Installation Hell

I got a new PC and a new Netbook which quickly drove me into an installation hell, two-hit-combo for Windows and GNU/Linux

My Gawd, it’s not often that I can get annoyed at both a Windows and a GNU/Linux system at the same time but I managed to do it this weekend. You see, me and my girlfriend bought some new toys this Saturday: She got a new Netbook (Acer Eee 1001HA) and I got a new compaq PC (This time I didn’t build it myself). Both systems came with Windows (XP and 7 repsectivelly) which meant I had some tasks on my hands.

Specifically I needed to bring my Windows 7 system up to date to a gaming standard and then install my normal GNU/Linux workplace while I needed to wipe the XP from the Netbook and replace them with some netbook friendly GNU/Linux flavour.

I started with the Netbook and chose the Ubuntu Netbook Remix initially since I’ve lately been playing most with the Ubuntu distros. The installation went pretty smoothly to the point that the girlfriend could do it herself. However the problem appeared as soon as we tried to connect to the wireless. As always, the fucking wireless curse struck again and the card was not recognised. After some futile attempts, I ended up trying to the old favourite of searching around the nets for info on this. *Sigh*. I hate it that still not at the point where one ends up doing google searches to get a basic functionality from their PC. I knew what I was doing and I knew what to look for but by the Gawds, someone with less knowledge or patience than me would have given up far sooner.

Why is it so goddamn hard for the system to point out that a wireless card has been found but there’s some problem with it? Why do we still expect users to guess what the hell is going on or go to fora and ask. This is so fucking backwards! Can’t the system put a notice saying something like “A wi-fi card has been detected but we can’t get it to work: See Help (Insert link here)”. Something ffs! It’s better than pretending that nothing exists at all.

I recognise that this is mainly the fault of the hardware manufacturers die not giving any drivers but who do you think a user is going to blame? At least put some awareness out there!It’s even more annoying when looking at the Ubuntu Netbook Remix  Hardware compatibility page I saw my model as working perfectly out of the box. My Arse!

And of course, after I looked around for some solution, I did find a forum thread linking to another forum thread linking to a ppa-launchpad package for a new driver for this. Ok then, lets install this package and get this working. Repository Added. Trying to update my package lists…404. Repository not found. Aaaaaargh! Fuck that! Wipe Ubuntu, Lets try Mandriva (which I saw has a Moblin interface available)

Mandriva behaved a bit better. At least it recognised that I had a wireless card even though it was not able to use it but at least during the wireless setup wizard it asked me if I wanted to use the windows drivers (ndiswrapper) with it. Seeing at it wouldn’t work any other way I didn’t have an option. Unfortunately an online search returned crappy results (mostly the launchpad entry which didn’t work). Fortunately the Asus Eee came with a CD (which is weird because the Netbook has no CD drive) from which I copied the drivers to a USB disk and then loaded them up using the wizard for ndiswrapper. Score for Mandriva.

Unfortunately they’re very flaky. Wireless keeps dying at random (mostly if I try to logout or if it goes to sleep) and can’t be restored without a reboot. Then when you try to reboot, the system hangs just after halting and can only be restored with a manual power-off. Then I tried to create a new user for me in English, but I can’t install or activate the english language (it’s not even an option anymore). And finally the Moblin interface simply doesn’t work at all which is the most annoying part. At least my girlfriend is satisfied with a gnome interface so it’s not all bad.

Still though, the experience has left me a bit sour. But not as sour as the Win7 one did.

You see, my own PC came with Windows 7 Home Premium in German, which means I couldn’t navigate worth a shit and all programs insisted on installing themselves in a language foreign to me. There’s not way to switch the system language like you can in GNU/Linux, because MS expects you to pay 220$ for the privilege (You need to buy Win7 Ultimate). Fuck that!

Ok, I can live with crappy navigation. Maybe it will help me improve my German. But noooo, it couldn’t be that easy…

The first thing I tried to do was upgrade my Nvidia drivers. Seeing as the system was 64bit, I downloaded the appropriate package from Nvidia. However during the install progress, I noticed a weird warning about my new driver’s kernel (It was in Deutsch so I couldn’t parse it). Oh well, system seemed to work and I tried to play a game to check my new Power.

Queue Blue Screens of Death.

