Here is a message to let you know I'm still alive.
My grandfather's funeral was last friday. It snowed heavily the night and morning beforehand, and then immediately switched to melting away for the day. It made for a beautiful, if surreal, day. By the time everything was over, the snow was all gone.
I did a few other family-related things until wednesday. Starting then, I did absolutely nothing. Man, I really needed it. With everything that's been going on, my academic performance that last week was really poor. So this week, I mostly just used Jon's playstation. I finished the game of .hack infection that I started last thanksgiving, and went all the way through to the last boss in .hack mutation, was insta-killed, and didn't feel like playing the level over to get to the boss again. So, maybe next break.
I also finally upgraded bender to OpenBSD 3.4 (now that 3.5 is imminent (obtw, have you seen the 3.5 CARP license sketch
yet? I think it's pretty amusing, but you really need to read the backstory to understand what they're talking about.)) I'd been avoiding this because they changed the binary format from a.out to ELF for this release, and.. that's a scary upgrade. Fortunately, by following these instructions
, it was a piece of cake. I still have a couple of ports to recompile, but it went very smoothly compared to, say, my 3.3 upgrade.
So, my ThinkPad 600E has been a pretty liveable machine. It has plenty of memory to run all the apps I need to run, and the processor is fast enough for mozilla. I've been struggling with the 6GB hard drive, but I might be able to get my hands on a 20GB drive soon. I love how this thing actually has hardware video acceleration. I can watch futurama in fullscreen! However, there isn't much video memory. I had atlas record the Doctor Who episode I missed, and transcoded it to 640x480 xvid, but that resolution is too big for the hardware scaler on here! So, there are quirks, and it's been making some really strange noises lately, but it works quite well as an everyday machine. Especially compared to my old NEC Versa laptop. Too bad I'm not filthy stinking rich, because I'd like to find out what it's like to use a laptop that's not 6-8 years out of date.
I think it's not going to be very fun to go back to school. I think there is a lot of work waiting for me there. I hope that it'll be warm when I get back. I'm pale as death, and I could stand to do some of that work in the sun :P