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Tue, 27 Feb 2007
Times when you wish etch were stable - 11:21
I really can not whine about this as I do not do work to fix it myself,
however I tried to install sarge (3.1r5) on a recent dell machine (Dimension
C521) for something I was working on yesterday. First the cd would not see the
cd drive or the hard disk. So I found a sarge install cd someone had created
with a 2.6.20 kernel and that worked. However the next hurdle, once packages
were installed was that X did not just work with the nvidia card (nv free
driver in 4.3.0) in the machine.
At this point I could either try testing/etch or install from a dapper cd I
had sitting in the office. As it would save burning an etch/testing cd (which
we may need rc2 for a clean install anyway?) I ended up installing dapper. At
least I can still use the debian packages if need be, however I am definitely
looking forward to etch being stable so it will work on more recent hardware
for a while.
I guess the argument could be made I should have simply used etch, and if I
am going to complain at all I should get off my arse and do work on debian to
help get it out the door. Ahh well, machine is up and running now and I can
get the work I need done on it.
Sun, 25 Feb 2007
AROC Sprint in Canberra - 21:45
I took my camera with my while doing an
AROC Adventure Race on
Saturday. This was just a short one, what used to be called a Sprint adventure
race. I still like to call them Sprints, it is all a matter of perspective
after all. When people frown at you and say "but a sprint is a fast anaerobic
effort, maybe 30 seconds max" you can just say you are simply looking at it
from a point of view of duration and comparing it with the 48 hour or 5 to 10
Anyway Bruce and Ron raced with me, I made some Nav errors and we lost a bit
of time, but who cares we had a great time and I learnt a few lessons to make
note of for next time. Bring on the 12 hour at the end of March.
Oh and the photos from the race are all on my
AROC Adventure Race -
Canberra, 2007-02-24 photos page.
Fri, 23 Feb 2007
The Polaris Challenge encouraging mental scars - 23:00
Oooh the location for the 2007 Polaris Challenge was announced today, In Black
Springs just near Oberon, however this is not the interesting part. Marea and
I have had no idea what to do costume wise this year. One other thing that was
announced with the final details today is the theme.
The Rocky Horror Picture show is the theme of the Polaris Challenge this
year. I see soooo much potential to inflict even more mental scarring on
people than I have in
years. Ahh this theme
could be oh so wrong.
Fri, 16 Feb 2007
Who says junk mail is all bad? - 19:53
A few months ago I saw mention somewhere of a new Motorola phone platform that
would be coming out sometime, it had some new display technology called
e-paper, apparently it only requires power for changes in display, not to
maintain any of the image. In black and white (or it seems blue and white)
only rather than colour as most phones have now days. The battery life should
allow for something like 2 or 3 weeks between charges on standby (due to no
colour lcd screen draining power and some other advances).
I saw mention of the fact that it had debuted in India already, however apart
from knowing the phone was based on what Motorola called the SCPL (Scalpel)
platform and that it should come out sometime in Australia I had no idea when
it would be released and searching the web for "motorola scpl" in Australia
had no results really. It should be a really thin (9mm thick) light phone with
basics and no fancy useless crap.
Upon my arrival home today I grabbed some junk mail from the letter box and was
leafing through it when I happened to notice a phone for sale called the
"Motorola F3" which was obviously a SCPL phone. Woohoo, I may finally be able
to get one, now if only I can find someone in Canberra who sells them rather
them so I can use with my existing plan (Optus locked is not my idea of buying
a new phone which appears to be what the stores an ebay Australia that I have
found via google have available).
Mon, 12 Feb 2007
Triple Triathlon 2006, 32 Flavours report finally online. - 16:15
After waiting for a few months for the final shirt to arrive I finally decided
it was not likely to happen in a reasonable time frame so I wrote my 2006
Triple Triathlon report. Shanyn, Randall and Bruce have all read it and liked
it well enough so I
spread the word
So if anyone wants to know, this is the
2006 Triple Triathlon for
the 32 Flavours team. Fun was had, thanks again to Shanyn and Bruce for
racing with me.
Mon, 05 Feb 2007
Working Week Series 2007 - Lithgow - Round 1 - 16:45
Well I have to say I enjoy racing in Stu's Working Week series races, 8 hours
is a god length of time to race. Either solo if you want to do a bit of
endurance, or my preference in Pairs for a good hit out. Sarah and I decided
to head on up and compete in round 1 of the 2007 Working Week Series at
We camped at the course and met up with a few other friends, some form
Canberra, some from Sydney when we got there on Saturday arvo. Then come
Sunday we rode around for 8 hours and drove home. Much fun was had. I wrote a
few words to put with a few photos an have them up on a
Working Week Series -
Lithgow Round 1 page.
Thu, 01 Feb 2007
Molly Ivins, Shrub, Letting the Dogs Out, etc. - 14:29
I was saddened today when I saw a post on Metafilter saying
Molly Ivins has passed
away. She has for years been an amusing and insightful outstanding voice in US
politics. Regularly taking the mickey of the incumbent idiots there. I tend to
attribute to her the nickname Shrub that is often applied to the current US
president. Largely due to her book "Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life
of George W. Bush" (which alas turned out to be a much longer political life
than guessed at the time).
The wikipedia article and the metafilter post both link to a short
to Molly Ivins by her editor for the last few years. I guess all I can
hope is her messages of getting involved in government (especially to the
youth) and not simply sitting by the sidelines will influence people even
posthumously by the next US election.
remembering how much she rocked.