[clug-talk] Wow, it keeps getting worse. Can I borrow a USB->ethernet adapter from someone tonight?
carlsonmark at gmail.com
Thu May 4 19:59:31 PDT 2006
I've been trying to get ready for my LinuxFest presentation. It
should have been quite simple... install some software, check it out,
and present it. It's just web software, how hard could it be?
Well, in theory I should have done that by now. However, I haven't
used 2/3rds of the software... ever... and most of it isn't even
To make an even longer story short:
"Why?" You might ask. Well, it all boils down to a saying my loving
mother has: "Mark, if you didn't have bad luck, you probably wouldn't
have any luck at all."
As a result of my bad luck and insufficient planning, I still don't have ready:
- a laptop I can present on (a usb->ethernet adapter might solve this)
- any knowledge of half of the software I'd like to present (it also
isn't installed for that matter)
- a laptop with the software installed on it
If there's someone out there in Calgary with a USB->ethernet adapter
that might work with Knoppix (and is willing to lend it to me tonight,
I can pick it up, mail me off list please) I might just have a chance
at being able to present. If not, eesh... I don't know if I'll be
able to git'r'done for Saturday...
(I'm going back to the office now to try one last laptop, but I don't
have high hopes for it...)
=== There isn't much of a reason to read below this, I'm just very
stressed out and needed to rant ===
Now the shortened long version:
Of all of the computers I have been trying to get all this software
installed on, I have come across the following problems (this week):
- I installed knoppix to the HD of laptop #1. Sounded like a good
idea, a lot quicker than putting Gentoo (the only distro I'm familiar
with) on there. After a few hours of it not booting I decided to
install FC5. Another 2 hours later and it won't install because it
can't copy something over (yes, I did a media check... twice)
- I installed knoppix to the HD of PC #1. Again, this sounded like a
good idea. Same problem as laptop #1. An hour of googling told me
that the menu.lst file was broken sometimes with the HD install. So I
fixed that, only to realize that a P3-500 with 128MB of ram really
isn't that fast... and that if I were going to be doing a presentation
on a desktop I would be looking at the screen the whole time (not
- I decided to try my work laptop (#2). Everything's set up on there
already and I already gave that bacula presentation with it, perfect!
Well, my luck kicked in again. The laptop doesn't send proper
signals to both the LCD and external monitor at the same time. For
that matter, I couldn't get it to send a good signal to the external
monitor at all in Linux.
- So, that left my home laptop (#3). My wired network interface is
dead on this! 100% dead too, not just unsupported. The wireless
interface is sketchy at best and requires a NDIS wrapper or whatever
that is to work... but at least the monitor output is sane! Also, I
don't even have Linux installed on it since it has been such a POS.
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