Archive for the ‘gen-tech’ category

Brutal ATi Drivers — I think.

October 30, 2006

Man, these past two days I’ve been trying to help Pat get his box going with Fedora, but the damn graphics card won’t work. That is to say, the card works, but will not load the appropriate drivers or something. It has to do with DRI/DRM and the agp port. I don’t know if it is something we are doing (I doubt it though, I’ve ran Fedora+ATi many times) or some odd issue with the hardware combo. We are going to try an nVidia card next. Here’s hoping…

[When I find the pastes, I’ll post the errors from dmesg here]

FC6 and painful essays

October 29, 2006

I should be working on my essay right now. I just can’t get into it. Shouldn’t have spent my day working on getting Fedora Core 6 going. It is nice to be back in a *nix environment. Programming is so much more natural feeling here, although that is probably because it is where I started more than anything else. I wish Windows could move to a unix-like OS, you know, how Mac did? Take their already existing interface, Aero, and make it a graphical server like Aqua. Sure, it’d probably take an arse-load of work, but for ALL major OSs to have a commonality like that would be awesome. Anyway, FC6 is nice. The new, dna-like look (yes, dna, not noodles. Get it? “Fedora is in your DNA?”) is real snazzy. The Distro has a nice dark, semi-gothic feel to it, which IMO is FAR superior to that hell that is *buntu. Yes, *buntu. Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Fubuntu (rumors), Nubuntu (Paddy…), Edubuntu. All of them are the *buntu hell. I should get back to my essay, although, I’m very tired of talking about racism. I think I’ll just make stuff up from here on out 😉

GPL vs BSD

October 25, 2006

I’ve been doing some reading. This GPLv3 looks kinda’ controlling. I think I may want a new license (which I should probably post here). I hear that the BSD license is “true freedom.” Anyone have any opinions?

A great README

October 3, 2006

I’m sure most of you can understand this one : http://beyond-summit.blogspot.com/2006/09/no-i-cant-fix-your-computer.html

The Adventures in Pascal : CIS 136 (and a laptop!)

September 27, 2006

So a part of me is hating learning to program before taking this class. It’s boring. Well, I shouldn’t say boring . I didn’t learn (Turbo) Pascal, so it does have that benefit, but the concepts are rather painful to go over after learning them already. I decided to put of actual class work to make a Gorillas clone in TP. Should be fun. I should get back to work on Py2P and ImageCloud, but that may have to wait for my lappy. I’m 6/9 ths the way there! Yes!

It has:

  • AMD Turion64 X2 Mobile TL-60 @ 2ghz (512K cache-per-core)
  • 1.0 GB DDR2 RAM (533mhz I think…)
  • nVidia GeForce Go 6150 (Shared, but I’ll make do. Anything with major graphics will get done on my desktop anyway…)
  • 40GB SATA Harddrive (I think 5200 RPM, but I’ll probably end up NewEgg-ing a bigger, faster, cheaper one 🙂 )
  • 15.4″ WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280×800)
  • 802.11 b/g (Broadcom chipset though, so linux’ll be a pain for wireless)
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer
  • 12 Cell Battery (twice the explosive capabilities of the standard 6 Cell ! )

Apple, the iPod, and C programming

September 23, 2006

I like Apple. I REALLY do. They wouldn’t fix my iPod, citing accidental damage or abuse. Not too surprising, I am rather hard on my stuff. I did find a renewed interest in the homebrew mp3 player scene. Make magazine had a couple good examples (http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/08/open_source_mp3_player_kits.html), as is the EchoMP3 Player (http://www.techdesign.be/projects/020/020.htm). I’ll probably end up doing one of those. My iPod works up to the 20gig mark ( or there about) and my sister keeps telling me to just use less than that, but I can’t help fighting the urge to dissasemble it and see it’s guts.

Pascal Class and School in general

September 19, 2006

Why is it that classes feel compelled to assign homework, en masse, when I am just starting to think I can get some time off?  I had an arse-load of Pascal homework due (8 pages of questions, typed in Courier New, 10pt, single spaced, not including the answers) and a group presentation due in English. I was really hoping to get to work on ImageCloud (a gui would be nice…) and maybe try it in C. I am part of the way through Chapter 2 in my C book, and still remembering it all. Enum is the next topic. Can’t complain too much though. It’s nice to be back in school after two years. May not be IIT or UIUC, but it’s progress, and that’s what really matters, no? Oh, my check cleared so Apple is going to fix my iPod now. w00t.