The TIP

I have an Abit KT7 motherboard. I like it, except for one little thing: for some or other reason, Abit chose to mount a non-ball-bearing fan on the Northbridge chipset heatsink. Now, if you’re going to put any kind of fan in a computer, make sure it’s a ball-bearing fan, as it’s probably going to be doing its thing 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

In anycase, this fan of mine started making an awful noise a while ago and shortly after that stopped rotating quite as fast as it should have. Because of the guarantee, I was able to get a swap-out (i.e. a new motherboard).

Well, it happened again. This time however, I did NOT feel like taking the whole computer in just to have the motherboard replaced (because of a FAN!); it’s a good vendor, but they’re kind of strict with their guarantee conditions. So, I removed the fan from the heatsink, removed the sticker from the bottom and added a drop of sewing machine oil to the axle. Sticker back on, fan screwed on the heatsink again, it’s now quiter than ever (even than when it was brand new). I’m very happy… :)

GAim yaaaaaay!

The newer versions of everybuddy (multi-protocol IM client) were getting progressively worse, at least on my systems. So, by chance I saw that GAim now also has support for IM networks other than AIM through its plugin system. I gave it a shot and I’m really impressed! It’s stable on my configurations and supports AIM, ICQ, Yahoo chat, MSN, Jabber, Zephyr and IRC. It even has a napster plugin. The kitchen sink will be included in the next release. In spite of all this, it has a smallish footprint… aaaaah, IM bliss. Gaim is available from http://gaim.sourceforge.net/.

KDE 2.1

The KDE programming environment (APIs, documentation, conventions) is quite impressive. After having played around with konqueror (which is an impressive application in itself) I decided to have a glance at how KDE itself has progressed since I last had a quick look (1.x somewhere). It’s still a shame about the use of Qt. I know that this is a good library and that it’s free for the development of free software for X11, but that’s still not absolutely free.

I have nothing against proprietary software (I’ve written a few lines myself) but for something like KDE it would have been nice if its use were entirely unrestricted, i.e. for the development of free and commercial software on any platform.

In spite of this, the KDE programming environment is still worth spending some time on, and so I will continue… :)