久しぶり

Well, it’s been a really long time since I’ve written an entry but I’ll try to get everyone up to speed about what I’ve been up to in the last few months.

The biggest news is that I’ve been accepted to do an internship at Matsushita (The parent company of Panasonic) for 6 months. It starts this June so I should be back in Japan on June 1st. It’s really exciting and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get some real job experience in Japan. I just learned recently that this year is also the last year for JETRO, the agency that matches students with internships in Japan.

The title of the internship is “Modeling and Code Generation of ubiquitous device networks.” It sounds pretty interesting, and they are using Linux servers. I’m pretty sure that’s one place where I can be helpful.

This winter break I had a wonderful time in Puerto Rico with my girlfriend. She met nearly my entire family on my mom’s side of the family, but nobody on my dad’s side. Looks like one day we’ll have to go to PR together again. I think she’ll like the idea.

For spring break I went to Puerto Rico (again) with a few of my friends. They really enjoyed it and want to go back. I apparently make a decent guide to PR even though I probably know more about Japan. ^_^;;;

Well I guess that’s all the important interesting stuff. Let me know if you are going to be in Japan in the summer or fall!

Stick it to the phishers

I say that whenever you get a fake e-mail from a phishing site, go to it and enter totally bogus and insulting information. Make sure to take a few cracks at the guy’s mom while your at it. Although if you are using Windows it’s probably not a good idea.

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!