By one driver update, I ended up with around 4 BSOD. In desperation I tried to quickly replace it with the international version of the nvidia driver (just in case that was the problem). It wasn’t. After a few more BSOD, I tried to uninstall and reinstall. Only as soon as I tried to login and install the drivers that came with the PC, Microsoft tried to be helpful by automatically reinstalling the broken drivers without any prompts. Queue hair pulling.

Remember, during all this time I’m trying to nagivate a  German language system and can’t figure out almost anything.

In the end, the drivers were stable enough to play Half-Life 2 and I left it at that, as I started downloading an English version of Win7 Home Premium Super Awesome Aqua Force. Next day, I tried to install this using my current serial which fortunately worked. Unfortunately I didn’t notice it was a 32 bit one. I have no idea what the difference is between a 64 bit windows 7 and a 32 bit windows 7 running on a 64 bit processor. Most apps are 32 bit anyway so I have no idea if I’ll be missing anything. Nevertheless, I started a download for the 64 bit of Win7 home premium and still waiting. I fully expect that I will then have to pass through an activation hell.

Of course that doesn’t mean that the system is currently stable. I just had a BSOD when simply trying to open Computer Management…

There was also the sharing hell I had with Win7 which steadfastly refused access to my GNU/Linux boxes, forcing me to pull stuff instead of push as I wanted. The byzantine sharing settings did not help at all. And not to mention other annoying things like Electric Sheep not working, endless security confirmation dialogues and the like.

So here I am at the moment. With a Netbook which has a flaky wireless connection because RaLink can’t write drivers worth a shit and a WiP new PC because fucking MS wants to milk money for a simple language change. Hopefully soon enough things will settle down and I’ll at least get to enjoy my old PC as an XBMC.

But as always, things just couldn’t stay simple could they?

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I think Ubuntu has spoiled me.

For the last day or so I’ve been trying to setup Fedora 8 just to see the progress that has been done there. For those who haven’t checked the history on this blog (i.e. everyone),Fedora Core 1 was pretty much the first distro that I tried as my first serious foray into this wonderful world. So I have always a soft spot for it.

So after I played around with Mint and KDE 4 (Nice btw), I chucked in my freshly burnt DVD and started the installation. To tell the truth, I liked that fact that I didn’t have to wait for a LiveCD environment to load before I started the installation process. I also took notes of what I did and what problems I had in order to write my experience. In order of happening:

  • Install Fedora with Basic Packages and Developments Packages
  • Login with root (As the system did not prompt me to create a user during the installation process which is strange. I may have missed something but I don’t think so).
  • User System -> Adminstration -> Users & Groups to create a normal user
  • Discover that he is not a member of any group. Add him to some basic ones
  • Try to setup sudo for more security. run visudo and uncomment the option to allow users of the “wheel” group to run all commands. Add the new user to the wheel group
  • Run pppoe-setup to set up my dsl connection. Setup more difficult than pppoeconf which took most of the correct choices. Internet connection working now
  • Start copying user configurations to a folder in the /home directory called my_clones. Then give everyone permissions to a new group called “clones”, grant all files in that folder with r/w perms for the “clones” group and then link then configuration files to each user’s directory.
  • Discover that Amarok doesn’t like that for some reason. Discover the “amarokrc” in the .kde/share/config directory. Link that as well. Collection still not saved. Rebuild it. Curse kde for not needing ownership of configuration files.
  • Try to install proprietary Nvidia drivers. Initially follow instructions here
  • Try to play some music while waiting for some permissions to change. Discover that Fedora still does not have mp3 support out of the box and no easy way to have it (like amarok informing you to press a button). Sigh and play my personal radio from firefox 3 beta 4
  • Install a bunch of packages that I hope will provide me with mp3 playback. Those include amarok-extras-nonfree.
  • Try to install d3lphin and got it without any icons. Unusable. Tried to find out what I was missing and thus installed some kd4 packages. As a result it started installing various things I did not need. In the end I had to reinstall among others VLC, Amarok, and the Gimp ad the KDE packages seem to have some weird dependencies…D3lphin still not working
  • Installed Gnucash. It didn’t automatically recognize the configuration files. Fortunately all I had to do was open the ledger file.
  • Tried to install Keytouch. Not in Fedora Repositories. Downloaded RPM for fedora 7 and installed. My Play, Back and Forward buttons do not work although they do in Ubuntu.
  • Tried to find the advanced compiz manager. Couldn’t. Installed some packages that I seemed appropriate, including emerald but manager didn’t appear and emerald didn’t affect the window decorations. Still haven’t found which package install’s compiz advanced setting manager…
  • Trying to adjust the time. Got error: “Failed to locate a program for configuring the date and time. Perhaps none is installed?” – Huh?!
  • Wine worked fortunately but I’ve lost my menu items.
  • For some reason, on boot, Fedora seems to get stuck on the boot sequence while trying to get an IP for my eth0 device. As I’m not using DHCP but rather I’m using pppoe to connect online, this just slows down the booting for no reason.
  • I’ve lost access to my previous installations of Ubuntu and Mint. Well, I’ve lost my previous grub configuration from Mint when Fedora set up the MBR and it’s own grub. I had lost Ubuntu access when Mint formated the /boot sector as a prequisite for using it (I have my /boot on a separate partition) and that pissed my off but I was hoping that Fedora would recognise my other Distro installations and give me options to boot on them. Unfortunately, even though it recognised my old WinXp installation and created an option for it, it did not recognise the GNU/Linux ones. I tried to make manual menus but apparently this only created grub boot sequences fit for Windows. This actually still annoys me. How come different distros can recognise your windows installation but are plainly oblivious to your other GNU/Linux installations? For that matter, why does Ubuntu derivatives insist on formatting your /boot partition before using it? Can’t they just leave it well enough alone?

