Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fedora 10 on x61s

Recent Fedora 10 updates destabilized my Thinkpad x61s. (Mouse movement would start getting sluggish and eventually the system would freeze.) It's probably something to do with dri in the xserver (and I don't even know what that means :-) I put this into my ~/.drirc, and my machine has been fine. I think the key is vblank_mode.

<device screen="0" driver="i965">
<application name="Default">
<option name="force_s3tc_enable" value="false" />
<option name="no_rast" value="false" />
<option name="fthrottle_mode" value="2" />
<option name="bo_reuse" value="1" />
<option name="vblank_mode" value="0" />
<option name="allow_large_textures" value="2" />

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

tabook resurfaces

Lenovo moved the thinkpad tabook.pdf to
and google has a hard time finding it. The old ftp site run by IBM isn't working anymore.

Monday, February 23, 2009

pc5750 just works under fedora core 10

I installed FC10 on a new disk drive for my Thinkpad x61s, plugged in my pc5750 revA evdo card, clicked "Auto Mobile Broadband (CDMA) connection" in NetworkManager, and it just worked.

No more editing chat scripts or /etc/ppp/peers/ or fiddling around with modprobe or invoking pppd or hacking /etc/resolv.conf (all of which I had to do in FC6 and then in FC8).


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Spot the dangling participle:

PepsiCo, a manufacturer of soda, salty snacks and cereal based in Purchase, N.Y., is among a growing number of companies that hope to get ahead of potential government mandates and curb their energy use as prices and long-term supply grow less certain.