After a serious hour or two’s use of the newish (now two months old) laptop, I’ve decided that some of the bugs are too buggy and need sorting.
ASUS auto-updater shows a blank window with blank pop-up items ASUS single-sign-on is appalling slow, and more of a hindrance than a help. Norton Security Centre just appears to suck in general The last one is pretty much a given, I think that’s the general feeling everywhere regarding that product, but I thought I’d let the three month free licence run its course and get some experience using the product — the three months can’t end soon enough.
I’m starting to think that getting Microsoft Vista on the new laptop was a mistake… It seems so slow! I know darned well it isn’t the hardware…
Oh, and then there’s the “service” from Telstra BigPond… It seems that despite Vista having been available in development for almost two years and publicly available for two months, they don’t support it yet, or not in any information on their websites!
After half an hour yesterday of poking around with various wireless connection panels on Vista I gave up and plugged a piece of UTP in and set up a wired connection, then tried calling the technical support to ask how to get the wireless laptop to talk to the wireless router across less than a metre of desk space.
Since I’ve changed roles at work it has been deemed that I no longer warrant the use of a laptop, something I’d found to be useful enough that the lack was a slight annoyance. Happy enough with the ASUS model from work, we looked around and decided to buy one ourselves… the F3JV seems to be fit the specifications and price.
Only one small problem though. I’ve been trying to buy one since mid-January.
First it ran Windows Vista, then Windows 7, this is about slaptop, our ASUS f3jr laptop.
Checking on drivers from http://support.asus.com/
BIOS: 203 453.17kB Audio: V18.104.22.16834 LAN: V6.186.1103.2006 Modem: M:V1.8D:V22.214.171.124 TouchPad: V126.96.36.199 11.32M Wireless: V10.6.0.46 3.61M Video: V8.33 CCC 113.8M What on earth is there in a video driver that makes it 113M in size!
Installed drivers Video ATI Mobility Radeon X2300
8.33-061220-040818 2D -- 7.01.01.569 3D -- 7.
This is about slaptop, our family Windows laptop.
version one was an ASUS f3jr laptop, but as seems to happen with ASUS laptops, the stiff metal hinges snapped through the brittle plastic case leaving us with an unusable system. version two is an MSI cr640 … so far so good. Delivered with Windows Vista it was upgraded to Windows 7, then Windows 10. I use it infrequently, mostly for the one part of my photo processing workflow that involves the Geosetter metadata editor.
There’s not much to say about an IBM laptop — even one that’s made by IBM. Black, portable, provided by work at no cost to myself, it gets the job done.
A Pentium III, 256M of RAM, 10G of disk. I think there are two dud pixels on the LCD, glowing like little red eyes from the black background. There also seems to be a CMOS problem, since most of the time after I turn it off, when it comes back on again I have to reset the time and date.
Vanity site? Technology experiment? Learning tool? Blog? Journal? Diary? Photo album? I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you…
I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.
Its all been here a fairly long time. Like the papers on my desk, or the books on the bedside table, the pile just grew… and it all grew without much plan or structure. I try not to break URLs, so historical oddities abound.
Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried PHP, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on Emacs Org mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is Org mode and hugo.