December 2009


I decided it was a little much having two “netbooks” around, so I sold my trusty Sharp MM20 (a netbook that came out before anyone heard of netbooks) to another MM20 owner with all the accessories.

So I’ve dedicated myself to the Acre Aspire One and it’s doing a great job.  One complaint was the horribly slow 16GB SSD drive that it came with.  It’s pitifully slow and loading a full blown Linux distro on it started showing its shortcomings.  Well this was solved by replacing the drive with a better performing RunCore based SSD drive.  Now the machine is quick and responsive.

I’ve loaded up Fedora 12 on the machine with “Desktop Effects” enabled, SELinux enforcing, and an encrypted hard drive via dm-crypt.  In truth, I notice no performance loss, it’s quick responsive and no stuttering.  Works great for Web Browsing, SSH sessions, and email.  That’s all I really need from a Netbook.  Oh and 5 hour battery life is no problem for this little 2.5lb machine.

So I’m finally getting near the end of my Grad School career and will slowly have some small bit of life back.  Hence the need to post.  Just a quick recap of events from this year since the last post:

1. OpenSource World, San Francisco – All speakers were lined up and presented, heard some great things about them, but the show in general seems to be having trouble finding its rhythm.  Unfortunately once again I had to miss it because…

2. The family of three expanded by one!  So now there are two little ones keeping their parents awake, which of course adds to…

3. The lack of sleep I’m getting because of my last class for Grad School!  Finishing up an independent study class where I’m working on some research into Identity Management on the web.  Kind of a if you really don’t have any privacy anymore, how do you make the best of a bad situation?  It’s been tough squeezing in the work given…

4.  That my day job has changed somewhat.  My original group I worked for has actually been broken apart and individuals sent to different groups.  Basically, we accomplish our original mandate of getting engaged with researchers and it’s now time to help them integrate in and take advantage of the rest of University Information Services.  My role remains about the same, but I’m now charged with managing a couple more projects while seeking out ways in which other researchers can be assisted.  Of course all these things caused me to miss…

5. My BEST FRIEND CINDY LI GETTING MARRIED!!!!  Unfortunately she moved out to the west coast and there was just no way I could get out there in the short time I had.  But I’m SO VERY HAPPY for her.  I just wish I could have been there.

So that’s basically where I’m at now.  There were a few other items to update on like laptops, computers, cars, etc…  But I’ll save those for other posts.

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