Quad monitors

My office mate is on hiatus, so I decided to steal his monitors and do a quad-mon setup. Productivity is definitely increased, but I seem to be straining my neck as well. My desk is not deep enough to be able to down four monitors, and curve them around in a way that prevents me […]

The wife build

Finally got around to building Qian a PC of her own. Cobbled together pieces of my old P4 box (case, power supply), my newer desktop (my older monitor, 2GB of RAM [of which 1GB was inaccessible to 32-bit XP anyways]), and some peripherals she had for her laptop (keyboard / mouse), et voila, a $250 […]

More Hardy on X60 investigation…

Still tinkering away with Ubuntu Hardy Heron on the Thinkpad X60. Since my last posting, Ubuntu updated their kernel to 2.6.24-16, and the corresponding modules package has a newer iwl3945 driver (version 1.2.0, though compat-wireless has 1.2.23). The wireless on this machine appears to work out of the box now. I suspended and resumed a […]

Opening Microsoft

I guess Microsoft just made an announcement that they’re going to become more open or something. The announcement seems pretty vague but lets hope that they at least do some of what the promise. But I tend to think that this is not Microsoft’s attempt to become all nice and fair. History has shown that […]

KDE on Windows

Although I haven’t used KDE in a while, I applaud their efforts to make KDE apps available on Windows. Having lots of users is one of the most important aspects of a successful open source project, and the KDE developers have just opened themselves up to the remaining 90% of the user base. The more […]

Macworld Keynote thoughts

Time Capsule: meh. I don’t know that it’s any more compelling than services like mozy. I guess it could be convenient though. I can see that people who just want it to work would pay for it. iTunes movie rentals: Cool, but netflix is still cheaper. If it were $1.99 per rental than I’m definitely […]

Holy Smokes

I spent an evening messing around with Pyblosxom. I was going to use it to restart my keyboard blog. It was supposed to a somewhat fun exercise in python, and I was also tired of the Movable Type admin interface being so slow. After a couple hours of hacking, I decided that Pyblosxom is too […]

Dell 3007WFP-HC continued

I just came back from the Apple store to check out the somewhat older 30 inch cinema display. It also has a noticeable anti-glare coating. But I have to say I didn’t find it as distracting as on my Dell. While it was fairly prominent, it seemed to produce less color variation. It’s important to […]

State of FOSS Review 2007

It’s the end of the year, and my office is empty, so seems like as good a time as any to reflect on the past year of FOSS developments. Noteworthy Happenings Ubuntu 7.04 and 7.10 were released: While perhaps not as revolutionary as the original Ubuntu releases, these releases represented incremental improvements, and solid steps […]