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Wednesday, January 28, 2004

2.6.1 Update

I seem to have conquered ALSA in the 2.6.1 kernel finally. Getting the alsamixer to work required running the MAKEDEV.snd script in the scripts directory of the kernel source. I also got my Samsung ML-1710 laser printer working. I discovered that instead of the "printer" module, the 2.6 kernel now uses usblp for USB printers (apparently in their never-ending quest to have every module name sound like noises one might make whilst vomiting). The init scripts still want to try to load certain modules several times, but that's just a boot-time annoyance. There's some other odd things I need to look into, but so far, so good.

The best part (so far) about the new kernel is being able to actually burn CD-Rs at decent speeds. I got some Fuji discs (made by Taiyo Yuden) to top out at 42x at the end of the burn. Even at 42x, I was hovering around 85% of the CPU free, as opposed to, well, 0% free with the 2.4 kernel. The Memorex ones I have (made by CMC Magnetics) don't fare as well. It seems that if a company has its discs made by different manufacturers, look for "made in Japan" on it. For example, I found some Fujis marked "made in Taiwan" which were CMCs. These Taiyo Yuden ones were marked "made in Japan." It's no guarantee, but until they list the actual makers on the packaging, it's the best one can do.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Siding with SCO?

In this case, yes. The authors of the MyDOOM worm made it so that the compromised systems will DDOS SCO has offered a quarter million dollar reward for information leading to the authors' arrest and conviction. I'm with SCO on this one. Virus/worm authors need to be stopped. Given SCO's finances, I have to wonder where they are going to come up with the cash. Thanks Slashdot.

Pondering the Imponderable

Well, I did manage to get ALSA working with the 2.6.1 Linux kernel. I still have a few bugs that need to be worked out, but nothing serious. For example, for some reason now the modules for ohci, uhci, and ehci (aka USB 2.0) USB are all being loaded, even though I only need ohci. Hotplug seems to be a bit goofy too. For example, I have to manually modprobe the visor module to get my PDA to sync. Basically, I'll be happy when a 2.6 version of Slackware comes out :)

The Critic: Now on DVD

Just this morning my wife and I were again laughing at "Edward Plungerhands", even though we haven't seen any episodes of The Critic in years. Guess what? Today the entire series was released on DVD! It was absent from all the Sunday sale ads and completely slipped past me, but I'm going to get this one as soon as I possibly can. I'll bet that A.T.'s on his way to pick it up within minutes. One of the best shows ever.

A.T. Hun comments: The Critic is a classic. I'll have to watch the sales. Hmm, my birthday is approaching . . .

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