Tue, 24 May 2005
.: wtf havoc ::

[@hp] clee: hold me like you did by the lakes of naboo!

[14:43] | [random] | # | G
Mon, 23 May 2005
.: I blame ajax ::

* clee kicks ajax
[clee] dammit, man. I really want a usable Expose feature. Like, yesterday would have been good.
[ajax] oh yeah, totally my fault
* clee blames you.
[ajax] why yesterday?
[clee] ajax: well, yesterday would have been good. today would have been acceptable. but if it gets here tomorrow, that's not soon enough.
* clee sighs
[ajax] i was thinking maybe there was some event yesterday
[clee] hahaha
[clee] no.
[ajax] like you were trying to show off X to some hottie in the coffee shop or something
[clee] hahahaha
[daniels] haha
[clee] and she whips out a Mac and she's like "Let's see your network-transparent windowing system do THIS!" and hits F9?
[ajax] but then she's all "shit boy, five year old acceleration architectures ain't gonna get you any poon"
[clee] yeah, happens to me all the time
[ajax] *smack*

[01:25] | [tech] | # | G
Wed, 11 May 2005
.: vmware update ::

Just thought I'd post a quick update about my situation re: my computer at home, since I know you all care so much.

It turns out, after wiping my partition table and starting over from scratch and getting Linux back up (which took all of about ten minutes), Windows installed fine from the SATA DVD drive.

I have no idea how this is possible - this page says, and I quote:

Out of the box, no current Windows version, including Windows Server 2003, supports SATA drives.

My best guess is that the BIOS enables some sort of PATA emulation that Windows can use to find that drive. That's the only thing that makes sense.

And I was a little hard on VMware, to be honest. I mean, I was using a feature that they specifically warn against most people using, while running 32-bit VMware on a 64-bit (unsupported variant of a) host OS. I'm reminded of a quote here...

People who do stupid things with hazardous materials often die.

Granted, I didn't exactly die, but I think it somewhat applies.

[15:00] | [tech] | # | G
.: coolest thing I've seen all week ::

Holy shit, this is awesome.


[10:43] | [random] | # | G
Sat, 07 May 2005
.: unexpected results ::

Red Hat, my employer, has a site license for VMware. (Well, either a site license, or an assload of Workstation licenses, I'm not really sure what the details are.)

I decided "Hey, why not play with the new release? You've got new hardware. Maybe VMware will run acceptably fast on it!"

Man, what a fucking brilliant idea that was.

Backstory: I haven't booted Windows in a few months, not since Doom3 came out and wasn't available initially on Linux. However, I have some shiny new devices in the new box, including a SATA DVD burner, which so far doesn't seem to work with Linux very well. Ubuntu's kernel enables SATA ATAPI support, which Jeff Garzik tells me is a bad naughty thing of them to do since it's not ready yet. Which results in my ability to *see* the drive on /dev/scd0, if the planets align properly, but I can't actually use it for much.

This machine doesn't have a floppy drive, since I'm a cheap bastard, and I happen to agree with Apple on this one. Fuck floppies. They should have died a long time ago. I also refuse to run Windows XP - I bought and paid for Windows 2000, a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, and it's the last release of Windows that I really plan on ever using. Windows 2000, being rather old, has some deficiencies, however. Like not having SATA support in the installer (unless you load a driver from a floppy, which I don't have).

I think to myself, "Hey! VMware! Raw disk support! It used to work pretty well, why not try doing an installation from a virtual machine into a physical disk? You can use the VM to download drivers, then create a new hardware profile, reboot into it, and maybe that'll work."


Let's just say that this was probably the worst idea I've had all night, even worse than eating that third slice of pizza. My partition table on /dev/hda now looks like this, thanks to VMware:

Disk /dev/hda: 41.1 GB, 41174138880 bytes
16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 79780 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 1008 * 512 = 516096 bytes

This doesn't look like a partition table
Probably you selected the wrong device.

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 ? 216399 1904881 850995205 72 Unknown
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/hda2 ? 723265 1262922 271987362 74 Unknown
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/hda3 ? 167316 167316 0 65 Novell Netware 386
Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/hda4 2671568 2671619 25817+ 0 Empty
Partition 4 does not end on cylinder boundary.

Partition table entries are not in disk order

I'm not even sure what to say about that.

(For those of you wondering why I wanted to play with Windows in the first place - SATA DVD burner. I know that I can install Win2K drivers for the SATA chipset, and I know that the DVD burner will *probably* work there.)

[00:35] | [tech] | # | G
Thu, 05 May 2005
.: joy! ::

My new toys arrived today.

That's one Lian-Li PC-60, one Chaintech VNF4/Ultra motherboard, and one Athlon64 3000+ CPU.

This machine is officially fast enough to scare me. I can play Doom3 at my monitor's native resolution (1680x1050) and the frame rate doesn't drop below 60fps even with baddies on the screen.

The only other goodies I need to complete this box are a couple of 400G SATA drives. The Hitachi model is only $275 on NewEgg, which means that it's now possible to put over 1TB of storage into a box for under $1000.

Holy shit life is good.

[01:23] | [tech] | # | G
Sun, 01 May 2005
.: new lease ::

Renewed my lease at my apartment for another year.

I guess I'm happy enough with Royal Crest. It's just that Cambridge is a lot cooler. If caillon and I had been able to get our act together earlier, things might have been different, but oh well.

In any case, living at the same address for more than twelve months feels like some sort of a victory. Therefore, I win.

[15:36] | [personal] | # | G
.: almost normal ::

I'm feeling much healthier. Maybe the title is a bit of a misnomer, since we all know that I'm not anywhere close to "normal," but my throat seems to be almost completely healed and it no longer hurts to breathe, eat, or swallow.

By some assorted cleverness, I have managed to secure an upgrade to an Athlon 64 and a much nicer new case, for a net cost of about $20 to me. I'm excited.

I need to pick a project to get back into KDE hacking with.

Not much else is new. Found a really awesome pizza place a few weeks ago, and have been eating there regularly. A $10 pizza lasts me two or three days, which is awesome. Saving money is good.

[02:56] | [personal] | # | G