Archive for December, 2006

New OS: Kubuntu 6.10

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Ok, trying out Kubuntu on my new work laptop and I’m liking it quite a bit- the only problems I’ve had so far are with Hibernate (which I think is self- inflicted) and wireless stuff. I’ve figured out the wireless stuff and wanted to mention it for the people out there having the same troubles as I did. First up, a little info on my setup:

Model: IBM T42 (note, not the T42p, which is awesome, the crappier model)
OS: Kubuntu 6.10
Wireless NIC: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter (rev 04)
Wireless Driver: ipw2100 1.3

Wireless

There are a lot of choices for network setup, and since I use WPA2 with PSK, I’m going to document that.

in /etc/network/interfaces:
auto eth1
iface eth1 inet dhcp
wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf.local

in /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf.local
ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
ctrl_interface_group=0
eapol_version=1
ap_scan=1
fast_reauth=1
#For WPA-PSK network
network={
ssid="myssid"
key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
proto=WPA2
pairwise=TKIP
group=TKIP
psk="my big secure passphrase"
}

/etc/modprobe.d/ipw2100.modprobe
options ipw2100 disable=0

and that was it- I spent time tinkering with all sorts of things, but I think this was all there was. If I get brave and re-do it next weekend, I’ll make sure to fully document the process.

Hibernate

While trying to get wireless working, I noticed that hibernation stopped working- I’m not sure what I did, but I’m pretty sure it’s my fault- it WAS working originally.

UPDATE
DOH, it helps if the swap partition is mounted so hibernation has someplace to store the data! it’s all working good now.

My Fast is Appeased

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So we got in a fender bender last week and had to put the car in the shop- Insurance got us a rental for a few days while it was in. Fortunately, the rental place was all out of cars in my range, so I had to drive a 2006 Dodge Charger.

It Goes Fast.

Sadly, it also gets 24mpg if you drive like a granny, so you can’t drive it fast or you’ll actually see the gas gauge drop. Anyways, I just gave it back to Jackie to return now that the Corolla is out of the shop. It was fun while it lasted, but the Corolla is honestly more fun to drive and has way more pickup.

New Job

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So after 3 months of unemployment, I was offered a job over in Troy, so I’ll be moving about 3 hours away from Grand Rapids. The position is for a linux sys admin. Unlike the last place, this one seems like a winner from the get go- much more lively and has a (for lack of a better term) DC vitality, compared to companies in Grand Rapids which sort of feel like they’re recycling coffee grounds and requesting employees bring in their own toilet paper.

I love Grand Rapids, I really do, but for cryin out loud it’s a dead area. I’ve tried to make it work, but this was the last chance. I’m really not planning on coming back (unless there’s a MAJOR change going on). It’s time I move on, get a good job with a stable company, and get a house. Jackie and I are sticking by our “1 year in apartment, then get a house” rule, so we’re looking for a decent sized apartment in the area- preferrably a townhouse with a finished basement and a back yard.

I’ll keep you up to date on developments with the new job.

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