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Well, there's the Furry Fandom. I have received some LJ comments I should answer. The KW furmeets continue, but I think I'll wait for warmer weather before attending another of those—they meet *outside* at a plaza and then stand around in the cold deciding which restaurant to go into.Computers
My laptop is working reasonably well, but the suspend/resume performance is disappointing: Linux takes 14 seconds to resume, while Windows gets it done in two seconds. Unfortunately, the Linux-on-TOUGHBOOK community is much smaller than the Linux-on-ThinkPad community I used to be in, so it's much harder to find and copy the fixes that others have discovered. Linus recently blogged about how soul-crushingly hard it is to figure out the root cause of a suspend/resume failure and how much better life is after you do it. (And don't miss his post about Christmas toys!)
My laptop has 512 MB of RAM, which is considerably more than any other computer I've ever owned, but still it seems not to be enough. When I run Emacs, Opera, Kmail, and OpenOffice all at the same time, there's a whole lotta page-swapping goin' on—so I avoid running OpenOffice. Apparently all those cute 3-D desktop effects that I've enabled eat up a lot of RAM. Some sources say that the CF-Y5 laptop is picky about specific chips on memory-expansion cards and only certain cards will work (the ones *they* sell, of course), while other sources say that any old 172-pin PC2-4200 microDIMM DDR2-533 card will work. These days a 1 GB card costs about $80. I'm so old, I remember paying $1000 for a 5 MB hard drive!
More problems: occasional failures to repaint one of the GNOME panels after resume, and occasional failures in the gnome-system-monitor app which just stops updating until I change something its “Properties” panel. My guess is that some inter-process signal is getting lost due to timing issues. I just want to repaint the screen, but I searched all over Google and couldn't find a simple repaint-the-screen app for X11. The old twm window manager had a "repaint" menu function, but apparently that isn't supposed to be needed anymore. So today I received an email from the “emacs-devel” list where somebody complained that Emacs was leaking memory and as proof they provided their output from the xrestop command. I don't have that command installed, but I *do* have one called xrefresh which begins with the same letters. Duh! So now I've set up a menu command for repainting the screen (the problems haven't come up since, so I don't know yet whether this command will fix anything).
And why are there no screenshots for gnome-system-monitor, anywhere on the web, that show its "closed" form where it pretends to be perfmeter? (See perfmeter screenshot halfway down the page.) It's like some sort of conspiracy or something...Politics
Speaking of conspiracies, did you know that the Bush Administration ended last Friday? That was the last workday for most Bushies, who turned in their badges and went home for the last time. The government is running on skeleton staff during this MLK Jr. weekend until Tuesday's inauguration.
So Obama flew from Washington to Philadelphia so he could then take the train back. One pundit, at a loss to explain why the Commander-in-Chief-elect did this, suggested that “His magic carpet was presumably out of order.” Obama’s official explanation had something to do with following in the footsteps of Abe Lincoln, who killed 600,000 of his own countrymen in an avoidable war, suspended Habeus Corpus, depropertized the slaves of Southern landowners without eminent-domain compensation, and wrote some really nice speeches.
Look, I'm all in favour of having Hope for Obama to bring some Change that the whole world can Believe In, but the guy is obviously a power-mad lunatic just like anyone else crazy enough to run for the presidency. His nuclear-weapon policy makes perfect sense for a guy who is eagerly looking forward to being in possession of the nuclear football, that magic talisman of Presidential Power, the One Ring of invincibility, the only reason (that I can think of) why nobody ever dared to arrest Bush despite his national-TV admissions of criminal acts. And WTF is going on with Obama's TARP policy? So he doesn't want transparency in government after all?