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Monday, February 2, 2004

Last 2.6 Issue Cleared Up

I think I have all the bugs cleared out of my 2.6 kernel upgrade. I managed to fix hotplug by installing the hotplug package from Slackware 9.1 (for those of you keeping score at home, I'm currently using Slackware 9.0). Now all of those attempts to load modules multiple times at boot-up are gone. I can sync my PDA without having to manually run modprobe visor. A couple of minor alterations to some start-up scripts later and we're all set! I'm now booting by default to 2.6.2-rc3. Hooray for me!

Tigers Land Pudge

My beloved (and recently, very bad) Detroit Tigers landed a big fish, a Marlin to be exact, in Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez. While this signing doesn't automagically make them contenders for the World Series title, it hopefully means that real baseball will be played in the Motor City once again. Maybe this summer won't be so bad after all.

Spirit Is All Better

According to the JPL, the Mars rover Spirit is all better. Thankfully, the flakiness with its flash memory was due to flaky software instead of hardware. Apparently a good old-fashioned rm -rf / did the trick. Hopefully the Spirit and its twin, the Opportunity, will now be able to bring us all kinds of good information about the red planet.

UT2K4 Demo Maps

BeyondUnreal snagged some information on the Unreal Tournament 2004 demo maps from an IRC announcement by Epic's Mark Rein. Here's the scoop:

The demo will contain five maps, AS-Convoy, BR-Colossus, DM-Rankin, CTF-BridgeofFate and ONS-Torlan.

With all those different gametypes included, this is going to be one massive demo. According to the comments on that article, the demo currently weighs in at about 250M, but they're trying to get it down to 200M. Oof! Thank heavens for DSL. I haven't heard any word on when the demo might actually appear, though. Thanks Shacknews.

(Re)Installing UT2K3

To test this new 2.6 kernel business, I decided to uninstall and reinstall UT2K3. The installation may have gone slightly faster that with 2.4, but not by much. I did notice that the system was much more responsive, despite the heavy CD-ROM access and decompression.

In a related story, I upgraded to kernel 2.6.2-rc3, which includes a patch to fix some problems I was having with dosemu. Unfortunately, I still can't get it to work right. It's acting very flaky. There's actually a new version of dosemu available. I'm going to have to try to get that one going.

Sunday, February 1, 2004


Today is the one-year anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia. In rememberance of those who die in the quest to expand human knowledge:
Almighty Ruler of the all
Whose power extends to great and small,
Who guides the stars with steadfast law,
Whose least creation fills with awe;
Oh, grant thy mercy and thy grace
To those who venture into space.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, Ordeal in Space, 1948

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