Archive for August 2009

No netbook, but soon talisman.

“The CPU module is ready. I had thought this would be the slowest part. We actually have all of the electronics done. The issue is the bottom case. In order to make the units fanless, the bottom of the case had to be made from metal instead of plastic. The first metal mold wasn’t as good a fit as we wanted so the bottom was remolded. I am told that on the outside, 20 September is the ship date.

I know it is frustrating but we are not trying to just push out cheap junk. This will be a remarkable prouct when completed.

We are selling preproduction units with fans but it is really better to get the production units now that they are so close to being out.”

Was Michael Mbarnes response to my latest mail, and i really hope that the computer will live up to my expectations, else i will commit suicide or something like that. From the start they said june, now its late september.

The Reaper sold out in a few hours after it was restocked, so there ain’t gonna be any reaper for me, but Talisman and Talisman Dungeon is soon ready to be shipped, i cannot wait until they are here!

My graphics card died a few days ago, and after going to the stores and getting to know that i would be forced to pay about 200$ for a new one, because it’s a darn good AGP card, and those are out of date by now. I found a better card for 40$ at a local geek =D It’s an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra AGP, and it’s working to perfection after i found out which driver it was that i needed, thanks to our wonderful wiki.
Too bad that suspend stopped working, and as I’m an avid user of that I’m quite unhappy. Hopefully the forum guys will be able to help me with that.

Stopped with everyman

I decided to stop with everyman, for two reasons:
1. I don’t really have very much power over my schedule, so it is quite hard some days to get a nap.
2. I never really got back to everyman after changing times, in order to adjust you have to be a zombie for a few days, and i cannot do that with school going on.
3. I play in a lot of orchestras, and they love moving around their times, sometimes causing me to not being able to take a nap.

I still like everyman very much, and i will probably go back to it the nearest holiday, i think it’s the perfect way to extend your holidays, and work/school days if you haven’t got too much activities after school.
I’ll hopefully pull my brain together and write some tips for people that wants to try everyman.

Slept 10 hours.

The latest 3 days i have been “kicked in” in my school. We have done various events in our class while the older students have been terrorizing us and sprayed water at us. It have overall been hell of a tired, and all of my class have slept way longer than what they are used to. And I’m not different.
The latest two days i haven’t gotten up at 21:30 after my evening nap, but continued sleeping until 7. My mother (who doesn’t like my sleep schedule the slightest) thinks that it is a “sign that i must sleep more” i almost yelled at her for the first in a long time that i knew how she felt and that i knew better myself how i feel.
But now the kick-in is ended, and I’ll try to sleep less again. It was damn stupid to change the times two days before school, i should have done it at least a week before.

My “home-teacher”, the teacher that’s in charge of our class is pretty nice. She is one of the teachers involved in my schools webpage, and i convinced her to let the class to one of the computer rooms to check the e-mail adress we got. She wasn’t late to ask me if i was interested in computers xD. She blogs daily and we have got to read the blogs in class. We were also to write a reply to her on paper, and there i mentioned my blog. That was yesterday so today she commented on my sleep, although she misunderstood most of it and probably didn’t read especially much she just thought i had problems to start going up early in the morning.
I commented on her blog and we’ll see if she’ll comment back =D

Still no netbook

Gaaah, there is still no sign of that my netbook have been shipped yet, the president of nohrtec told me that everything would be done the third week in august, too bad that half of the workdays in the third week of august already passed.
There is no sign that Talisman is back in stock either, i mailed them earlier and one guy said it would be back in stock the 13th, I fired off another mail now saying that was a week ago.

Tonight i slept 7 hours, just in case, because i didn’t want to be a zombie the first day of school. After seeing my schedule i have delayed my first nap to 15:30 and i slept very good today.

A pure hell

Today was pure hell, was tired from around 10 and it have been like that the rest of the day. I haven’t done almost anything at all. I also overslept my second nap but i cannot blame myself for that. As it is school tomorrow and i don’t wanna be tired i will go to bed earlier tonight. Either 1 or 2, depending on how tired i am.

Tired

I was right, i was hell of a tired around 11: tired, bored and restless. I didn’t feel for doing anything. But i ate some sandwiches and that made it less of a hell until lunch, and after that it was sleeping time. I slept really good, although i was still tired when it was time to get up. Probably because i slept about 32 minutes. I have prepared for a long night now, i took the bike and went for a ride, 6.5 km in 20 kph and bought some chips. That will hopefully keep me up until three, or at least 2.

