Too … much … water.

I have come to the conclusion that the Netherlands exist in a subtly alternate dimension. There are several observations which allude to this, but the most prominent and convincing is the physically impossible amount of water that can fall from the sky in a finite time. This would not be possible in the reality that we are used to… but in the twilight zone of NL it can happen and does, often.

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Whoohooo, XFree86 + DRI hacked to suspend/resume

Yes, dear reader(s), I have hacked the radeon drivers so that I can suspend from and resume to an XFree86 server running with active DRI. You can read the low-down here. There is probably going to be some resistance from the developers, as this is still a kludge. It’s quite a good kludge though, don’t you think? By the way, please read the posting carefully. Some people haven’t and got the wrong idea…

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Yet another jewel at emusic.com

Just for clarity: no, I don’t work for emusic, nor am I affiliated with them in any way. However, I would like the concept of affordable and legal on-line music to be proven viable. In anycase, if you have a taste for for the alternative/industrial (I hate to categorise), you should take a listen to the Evil Mothers. You could perhaps start with Pitchforks and Perverts or even I Love Fur.

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Laptop causes Labour of Love

I’ve ported the XFree86 Synaptics touchpad driver to GPM. I’ve spent too many hours trying to diagnose the VT switch bug and finally fixed it with the help of Michel Daenzer. Now I’m trying to get the Radeon to survive a suspend-to-disk and resume whilst in DRI mode. I can suspend and resume (with swsusp) out of X successfully if I’m not using DRI. With DRI I resume into a frozen X.

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Toe matj toe sei, not enaf taim!

The laptop has arrived. It’s big, it’s bad and it’s a bit cranky, which is why I’ve decided to call it Dr Evil. It racks up a pretty respectable 1700 to 1800 FPS with glxgears and the bleeding edge DRI tree Radeon drivers. There is still a (known) problem w.r.t. switching to a VT and back which I’ve documented here. I will let you know if/when this is resolved. I am planning to generate more documentation in the form of a mini-review and of course a Linux howto for this laptop: stay tuned.

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Aaaack…

Yes boys and girls, the bitch of a motherboard (MSI-694D dual FC-PGA) in my work machine went tits up last week. I never trusted the regulator on that thing: if the CPUs were under an oscillating load, one could see small fluctuations on the screen in time with the load. This was the case even when it was new, but do you think any of the suppliers took my complaints seriously?

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Bliss.

I finally broke down and ordered that laptop: Promedion (Clevo) 5600 with Northwood P4 1.8GHz CPU, 256MB DDR ram, 30G HDD, 64MB ATI Mobility Radeon 7500, 15″ 1400×1050 TFT, 3 year on-site. When I get the thing, which should be in a week or so, I’ll make sure to write up a detailed review and document the laptop’s transcendence to the next level of computer consciousness (i.e. the Linux installation). Fortunately I didn’t have to pay the Microf*ck tax (the forced inclusion of a Microslop OS) like with so many other mainstream notebooks.

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