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The Future

So I’m sitting in a cafe, typing this on my 1.5lb, 8″ laptop with the aid of a Bluetooth mouse, via the 3Mb internet connection provided – again through Bluetooth – by the phone in my pocket. I remember downloading the shareware release of Quake to my spanking new desktop’s 210MB hard disk over a […]

Intel GMA 500 (Poulsbo) graphics on Linux: a precise and comprehensive summary as to why you’re screwed

So, poking around idly on Google this morning, I came across the interesting fact that there is, in fact, a native Linux driver for Intel GMA 500 – Poulsbo – graphics on Linux. Don’t get excited, though. It’s not like it’s actually any use. That was the summary. Here’s the gory details… As I wrote […]

Vaio P: suspend works

Quick update – after a full update of Fedora 10, suspend magically starts working on the Vaio P. Guess something got fixed in the kernel or suspend scripts. Either way, it works. Yay for that. Oh, and – hello Planet Fedora, since I seem to have managed to get myself on there now. 🙂 I’m […]

Vaio P Linux update: Fedora 10

So, an update on the Vaio P and Linux. Basically, it works, with one big caveat. I had some fun getting it to install Fedora 10 – the live CD ISO to USB converter script just didn’t seem to work right, whatever I generated would boot to a flashing cursor (on any system, not just […]

New toy: Vaio P arrived

So, I ordered my Vaio P from the local Sony Store rather than directly from Sony. Good choice – I got to pick it up from the store today, I don’t think any of the direct orders have arrived yet. It’s amazing. A lot of people consider it overpriced compared to ‘normal’ netbooks, but it […]


So tonight I’ve basically switched my main desktop to Fedora. I have dual Cooker and Fedora 10 installs, now, but I plan to stick with Fedora as much as I can. It was pretty easy, really – only took about two hours to make it pretty much identical to my usual desktop. Linux is Linux, […]

Job announcement

So, now I’ve checked I’m allowed to announce it. I’m happy to say that, from February 2nd, I’ll be working for Red Hat, as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer (sadly, I can’t have ‘monkey’ in my job title any more). I’ll be working under Jay Turner in the QE department. Initially I’m going to be […]

Active day: Android on my Titan

Boy, it sure is fun to be irritatingly right, huh? On the topic of yesterday’s post on security: Exhibit A. Yes, I know that’s OS X, not Linux, but it illustrates my point exactly. Install code from random third parties, have your system completely compromised. This could have happened in exactly the same way on […]

On Linux security

Well, I was about to go to bed, but I can’t sleep till I get this written. This was prompted by yet another comment thread in which people seem to believe Linux has some kind of special sauce that keeps them super-safe from malware. The problem is, no, no it doesn’t. In practical respects, from […]

Ow. Ow ow owie.

…so, I just finished off Rock Band 2’s main challenges on drums. I was trying to get through the whole game on first tries without dying, but the last couple of songs took me three or four tries each to get through the intro. foo! Now my right arm and leg hurt like hell. 🙂 […]