Someone needs to come to my apartment, and confiscate my
Diablo 2 CDs, or I'm never going to get this laptop project
done. I wasted a few hours playing, but it helped me relax
for a while.
Jon still has the loaner T20. It looks like the problem
with the ethernet card was some random data written to the
EPROM during some of his testing. He fixed it, and now I
don't have to buy RPI a new ethernet card. I'm happy.
My former employer sent me an e-mail, asking when I'm going
to "visit". He left the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center
in New York State to go work for a VA Med Center in South
Carolina. "Visit" means setup his new computer network in
SC. I have no great motivation to fly down to do his
system administration. The problem seems to be that he
can't find anyone to replace me. I setup an OSX server,
and a Linux server (later moved to FreeBSD) to provide file
and print services for his heterogenous network of MacOS
and Win98 computers. After working for him for around two
years, everything finally worked the way it was supposed
to. I was able to reduce my visits to his lab to 1-3 days
per month, to rotate tapes, and solve some cosmetic
problems. Now everything has been moved, and the physical
layout of the network is completely different. This is
much more than a weekend job, but he doesn't know that.
If anyone in the area of the University of South Carolina
wants a job doing system administration for a network of
~14 machines, half Win98, half MacOS, plus one OSX and one
FreeBSD box, send me e-
mail. I started this job during senior year of high
school, and continued through freshman year of college.
Someone of a similar age/experience level will probably be
I wrote some Perl last night for the Thinkpad 600e
installer. Nothing fancy, but now it handles network
problems better than it would have. I need to add a few
more packages to the install, and I think I might be done.
Some things are never going to be truly up to par, but I
have to learn to live with "good enough" on some things.
I can't believe that when CIS was presented the choice
of "put FreeBSD on the laptops now with full ethernet
support" and "wait a few months and try it with Linux",
they chose Linux. It's not definite yet, but it's crazy to
hand these laptops to the freshman with Windows installed,
let them play around with partitions, hardware, etc., and
then try to make a uniform installer for Linux two
later. If they did things correctly now, it could spare so
Work was...mildly productive. I spent two hours fighting
with 'kdm' and 'xdm' because I wanted to provide a
graphical login to the FreeBSD workstations that I'm
responsible for. I ended up deriving an Xsession file from
redhat's KDE install, to make it all work. The two hours
were spent trying to figure out why no window managers were
getting loaded on login. The problem ended up being an
error in the shebang line of Xsession. /bin/bash should
have been /usr/local/bin/bash. I wanted to kick myself.
I made a $100 order from Copyleft today. The
news about the DeCSS trial was enough to convince me that I
better buy a DeCSS shirt while I still can. Since I was
buying one shirt, I decided to buy a whole bunch. I even
picked up a Debian frisbee. Although my last experiences
with Debian were less than amusing (I wasn't quite ready
for it), the frisbee will come in handy when it's time to
play the next 3am game of Frisbee Golf on RPI's campus.
A friend of mine, an extremely intelligent CS grad student,
is talking about making major modifications to perl, in
order to write a game. He has some cool ideas about
designing the engine for a MUD that could be fully
graphical, and span multiple servers. If he ever gets to
the coding stage, I'll try to provide some help. Currently
he's talking about making some changes to perl's 'magic':
the way perl can decide what type a variable is being used
as, based on the context of that variable. Way over my
head. Game sounds fun, though. :)
It's been so long since I've read a book, cover-to-cover.
I love to read, but I read so painfully slowly, compared to
most people I know. There is so little time, there days.
Louis has secured air-fare for FreeBSD-Con. I'm horribly
jealous. Falls right in the middle of midterms. I'm
probably not going to be able to go. Maybe next year.