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Mar. 12th, 2008 | 07:24 pm

I've just wasted the entire damn day looking at laptops, trying to install at least some flavour of Ubuntu on my poor old G3 iBook (result: installed, eventually, but can't boot, so had to reinstall Tiger, which may be slow on it but at least works), swearing at wifi connections, trying to update the firmware on the Eee because I thought it had screwed up my wifi trying to download an update but actually it's probably my router now I've decided, and generally not doing anything productive. Yes, I do have things I need to do, or need to have been doing.

I had an idea that I would save money by buying a 17" PC laptop and putting Linux on it but this has all reminded me that

(a) Linux is still shit on laptops, unless it's a setup that's actually been designed with the hardware in mind and vice versa; sorry Linux, it's not your fault, it's the hardware and lack of drivers and so on, but you are crap. I've been here before. This was why I got a Mac in the first place. Ironically the one that is now suffering from forced OS obsolescence courtesy of damn Apple.

(b) Therefore I'd end up going back to Windows because something wouldn't work, and I've been there before too - I get really bloody pissed off with it and pow, a few months down the line I realise I've wasted large amounts of time and money on something I don't want to use and I crack and buy a Mac.

(c) Most 17" PC laptops that are significantly cheaper than a Macbook Pro look awful, are terribly bulky and perform significantly worse, anyway. If I'm going to spend a grand or more I might as well just get the damn Mac.

(d) If I don't have at least a slightly decent laptop though I will end up sitting at home all damn day not working.

(e) I hate routers.

(f) I hate computers.

(g) I hate everything.

I did get Second Life running on the Eee though, frames per second ranging from one to three admittedly but good lord. The Eee, when it is not suffering from router-related cripplement, is still a little thing of joy. I hated it for a bit earlier on but now I've forgiven it.

Right, off to reset the router then, at which point it will randomly re-assign all my network IP addresses and I will have to edit a whole bunch of config files and stuff. I hate networks as well as routers. I deliberately didn't do any of the networking modules at university because I knew, deep down, that networks were shit, and I was right.

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Rabbi Mindbender

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from: elijahdprophet
date: Mar. 12th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
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A friend of mine broke down and put xp on his eee. I am enjoying it under eeeXubuntu, but I don't do a lot with it yet.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Mar. 12th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
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That does seem to indicate some sort of breakdown, indeed. I have not installed any other OS myself, as I like the idea of keeping my home folder backed up on the SD card and then being able to just F9 to restore, and copy everything back.

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Rabbi Mindbender

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from: elijahdprophet
date: Mar. 12th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
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The F9 restore was nice, but I already owned an external CD drive so reinstalling ubuntu is pretty easy. I put /home on the SD after I killed my ubuntu install the first time and had to start from scratch :-P

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