The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

Almost fell off the flat earth…

Posted By on December 9, 2004

For everyone who is missing me and wonders where I've been, I've been in Long Island.

For those of you who have never been to Long Island, it's a lot like Rhode Island – the roads are crappy, and no one moves here unless they were from here originally, are going to college, or marry someone who was from here.

Anyway, the new job is going well enough. Still figuring things out, but that is not abnormal for new codebase and new languages. SQL makes my brain hurt; I'm not used to that many words in code. Same with VB.

My new laptop (IBM Thinkpad R50p) is nifty. It's running Gentoo, and I've installed the ati binary drivers (doom3 being the driving force behind that). Plus, it has a dvd player, and I've gotten that working (region code needed to be set). The huge 1600×1200 screen allows for massive real estate – I'm watching The Way of the Gun, entering this, reading slashdot, and chatting with Liz all at the same time.

Stuff to fiddle with on it:

  • Wireless (madwifi looks promising)
  • Bluetooth (It's builtin, don't know what I'll do with it yet)
  • Hibernation (swsusp, probably)

But, it's nice and slick and happy and well put together. Makes me happy.

Oh, and for those who haven't seen me, I've shaved the beard and gotten a real haircut. The former was because Liz wanted to see what it would look like, and mentioned this at dinner with her family. After dinner, I shaved it off. The haircut was that once the beard was off, the scruffy haircut looked out of place.

I guess that's it for now.


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