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Thursday, October 25th, 2007
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Ubuntu 7.10 upgrade went fairly smoothly. The process kept getting interrupted when certain packages required user input, typically to modify a file in /etc. I have two observations about this. First: Please defer all user input until the end. Every time I have to make a decision, the upgrade process grinds to a halt until I discover the dialog box under the screensaver. Second: MERGE TOOL PLEASE. Gentoo's console-based etc-update lets me pick which sections of configuration files to keep and which to discard. I don't know where both versions are, so I can't even vimdiff it. No real problems, though. It boots up much faster, and everything else seems to work. The wibbley wobbley window mode drives me crazy, but the more subdued visual effects are nice. BUT WHERE'S THE SYNC-TO-VBLANK?!

Sammy, our recently diabetic cat, is doing well. She's acting like her old self again, vocal and assertive. She's even caught on to the notion that she's only getting fed twice a day, and the complaining has gone down a lot. As long as she's eating, she doesn't mind the insulin shots, but she can move around a lot while eating. There have been... incidents, already. And her sugar levels are still terrible.

Tae Kwon Do World Champion is going gold any day now. The quick match demo is all ready to go. I can't believe how much code I ended up writing for this... and there will be more!

dsmzx is stalled. There's only one showstopper left: it's writing bogus savegames. I've played through a good 20 minutes of Bernard the Bard with no problems. I have another free weekend to take a crack at it. Fixed or no, I'll put my git repository on the internet, so other people can play with the latest stuff regardless of stability. Last time I checked, 2MB of fast memory is available for loading games, which is a very nice margin.

I'm probably going to open a Roth IRA with Scottrade soon, as it was brought to my attention that I need to start saving for retirement starting about 6 years ago. At least I get to use something from my business classes!
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[User Picture]From: stargazer
2007-10-25 10:35 am (UTC)

Gentoo's console-based etc-update lets me pick which sections of configuration files to keep and which to discard. I don't know where both versions are, so I can't even vimdiff it.

I think your old version stays put, and the new version is $FILENAME.dpkg-new. If that's not exactly right, it's at least something close, where the two files will be in the same directory, with the same basename, with one of them in the original location.

I don't know about the GUIs, but if you use aptitude to update your system, it'll explicitly give you the option to shell out when there's a difference between config files so you can do whatever you want to check out the differences. In the GUIs you can probably just wander over to your terminal window, of course, but if not then this option will definitely work.

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From: (Anonymous)
2007-10-27 12:26 am (UTC)
I think I'm going to put 7.10 on my next PC, upgrading in Jan, but what I really want is 8.04, since it's their LTS edition.
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[User Picture]From: kaddar
2007-10-27 12:29 am (UTC)
Er oops, I guess I wasn't logged in when I posted the anonymous message.

Also, yeah, I don't think I've ever just upgraded ubuntu, I always reformat it, but it usually just happens that I wasn't using it enough to have any data I needed to keep. Hopefully that changes more with each release.
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