Monday, November 21, 2005

So I actually did it 

So I actually did it. I bought a Micron TransPort GX3 for a relative pittance, and set it up with a Cisco wireless NIC. And I’m wireless. I’m lucky because where I live it’s more or less geek central and there are several hot spots. I couldn’t get the NetGear wireless router to work, but now I can probably eBay it.

So: learning Python on my new laptop in bed. Pretty cool. How is it that you can sometimes get what you want?

Friday, November 11, 2005

my OS challenge 

I’ve been worried that I have no Linux chops at all. So I’m buying a second-hand laptop, I’m going to install Linux on it, and I’m going to configure it for wireless Ethernet. When I told all this to the guy at the Used Computer Store, he sort of chuckled. Hubris? I’ve been checking out Linux on Laptops for some advice, and it looks like many other people have tried it and documented their journeys. The worst thing that will happen is I have a laptop that boots Knoppix.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

You wonder if something that made people happy is a good enough reason to develop. You see inefficient drudgery and you want to relieve it. It's a good impulse, but sometimes it's the wrong way to look at a problem.

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