Who says sociology doesn't have anything useful to offer? This paper, L-worlds: The curious preference for low quality and its norms, by Diego Gambetta and Gloria Origgi, explains so much about so much that the world will never look the same. It explains why offering good free software to people used to expensive bad software just irritates them. It explains why well-reasoned discussion isn't welcome in blog comments. It explains Safeway supermarkets, American cars, and television.
I'm still trying to get this Dell E6510 with integratedIntel Arrandale graphics working. Lately it's been overheating, although I don't know whether to blame linux or Dell. During a long kernel build, it hovers around 101C (spiking over 105, with emergency shutdown) in an X terminal, but around only 75 C without X. Starting a compile jumps the temperature by 18K in a couple of seconds, and stopping drops it by 20K in about the same time.
More mysteriously, the Synaptics touchpad doesn't show up as anything but a PS/2 mouse, so edge scrolling etc. doesn't work. Lots of workarounds are offered all over the web, but none of them help.