1 Sep 2004 TheMuso   » (Observer)

Life

I am quite lazy at the moment. There a lot of things that I could do, but when one has too much time, things tend to get put off. I find that I can get things started during the morning, as my mind is fresh and I am ready to think. I am a morning person, and am most productive during this time. I can get things done in the afternoon, but it all depends on what work I have to do.

One of my TAFE courses is boring me to death. Not only is it on Windows, but there are several assignments that require writing documentation. What is just as annoying, is they give you these pathetic scenarios to try and paint a picture of what you have to do. All I want is the questions.

There is a good side to doing Windows stuff though I guess, but everything we have done so far I know very well. It also doesn't help when they lump people from different levels into the one class which means that it takes ages to move through something that I know in 20 minutes.

Internet access

If you are aware of Australian internet access, it is quite different to the rest of the world, particularly broadband. I am sitting here on a 512/128K ADSL internet connection, and have just been given a download increase as of this month, from 8GB, to 28GB. I do not know what I will do with the extra 20GB, but I certainly won't have to watch my usage for a while at least, which is a relief.

Linux on my laptop

Linux has been running quite nicely on my ThinkPad R50. I am able to use cpufreqd to control my CPU speed when on battery, and ACPI seems to work beautifully, especially when it comes to changing from power to battery and back again. I haven't set up suspend of any kind yet, as I don't usually use it, and I don't think ACPI works very well with it.

I am considering changing over to apm however, as I know apm suspend is supposed to work well. I will also be able to get a battery read-out in a percentage. I probably would be able to with ACPI as well, but I couldn't find any console-based monitor program at all. So I relied on catting /proc/acpi/battery/BAT0/state to have a look at what the battery had left. The other reason for changing is that in the console with my laptop screen, setterm doesn't seem to blank the screen properly with ACPI, whereas apm works without any problems. Before I do this however, I need to check that I can use the software suspend patches with apm.

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