Gosh! its been so long since I have posted, that at times I forget that I actually have a blog and need to write stuff more often. Well, its been a long and hard time since my last post, which was at the end of October. Lets see if I can quickly sum up whats been happening.
Firstly, FOSS.IN/2008 happened. And it went off well, which was really a relief for all of us, those who participated and those who manage it. Lots of stuff happened there and the final report should be out on the site “real soon now”.
During FOSS.IN however, I had a disaster! My laptop which also happens to be my main and only machine decided to die on me. It had been giving the signs for a while but there was not much that I could do about it. The CPU was overheating and despite the fact that I got the fan checked and cleaned, the machine eventually died. I used it for the rest of that trip as a netbook. In fact, I will post a summary of what I did on the laptop separately.
Well, with a dead laptop I was not going to survive for long, I had to get a new machine and I had to get it soon. I looked at all possible variations, since for the last 10 years I have been using ThinkPads, my natural first-choice would have been a ThinkPad. The first shock that I got was that none of the manufacturers now make machines with non-widescreen formats the good old 4:3 screens do not exist anymore.
Quite sad really, I like a nice sharp screen with a minimum resolution 1400×1050, but all I see around me is a maximum resolution of 1280×800 (Ugh!). So the hunt for a new notebook was not easy. It finally boiled down to three machines, a ThinkPad T-61, A Dell E6400 and a MacBook Pro.
Well, the MacBook Pro won!
The story from here on, gets to be even more exciting and certainly demands a few additional posts. I am now running Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) on my MacBook along with Mac OSX. Setting things up has not been all that easy, but I think for now I have a reasonably stable environment again. Hopefully, I can get back to some serious blogging 😉
Keep a look out for some additional posts.
PS: I should mention that the site was updated to WordPress 2.7 with its super-slick admin interface, not sure what changes for readers, but manging the site is a pleasant experience!