Linux and the Holidays

December 8th, 2008 by k8gu Leave a reply »
TO-3 ornament

TO-3 ornament

Things have been busy around here with the holidays (past and future) and trying to prepare for life after graduate school (and trying to wrap-up graduate school). There’s still lots of data to be analyzed, models to run, and even two groups of instruments to field.

Some brainstorming over the past two weeks yielded a couple of good ideas for projects. More on these as/if they come to fruition. In the mean time, I’ve been trying to get a full-size (as opposed to my OpenWRT box) Linux machine running at home again. Sarah’s old computer doesn’t have enough RAM, what RAM it has is RDRAM. So, I tried to put Xubuntu 8.04.1 LTS on my old desktop machine (the venerable sakhalin).  It’s been having a war of words with my Western Digital WD205AA hard drive.  I think it might actually be working tonight.

Yesterday’s attempt at Xubuntu 7.10 was an exercise in frustration.  Sarah was putting lights on the tree and I was generally a scrooge.  Fortunately, I saw a TO-3 transistor on my workbench and realized that I could easily make it into an ornament.  That cheered me up.  I’m sure the idea’s not new.  But, the little things make all the difference.  Christmas is coming.