GNOME 2 rocks. That's all I can say!
Well, maybe I could elaborate. The icons are beautiful (thanks Tigert and Jimmac!), the layout is more consistant, GTK+ 2 looks much better. There are a few niggles but I filed plenty of bugs. The major bummer in GNOME 2 Beta 2 is that the Sawfish configuration doesn't work, and the window list does not ignore Gkrellm.
Well, last Friday I finished 3001. An interesting, good book but still lacking the magic of 2001. If you liked this series don't let me put you off, read it all — they are good books. I just expected more.
On Monday I started reading The Rediscovery of Man, a collection of short sci-fi stories by Cordwainer Smith from 1930-40. The man had a plan — the universe he wrote in starts at 2000AD and goes up to 16000AD. I've only read two of the stories so far but they are interesting and well written, the 20th century is an ancient time which not much is known about.
Once I've finished that I really must finish the Armageddon series by Robert Rankin. Often funny, always sureal, sometimes good is a good summary of his work. He will never better his excellent Brentford trilagy (four books, of course) however.
IBM ThinkPad X22
My laptop is remaining ever diligant in its haul to work and back every day. The one problem I have is that I cannot get it to hibernate in Linux! If anyone is reading this (doubt it) and has a recent IBM laptop which hibernates in Linux, could you mail me.