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August, 2003 | Jason E. Shao

Gentoo, 8139too & Linux Kernel ACPI

p. Well, I finally have my “Gentoo”:http://www.gentoo.org Linux system up… mostly. I can connect to the Internet, I emerged builds of Gnome, KDE, and some apps like Evolution and Galeon. Getting everything configured and running (particularly ethernet) took a couple of days of futzing around and reading up on the “Gentoo Forums”:http://forums.gentoo.org

Athlon XP & Heatsinks

I put together my Athlon XP system today, and finally got it booting. The problem ended up being exactly what Googling suggested, the Athlon won’t boot without a heatsink attached. For good reason too, WITH the heatsink (w/o thermal paste) the processor clocked in at 150+ degrees. It would boot, but I noticed various erratic ...

Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka

p. MSN Entertainment – News – Will Depp Play Willy Wonka? p. I think this would be amazing. If anyone in today’s hollywood establishment could do justice to such an eccentric role, I think that person is “Johnny Depp”:http://www.imdb.com/Name?Depp,+Johnny, especially after his performance in “Pirates of the Carribean”:http://pirates.movies.go.com

Slate: Thou Shalt Not Pray

Slate recently published Thou Shalt Not Pray – Does the Constitution hate God? By Dahlia Lithwick. In it the author discusses the trickiness involved in simultaneously working to guarantee freedom of individuals to practice religion with prohibiting the state from establishing religion. She mentions a few points, but then concludes with a passage that takes ...

Are swappers scared of the RIAA?

p. A “C|Net Article”:http://news.com.com/2100-1027_3-5066632.html?tag=fd_top discusses a “NPD”:http://www.npd.com/ survey that concludes that since the “RIAA”:http://www.riaa.com” began suing individual file swappers that the volume of file-trading has decreased more than they would expect due to “seasonal variations.” I wonder just how much attention they have paid to the annual exodus of college students away from their high-speed ...

Brand New Used Car

p. Well, Lisa and I are now the proud owners of a functional (finally) ’92 Hyundai Elantra. It’s amazing how little in the automobile department it takes to generate that rush you get from a new car. Though, I must admit for 1/20 the price of a new Honda Civic or other car, I think ...

Pirates of the Carribean

p. I just saw Disney’s “Pirates of the Carribean”:http://pirates.movies.go.com . I must say that I was extremely entertained. “Johnny Depp’s”:http://www.imdb.com/Name?Depp,+Johnny performance in particular was stunning. Although in the previews, his character only served to disturb me, when taken in the context of the film his eccentricites were a perfect match that few other actors are ...

Textile Plug-in

p. I’ve installed “Brad Choate’s”:http://www.bradchoate.com/past/mttextile.php MT-Textile Plugin and am experimenting with taking my entries further in the direction of structured text. The Textile language, developed by Dean Allen and expounded in his “Textism”:http://textism.com website seems to me to be a much needed shorthand for properly using some of the many HTML constructs which exist, but ...

Macs & MT

Michael Hanscom and some other people have finally started to post on something that increasingly has surprised me, and that is the level of Mac penetration into the Movabletype user community. (or is it the penetration of MT with those using Macs) When browsing Mac oriented blogs, a strong majority of them clearly are powered ...

Automated Loo

Wired News has an article discussing the spread of automated toilets to America. While on the face of it this article may seem humerous, I think this is exactly the kind of application of technology and robotics that we will see proliferating as opposed to Marshall Brain’s commentary “Robotic Nation”.