Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04 is here!

The "Lynx" is here. Today, Canonical releases the new Ubuntu with lots of useful improvements.
Check out the new features:
  • leatest Gnome desktop environment
  • 2.6.32 kernel
  • KDE SC 4.4
  • fully removes HAL from the boot process, making Ubuntu faster to boot
  • new major version of the likewise-open package
  • new default open source driver for nVidia hardware
  • new boot experience and new themes for the desktop
  • comes with built-in integration for Twitter,, Facebook, and other social networks with the MeMenu in the panel
  • and lots more!!

Ubuntu Lucid Lynx is a LTS (Long Term Support) Version, so you can enjoy 3 years support on  Ubuntu
desktop and 5 years support on Ubuntu Server Version.

Guess what I'm going to install tonight :D

Check out for more information.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sleeping in ...

On Tuesday and today we had MCA testing going on at Apollo High School. I am a Junior so I normally would have to take the tests, but since I am an exchange student, taking the tests wouldn't make much sense.

I'm honestly not too sad about it, because I got the sleep in on both day's and did not have to show up for school before 11 a.m. I thought that was really neat. "Surprisingly" some of my friends got mad at me (idk why). :D

I think there should be at least one day of the week on which everyone has a late start. Perhaps on every Wednesday since it is the middle of the week. That would definitely help me staying more focused in school when it gets to the end of the week. I guess people have different thoughts about that but for a night person like me it would be really nice.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Only 113 days left :(

It's so sad, but it's true.

My time at the Theis's house is already half way over. To be more precised, I have 113 days left until I have to go back to Germany. My two sisters, Sabrina (19) and Laura (13), are already counting down the remaining days. Seems like they miss me :)

Time just seems to go way to fast. But I'm pretty excited since I get to stay for a month longer than it was planned (my flight home is one the 29th of July). Now, I will have much more from the summer and since I am going to have no school from the 4th of June I'll have plenty of time that I can spend with my family and friends. Staying longer is not going to help me say good bye, but I still think that was the best decision I could make.

When I first got here, I felt like I was being loved and accepted as a family member right away, it was an incredibly exciting time. As the days went by I got more and more involved into the family routine and after not too long I could say after school was done "I am going home now". Here in St. Cloud is my second home, my second family and one of my most favorite places in the world. Thank technology like Skype that we'll be able to stay in close contact once I am back in Germany.

I really want to encourage everyone of you to think about hosting an exchange student or actually be an exchange student. There are still students available without a placement for next years program. So if you have ever thought about doing an international exchange or liked the idea of it, visit the Youth For Understanding Website for more information.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Why ?

Well, when I clicked through the sign up pages last night to create a new blog, it asked me what my blog's URL should be. I had seriously no clue what a good name would be but I eventually came up with some different names, here is how:

I have been working with Linux, especially Ubuntu, and therefore with a lot of open source software for quite a while. During the last year, I realized the significant difference between open source and commercial, or closed source software, which is basically if you develop a program under the open source license, than the source code of this program is available for anyone in the world. Anyone can change and modify the code as long as you can find the author and the copyright statement of the original code within the new code. That makes the whole idea of Open Source Software very powerful. But there is a lot more than that, if you want to find out more, try googling for Open Source, Free Software Foundation, Linux or GPL.

So anyhow, because of my inspiration for Open Source Software, I wanted to name my blog something like "" :) But that sounds a little weird, and I also had some different ideas like patricksopenthoughts or patricksopenblog (idk, I kind of got stuck with the word "open" in my names). To make live easier I decided to leave it by "patrickopenx". So the "x" basically stands for many things and in the end it's a variable, so you can make up anything you want 8)

Yeah, I found it difficult to find the perfect name, but in the end it shouldn't matter that much because you can always change it later.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

It's never too late!

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog!

Looks like this is my first blog post :)

I never thought I would create my own blog someday, but apparently I just did it.

For those of you who didn't know, I am an exchange student from Germany and since August 2009, I'm living with a wonderful family in St. Cloud, MN. Living with and becoming part of a new family is an incredible experience and one of the best times I have had in my life so far. Something you can't describe with words (even if I would be talking in German right now^^), something that one has to experience by himself!

When I came to the US last year, I started writing a journal to have a nice written memory of things I would do during my year as an exchange student. I tried to save every day written on paper (or an open office writer document) but I soon skipped days, then weeks and eventually I stopped writing. Later I found my self trying to remember whole months and all the things I had done during the time when I didn't write down anything.

Now back to the title of my post, "It's never too late!"

I often spend time on my host mum's blog, Stephsoundoff, reading through all the posts she has written. It is like going back in time an reliving the time I have spend with my "new" family. When I read her blog, and especially the older posts from last year, it makes me realize how blessed I should be of being here right now. Looking at the pictures reminds me at the fun times we had (and hopefully will continue to have). Again, something that I will never be able to entirely put into words.

I love being here, being part of a new family, playing with my new brothers and sisters, spending time doing fun stuff, watching LotR with steph and the others, sleeping in my (well, Eden's) bed, learning new words, playing AoE with Mitch and Micah, hanging out with friends, designing a new website together with Steph for her business (click), playing with both, Steph's and my guitar, going to church, going to Youthgroup, going to Paul's house, celebrating birthdays, hanging out with Holly, Hope and Kayle, playing outside when the sun is shining, juggling Diabolo's ... I could go on forever!!

All that makes me want to never forget this time. My time here is already have way over. I am so glad I finally created my own blog.... It's probably one of the best ways to create a wonderful memory of this year (and whatever will happen in the future).

I probably should have done this much earlier but I haven't. But hey, always keep in mind, "It's never too late!"