Monthly Archives: September 2004

Linux and APM and ACPI and my Thinkpad and …

My primary computer is my IBM T20 thinkpad, running Debian unstable. It’s hooked up to the rest of my home network through a wireless connection. Last week, every thing went south.

First, because my wife has been having a lot of trouble getting a good connection to the wireless network from her computer, I upgraded the access port (after futzing around with antennas for a day or so). I put in a new Linksys WAP. One of the cool ones, with Linux inside.

And, I took the opportunity to get a 802.11g PCMCIA card for my laptop.

First mistake.

No Drivers.

I ended up building ndiswrapper against 2.6.8.1, and using the Windows driver. I’m not thrilled about that, but I do like the increased bandwidth to the real computers upstairs.

Then, I did a apt-get dist-upgrade. And got upgraded to kernel 2.6.8.1-3.

Which won’t suspend properly.

The magick keys don’t even register, much less do anything. Turns out I’m not the first person to have this problem, so, I have some hope it will get fixed.

I took a stab at upgrading my BIOS to the most recent cut, hoping ACPI would work. It did a little bit, as long as I disabled X DPMS, and was willing to suspend only once before rebooting.

I usually leave the laptop running for weeks.

So I down graded back to 2.6.7.

And realized that I don’t have support for the new network card there.

Windows 2000, on an identical laptop, had been up for 253 days, before I rebooted it to pull the floppy drive to do the BIOS upgrade on this machine.

I suppose that’s what I get for running unstable.

What’s worse? It’s been _fun_.

TBR: To Die in Italbar by Roger Zelazny

Zelazny near the height of his power, before Amber took over. OK, I liked the first few, and they were nearly as good as, “This Immortal”, or “Creatures of Light and Darkness”, but not nearly as good as “Lord of Light” or his shorter works, collected, in “The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth”

I have high hopes, but we’ll see how soon it gets to the top of the To Be Read stack.

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TBR: Dark Ladies by Fritz Leiber

This is a two in one. “Conjure Wife” and “Our Lady of Darkness”.

I know I’ve got Conjure Wife somewhere, in an old edition, but I don’t have any chance of getting Our Lady of Darkness. I’ve liked pretty much everything he’s written, so I picked this one up, also.

This is pretty far away in style from Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, but that’s not a bad thing, as much as I loved those books.

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TBR: Agyar by Steven Brust

Steven Brust is one my favorite authors that I’ve started reading recently. That’s a mixed blessing for me. It means I’ve got a backlist to read, but I wish I’d had him to read during some dry spells. This one is from his back list. Read the first few pages at the bookstore, but only because I couldn’t resist, I knew I was buying it as soon as I saw it.

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TBR: Inversions by Iain M. Banks

My boss loaned me Look to Windward, and told me I had to read it. He was right, and as soon as I found some other of Ian M. Banks’s books, I bought them. He also reminded me that Iain Banks is the same person, but not the same author. That author writes “real literature”, not genre.

I can read and enjoy “real lit”, but prefer SF. If I need seriosity, I’ll reread Dhalgren.

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