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Blergh [May. 15th, 2005|03:00 pm]
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Blargle, fnah, trab pu kcip!

There are days I tolerate Intel's existence, then there are days I truly despise it! This would be one of the latter. Y'see, like in most cases, trying to combine something mainstream (aka a cheapass Intel internal modem) with something nerdy (linux) is like trying to have your cake and eat it. To go into Newt mode (a la Aliens): it mostly works, mostly. Just at the moment, it seems to want to work less than it used to... and I NEED MY INTERNET FIX.

Actually, it's for something more honourable, I want to download past papers that I forgot that I wanted to download last time I was in college. So, what happens when I try to dial up? Normally, there's about a 10% chance of a problem. The problem is that the modem decides not to respond when the ATZ signal is sent to it. I'm sure people are reading and thinking "Fine.. So the modem's not responding, you can still do other work" I can't. It kills access to the keyboard. It also happens to mean that when I'm shutting down, my windows manager successfully shuts down but nothing else, which means that I have lovely error messages to look forward to when I reboot.

For some reason, this is becoming far more frequent. I.e. About 50-60% of the time I try to log on it does this. Once in a blue moon, I can tolerate. This frequently, it's really making me think about the benefits of external modems.

Suffice it to say, I can't wait until I get fucking broadband! That only requires a network port (which I have, and that linux behaves rather nicely with) and a DHCP client (which I know I have because I went to the trouble of actually turning the damned thing off because I knew I didn't need it).

So yeah, I hate Intel.

In other news: This post on boards.ie was describing me.... weird. Ok, so I know who it is and all, but still, weird to be mentioned in a post.

[User Picture]From: nanocreturns
2005-05-15 07:54 pm (UTC)

I hate microsoft

I completely empathise with your rant.

I was working away on an assignment worth 20% of my MA grade, when all of a sudden MS Word crashed, killing most of the work I'd done in an hour.

Taking this as par for the course I returned to it after lunch, when the same error occurred. Those helpful people at Microsoft.com suggested installing a service pack which I can't do, because my asshole brother has installed a WinXP pro network in our house for the purposes of having a Windows firewall server between us and our broadband signal. The joy of it is that he doesn't let anyone else have admin rights, so no one can install Jack Schidt, and Jack really isn't happy about this.

I want a good old fashoined Unix server, and a console with Open Office so that I can do the work that will determine the subsequent path of my career without crashing every hour!

Sorry for ranting in your journal, but I thought you would understand.
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[User Picture]From: tearsofzorro
2005-05-15 11:29 pm (UTC)

Re: I hate microsoft

Ah, for this, what you really want is Ubuntu linux or Knoppix. Both are live versions of linux so you can load up OpenOffice and do it there if you so desire. I prefer Knoppix - I used the latest Ubuntu Live CD and I wasn't impressed. But then, it also gives you windows versions of the Gimp and OpenOffice, which other live cds don't do.

I can burn a copy of either. Oh, and if you haven't got one already, I'd strongly recommend a disk-key (although be careful, it begets a horrible attachment to worldly things... which is not good) so you can store your documents and edit them anywhere. Just make sure to make frequent backups of the damned thing.
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