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November 7, 2005

My Recent Tech Life

Well, I just lost a long-ass blog post because my session timed out. You get the abridged version (which is probably better, anyway).

Remember the iMac I bought? It arrived broke-dick. The RAM mentioned in the same post? Didn't work. The guy who sold me the iMac assures me it worked when it went out his door, so I've been battling FedEx for reimbursement. I'm just going to let the RAM go. My faith in eBay has been shaken.

Apparently I'm a slow learner because I got an IDE->notebook hdd adapter from eBay the other day. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but I'm about to use it to install SLICK on the laptop with the partially functioning DVD-ROM.

I built my main laptop on a barebones ECS chassis about a year ago. The chassis is poop. The hinges got loose within a month, it gets too hot, too easy. No updated BIOS or video drivers. And the power jack might as well have been constructed with toothpaste and swiss cheese. After several attempts with a soldering iron to get the power jack working which only resulted in temporary fixes each time, I had to face the reality that I needed professional help.

I found through Google. I was concerned about trusting this piece of equipment I consider so vital to my daily life to anyone, but the guy answered my questions and I sent it off. He let me know when he got it, finished it, and got it back out the door. It took him about a day once he got it to fix it. It was gone about a week total and cost about $100. The guy's name is Darren and he's a miracle worker.

I'm running SUSE 10.0 on my laptop now. I'm going to write more about this later.

I ordered a few wifi adapters for our work notebooks. I've bought a few things from JustDeals now and they have always been great. I like refurbished gear and they've got lots of it. NewEgg is the first place I look, but increasingly, JustDeals has become the second. I haven't had a chance to test it in a wireless network yet, but it installed great on my SUSE 10.0 notebook.

My boss was on the road and saw our Lawyer's smartphone and he decided he had to have one. Of course he's clueless when it comes to technology and he knows this so to ensure that he got my "premium" help he got me one, too. He got the PocketPC 6700 and I got the Treo 650 from Sprint. His was about $500 after the upgrade rebates and mine was about $450. It's cool because our plan didn't cost any more because we've had unlimited data (Sprint called it "voice") for 2 years, so the bored service rep on the phone said we'd contine to get it for the same price. They're supposed to get here tomorrow, so I'll write more about this bitch soon.

To prepare for the arrival of our new toys, my boss let me add some bluetooth goodness to our laptops by ordering a couple of dongles from NewEgg. They were about $50 shipped for the pair. They're going to get here in a few days. I'm really looking forward to playing with the DUN. I have no idea how well this Treo is going to play with Linux, but I'll let you know.

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