Back to basics^WDebian

I reverted back to a “pure” Debian install yesterday as can be seen in my sources list. I reinstalled the X.org packages and the whole of KDE, mostly to get rid of an annoying kded problem on my notebook which still isn’t resolved and I’m running out of options. But I feel better beeing back at a pure Debian install…

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Sunburned

Unfortunately I forgot to bring my sunscreener to London and as a result I got myself a burned face because I spend 2 hours in Regent’s Park yesterday. Really funny… but the weather over here is quite nice.

Habemus Papam

Unfortunately, the catholic church today elected the one I wanted to be the last to become pope to be Benedikt XVI.

What happened to the spirit which made a Polish Bishop Pope in the middle of the cold war?

I’m really disapointed!

Anyway, God knows, and Ratzinger is already 78. If this doesn’t work out, there are other christian churches around.

Toys4Boys

Ok, there are three major projects I want to spend some money on in the next month, namely:

New Router
Everybody at our University is currently playing with OpenWRT, which is basically a Linux for some router models. Wbx is doing some work on it, so I will get the best support ever available. I’d like to have a ASUS WL-500g Deluxe Router, because it got two USB 2.0 ports which can be used to add usefull stuff to the router. The idea of ssh-ing into my router is another thing I really like. And it is of course a thousand times better than any black box solution where I can’t see what is happening. Firmware updates won’t be a problem for the next 100 years. Freedom!

Storage
There are two things that currently annoy my a littele bit about my storage system (which are basically the two harddisks of my workstation PC). First is that one of the partitions is far too full and I need more space. Second is that I have no way of making a backup of 90 GB of data. Third is that my main disk in this machine makes strange sounds (it’s been doing this for a couple of years now, but you can’t always be lucky. And I do know that this is the third of two reasons πŸ™‚ ) Anyway, I want something redundant and inexpensive. As those two words are the R and I in RAID, I want something like this, external, USB. Something like this external case and two of those disks sound pretty reasonable. But why in hell is the case that expensive? I can get a case for a whole PC which is cheaper… maybe I have to look for something which is not out of aluminium. Anyway, as I said, I want to put a RAID 1 on it, in order to have a max of redundancy and then I will have 200 GB of relatively failsave space. Furthermore, does OpenWRT do software RAID stuff? πŸ˜‰

Scanner
I know, there is no real use case for a scanner, but there are so many occasions where I think that I really need one and it is another piece of hardware to play with. A Epson Perfect. 2480 Photo seems to be a pretty reasonable choice, because it seems to have relativley good SANE support.

As I’m not rich I’ll have to buy these things one after another in the order shown here… did I mention that it is my birthday in a month from now πŸ˜‰ (just kidding, really!)