Well, I haven’t posted much lately, and there’s a reason. My trusty Compaq presario 2800 decided to freak out this last weekend.
Archive for April, 2005
Well, my thinkpad order shows “in process”. The email I got right after ordering it estimated a ship date of May 12th. Hope it shows up before that. There’s nothing worse than waiting for new toys to arrive. Jafo wrote up a nice review of the T42p, just like the one I am waiting on.
My Hewlaq laptop got shipped off to HP to fix tuesday and they got it today. No telling how long it will take them to fix the LCD on it. Again it would be nice if it was soon, but no telling.
The old old laptop I am using in the mean time is still anoying and small and slow, but I did get it upgraded to Fedora Core 3, so it’s running modern software at least. It took about 10 hours of ‘yum update’ to upgrade it, but everything pretty much works fine on it now (including wireless, so I can roam around again).
Well, impressively I have my compaq presario laptop back and fixed. They sent me a box for it monday, I got that tuesday and shipped it out, they got the laptop thursday, fixed it and shipped it back out priority overnight. I got it friday morning. Popped the drive back in and I was all up and running again.
They replaced the system board and the LCD apparently. I did loose all my stickers that were on the LCD, but a small price to pay, especially since I am just going to sell this laptop off when the thinkpad arrives.
It’s amazing how there’s a mental shift. When I started using the presario again there was about 15minutes of disorentation since I had been using the 1024×600 portege with a pointing stick, and was back to the 1600×1200 trackpad presario. Life’s much better at 1600×1200. 😉
Now, if I could just get a ship date from ibm on the thinkpad.
The last few days here have been very nice (aside from some wind). The Sun is shining, the grass is getting green, and it’s looking like spring all around. Some more signs:
Of course, this is colorado, so we are supposed to get 6-12″ of snow tonight/tomorrow. I hope my apple tree blossoms survive.
Just got back late last night from my annual turkey hunting trip. It was a blast as usual. Got to hang out with friends I don’t see to often anymore and hike and relax in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico.
The turkey’s sure didn’t cooperate this year however: We only heard one tom gobble at us, and he must have caught sight of us coming in and spooked, because we never saw him. This is by far the worst year we have had out there in the many many years we have been going. Perhaps we will have to try another location next year.
The river was very high, which meant getting wet crossing it a lot, although we did manage to construct a tree based bridge near our camp.
So, the typical hunting schedule looks something like this: Get up at 5:45am or so. Get dressed and go hike around rough country with a heavy shotgun. Get back to camp around 10am or so to have breakfast and purify water and so forth. Then around 5pm or so head out for more hunting, get back around 8:30 or 9 and have dinner and then pass out. Pretty busy times and I have no idea how far I have hiked in the last few days.
Spent the week catching up from being out of town. It’s amazing how much mail and other on-line junk I can pile up while you are away from the net for a few days. I think I am all back caught up now.
Switched over to using the new laptop. It’s pretty sweet. Nice and fast and having a working suspend to ram is very nifty. The wireless seems to get much better reception that my old laptop’s extenal card. Got some extra memory for it today, bringing it up to 1.5GB, which should be more than enough memory to last me for several years.
Tomorrow (saturday), I am going to be having a BBQ here at my house. If you are reading this and are in colorado, you should drop on by.
It’s been a pretty quiet week here. Just a few fun things to report:
Last saturday I got to go drive down to Canon City, CO and pick up some greyhounds in a shelter there. It was quite a pile of driving, but at least I got them out and into our greyhound group where they can find good homes. They were 2 very cute, little (45ish lbs) brindle girls. I’m sure they will have no problems finding good homes.
Got home in time to clean up and have a BBQ. Small turnout (as usual), but quite fun. good conversation, good food, and good times.
Tonight we are having a wonderfull snow storm (welcome to spring in the rockies). On my way back from HackingSociety up in boulder, I ran into problems on hwy 36 on the way back. Traffic almost stopped. When I managed to crawl up to the front of the line I found there was a poor rear wheel drive car that wasn’t able to make it up the hill due to the ice. The guy got out and asked me to push him, so I did. It was kinda fun to use the suburban to push another car around.