Firstly I've got my IBM T43 working pretty nicely now. My only complaint is that I can't suspend to RAM and use the proprietry 3D drivers. I'm currently using gnome-powermanager to handle power issues and NetworkManager to handle wireless. These two are cool applications but they don't quite work together correctly. For some reason if I let gnome-powermanager handle lid events I can't return from suspend on lid closings with NetworkManager running. For those events I full back to the scripts I showed in my previous post. It's nice to able to use my laptop in Linux all time now.
Second I'm currently doing research at the KEK National Laboratory in Japan. Last night I watched Australia beat Uraquay to earn a spot in the soccer World Cup final. We watched over an internet stream hijacked through port forward in Australia. The TV station with the broadcast rights blocked direct connections from overseas. Mplayer and totem both performed very well and I thoroughly enjoyed the match and the result :-)
Finally for some reason I have not been able to work out, I've not been able to directly connect to #abiword either at CERN or here in Japan. I've checked my firewall settings and they all seem fine. Oh well I might ssh back to Melbourne and use a text-based IRC client.