by Mark on

My jimmies were definitely rustled

I splashed water on my laptop yesterday. I’ve seen parents take longer to react to a child in danger. Really:

“Oh…” *flip it over, smoosh it with a towel, rip out battery and power cord* “…fuck.

I stripped the Samsung down to its bare components, and laid them out overnight on paper. I came as close to praying as I ever come, because the Samsung is my lifeline to everyone. Literally-and I don’t throw that word in a serious manner very often. Skype, work, play, and a fair amount of odds and ends of files. There wouldn’t be much actual important data lost outside of possibly my Sublime Text editor (and other application) configs.

Everything else is mostly Music? Google Music. Documents? Google Drive. Photos and videos? Dropbox or Amazon Glacier. And all of that because I fucking prepared. Everything goes into backup.

Reassembled, the laptop works fine except for the keyboard, but that was expected. I’ve already ordered a replacement board (which will be in Cyrillic because I’m just that metal a touch typer \m/).

In the meanwhile I’ve borrowed a USB-powered Dell keyboard from the hackerspace. It clacks. Loudly so.

Ubuntu died

by Mark on

I did an in-place do-release-upgrade yesterday. The laptop was not completely plugged in, and the battery went out when the upgrade process was about 75% complete. Since then, things have been…very interesting due to the lack of 64-bit recovery media in the hackerspace.


by Mark on

I’ve been quiet here. The new laptop is awesome. There are no two ways about it. I’m having a ball playing World of Warcraft and enjoying the Internet, as a whole, in a marginally-higher resolution.

Oh yeah, school work. Totally. See:

Oh yeah, new laptop

by Mark on

Screen: 13.3″ Widescreen (1366×768)
Processor: Intel Core i5 2430M – 2.4GHz
Memory: 4GB DDR3 (1 x 4GB)
Hard disk: 640GB – 5400 rpm SATA2
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GT520M – 1 GB DDR3
Optical drive: Dual Layer DVD-ReWriter
Card reader: 4 in 1 (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
Network: Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless, BlueTooth 3.0
Colour: Black
Peripheral ports: 3 x USB2.0, HDMI, VGA
Battery: 6 cell 4400mAh
Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Dimensions: (w x d xh) 31.5cm x 21.8cm x 3.3cm
Weight: 2.1KG

The laptop should be on my doorstep by Friday and I am oh-so-excited. :D

This means:

Undocumented Applications

by Mark on

I have absolutely nothing against Windows and Microsoft. I toast them every bit of deserved success in the desktop arena. But Windows on the desktop just isn’t for me; Linux has always offered me the perfect user experience on the desktop because it allows me to tweak, fiddle and change almost every damn thing. Want proof? I regularly berate Linux evangelists and wind0ze haters for being a pain in the ass.

And with this said, one of the fun things (…well, fun for me. Your own mileage may vary) I’ve been doing has been to take what I have learned about Windows systems, Windows programming and Windows utilities, and apply this to Linux. Turn C# into Mono. Turn CPUID’s CPU-Z into cat /proc/cpuinfo and dmidecode.