29 Sep 2005 spicyjack   » (Apprentice)

Fujitsu Lifebook S-4546

I gave this computer to my mom about two years ago. I put Debian Woody with KDE on it for her, along with OpenOffice as the main "productivity tool". She hated it. She's so used to using Microsoft Office, and she doesn't have the time to learn something as different as Linux is to Windows, that I relented and put Windows 2000 on it. I'm sad I had to do that, but it was a lesson learned, I guess.


I've been super busy with school, so much so that I don't have extra time to work on any of my side projects. I get about 10-15 hours of homework a week, on top of working full-time. I should be done with school by the end of 2005, being done with school can't come too soon, I keep coming up with crazy ideas for projects.

I've purchased two Apple laptops since my last diary post, one runs OS X full time while the other will dual boot OS X and Linux. OS X has a very seksi interface, I prefer it when I'm doing papers for school and whatnot. I miss all the GNU tools however, and how a lot of the applications/games I use are written on Linux, and can sometimes not compile on OS X. The Powerbook (manzana) runs OS X, and the iBook runs both OS X and Debian (Sarge) GNU/Linux, and will most likely run in Linux most of the time. There's an application for PPC Linux machines called Mac On Linux that will let you run OS X apps on Linux. Can't wait to try it out.

I've gone through a lot of hardware within the last year or so, I now have two small computers running at my house 24/7, one computer acts as the backup to the other one, so that if one dies, I should be able to plug the running one back in whereever it's needed with only minor configuration. I've sort of discovered that for me, hard drive backups are the cheapest and least painful method of backing things up. I had a nice tape drive for a while, but tapes are a PITA if you have lots of storage, and tape libraries are way outside of a hobbyist's budget.

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