Tuesday, March 14, 2006

My New Laptop

Celebrating both my new bussiness and my birthday, my wife and I purchased a new laptop. I'm in hyper-joy over my new geek toy and I'm still settling into it. I've decided, for various reasons, to leave XP installed on this one. I haven't used Windows, for anything besides checking my e-mail, in nearly four years now. I remember most of what I need to know to keep things running, but it will be an expirience to get back into things. I've had some trouble getting my NFS shared visible to the laptop, and decided to just migrate to Samba instead. I was disappointed to find out about DVD decoding being a little off with Windows, I suspect for anti-trust purposes, so I might have to pay ten bucks for a decoder. Overall, I am very happy with my new laptop. DVD burner, S-Video input, large screen, faster than my desktop. I was walking around the house carrying the laptop to test the WiFi strength, and its pretty good.

I've finally got Samba running, and learned how to get those shares accessable by all the users on the laptop by setting up a batch script to configure the drive mappings triggered by all user logins, even though I'm the only user. I've exposed my subversion repositories so I can collaborate with myself, and I've installed all the usual tools I'll need for Python work. I might still be missing some dependancies, but I'll work those out as I find them. I'm surprised that I'm actually missing linux packaging, because as much as I complain about it, at least it usually has automatic dependancy installation handled pretty well. I've had to search for some missing python packages already with no errors indicating them at all (pythonw hides all errors onto the console, so be careful for that).


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