Anyway, enough ranting. I did manage to make Fedora work partially as I need it but I’m still missing my super custom compiz-fusion eye candy and I’ve lost some settings in the process. Unfortunately I didn’t want to use my previous user directory since different distros have different ways of organizing it and every time I tried to do this, I ended up with a bunch of errors on loading it which were the result of different configuration items.

Unfortunately, my experience with Setting up Fedora 8 is not as good as I’d hoped. Ubuntu is just miles ahead in regards to ease of use.There is no way that a simple user can setup a Linux installation with Fedora with the same ease that you can do in Ubuntu. And this is unfortunate. I just hope the devs take some points on the way that Ubuntu handles the initial configuration and the available menus and copy the useful items.

Nevertheless, I plan to stick with Fedora 8 for a while just to see how well I can use it. Unfortunately I’d like to be able to multi-boot into my other installations but I still have to work on my grub’s menu.lst in order to make it see them.

Και έτσι ξεκινάει το διάβασμα των MS Vista

Ναι ναι, ξέρω, ξεπούλημα, αλλά τι να κάνω, με αναγκάζουν απο τον χώρο εργασίας. Πραγματικά θα ήθελα πολύ περισσότερο να πάω για χαρτί Linux αλλά δυστυχώς δεν προβλέπεται. Η τράπεζα ζητάει να πάρω ένα χαρτί απο Windows οπότε ένα χαρτί απο Windows πρέπει να πάρω.

Φυσικά και δεν πρόκειται να τα εγκαταστήσω σε δευτερο partition, τουλάχιστον όχι εαν μπορώ να το αποφύγω αλλά αντιθέτως σκέφτομαι να τα βάλω σε ένα Virtual Machine.

Ξεκίνησα αρχικά δοκιμάζοντας τον VMware server (Ακόμα στην έκδοση 1 όταν δοκίμασα) αλλά διότι ακόμη δεν είχα κατεβάσει μια έκδοση εγκατάστασης χρησιμοποίησα το virtual machine που είχε φτιάξει για εξάσκηση ο team leader. Δυστυχώς για αυτό έπρεπε πρώτα να εγκαταστήσω το VMPlayer 2 διότι το VM χρειάζοταν τις έξτα δυνατότητες.

Παίζοντας λίγο με αυτή την εγκατάσταση και βλέπωντας τα Vista (Χωρίς το Aero) ανακάλυψα οτι χρειάζεται να τα κάνω εγκατάσταση ώστε να μπορέσω να προχωρήσω με το διάβασμα, το οποίο περιέχει μαθήματα εγκατάστασης (αυτής της πολύυυυ δύσκολης διεργασίας που). Το μάθημα περιορίζεται στο να σου λέει τα min requirements του συστήματως και να πατήσεις next μερικές φορές (με διάφορες σάλτσες περι έξτρα γλωσσών κλπ που το κάνουν να φαίνεται πιο βαρύ).

