Posts Tagged ‘Hardware’

Recommendations for a PCMCIA wireless card for an old Linux laptop?

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Can anyone suggest a good PCMCIA wireless network card that “just works” with Linux? Ideally, the driver would be open source and included upstream (and in all the major Linux distros).

This is for a very old laptop running Linux, so the cheaper the better. It just has to be something that works and is purchasable (as in, available in stores).


When it comes to your data, don’t trust the cheap cables.

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

I found out the hard way (see this post’s title). Hopefully I can recover these corrupted partitions. (Working on that now.)

It’s only several years worth of photos (and their backups); that’s all.

Update: Woohoo! Things work again!

iPhone, unboxed

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Someone put a new Apple iPhone (*wink* *wink*) through the fad of an unboxing process, taking typical unboxing style photos. Cute.


Monday, November 20th, 2006

In my quest for a Wii, I tried:

  • pre-ordering at different stores and websites
  • the whole notify-me-by-email thing when their pre-orders started (and they totally dropped the ball by not sending email)
  • waiting in line in the cold for a while
  • visiting a decent number of stores yesterday and this morning

Nothing worked.

I discovered that my brother waited in line at Best Buy at launch time and got one. He and his roomate both bought one, in fact. As they don’t need two in the same place, he was planning on selling his on eBay. I phoned him and asked if he wouldn’t mind selling it to me instead. He was glad to do so.

So, when we meet up for Thanksgiving on Wednesday night, I’ll have my very own Wii! It’ll be two days of great time together with wonderful food, infused with fun Wii action for the entire family. (Wii Sports / Raving Rabbids)

Thanks, bro!

The Nokia 770

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

I never realized how cool the Nokia 770 is until the Boston Summit. Tuomas and Andreas were both using their 770s and I was impressed. The screen is really amazing — 800 pixels wide is awesome for a portable Web browser.

It also has a basic sketch program, and, as you can see, Andreas has made excellent use of it.

Replacement parts

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

It’s official: The cost of repairing my laptop’s hinge exceeds the price of a new, better laptop!

Naturally, I’m going to use this excuse to leap to an even better laptop with higher resolution and a faster hard drive (for just a little tiny bit more money).

In the mean time, I may duct tape my old laptop’s screen back on. It’s not (yet) completely off, but it does need a little extra to hold it together for at least the next week or two.

A duct tape laptop will be the next fasion trend anyway.

Mario Kart DS

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Since everyone on the Cambridge side of the Hula team recently picked up Mario Kart DS, I decided to buy it (and a Nintendo DS) during my last trip to Utah. It sure has made plane trips a lot more more enjoyable.

Mario Kart is itself a lot of fun, and the WFC (Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection) is entertaining. I think I’ve been getting my butt kicked by a bunch of middle schoolers over the Internet, though.