||[May. 15th, 2005|03:00 pm]
|||||Daft Punk - Steam Machine||]|
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.