Κάπου εκεί αποφάσισα να χρησιμοποιήσω μια σπασμένη έκδωση για να τεστάρω την εγκατάσταση, και εκεί ξεκίνησαν τα γέλια…

Εγκατέστησα το VirtualBox (έτσι για να το δώ) και ξεκίνησα την εγκατάσταση του συστήματος. Απο την πρώτη στιγμή, καθώς το περιβάλλον εγκατάστασης ξεκινούσε, όλο το σύστημα έφαγε τρελό κολλημα. Μιλάμε σε φάση που να σταματάει η μουσική απο το Amarok, το ποντίκι και το πλήκτρολόγιο να μην ανταποκρίνονται κλπ. Είπα “Whatever” και άρχισα να διαβάζω το βιβλίο εκπαίδευσης για την θεωρία. Όταν μετά απο 1 σχεδόν ώρα δεν είδα βελτίωση άρχισα να ανησυχώ. Προσπάθησα να κλείσω την εγκατάσταση, ανάμεσα στις λίγες αναλαμπές λειτουργικότητας που είχε και τελικά τα κατάφερα (μετά απο αρκετή ώρα). Λέω, “δεν μπορεί, θα φταίει ο προβληματικός σκληρός στον οποίο βρίσκεται το image του DVD εγκατάστασης”. Οπότε κάνω μια αντιγραφή στον καινούργιο μου εξωτερικό και προσπαθώ ξανά…μία απο τα ίδια. Cancel πάλι και δοκιμάζω να αντιγράψω στο home directory το DVD image και εκεί είναι που κόλλησε το σύμπαν.
Δυστυχώς από εκεί δεν ξεκολούσε με τίποτα (δεν μπορούσα να σταματήσω την αντιγραφή, το “cancel” δεν ανταποκρινόταν) οπότε πήγα για επανεκ.

Ξεκινάει το boot στο Ubuntu και τρώει ένα ολιγόλεπτο κόλλημα στο οποίο κάτι χαριτομένα ata warnings φαινόντουσαν στην κονσόλα. “Ώπα!” λέω “Αυτό δεν είναι καλό”. Τεσπα μετά απο λίγο συνεχίζει το boot και φτάνω στο desktop. Πάω να κάνω κλικ εδώ…σταματάει το σύστημα να ανταποκρίνεται. Ξεκολάει πάλι μετά απο λίγο. Δοκιμάζω να κάνω κλικ απο εκέι…μία απο τα ίδια. Για να μην τα πολυλογώ, το σύστημα είχε αρχίσει να κολάει μετά απο την παραμικρή ενέργεια ή ακόμα και χωρίς (εμφανή) λόγο. Ειδικά όταν πας να γράψεις στο home directory, το οποίο είναι απλά ένα partition tου ίδιου εσωτερικού sata, πέφτει πολύ γέλιο. Και με “γέλιο” έννοω φυσικά “ξεριζώνω-τα-μαλλία-μου-ουρλιάζοντας-γιατί-μαμιέται-ο-Δίας”.

Μία γρήγορη έρευνα μου έδειξε μερικά μηνύματα που ακόμα δεν έχω καταφέρει να χρησιμοποιήσω αλλά πολύ φοβάμαι οτί ο σκλήρός μου έχει αρχίσει να τα παίζει.

Και εδώ βρίσκομαι αυτή τη στιγμή. Ακόμα δεν έχω καταφέρει να διαβάσω παραπάνω απο το πρώτο κεφάλαιο, το σύστημα μου δουλέβει με σύστημα “δεν γουστάρω μια”, Σταματώντας όποτε του καπνίσει για λίγα λεπτά, και εγώ τραβάω τα αρχ μαλλιά μου γιατίοι εξετάσεις γίνονται σε λιγότερο από ένα μήνα. Σκέφτομαι απλά να πάω να αγοράσω ένα νέο σκληρό αλλά αυτό προυποθέτει ότι τα προβλήματα μου προκείπτουν όντως από εκεί.

Γι’αυτο φίλοι Linux-άδες, έαν έχετε καμία συμβουλή να προσφέρετε, θα την εκτιμούσα αυτή τη στιγμη :-/

Just one more distro change

Every time that I change a GNU/Linux distro I claim that I’m going to keep it for a while but for some reason as soon as some thing start to break down things always start to look brighter on the other side. So this is how I ended up looking toward Ubuntu once more.

