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just got back from linux lunacy, the most recent geekcruise. What a blast!

I started working on a photo journal, but I'm not very happy with it yet. Can't quite decide how I want to manage my photo collection.

5 Oct 2000 (updated 5 Oct 2000 at 04:49 UTC) »
Woohoo! my wireless woes are solved!. Thanks, hugo! Thanks to all the folks that keep the debian packages rolling out in integrated fashion. And thanks, Andy for the driver!

Here's the magic combination of debian packages:

| Status=Not/Installed/Config-files/Unpacked/Failed-config/Half-installed
|/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name           Version        Description
ii  pcmcia-modules 3.1.20-2k1     PCMCIA Modules for Linux (kernel 2.2.17).
ii  pcmcia-cs      3.1.20-2       PCMCIA Card Services for Linux.
ii  kernel-image-2 2.2.17-1       Linux kernel binary image for version 2.2.17

hmm... I wonder if this would be a good place for research notebook noodling.

If I ask for help here, I wonder if anybody will happen along and provide it. Hardware problems I'm wrestling with:

  • my 802.11 card, which worked for a while, doesn't any more;
    Sep 12 19:01:52 shoal kernel: eth1: WaveLAN/IEEE,
    io_addr 0x100, irq 5, mac_address 00:E0:63:50:4D:36
    Sep 12 19:03:51 shoal kernel: eth1: Transmit timeout.
  • printing is flakey. the debian lprng package failed, silently, to install. I think it was related to the fact that I disabled the lp0 module to free up an IRQ for the 802.11 card, but I'm not sure. It really bothers me that there was no error message (that I can find, anyway).
  • burning CD ROMs doesn't work. I paid the extra money for a nice SCSI CD ROM burner -- a plextor -- and it works about 1 in 5 times. It's never worked at the advertised write rate, 2x. The low reliability discourages me from even trying
  • sound is goofy. I got the driver to work (@@details) but now sounds, played thru esd, "stretch out" as if played thru a loopback/delay for about 5x their normal duration

Hmm... this textarea interface is a little too constraining for comfort. Can I come back later and add details to these problem reports? I wonder what that wiki tag is... maybe that would be more comfortable.

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