Ubuntu 06.10 Edgy Eft

I’ve upgraded Chiaki to Ubuntu 06.10.  I did a clean install this time because my 06.6 installation was pretty old, and had a good number of custom packages installed.  Luckily for me I found out that a lot of people have been having problems doing dist-upgrades.   I think 90% of those problems are because of people using non-official packages.  Perhaps apt should be a little smarter about alien packages and ask the user to delete them before performing the upgrade.

The installation went nearly flawlessly.  The only thing I had to do this time was install and configure 915resolution to get it to do widescreen.  The broadcom drivers work a little faster this time, but still have a sucky range.  That really sucks because I want to use WPA but my orinocco card driver doesn’t support it. Also the network manager applet wasn’t installed by default… I can’t remember if it was installed by default in 06.6.  It really should be.

Of the upgraded programs I have to say Gaim 2.0 beta 3 is the worst.  Although 1.5.0 is old and buggy, but it’s way too early for Gaim 2.0 still.  I have to give the gaim developers some negative karma for not keeping their stable release usable.

Firefox 2.0 is pretty good however, it boots up faster than 1.5 and pulls off it’s new theme while not looking out of place with the rest of the desktop.

On a side note I’ve been looking for new music recently, and have been checking out Jamendo There’s some pretty good stuff there.  It’s really nice to see how big it is.  I love websites who use open-source software to do good (Bittorrent, eMule, Ogg vorbis).

Also in other news I bought a rice-cooker today.  It was really expensive but it works great!

Live search is a joke

After scanning rather quickly through my Aapache access.log I found a line that really stood out.

69.114.242.22 – – [01/Oct/2006:15:05:04 -0400] “GET /rms.html HTTP/1.1” 200 1390 “http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=buts&mkt=es-US&form=QBRE&go.x=9&go.y=14” “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)” “-”

The interesting part is the “q=buts” part. That means that the user searched for the word “buts” and was linked to my page about Richard Stallman’s talk that he gave in Pittsburgh. So I naturally went on to live.com and tried it myself. Lo and behold it was right there on the second page of the results. I wonder what horribly broken algorithms the Live team is using in their search engine.

Package!

Today I got a package from my girlfriend. After having a pretty sucky day (locking myself out of my apartment, missing 15 minutes of class, and rushing to get to a class an hour early.) this box really really made my day. It had the cutest letter ever too, filled with dolphin stickers. I have to write a letter too when I send her my box with CDs and a book. But I’m not too good at that. Plus it’s kind of hard to find a stationary store over here…

Windows

In a work related e-mail it seems that the word crash and unstability brings up a bunch of ads for “Fix & Install Windows Easy!” “Fix Windows DLL & Other PC Errors Instantly”. Seriously why do people use this shit, it amazes me every day.