For those that do not follow my distro jumping story (and I blame you not), last thing I was trying out was Sabayon Linux, after getting totally pissed off with my Ubuntu 6.10 installation where the system was hanging all the time without reason. Sabayon’s initial install seemed more stable and I thought to install it. (never mind the fact that the true culprit was Nvidia crappy drivers)

Unfortunately for me, Sabayon was much less stable than it seemed initially. I blame it on the absolute bloatware format of the distro. It just includes so many applications for the same purpose, along with 4 different desktop environment and generally every conceivable package that you could think of that it seems inevitable that something will break as soon as you start upgrading things. If only they had an install option to install a more minimal system…

At some point I had gotten fed up with my CD drives disappearing, Kopete crashing (I eventually used Pidgin which is very very nice), randomly failing HDD (OK that still happens) and having to use legacy nvidia drivers in order to have beryl without system halts, I found myself buying a new external HDD (about time and I thought to myself,

Why not buy a cheap VGA to see if that will stop the system halting with newer Nvidia drivers? If nothing else, you can keep your old one to finally setup the extra server you wanted.

And so I did. I grabbed a Geforce 8500 for 90€ who I mistakenly assumed would be better than my 2.5 year old Geforce 6600 GT AGP. When I reached my place, it occurred to me that if I’m going to go to all the trouble of setting up a new VGA, I might as well go all the way and install Kubuntu Feisty 7.04 which will give me a chance to check out the new Compiz-Beryl Fusion as well. Who knows, maybe the new, “Better and more Stable” version would not overheat my Geforce 6600.

S’yeah, right. The first installation failed because I wanted to keep Sabayon as a second OS but the damn Kubuntu installer did not have support for LVM and insisted on formatting my old boot partition if I were to use it. I couldn’t be bothered at that point to play with Grub so I installed the system in my old 80Gb HDD after freeing up my old 25gb “Storage Space” (Hah!) but no luck. Since the primary HDD is the SATA one, installing it on the ATA drive did not make the system boot the new boot loader as the MBR kubuntu wrote on resided in the inactive drive.
So I bit the bullet and after backing up crucial files (Porn), critical settings (Porn playlists) and other stuff I did not want to lose (Porn links) from the home directory I deleted the Sabayon LVM and installed Kubuntu on the freed partition while formatting the boot sector and keeping my home directory intact. I assumed that K[tag]ubunt[/tag]u would just use my old KDE/Firefox settings and I was mostly right. Unfortunately there were quite a lot of setting that did not work “just right” so I ended up resetting the KDE settings (read: rename the .kde dir) and pasting the app setting I wanted to keep in it afterwards.

The initial problem was that I could not install the propriertary nvidia drivers as in the official documentation as Kubuntu does not include the necessary restricted-manager script. No problem, I fired up the package manager and requested the installation. As it was not installed on the menu, I had to use it from the console but no biggie.
I then installed [tag]compiz[/tag]-fusion and used my gf6000 to see how it went. As expected, it halted the system just as I finished setting it up. No problem then, I opened the box, installed the new VGA and tried to use it. Well I was quite surprised when the restricted-manager told me that I do not have a restricted card, the system recognized it as VESA and no matter what I did, Kubuntu just refused to acknowledge that I had a damn nvidia card inside. Checking on the compatibility list, I discovered that my card was not supported by Ubuntu. *Groan*. Now I had to find out another way to install the driver. I did not want to use Envy as it was supposedly not compatible with the official way, but in the end I gave up and used it because nothing else seemed to work.

Fortunately that helped and my new card started using acceleration. Woe to me when I discovered that it was actually much worse, performance-wise, than my old card 🙁
It was at this point that I swore and decided to just buy a good card. Shallow? Quite. But at least I had

an excuse to get myself a present for my good job performance and after all it might allow me to play a newer game. So, I returned the card, became 200€ poorer and got me a Geforce 8800 GTS who I knew was supported this time.

I took me a while to install it because I did not realize it required extra power but I happened to see the appropriate holes as I was getting “hammer and saw” thoughts.

new vgaOne envy run later (no restricted-manager still said I did not have a restricted card) I got my acceleration going. I set it up and playtested it for a while. Fortunately it did not hang the system anymore.

