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The laptop I'm currently using appears to be dying. When I attempt to install FreeBSD, many packages fail, claiming they cannot find libssl. The Gentoo boot CD fails to boot... /sbin/modprobe binfmt fails.

A while ago, ghewgill gave me his old digital camera. I've been wanting one for a while, for spur-of-the-moment pictures (a Pentax K-1000 isn't too great with those) and for the ease of adding digital pictures to my gallery. I've been slow about actually using the camera, partially because the battery doesn't hold much of a charge anymore, and partially because I don't have a cardreader. Nugget has one that will work with a laptop however, so I thought I'd give that a try.

Now, we have a problem. The laptop doesn't have ssh installed. It seems unwilling to install anything, because it cannot find libssl. My Gentoo live CD fails. Tonight, it finally dawns on me that I could try a Knoppix CD. I'd rather have a boot CD that didn't head strait into X with all the bells and whistles, but booting is booting, right?

Not only did the Knoppix CD boot, it autodetected everything, is running the console in framebuffer and X at appropriate settings, and it even talked to me. I've never bothered to try to get a sound out of the laptop, and now it's making noises just from booting. Yipe! I'm glad it booted, but I don't really want the boot CD to do everything. I don't mind a minimal system. O well, it works.

So, I snatch nugget's CF-cardbus adapter and throw in the card from the camera. I plug it into the laptop, and it gives a reassuring little *beep* as an icon appears on the KDE desktop - /mnt/hde1. I swear, Knoppix does more than Windows. I now have my data off the card, and am happy enough with the world. I just wish Knoppix were a little bit faster.

Now, on to the car portion of the story.

Not long after purchasing my Miata, I noticed a few other Miatas at work. There's a black one that's a '95... I was considering purchasing that vehicle, but the owner changed his mind about selling. I definitely understand. There's a red one as well, and a blue one. I've managed to meet the owner of the black and red, but the owner of the blue one remains a mystery. One day, all of the Miatas ended up in a row, so I decided to take a few pictures. I've finally been inspired to get them off the card. I just might create a web page for the work intranet...

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xulong From: xulong Date: May 28th, 2004 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like nugget's license plate.
ivo From: ivo Date: May 29th, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
...as an icon appears on the KDE desktop - /mnt/hde1. I swear, Knoppix does more than Windows. ...

Total score: -5 (Troll)

I'm not sure which windows you are using that doesn't autodetect flash cards.
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: May 29th, 2004 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Last time I used it, Windows didn't place an icon on the desktop for it. It does add something to the space under "My Computer," but that's akin to Linux autodetecting it and placing an entry in /dev.

Knoppix also actually gives you boot messages in the default option. That's more than Windows.

Troll.
From: 6s_aint9 Date: June 1st, 2004 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
seeing as i havent done so yet i added you :) hope u dont mind
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