The Free Geek

Ramblings of a Free Software Geek

Goodbye, Rob Levin Sun, 17 Sep 2006 08:56:53 +0530

Filed under: General,Life — Bon Goose @ 08:56:53

Rob Levin, better known as `lilo’ on Freenode was hit by a car when he was riding his motorcycle on September 12. He suffered head injury and was in coma. He passed away today early morning when his family decided to take out the life support. Though many people considered him obnoxious and irritating, Freenode proved to be critical to many Free Software projects. Adieu, my friend, and thanks for all the fish.


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.


Relief at last! Sat, 03 Jun 2006 15:16:58 +0530

Filed under: Life — Bon Goose @ 15:16:58

Just returned from the the Dentist's place now. There was still some mild pain and inflammation all day and I wasn't feeling well at all. Went to the Dentist and he recommended on extracting the tooth immediately. Called up dad and he said that I must wait for a couple of days before taking the plunge. That made me confused. I knew that the pain won't subside completely if I don't get the tooth removed. But at the same time my parents were against it and I was a bit scared too 🙂

But the I thought I must get this thing fixed as soon as possible since the longer I am sick, the longer I will be out of my work. So I went against my parents' advice and told the Dentist to extract the tooth. I was observing each and every step that he took while extracting my tooth and I told him to explain whatever he was doing to me. He turned out to be a good and cooperative doctor and his Dentist wife too kept joking all the while and asked me about my fish fetish et al.

He first applied a surface anaesthetic to the right side of my mouth to make it a bit numb and then took a syringe full of local anaesthesia and put it in multiple places of my mouth and that pained like hell. I was almost screaming in pain because of the needle pricks. Then the doc took a tool to elevate the tooth a bit and then finally extracted it with another tool. There was a lot of pus at the root of the tooth and finally it was all over.

I thanked the Dentist and applied ice on my face and came back home. Apparently, it's raining 24×7 in Kolhapur and it seems there's going to a flood this time too.

So it's relief at last, and I am hoping that I will be able to get back to hacking provided there are no serious repercussions 🙂


Down with tooth infection and fever Fri, 02 Jun 2006 20:26:29 +0530

Filed under: Life — Bon Goose @ 20:26:29

Bad news. I am down with extreme tooth-ache and a resultant mild fever since the last few days. I can't work, I can't eat, I can't even talk. I thought taking analgesics will help in fixing the issue, and then even switched to antibiotics yesterday.

The condition hasn't improved much and I couldn't sleep at all last night. I was actually screaming my ass off due to the nagging pain, but there was nobody to take care of me.

Visited a dentist today, it's the 10 year old damaged tooth that causing all the pain. I have an appointment tomorrow afternoon to get the rogue tooth extracted and thrown down to /dev/null.

I have promised Martin Pitt that I will start working on the design soon … I hope I recover soon enough to get that thing done by June 5.