Now there are a few more details to iron out (like the system not booting up at 1280×1024 even though I put it in the or allowing me finally to change languages with double-shift (which does not work, again) and stuff like that but from initial experience I believe that, other than a strange slowness issue, Kubuntu is much much more stable than his predecessors and surely more stable than Sabayon 3.3. Time will tell if this will continue. For now I am contect to play around with my new accelerated desktop.

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Compiz-Fusion Rulz

I’m thinking of making a nice video with the new version but I need an editing software that is not too hard to use. i tried Cinerella but it seems to like to crash so I don’t know how much I can use it. If anyone can propose a good screen capture setup (so that it doesn’t start to flicker when too many 3d stuff are drawn) and video editing for [tag]linux[/tag], I’d love to hear it.

My poor mouse

It is ruined…

After something close to 7 years of faithful service, my MS optical mouse has finally given it’s last gasp. Yes it was an MS mouse, that I bought before I came to despise MS itself 🙂

I have to say however that this mouse lasted much much longer than any other I ever had. This might have to do with the fact that it is optical so it has less mechanical parts to break down.

I actually have no idea why I decided to die on me so suddenly but I think it might have something to do with the last few drops it had in the last week (redecorating obviously has its costs). Now, after a few hiccups as I was using it, it decided to shut down for the last time at the worst possible moment, Sunday morning.

I did try to give it an emergency CPR (AKA “Smash-it-with-my-fist”), Heimlich Maneuver (AKA “Smash-it-against-the-wall”) and Surgery (AKA “Violently-pull-the-cover-that-popped-up-while-smashing-it-against-the -wall-and-try-to-see-what’s-going-on-inside”) until I finally gave up when its small heart gave up (AKA “I-heard-parts-moving-unhealthily-inside”).

Surprisingly, a few of those tricks worked for a few minutes/hours, but Sunday night it seems was the final sleep. Nothing I did in the morning could revive the poor cyber-rodent. In the end, I let my EVE buddies know I would not be joining them in the low-sec mining and I surrendered myself to browsing the internet using keyboard shortcuts (How the fuck do you go out of a text box is what I want to know. I was trying to blog this on Sunday and I couldn’t.) and watching disturbing movies (Salo and Suspiria for now. Tomorrow Once were Heroes follows).

Salo is just wrong. I did manage to watch it all but that just exemplifies just how much blaze I’ve become. The dinner of shit was pretty gross though.

Anyway, I don’t know if I’ll bury my old mouse since it served me quite well. I may just keep it for a memory, after I thoroughly and carefully dissect it (AKA “Smash-it-against-the-wall-until-it-pops-open-and-the-guts-spill-out”)


Αρχίζω να διακρίνω ορισμένες ρωγμές στην αιώνια αισιοδοξία μου. Τις τελευταίες μέρες είμαι θύμα σε διάφορες αλλαγές ψυχολογίας. Την μία είμαι αισιοόδοξος για το μέλλον και πιστέυω οτι απλά πρέπει να κάνω υπομονή μέχρι να μου δοθεί μια ευκαιρία, και την άλλη βλέπω την οικονομική & εργασιακή κατάσταση μου και απελπίζομαι.

Όπως το είπε και ο ξάδελφος μου ο οποίος έχει απλά “ταλέντο” για να σου ανυψώνει το ηθικό…

“Τηλέφωνα, τηλέφωνα αλλα δουλειά δεν βρίσκεις…”

Να’σαι καλά ρε Παύλο που δηλώνεις το προφανές. Για ακόμη μια φορά μου δίνεις δύναμη να συνεχίσω…*sigh*

Είναι και το γεγονός οτι ο υπολογιστής έχει αρχίσει να τα παίζει πάλι…random κολλήματα και μεγάλη καθυστέρηση με την πρόσβαση στον σκληρό με κάνουν να πιστεύω οτι ο 40ρης μου έιναι στα τελευταία του. Το πρόβλημα είναι οτι εοπάνω του κάθεται το μεγαλύτερο μέρος απο το logical volume στο οποίο βρίσκεται το λειτουργικο. Σε περίπτωση δυσλειτουργίας θα πρέπει να εγκαταστήσω εσωτερικά τον 250g και να βάλω πάνω του καινούργιο λειτουργικό…το οποίο, χωρίς internet θα είναι λίγο πίκρα.

