30 Jun 2003 Milambar   » (Apprentice)

Well, after a fairly long break, which involved my girlfriend coming over from Canada to see me, I decided to fire up my Linux machine, and stop playing games on my win2k machine. Well... Its a dualboot actually, so its one machine, I just booted the other partition.

While my girlfriend was down here, we happened to stumble across an old old old 486 machine that somebody had thrown out. After replacing some parts in it, namely the memory chips, I got it to boot. It is running:

Windows95a

Now, I'm not what I term an "Operating System Snob", a person who takes the line "If its not xxxxx, its not worth using." or "xxxxx is the best operating system.", where xxxxx is any operating system of choice, but I feel justified in saying that windows (versions aimed at home users, not NT based Windows) in general, is not all that stable.. So, why on earth, does that 486 have an uptime that matches my Linux machine? The only reason I had to reboot it, was to install a new network card.

The only reason I am keeping Windows95a on it, however, is because Linux doesn't yet have drivers for my flatbed scanner. It runs fine on the windows machine. Once I manage to work out filesharing, so that I can grab the files off that machine via the LAN, I'll be happy.

Talking of the LAN, getting it set up and running under Mandrake 9.1 was the most infuriating thing I have ever done in a long while. drakgw (the internet connection sharing wizard), really screwed the configs up. I ended up having to configure most of the stuff manually. Once I sat down and actually READ what everything was trying to say though, and not what I wanted it to say, the LAN came online quite happily.

The SorceryNet website which I coded from scratch, is doing well, so much so that, I am looking for other projects to occupy my time. Anyway, thats all for this update.

Talk to you folks latah!

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