Dear Airlink101

Please help to make the Airlink 101 AWLL3028 USB wireless adapter work properly with Linux.

A fellow blogger has posted the story "Giving up on Linux wireless with the Airlink 101 AWLL3028" concerning having problems getting this hardware to work with Linux. This problem needs to be fixed.


Many users are using Linux out there and so please, please either make a Linux driver for this device or work with the "Free Linux Driver Development" project to get one made for you.
For more information see:

Thank you!

Shannon VanWagner

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Dear Mr. Langa, Please Reevaluate Linux - it's awesome


Dear Mr. Langa,

Since I first became interested in computers your newsletter has been an awesome resource for me. Thank You!

I remember getting my site "" posted as a shared link in your newsletter (back in the late 90's), wow did I get a lot of traffic!!

So I'm writing because I am now a technology professional who started on Windows and have since switched completely over to Linux and I would like it if you could perform another detailed review of the Linux Operating System (Probably of the Ubuntu Gutsy or Fedora 8 varieties (to name a few) since they are distros that have been updated most recently and will likely provide the best functionality).

I see that you did an article on using Linux LiveCDs back in 2005 - located here:
And I also see an article on speaking of Linux in 2003:
Please do an updated evaluation of Linux so we can get your valued opinion!

With Vista hitting the market I've heard a lot of cries of the pains that have been associated with it and so I think it would be nice to see some objective statements concerning the reality of a switchover (or at least dual boot) of Linux as a Desktop Operating System.

The thing about Linux is that the more people that use it, the better it will get. I aim to get more people using Linux and to get the Media and Technology manufacturers everywhere to acknowledge that Linux is truly an alternative to Windows.

Open Source and Linux have brought to us the only true competition to not only the Windows Operating System but also the Microsoft Office Suite at its core. With the advent of Open Document Format (ODF), OpenOffice, Lotus Symphony, and even Google Docs, we now finally see some competition for Microsoft.

As a consumer I see GNU/Linux, Open Source, and ODF making all products (Microsoft included) better for me because of the competition that is created by simply by having choice. As a Technology professional, I am feeling the pain of having to be the "puppet" of Microsoft's restrictions in terms of software upgrades, licensing issues, Interoperability, and general headaches with the "Windows" way of doing things.

Looking forward to your reply.


Shannon VanWagner

The "Windows" way has past. It's time for Linux.

Imagine using an up-to-date, versatile, powerful, customizable, stunningly beautiful, secure, scalable, friendly, patented-as-free, purely and absolutely and outstandingly awesome Operating System that doesn't require any "Genuine Disadvantage" Plugin or Privacy Breach or DRM harvest. This Enigma of an Operating System also features over 23,000 absolutely-free software packages of all types available for install and is backed by entire organizations, countries, foundations, technical people, and Developers from the world over.

Now open your eyes and you will see, it's the Linux Operating System. Your dream has come true!

Don't let a ginormous, disgustingly-rich, viciuos, and utterly monopolistic company ruin your technology experience. Start using Linux and FREE YOURSELF today.

What am I talking about? Checkout these sites for more information:

Tell all your friends, YELL it out the Window. Linux is here to save the day.

Shannon VanWagner

My List of PCs that "Just Work" (out of the box) with Ubuntu Gutsy 7.10

Since I'm a Technical Professional I get the awesome opportunity to put hands on new systems that are destined to be issued to users.

Armed with a fresh copy of Ubuntu 7.10, I'm always booting up systems to the LiveCD just to see if the core components will work well without modification. My list of "core components" includes the following:
  • Basic System Functionality
  • Graphics
  • Sound
  • Networking (wired/wireless)
  • Hard Drive Functionality
So here are the results of my tests so far:

Systems that work perfectly without modification:
hp Compaq 2510p ultraportable laptop
hp Compaq 6710b laptop
hp Compaq nc6320 laptop
hp Compaq nc6120 laptop

(update 03-04-08)Note: In response to a recent comment, I highly recommend Dell for use with Linux systems simply for the fact that Dell is already selling systems with Ubuntu Linux on them(including the XPS M1330 and Inspiron 1525 notebooks and the Inspiron 530 desktop). Go Dell! The small list I've compiled above is only the systems that I've personally tested at my workplace. Other systems from HP, Dell, IBM, etc. probably work just as well with Linux, the difference being that I have not personally tested them.

Systems that work with minimal modification:
Apple MacBook (needed wireless driver to be compiled)

Special Devices that work with Ubuntu(kernel 2.6.22-14-generic) without modification:
CablesToGO USB 10/100 Ethernet Adapter Model 39998
lsusb -v output:
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0b95:7720 ASIX Electronics Corp.
idVendor 0x0b95 ASIX Electronics Corp.
iManufacturer 1 ASIX Elec. Corp.
Product Link:
Date Tested: 03-12-08

This Website Works With Linux (WWWL) Campaign

So I was feeling thankful this morning. I was sitting at my Linux box and thinking to myself, "Wow this bank website works perfectly with my Ubuntu Linux machine." And I am thankful for this. I am thankful that the greedy monopolists of the world have not been able to grasp a choking hand onto the Internet that exists because it is free.

About 99.8% of the websites I ever surf to work just fine with Linux. This is monumental and of chief significance.

Such is proof - the Internet is made up of widely used standards. Most people take this for granted. Not me, I know that if the Internet was driven by a single profiteering company or even a group of monopolists that wanted to block out true standards and try to steal the market to get ever richer, the Internet would not be the lifeblood that it is now.