Μιας και είπα internet, ρώτησα την BT τι χρειάζομαι για να βάλω τηλεφωνική γραμμή και μου ψυθίρισαν οτι θέλει αρχικά μόνο 50 λιριά για ασφάλεια…τελικά ότι και να κάνω μου τρώει περισσότερα χρήματα.
Μετά απο αυτό πρέπει να πάω ή στην TalkTalk για δωρεάν Internet μαζί με το πάγιο του τηλεφώνου (σύνολο 20£ το μήνα για 8mb, 40gb limit) ή στην Orange για δωρεάν Internet μαζί με το πάγιο του κινητού (σύνολο 45£ το μήνα για 8mb, 5gb limit…νομίζω). Πάω στοίχημα οτι θα πρέπει να αγοράσω και broadband modem το οποίο θα είναι τουλάχιστον 50£ ακόμα… ξανά – *sigh*

Ας ελπίσουμε δηλαδή να είναι μόνο ο δεύτερος σκληρός, γιατί εάν τα παίξει το PC…την πουτσίσαμε, για να το πω ευγενικά.

Ευτυχως βγάζω “θεωρητικά” 800 λίρες το μήνα που θα πρέπει να είναι αρκετές για αυτά. Δυστυχώς, δουλέυω σαν το σκυλί.

Οπότε παρέα με τις ψυχολογικές μου αλλαγές, περιμένω ακόμα για μια ευκαιρία. Τηλέφωνα με παίρνουν…να δούμε καμία συνέντευξη πότε θα πάμε.


Yesterday I went looking for a new power cable because the did not ship one with the monitor I bought from ebay citing “safety reasons”. Now what kind of safety reasons do they have for now shipping power cables when every other company out there does so…I do not know. I guess it’s for the safety of their pocket or something.

Anyway, I went looking for a new power cable and having had to buy one before, I was prepared to pay about 5 pounds for a new one, however I was not prepared for the 10 pound overkill I found on PC World.

Let me say that again: 10 – friggin’ – pounds … for a power cable. Needless to say, I did not buy it. I visited a few other shops looking for one where I found the same price again. Fortunately, a one-man computer repair shop I found, sold one for 3 pounds.

I then asked him if he had any screws he could give me:

‘So, what do you want it for’
‘I lost one and I need to screw something’
‘Which ones you need?’
‘The HDD ones’
‘How many’
‘Hmm, gimme two’
‘Alright, that will be one pound’
‘You’re going to sell them? You’re going to charge me 1 pound for 2 screws?’
‘… keep them’

50p for a screw, 50p for a printout…some people just need a good whack on the head I think.

Καλά, Αγγλία είμαι ή έκανα λάθος στις πτήσεις;

Γαμώτω, είχα την εντύπωση οτι η Αγγλία ήταν απο δροσερή εώς κρύα χώρα και 4 μέρες τώρα έχω σκάσει απο τη ζέστη. Μιλάμε είμαι με τα εσώρουχα (Not a pretty sight I know) πάλι ιδρώνω σαν…χμμμ…κάποιος που ιδρώνει πολύ. Και να μην ήταν μόνο αυτό, απο την Πέμπτη δεν ξέρω γιατι αλλα είμαι εκνευριστικά αδιάθετος. Μια με ποιάνει πονοκέφαλος και μία ζαλάδες όταν σηκώνομαι αλλα δεν λέει να μου περάσει ή τέλος πάντων αρρωστήσω να τελειώνουμε.

Εκτώς απο αυτά, ακόμα δεν έχω στήσει τον υπολογιστή μου που, παρεπιπτώντος, δεν ξέρω τι σκατά τον έκαναν στην courrier, αλλά όταν τον άνοιξα για να τον ξεσκονίσω βρήκα μέσα τον χαμό. Αίντε τους ξεβίδωτους σκληρούς να ξεφύγουν και να επιπλέουν το καταλαβαίνω αλλα το ανεμιστηράκι του επεξεργαστή να σπάσει (στην λαβή) και ο επεξεργαστής να φύγει απο την θέση του ενόσω ακόμα κλειδωμένος; Έ έλεος πια. Ενταξει είμαι και εγώ αρκετά ένοχος που δεν σκέφτηκα να βάλω προστασία στο εσωτερικό αλλα τι στο διάολο κάνανε με ένα κουτι μαρκαρισμένο ως FRAGILE; Τους έποιασε ο πυρετός του Fifa και αυτούς και παίζανε μπάλα;Ευτυχός ζημιά δεν έγινε και με λίγη υπομονή και κόλλα το μηχάνημα πήρε πρός. Ακόμα όμως δεν το έχω σε λειτουργία γιατί δεν έχω οθόνη, εξού και ο λόγος για τον οποίο δεν φαίνομαι στα IM.

