David Cook (davidcook) wrote,
David Cook
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Time for an update, or something ...

So, we seem to have settled into a pattern of life, which is probably a good thing, for people who moved to a country on the other side of the world not that long ago. One evening fencing, one evening being fannish, and random roaming around the countryside on the weekends. Will probably find ourselves either in a gym, or at some other fencing club on one of the other weeknights, one night of fencing isn't quite enough to get up to competition strength (coming from as far down as I am at the moment, at least :-) ).

Speaking of fans, a cute guide to types of fans (from drjon, if I remember correctly.)


Meanwhile, my new computer is getting in to working order. Discovered that the free NVidia drivers don't use the DVI output on video cards, only the standard analogue one. Since that driver also has underwhelming 3D performance, I went with the NVidia driver, and all is happy now - DVI output works, and 3D works well enough to play Quake III at 1280x1024 at full quality.
Now I just have to wrestle the wireless card into working.

Here's a question for you - if saw the following list of wireless card model numbers :
DWL-520
DWL-520+
DWL-G520
DWL-G520+

Would you imagine that they might all be in some way compatible, and thus once a driver was written for one of them (for Linux), the others would be easily supported by it ?

Well, in the real world, each uses a completely different chipset. Three of them are relatively well-supported, and the last one ... isn't, yet.
Now, I'd actually looked up Linux compatibility lists and thought I'd be getting one of the "good" models, but apparently I missed a "G" or a "+" somewhere, and got this one instead. There is a project on Sourceforge which is working on a driver, but it's got some way to go. So, I'm sitting in our lounge at the moment, with a "wired" connection to the router, until I get wireless working and I can move the computer back to the computer desk. Oddly enough, the wired connection started itself up automatically, I didn't have to do a thing. Odder still, I can't seem to stop the connection - "ifdown eth0" or "ifconfig eth0 down" don't appear to do anything. Very odd.



And finally, our 11 boxes and 1 suitcase of stuff which were shipped across by sea freight have actually truly arrived in the freight facility somewhere near Cumbernauld, and we have Customs clearances. With a bit of luck, I can pick it up tomorrow ... yay ! At last, we'll have an instant DVD and book collection. Errr ... now, where will we put it all ?

(I forsee a hasty trip to Ikea coming up sometime soon, too ... )
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