Saturday, 23 February 2008

WiFi plans dashed...

The computer store I was hoping to go to get the WiFi card installed was closed. Looks like I've got to try and catch them during the week and see if they can install it. I'll let you know if there's any update, but until then, it looks like my exercise of install the WiFi card is on hold.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Gentoo's new kernel, and plans for the weekend

After coming off "on-call" duties for the job I'm doing, I did an update on my PC. The usual mantra is something like:
root@lasek ~ $ emerge --sync && emerge -DNuva --with-bdeps y world

This will trigger off a sync with the world repositories of Gentoo and get you everything that is considered the latest of what is available out there. It will then see what is new compared to your system, and ask if you want to upgrade. Pressing "enter" by itself will trigger that off. After sometime (and hopefully with no errors), it will return to the command prompt. This is where you need to check the dependencies on your system, by issuing:
root@lasek ~ $ etc-update && revdep-rebuild

Now, you need to check your configuration files to see if they need updating. For most configuration files, you just accept the defaults. The only thing you need to look out for is if you have manually changed the configuration file. Then it's an opportunity to merge your customisation into the configuration files installed by the upgrade. Next comes the system as it checks all the dependencies. It may take some time, but sure enough, your systems binaries are now fully aware of their dependencies.

I noticed that a new kernel had been downloaded. The next step I did was to upgrade my kernel. This was done with:
root@lasek ~ $ mount /boot
root@lasek ~ $ cd /usr/src
root@lasek /usr/src $ rm linux
root@lasek /usr/src $ ln -s linux-2.6.23-gentoo-r8 linux
root@lasek /usr/src $ cd
root@lasek /usr/src $ genkernel --menuconfig --kernel-config=/etc/kernels/kernel-config-x86-2.6.23-gentoo-r6 --splash=gentoo all && emerge nvidia-drivers

Wait some more time, and reboot. You'll get this:
evilric@lasek ~ $ uname -a
Linux lasek 2.6.23-gentoo-r8 #1 SMP PREEMPT Thu Feb 21 20:22:05 EST 2008 i686 Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux

Not much to actually do, but huge rewards!

Lastly, my plans for the weekend are centred around the computer again. I own the Toshiba P20, and it's been good to me for about 5 years, but it never had a WiFi card. So my idea is to get a WiFi card installed, get it working on the Windows partition, and then spend the rest of the weekend attempting to get it working under Gentoo Linux. I accept all words of advice, and wishes of good luck!

Saturday, 16 February 2008

On call work, well done Mr Rudd, and Ana blogs -- so listen up!

I'm on-call this weekend. It was a killer night the other night, and I was up for more than 24 hrs. I hate it. It drains me. The boss I work for is great. Very understanding, and was up for half the night with me on one of the calls. The picture below is a shot of me (playing around with the timer setting of camera) - after getting up from a long night.
Ric tired during on-call
I need sleep! I've got that weird tired look in my eyes. I should be better next week! I need to take more photos (just of things in general). I can't believe it's been 4 months I've been away from my wife. I do visit her (and our puppy) every so often, but it's not the same as living with her.

Secondly, well done to Mr Rudd for doing something recently that the Howard Government couldn't do for over a decade while in office. Well done on saying "sorry". Keep in mind you don't need to apologise to me if you don't stuff the Internet up in the first place!

Lastly, a friend I met recently, who lives in India, set up a blog a few days ago. Ana is asking everyone to listen, so then, everyone have a visit! I'm sure she'll have interesting things to say on it.

Saturday, 9 February 2008

Gentoo is still keeping up to date...

I was having a chat (via Gmail's chat) with a friend of mine I used to work with, at the previous company where I was employed, and the conversation went onto Open Source, Linux distributions and eventually Gentoo. He said he wasn't happy with Gentoo, as his perceptions was that since the leader (Daniel Robbins) left, the project has essentially collapsed. He also stated that there hasn't been a recent LiveCD release, which I prompted him to a previous post I made in this blog.

Not so... and here's poof. Yesterday, on my Windows XP desktop at work, my version of Mozilla Firefox updated itself to And after issuing the update commands on my Gentoo machine:
root@lasek ~ # emerge --sync && emerge -DNuva --with-bdeps y world
root@lasek ~ # etc-update
root@lasek ~ # revdep-rebuild

...I've got a freshly compiled version of Firefox which I am using to write this article with.Mozilla Firefox Browser on a Gentoo Linux distributionAccording to the release notes off the website, it was finialised on 7.02.2008. And here's my build identifier from my about: page above:
  • Build identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/2008020912 Firefox/
Well done to the guys at Gentoo for keeping things rolling!

And if you're reading this blog using another browser that's tied in with a proprietary Operating System, maybe you should visit the Mozilla site and download the latest version of Firefox. Right after you install a better Operating System!:-)

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Gmail came back... and it looks fine.

Just wanted to add, as a follow-up to my post yesterday, that Gmail is back, and was up as of this morning. It looked like it happily accepted emails from various sources while I couldn't access it. Strangely enough, I was still able to access blogger and I could connect to gChat (via Pidgin). As I contacted them through their website to report a problem, I still haven't heard back from them yet (even a generic email would have been appreciated). Anyway... all good!

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Everyone is human... even GMail.

I can't believe it. For the first time since I've used the service (which is about 4 years), Gmail is down -- "Temporary Error (502)"!

GMail is down - 20080206

And this can't be the first time, since they already have a help page on it. I wonder what's wrong. Do feel free to write to me if you know, but I won't find out until the service is back up and running.