Μέχρι τώρα χρησιμοποιώ το μηχάνημα του ξαδελφού μου το οποίο επίσης έχω κάνει και gaming station (Ναι, τώρα έχω δικαιολογία για το gaming vice μου. Δεν έχω φίλους ακόμα 😉 αφότου του έβαλα την δικιά μου Geforce 6600 μιας και είναι πολύ καλύτερο επεξεργαστικά και την εκμεταλεύεται καλύτερα. Εχω λιώσει στα παιχνίδια λοιπόν…ιδρώνοντας.

Το πρόβλημα είναι οτι τώρα που επιτέλους έπεισα τον ξαδελφό μου να χρησιμοποιήσει Skype για της καθημερινές ομιλίες του με Αμερική και πήρε και webcam, θα αρχίσει να κάνει κατάληψη στον υπολογιστή απο τις 10:00 και επείγει ακόμα περισσότερο η επαναφορά του δικού μου.

BTW: Πήρα και καινούργιο κινητό για όποιον ενδιαφέρεται. Το νέο μου νούμερο είναι 07783780699. Επίτέλους έχω έγχρωμο κινητό με κάμερα. Μου το έδωσε ο Παύλος μέχρι να αποκτήσω σύνδεση.

Αυτά για την ώρα

Να δείτε και μια καταιδρωμένη φωτόγραφία μου στο καινούργιο και προσωρινό μου σπίτι.



Καιρό είχα να περάσω τέτοια επιδρομή ιών στον υπολογιστή μου. Μιλάμε για καιρούς Dir/2 και Jerusalem. Πως την πάτησα έτσι τώρα, δεν έχω ιδέα.

Χθες άνοιξα το windows partition για να παίξω galactic civilizations (αργότερα γι’αυτο) και κολλούσε το σύμπαν. Βρε τι γίνεται, απο ‘δω απο ‘κεί…τίποτα.
Σε μία φάση το πήρα χαμπάρι τι παίζεται και άρχισα να προσπαθώ να βάλω antivirus.

Το Symantec που είχα σε μια γωνία αποθηκευμένο ακριβώς για τέτοιες φάσεις, τα είχε παίξει (είχε κολλήσει και αυτό ιό) και το Bitdefender που κατέβασα για να scanάρω απο το Ubuntu δεν έβρισκε τίποτα.
(Δοκίμασα και το online scan της Trend αλλα στο ubuntu δεν του άρεσε το Java-VM και στο knoppic 4 crashαρε ο firefox)

Σαν τελική λύση δοκίμασα το Kapersky (ή κάτι τέτοιο τέλος πάντων) το οποίο, ευτυχώς δούλεψε μια και το κατέβασα απο ubuntu και το έκαψα σε cd πριν το εγκαταστήσω σε safe mode. Και βρήκε πράμα…αν βρήκε λέει…

1 στα 10 αρχεία ιός, μιλάμε πανικός. Δεν είχε μείνει .exe για .exe αμόλυντο (εκτώς, παραδόξως, απο το Firefox) και έκανε και 10 μέρες scan. Πήγα για μπάνιο, τελείωσα, τίποτα, εκεί αυτό. Στο τέλος το ακύρωσα, και του έδωσα να scannαρει μόνο windows, προγράμματα και το παιχνίδι. Ευτυχώς αυτό τελείωσε γρήγορα και μπόρεσα να παίξω…μετά απο 4 ώρες.

Θα έδινα scan το βράδυ αλλα μόλις βγήκα απο το παιχνίδι κατά τις 3πμ, το kapersky δεν υπήρχε πουθενά. Ξαναεκτελώντας το δε, δεν άνοιγε καν και έλεγε να κάνω επανεγκατάσταση. Οπότε το παράτησα και πήγα για ύπνο. Το πρωι, πριν φύγω για δουλειά προσπάθησα να δώσω ένα reinstall στα γρήγορα αλλα δεν γούσταρε και τώρα προβλέπω επανεγκατάσταση *grumble* *grumble* των xp.