Weekly Rewind #22

The Weekly Rewind

The Weekly Rewind

Howdy, welcome to another Weekly Rewind. Number 22 we’re up to now and I can’t think of any good jokes for that number, sorry. Apart from maybe some Bingo lingo “two little ducks… twenty two” and all that. Anyway, lack of jokes aside, let’s get into what happened this week:

On Monday we got back to recording the first regular Linux Outlaws episode in a while, about 3 weeks actually. Damn, it was a long one at 2 hours running time! We had lots of technical problems before starting and so were pretty delayed. It was fun as always though and luckily lots of people came to join us live in the IRC and on Ustream. I’m thankful for all the support and I hope everyone else had as good a time as I did. On Tuesday I did a lot of work on my DanLynch.org website. I sorted out the Drupal install a bit, upgraded to 6.13 and made sure all the modules were up to date. This blog actually runs on WordPress but it’s a sub directory of the main Drupal site. The master plan (if you can call it that) is to have one place where everything I do resides. A proper hub for all my activities online where you can find music, podcasts, articles and assorted gubbins. The site is making progress very slowly, I’ve got it to the stage where it pulls in podcast items automatically and at least has a list of the latest blog posts in the sidebar. There’s still a hell of a long way to go. The structure of the Drupal nodes and flow is pretty much done but I need to fix up one design that works for the whole site, including this blog. I have an idea and I’ll be digging into some XHTML/CSS stuff in the near future. It’s been a while so it’ll be good to get back to it. If anyone has ideas or suggestions of what you’d like to see on the site feel free to chip in with a comment or email.

On Wednesday I continued development work and also found time to write a bit about the latest developments in the Mono saga. I won’t go into the details again here, you can read the post. Some people didn’t like what I said and I’m always up for a healthy debate about these issues. I also developed quite a bad cold this week. This isn’t a man-flu thing and I’m not usually one to complain about these things, honest. I’ve had chronic sinus trouble since I was a kid and I’ve been advised recently to try a Neti pot. It’s an Indian thing and part of the whole Ayurvedic medicine movement. It’s like a small tea pot in many ways and you use it to pour salty water through your nose. It’s supposed to help clear blockages and generally promote health. I figured it was worth a bash, I’ll try anything once. They say in the instructions it’s a “warm pleasant sensation”, is it hell!! Whoever wrote that is a lying git, it makes your eyes water and it’s not what I would call enjoyable in any way, but having said that it’s not really painful and I shall perceiver for a while to see if it works. I’ve done it 3 times so far and I’m sticking to once a day. I’ve included a video below so you can see what I mean.

Later in the week my laptop started playing up a lot. Strange lines on the screen, flickering display and other intermittent faults. I figured it was just a quirk in Fedora but I now think it might be a hardware problem. I moved very briefly to PCLinuxOS 2009 which I wanted to review. That didn’t help and I ended up installing an old image of Mint 7. I’ve been running that a couple of days and since yesterday it hasn’t had any display problems. I thought perhaps it was the faulty Nvidia card which has caused a lot problems for Dell. They’ve even extended the standard warranty of this machine by a year for this issue, it’s been quite high profile. I was convinced I’d have to send this laptop back to Dell for repair until yesterday, but if it keeps working as it is I might be lucky. It could have been a loose connection that I inadvertently knocked back into place. We’ll see.

I spent the rest of the week nursing my cold, working on websites, writing, moaning and preparing my playlist for the next Rathole Radio. As I write this it’s actually very early Monday morning and I did the show live a couple of hours ago. It went really well I think. Many people turned up and I’m pleased with the results. You can hear the podcast very soon. I’ll publish it tomorrow, between other work.

Upcoming:

Next week I’ll be doing Linux Outlaws as usual, we had a chat to Bradley Kuhn of the SFLC about the implications of the recent Mono patent promise by Microsoft. You’ll be able to hear that on Wednesday hopefully, I’m editing this week and I hope to get the bulk of it done on Tuesday. I’ll also be working a lot on my presentation for Manchester Free Software on Tuesday July 21st. It’s at 7pm and more details can be found here. I’ll be talking about audio production on Linux, it should be a lot of fun. If you’re in the Manchester area come down and say hi, I’d be pleased to see you. Who knows maybe the talk will even be interesting, I’m planning all kinds of live demos which could go horribly wrong. I’ll release this new Rathole Radio tomorrow, keep working on the website and many other things during the week. So I’ll see you next Sunday I hope. Take care till then

Dan

P.S – Can you smell salt? … I can, everywhere I go 😀

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8 comments on “Weekly Rewind #22
  1. jezra says:

    Damn, I was really hoping for a video of you using a Neti Pot.

  2. Dan says:

    @jezra – Yeah a lot of people have said that. I out a lot of my life online but I think I’m drawing the line at that 😉

  3. adrian jones says:

    Dan another excellent update,you have had a busy week… excellent rathole radio show last night by the way. Not really the music i normally listen too but iam always open to new material. first time i ever tried jamendo last night as well. Good luck with your presentation.

    • Dan says:

      @Adrian – Thanks, really glad you enjoyed the show. I try to show people new stuff they might like, music I think is good. Jamendo is great, no matter what style you prefer you can probably find it there. Enjoy!

  4. Oh man, sorry to hear about the laptop! I had two weeks of sinking fear that my computer was near death, but since upping my north bridge and RAM voltages one notch, I haven’t had a single glitch.

    I did have (what sounds like) a similar problem with a laptop I had a few years ago. After I made sure I had a backup PC, I popped off a few screws, and realized that the cable connecting the screen to the board had a broken plastic connector. A dab of superglue ended up fixing it in place. I can only imagine the couple of “loose” wires would cause a tiny spark, causing the machine to crash now and then. It only seemed to crash when I moved it or moved the display, which made me think to tear it up.

    Either way, best of luck with it, and don’t forget to do your “simple exercises” post-neti 🙂

    • Dan says:

      @Dan – Thanks, I have a spare laptop I borrowed as a backup so things are ok. I might take this apart to see if I can sort it out. It needs a new battery and will also need a replacement HDD soon anyway I think. If it’s too expensive to replace the parts I might just get a new one. I like the idea of fixing this up though and it’s a cool laptop. I haven’t bothered with those post-Neti exercises at all, I do clear my nose thoroughly after but don’t do all the stretches. Seems like overkill and I’m too lazy 😛

  5. Ludovicus says:

    Dan-

    For the Neti, try using less salt and warm water (about the same as body temperature).

    Too much salt or water that is too hot and it is not a pleasant experience.

    Hope this helps!

    • Dan says:

      @Ludovicus – Thanks for the tips. The water is warm (body temperature they say is best) and I only use a tiny amount of salt. I just don’t find it pleasant I’m afraid. I’m carrying on for a while to see if there’s a change though 🙂

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