Vista

Two vista laptops couldn't connect to a wpa-psk protected network, and
get dhcp assigned addresses. I had to give them static ip addresses.

a funny observation… sometimes people see me fiddling with settings
and say 'Linux… why do you like doing things the hard way?'

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network-manager

if you install network-manager on debian sid, and everything looks ok,
but you still don't see the panel applet, (and perhaps you see it when
you login as root) check to see if you are a member of the 'netdev'
group.

Apparently, this is required. I don't remember doing this explicitly on
my laptop when i installed network-manager, but when i installed it for
my brother, it didn't work, and adding his user account to the 'netdev'
group seemed to solve the problem (I also added him to the 'root' group,
and i'm a member of the 'root' group on my computer too).

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ubuntu feisty disappoints me

after waiting nearly two months, i finally got the cds i ordered at
Shipit. That's ok though, the real problem was when i tried to boot the
live cd. everything looked like it was going fine, but the xserver
failed to start, making the disc useless to me.

at work this morning, i googled for it, and found out the livecd is
unusable on the hp nx9420 laptop. this is rather disappointing because
6.06 worked fine, 6.10 worked (but wireless didn't work, thus i didn't
use it, I switched to debian) and now 7.04 which i was hoping would
solve all problems associated with the recent hardware failed woefully.
the only option left now is to download the alternate install cd and
hope that the resulting system will be usable. My internet is neither
fast nor regular, and my brother who i managed to convince to use linux
is eagerly waiting, cos i promised him ubuntu would solve the problems
he was having, patience is running thin. This is bad. it isn't even
working in qemu for me. now i have to find a way to get him to upgrade
to debian sid, and live without ati proprietary drivers, cos they fail
to build with module-assistant!!!

he's just bearing with me, cos he's not had fun experiences with windows
either. viruses made the system unusable after about a month of use, we
thought it was a hardware problem, sent it to hp, they formatted it, and
told us it was a software problem, then didn't return our recovery cds,
and asked us to buy new recovery cds. he was really pissed, and asked me
to install linux for him instead… and he's experience isn't getting
any better!!!

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fun weekend (Abuja, Nigeria)

This weekend was quite a busy one (by my standards).

Friday ended with a nice sponsored meal (ha ha) at a local hotel straight after work.

Saturday morning was a brief visit to the supermarket, and breakfast, then movie watching at home.

At 2pm, we (me, my uncle, his wife, and little baby) set off for the Metropolitan park where there was a small party for one of my nieces (another uncle’s daughter). Not surprisingly, I was the dj, being the only one around with sufficient music, and skill at setting up a hi-fi system. I didn’t do too badly in that regard, and we left the park with my favourite tunes ringing in my ears.

Sunday morning was the regular, but at noon, we (me and my two uncles from yesterday) were already planning to go to the National Stadium to watch Nigeria v Ghana (U-23 Olympics qualifier). It was quite a struggle to get inside, but the match was well worth it. It’s a beautiful stadium, and watching matches live! is quite an experience! (I love putting ‘!’ in front of ‘live’ depending on what meaning i’m trying to convey). Nigeria won 3-2, not a very comfortable victory, but a victory still… I wished my 5 month old Samsung s600 camera was still working (no support centre to fix it).

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