After the ride i felt really refreshed, something i haven’t been for the whole summer, and i really was in a non-lazy mood. I really felt for fixing something with arch or python and ended up installing tremfusion, something i have thought of for a while. I also ROT13′d a qwerty keyboard =D

School starting in two days

School will start in two days, and that forces me to rethink my sleep schedule. I cannot sleep at 11:00 or anytime around that, unless i manage to find a lunchbreak i can collapse on the toilet on, so i have to move around the times.
I’ve got two alternatives, as the school will be from about 8 to ~15.
Have a nap at 7:00 and one nap when i get home at 15. That would force me to get to sleep at about 9 or 10, and go up at 1 or 2. That would probably feel very weird, cause i would wake up when everybody just got to sleep, forcing me to be quiet for 6 hours and not being able to watch the occasional movie with the family in the evening.
Have my core end at 7, and start at 3. That would give me a nap at 15 when i get home from school, and one at 21.
I decided to go with the second, as it doesn’t really have any big consequences. The only thing i would miss is the feeling to go up at 5 in the morning and go out and feel the fresh air.
So last night i moved my nap from 19 to 21, and that made me very tired. After 23 i had problems keeping my eyes open by the TV (i was too tired to sit by the computer), and i had no way of keeping myself awake until 3 unless i consumed a lot of coffe, and that would mess with the sleep, so i went to bed at 12 and slept to 7, getting a very long sleep but with that i took up some shortened naps from the earlier days, and made it possible to stay up to 3
I will now not go to bed until 14, and that will probably cause a drop in alertness around 11, but i will probably make it through that one.
The school will start at wednesday, and the first week will have almost no lessons and mostly activities for the classes to get to know eachother, so i don’t know when the school will end, and at worst i won’t get my schedule until next week so i can see when i end the day. I may be forced to move around the 15 nap, and i will see if it is possible to have the nap at different times different days.

My overall standing to these different schedules are very good, people might think that you get less time with friends and so, but i have gotten way more. Earlier i would sit by the computer 24/7 and almost only see my parents at dinner and such, but to sit at the computer 19 hours a day is a little too much and that makes me go downstairs and sit by the TV with them or go out in the garden and do some things.
With friends it is a totally different matter, the “gang” from the town i moved from 3 days ago meet up every now and then and play video games with eachother, and we were at the friend I visited earlier. Besides two guys disability to agree with eachother we had fun, and everybody jumped on a temporary Everyman schedule. Everybody was up and going at 5 in the morning the first day, and one of the guys said at 12, now the day should have ended for me in a normal day, but right now there is 9 more hours for us to play at.
The second day my friends failed at going up at 5, but i sat down and played some animal crossing and let them sleep to 6.

My mom came and asked me how i would sleep now when the school started, and i told her about my new times, and i promised both to her and myself that i would go back to normal, boring sleep if i couldn’t get it to work. If i don’t i will try to revive it at the next vacation, and i might even add another nap this winter, shortening the core and getting another 30 minutes a day.

Saving stream

I listen to streams from di.fm 24/7 when I’m at the computer, but my rockboxed Ipod haven’t got internet, only some sucky music I’ve grown tired of. So i decided to give it a try to save one of the streams, it turned out to be easy as hell.

I started searching the forums and got up this thread. I downloaded the program and learned by the readme that i needed an URL, not a .pls file as i have gotten from di.fm’s website. I didn’t find anything at google, so i asked the #archlinux channel. The resolution was easy, simply cat the file and copy the URL that’s in there >_<;;
Why does everything have to be so easy in archlinux?

About me page updated

I just updated my about me page with how my life as a geek started. More to come.

Started to like everyman

I’m beginning to feel at home with everyman, but it’s far from perfect. While i were at my friend we followed the scheme, and it went perfect the first few days. We overslept by 30 minutes on a nap, but i could understand that as it was after a great workout and a huge meal with lots of meat. But the last two days, yesterday morning and the morning before that we overslept. Because of my stupid cellphone, for some reason it refused to ring, and that fucked up the naps, we tried to nap the first day at the usual times, but i couldn’t sleep. The second day we woke too late to nap, like 10, and my cellphone didn’t tell me when it was time for the evening nap. So yesterday evening i realized that i had to take this on by force to get back, I went to bed one hour earlier, i simply couldn’t stay up to 1, and put my cellphone under my bed so i had to get out of my bed and lie on the floor to get it, and finally set my alarm clock to get off a little earlier than the phone.

That combo made me get up, and today have been perfect with the naps, except for that my family got the food ready right after 11, i ignored them and slept, and ate after them. They gotta learn not to disturb my naps =D

When i went to my friend i decided to leave my ipod, usb sticks and cables at home, the only thing i brought was the usb with my passwords. And didn’t it turn out that i needed them, one of the first things my friends mother asked me for was help with her ipod, and i realized that either her ipod or the cable was broken, but i had nothing with me so i couldn’t check them. We also had some problems with getting Maplestory onto an old computer to be able to play 2 persons at the same time and that would have been way easier with a big USB stick.

Right when i started writing i thought that i would have nothing to write about arch linux, and one second later moc silenced, like a wish from god xD. Too bad that the problem probably only were my internet connection that got some hickups. There was surprisingly few updates for having been so long since i updated, but a pacman update is better than nothing.