The Free Geek

Ramblings of a Free Software Geek

The Bliss of Free Wireless Sat, 26 Aug 2006 16:12:44 +0530

Filed under: General — Bon Goose @ 16:12:44

I am at the Barista in Koramangla, Bangalore at this moment. Though they don’t have WiFi at their premises, I am getting 5 cells from a nearby Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology. w00t! I will write about the 4th International Conference on GPLv3 and my experience with rms later, when I reach my den …


Do you know this guy? Wed, 16 Aug 2006 18:08:19 +0530

Filed under: General — Bon Goose @ 18:08:19

I was watching The Codebreakers and I saw a person (in a split second frame) who looked very familiar to me. So is the person below Mahendra M? If he is indeed Mahendra, then I’d like to know how he got into the movie, and if he isn’t then it’d be all the more interesting 😉

Is this Mahendra?


Honey, I screwed up your laptop! Thu, 10 Aug 2006 09:01:48 +0530

Filed under: GNU/Linux,Hardware,Life,Ubuntu — Bon Goose @ 09:01:48

Something very odd happened just now. I noticed that Dapper was unable to keep correct time on the BIOS and was basically hit by bug #43661 which is OK compared to what happened next. I just went to the BIOS settings and fixed the time, and now it doesn’t boot at all! So what now? Oh well, it’s bug #43745 at work here 🙂

My options, either send the laptop back to Dell, or take out the BIOS cell to reset it. I will try the latter now, as sending the laptop back to Dell might be quite a PITA and I need this laptop now.

/me off to taking the laptop apart, wish me luck!

N.B – Somebody else had the exact same problem as me …

P.S – The actual owner of the laptop sounded very calm over the phone, either she didn’t understand the issue or she has too much confidence on my mad hardware skillz 😉

Update: I fixed the damn issue, w00t! I took apart the whole laptop only to realise that the BIOS battery is just under the keyboard, hehe. The XPS is a true engineering marvel, extremely tiny parts everywhere, so better send it back to Dell if you are not experienced enough in taking things apart and putting them back in. One tip to Dell users, stay away from the rtc kernel driver, in fact, better blacklist that bugger.