February 5th, 2006

Pittsburgh and ubuntu.

This morning we went out for breakfast around noonish (normal for us). Walked to Outhouse Steakback, but that doesn't open until 4 pm on saturdays. So we went back, got in the car, and drove for at least 10 miles before we found a subway. (What do people _eat_ around here?) Good subway though. They had a 4 subs for $10 deal so that covered dinner, too. And we found our way back fairly easily, hit the grocery store, and came back. Domesticity.

My biggest gripe with
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This morning we went out for breakfast around noonish (normal for us). Walked to Outhouse Steakback, but that doesn't open until 4 pm on saturdays. So we went back, got in the car, and drove for at least 10 miles before we found a subway. (What do people _eat_ around here?) Good subway though. They had a 4 subs for $10 deal so that covered dinner, too. And we found our way back fairly easily, hit the grocery store, and came back. Domesticity.

My biggest gripe with <a "href=http://www.ubuntu.com">Ubuntu</a> has been the darn driver for my wireless internet card. It was a buggy piece of garbage (the bugs were in the binary-only firmware Intel ships), meaning the card would lose its' marbles after it received enough bad packets, and I couldn't get the connection with that access point back until I rebooted the laptop. The only internet access in my Pittsburgh apartment is wireless and it lasted about five minutes between reboots, which has been driving me _nuts_ and preventing me from doing much busybox work at home. (Can't use the version control system without internet access.)

So I finally got fed up enough to upgrade my laptop from Ubuntu's "Horny Hedgehog" release to the next one, "Flatulent Badger". (They do a release every six months and the next one, "Daffy Duck", is soonish, but I need internet access.) It's been almost three hours and it's still connected. Definitely an improvement.

Still haven't migrated over my email configuration and such. Did set up some quick masquerading so Fade can connect her desktop through the internet through my laptop. Probably shouldn't have done this at 3 am when we were both pondering going to bed...

Today, I should have finished my busybox todo list for the 1.1.1 release, written up the four potential topics for an OLS presentation, finished writing up the documentation for Timesys binary installs...

Didn't.
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Why Linux on the desktop sucks, continued...

So in the lower right corner of my taskbar, there's a clock. It's in military time. Right clicking on it and "configure clock" has no option to not be in military time. (I _can_ set it to "fuzzy clock" mode where it says "fifteen past nine", though.)

After some fiddling I've found that if I right click on it I can pull up "Date & Time format" which brings up a locale editing pop-up, and then switch from the "Locale" tab it starts in to "Time & Dates", and the second of the five editing fields in there is "Time Format" which starts "HH:MM:SS" and which I fiddled with for a bit trying to get it to change to something useful until I realized it was not just editable but was also a pull-down menu with a second option "pH:MM:SS AMPM" (which obviously I should have guessed earlier), and presumably that's moved it to show am/pm time, although the pop-up it gave me informs me that changes only affect newly launched applets so it won't take effect until I log out of the desktop and log back in.

I have a button that says "You guys start coding, I'll go find out what they want." I'd consider it the KDE motto except they never even get around to step #2...