Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Promise Audit - National Journal

The promise of Change. The grass is greener.

The Promise Audit - National Journal: "As memories of the campaign trail fade, it’s easy to forget some of the more than 200 promises made by Barack Obama."

I think the betterment of the country is at stake. We should all keep an eye on the ways of government.

The immortal words of Ronald Reagan, "Trust, but verify"

XBMC and Hulu

I am a huge fan of Arrested Development. And Hulu.

This post made me happy.

Unfortunately, none of the actual shows are playing through the XBMC. Just another soul crush... :)

More to follow once I figure it out...

Linksys WRT54G - Wireless Failing Some Times

I am searching for a solution to an issue I occasionally experience. This includes my Linksys WRT54G router will just stop working for wireless clients.

Wired connections work just fine and have no issues. The wireless... no so good.

I am able to quickly power cycling the router without a problem. The wireless then just starts working once the router comes up.

This happens with the Linksys firmware or the DD-WRT firmware I am running now.

BTW - if you have a Linksys router (or any other supported hardware) and are not running DD-WRT, you need to (HAVE TO) check out the DD-WRT project for your basic home router software needs.

Windows 7 - More Aesthetics

I have been using Windows 7, off and on, since the download was made available earlier this month. The new bells and features seem to make the operating system show some new prowess. However, any of the issues I had before with Vista drivers, I am now having issues in Windows 7.

Amazingly, my cell phone actually charges when plugged into Windows XP SP2 after installing the Sprint software. (The same cell phone has always worked just fine on any Linux distribution)

Windows XP - works after install

Vista - not so much.

Windows 7 - even worse.

I will say that the attempts to update Notepad and Paint are, well, ok. Some of the features are actually pretty nice. The docking taskbar, with links for Internet Explorer, WMP, and Windows Explorer, is a nice improvement. Also, User Account Control (UAC) is less intrusive and objectionable (to me, at least).

The upside -
All of my laptop drivers were detected and installed without an issue. (This is another wonderful piece of Linux, :). Also, the new KDE feel of the default UI is pleasing to me. I wonder if Gnome-like desktop is an option...?

No plans to reimage the laptop for now...