April 25, 2007

New Laptop, an X60s

I've been meaning to post about this for a little while. I was getting tired of a nasty battery problem on my old T43p and we've started getting in the new 60 series of laptops at work. I decided to replace the old machine with the X60s and I'm super glad I did.

It is a remarkable laptop: 100gb sata drive, 7 hours of battery life (with the extendo battery) and 1.83ghz core duo proccy's with up to 4 gigabytes of ram. It's insanely fast and at twice the battery life and half the weight. It has a built in EDGE card and more than enough power to run Ubuntu in a vm. I've not tried installing Linux native yet on it, but the performance under linux is plenty snappy enough. I've even started using this little side bag from linux.conf.au 2007 that's perfecto for it.

I understand they have a 1400x1050 version, but I'm actually happier than I thought I would be with 1024x768. Full screen modes (F11 in firefox) are your friend. Also, it has a video card fast enough that I can play Homeworld 2 on it. It is a fairly remarkable thing.

April 24, 2007

Flop Sweat, Parts 1 and 2...

You know, I had much longer posts that I was going to write about this post by Hugh MacLeod and the billboards that Ask has been putting up about the algorithm having killed Jeeves, but you know what? It's really not worth my time. I'm going to watch TV.

It's all quite pathetic, really. It this the best they can do? I mean, Really? Come on...

April 7, 2007

Squirrel OSHA and some Graffiti: Library people are retards.......

I'm sitting in a private study room on the UIC campus and some friendly soul has written, with marker on the wall, "Library people are retards" . The UIC is a funny place. They have flying squirrels here. Seriously! I'm looking through the window at a squirrel who appears to be gathering nesting material for its den. Quite the industrious animal, imagine climbing up 4 stories of external wire fencing and other construction to get some detritus. The drama of hanging 4 stories over the quad, the adventure of hopping around the fence by scooching around the wiring. The excitement of the locating of the seeds that blew onto the roof.

To be a squirrel in Chicago seems like a lot of cold high wire work. Is there a squirrel OSHA? Nope...but searching for Squirrel OSHA is fearsome and not for the faint of heart or gentle of soul.

Man I'm sleepy. It's been a good visit to Chicago though. More on that when I'm at some real bandwidth and can upload my pictures.