Finnish Government sucks too
Yes, that is very true. After waiting for two months, my company was told that my visa application was never ever processed because of the fact that company can't apply for my visa on my behalf. They also (claim to) sent a letter to my company in May informing them about this problem but astonishingly the letter never reached it's destination. Now I've applied myself again, attaching with it a note informing them about the situation and requesting them to give a special consideration to my application. Let us all go to Mosque/Church/Mandir/Whatever to pray for my luck. If they don't give me any favor, this process normally takes 3-6 months. :(
Pakistan's Internet back-bone breaks-down
Just when i thought that things can't get any worse, Pakistan's Internet backbone broke when a submarine fiber-optic cable broke. 'Someone' used to tell me that Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman knows nothing much about IT and now am 100% sure about this. The country got connected through this submarine pipeline during the days he was the IT minister and I remember that he would be very happy about this when he used to show up on TV. He (or any of the idiots around him, e.g Salman Ansari) didn't thought of any backup plans. They are still providing clues of their ignorance, when they are waiting for the foreign company to fix it's submarine pipeline rather than to find alternate routes. It's been days, we are waiting for the pipeline to fix. Thanks to some of the ISPs who have managed to find an alternate route (albeit very very slow).
Some good news (I hope so)
My former-employer has agreed to let me use his office facilities, which include the DSL connection. I told him that i might need huge downloads often so i can pay him if I exceed their monthly limit.
Since I didn't want to ask him for a lot of stuff, i decided to buy myself a used laptop. So I bought a 'Compaq Armada E500' the other day. I have installed ubutntu on it (maybe for the time-being) and seems most of the hardware works out-of-the-box. Also according to these pages, this notebook works very well with Debian GNU/Linux Sarge:
But there are a few problems:
One weird problem is that I get kernel panic if I boot the kernel with the default parameters, i-e 'quite splash'. Something more weird is that i don't get the panic while the kernel is booting itself but rather quite later than that. So maybe upgrading from warty to hoary will help out? Anyway, I've already started 'apt-get dist-upgrade' at my office and left laptop there for everything to get downloaded while I am home.
The xfree86 drivers for the ATI Rage Mobility doesn't seem to support the 3D acceleration capabilities of the graphics-card. I've heard that Xfree86 3.x had this support, so might be x.org have accelerated drivers for it.