White & Nerdy

September 22nd, 2006 at 9:38 am

This has been going around the internets for the past week, but it still cracks me up. There was a time when I was a kid when I loved Weird Al. I haven’t really heard any of his albums since the Jurassic Park one. This song, and the video in particular, is really funny.

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The “Get Well Roger” Photo Project

September 16th, 2006 at 9:47 am

Chicago area bloggers at Chicagoist.com have started a flickr photo group to collect pictures of people giving the “thumbs up” to send their wishes to Roger Ebert. They say, “When we get enough pictures, we’ll send them on to Ebert to let him know we’re all thinking about him.” Pretty cool idea.

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Number 7 Carleton

August 19th, 2006 at 10:47 pm

Don’t be afraid

August 11th, 2006 at 11:50 pm

I’ve only recently started watching “the show with zefrank” but it’s pretty funny. The episode released today, titled “Don’t be afraid” is, however, a little more serious, but I think he makes some good points. So I’m sharing the video below.

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Profanity (&%*$@^$!)

August 11th, 2006 at 2:31 pm

Embedded below, Penn and Teller take on the history of Profanity in an episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (Embedded, at least until the video is taken off of Google Video)

Bullshit! (also known as Penn & Teller: Bullshit!) is an American, Emmy-nominated television series, running since 2003 on the premium cable channel Showtime. The series has achieved worldwide success, being shown in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The series is hosted by professional magicians/comedians Penn and Teller. Four seasons have aired, and it has been renewed for a fifth season, currently in production.[1] The show reflects the atheist, libertarian stance of the duo, and inherits their characteristically blunt, aggressive presentation. (Source: Wikipedia: Bullshit!)

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Parade me around…

July 31st, 2006 at 12:54 am

I’m a little over-obsessed at the moment with “The Truth About Cats and Dogs (is that they die)” by Pony Up!. The video is up on youtube.com and embeded below.

Oh, by the way…

July 5th, 2006 at 4:51 pm

Ainsley and I made it official on the 17th of June, 2006.

Brent and Ainsley (Wedding Day)

It was an amazing weekend, and we’ve got tonnes to say, however, we’ve only just gotten back from our wedding/honeymoon extravaganza, and are currently surrounded by semi-unpacked bags and piles of laundry, so this is the only online picture at the moment. So, keep an eye on our “Wedding Blog” for more stories and pictures soon (Hint: sign-up for updates in the Subscribe with Email box on the right-hand side of the wedding blog, if you’re so inclined).

The T2450CT

June 6th, 2006 at 7:47 pm

So I picked up a my first laptop at a garage sale recently and am now the proud owner of a Toshiba Satelite T2450CT. This puppy boasts some seriously awesome specs:

Processor: 486 DX/4
Memory: 16MB
Harddrive: 500MB
Screen: 640×480 Active Matrix Display
CD-Drive: None
Network Card: None
Sound Card: None
USB: None
SCSI: Surprisingly, yes!

So over the last few weeks I’ve been slowly preparing to push some lightweight linux distribution onto it.

Problem #1:
How do I get anything larger than 1.44mb onto the harddrive? It doesn’t have a cd-drive, nor any usb ports. It also doesn’t have a network card. It does, however, have 2 PCMCIA slots. So my first plan of action was to get it a network card so I could at least copy files onto it over a network.

Problem #1.1:
PCMCIA is an evolving standard. Sadly, back in 1994 when the T2450CT was being designed, PCMCIA was still in the 16bit era (also known as PC CARD). At some point PCMCIA was upgraded to 32bit (also known as Cardbus) and it hasn’t looked back since. This means though, that pretty much everything in stock at any computer store at the moment is 32bit PCMCIA and incompatible with the little T2450CT. Fortunately, Ebay is a wonderful resource for out of date computer hardware. So, after $20 (CDN), and 5-6 days of shipping, I now own a Linksys WPC11 PCMCIA 11Mbps 802.11b ‘PC Card’.

Problem #2:
Apparently when the previous owner had tried to sell the T2450CT earlier, potential buyers were turned away by the fact that he had installed some form of Linux on it. So to appease the market, the previous owner managed to cram Win98SE on this little 486 (I really have no idea how). Sadly, I have no desire to run Win98SE on this 16MB.

So anyways, after a brief search I’ve settled on trying to get Damn Small Linux (a 50mb distribution) up and running on the machine using the “Alternative Poorman’s Install.” I chose DSL because a) I’ve had experience with the Xbox port of DSL (X-DSL) and b) because it seems to have a fairly active userbase with the odd person working on similar hardware to the T2450CT.

What I’ve learned, so far, about running DSL on the T2450CT:

  • At the boot menu use the “lowram” cheat code, and specify your memory size like so: Boot: lowram mem=16M
  • The memory specification seems to work with all the different cheat codes, so after I realized “lowram” was hanging while launching X, I was able to get through a full boot by using: Boot: dsl 2 mem=16M which tells DSL to launch in console only mode.

Current Status: No gui, no networking, but working command prompt.

I’m going to try and keep posting progress reports under the T2450CT category so that others trying similar stuff with a T2450CT can use this as a resource, but I’m usually not very good at following through, so who knows.

Baby just sing about the groove

May 26th, 2006 at 9:21 pm

Cereal Thoughts

May 20th, 2006 at 1:30 pm

I was in the grocery store the other day and I once again noticed that certain cereals only seem to be available in the small-sized boxes.  Golden Grahams, Honey Bunches of Oats, that Raisin Bran Crunch stuff, they all only ever seem to be available in the small thin boxes.  Are they afraid we’re going to cram too much graham?