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Gahh what a night

So today I sat for my RHCE, I initially received my RHCE on RHEL3 so it was time to update. I did OK

I rode the amtrak up which is nice. Sit and work while I travel. Much better and cheaper than driving and parking. The ride back was uneventful. I jumped in my car to head home when I arrived in Bloomington. Car wouldn’t start. Great, I really know little about cars. I knew it wasn’t a dead battery, the engine was turning over fine. The “Service Engine Soon” and ” Check Gauges” lights stayed on fantastic. So I have road assistance through my insurance company. so i call them tell them whats up, They put in the service request. They offer two types of service. A jumpstart or a Tow. I get an automated call “Your tow truck will be there within 30 minutes” thats good wont be long in my cold not running car. 45 minutes later I call the insurance company back “No tow truck yet”. They chase it up and say they had to go to an accident they will be there in 20 minutes. 35 minutes after that call. I call them again No tow truck they go to chase up. In the mean time the Tow truck comany calls me they will be 15-20 minues more. I ask if they are sure since ive heard that before. Nearly 2 hours after I initially call he turns up and 5 minutes later we are on the road. By that time i was freazing cold it was only 40 out but still cold enough. I got home at 12:30 when i should have been home around 10:00.

The thing that sucks is I barely drive my car anymore. and i planed on replacing it in the new year. Currently I drive a 1996 Chevy Camero. I want something more economical and possibly Australian made. I have been eying up the Pontiac G8, if only they would release them already

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BlackBery Perl and bluetooth dialup

So I have a blackberry Perl and on and off I have tried using Dial Up Networking. T-Mobile allows me to connect to them, go through all the steps and get to starting pppd then they dont give me an IP. I have tried telling them that i want 0.0.0.0 which they acked and let me do. T-Mobile’s tech support said sorry we hand everything to Reseach in Motion contact them. Which I have not yet done but really should. Does anyone out there have it working? it seems it should not be as hard as it is. I have a internal modem that in the past I tested on a seperate data only plan. It worked then but used a different APN. I have tested with the APN that I have to use with blackberry wap.voicestream.com which gives the exact same result as the blackberry. So I have narrowed it down to one of two things. RIM is doing something really really stupid or I need to pass some obscure flag ( which takes me back to 1 ) so if someone knows how to fix this please let me know. another option is that i pay for an additional line and data plan, which i dont have need for often enough for doing. Which would give me the added benefit of having wireless access at any T-Mobile hotspot. I just can’t justify the cost.

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My First Day At OLPC

So yesterday was my first day at OLPC. It went fairly well. Everyone was really nice. Got an XO for testing.

Got alot of tasks that need doing, It will certainly be a challange, a good one but a challange anyway.

Yesterday also marked the first day that you could buy yourself an XO. the have a “give one get one program” for $400 you can get your own and donate one you can get yours here.

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New Job

For those that dont know yet. Im changing jobs. I accepted an offer from OLPC, I will be their build system and release engineer person. I will be working remotely however I will be spending time in Boston, so any fedora people that want to catch up drop me a line. This is an opportunity that came my way entirely because of my work with fedora. So to everyone that works on Fedora thank you. I officially start on Nov 12.

What does this mean for fedora? Well for one, I plan to do everything I can in fedora. I will be spending more time on fedora. I will also be trying to build a community around OLPC. Hopefully much like mmcgrath has done with Fedora Infrastructure. I would like to enable people to build their own custom firmware for the XO. Mainly enabling the countries to be self sufficient. Take the pieces that are of intrest to them and make it work. Right now im just barely getting my toes wet and have yet to work out everything that will be involved. I will be posting as often as I can, making sure that everyone knows whats going on. It really is intresting to see how OLPC has taken the fedora base and added sugar on top of it. It is not your fathers fedora :).

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New Laptop

For awhile now ive been looking at new laptops. One thing that is hard about the laptop/notebook market is taht it is really hard to do it yourself. There are some Linux only Vendors out there. R3 and System76 the thing i dont like about them are that they are quick to throw propietory stuff on your system and they dont seem to be working with upstream projects to get there patches integrated. so you end up with an un supportable system. Well to me any way. Of the two i looked harder at R3 as they supply/support Fedora System76 only support Ubuntu.

In the End I went with Dell. The offer there Latitude Series notebooks with FreeDOS. So you are free to put what you choose on it. The only downside is that you need to order it through the Small business section. To find out what they have on offer go to dell.com select small business notebooks. Then in the Menu bar at the top of there site the notebook drop down has Open-Source Notebooks as an option select it and you can get one of 4 different models. So what i ended up getting is a Latitutde D820N with dual core 2.0ghz intel CPU, 2GB ram, 80 Gb hdd, dvd burner, 15.4″ screen @ 1680×1050. Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950, Intel 3945 WLAN and Bluetooth. I should get it about a week before FUDCon. Im going to do a rawhide install on it.