This is my (in)activity log. You might like to visit my employer
Novell which is an amazing company, and also
Dell who in days of yore provided me with a
free laptop for Gnome development / conferences.
Also if you have the time to read this sort of stuff you could enlighten
yourself by going to Unraveling Wittgenstein's net or if
you are feeling objectionable perhaps here.
Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Up in the night, poked IRC, back to bed. Mail chew,
call with Tambet, call with Thorsten. Wasted hours, and hours,
and hours again with trying to build working OEM rescue images.
After one particularly unamusing last-throw episode of dd'ing
over the disk I was using, needed a live-USB key - should be
easy to generate surely ? Luckily I had the C ISO to hand.
Started reading the How to make a boot-able USB key
FAQs FAQ 1 -
mksusebootdisk failed - FAQ 2 - only
5 pages, and umpteen commands, onto HOWTO
1 - again, yielding a non-booting key. Amazing - how is it that
we make it -so- difficult; judging by the plethora of documentation out
there, this is far too difficult. Eventually in desparation looked for
other distros with Live-CDs. For the benefit of viewers - I hereby
reproduce the Moblin live-USB Key FAQ, in all it's complexity.
Roll on the next OpenSUSE, which no doubt will
have this feature too.
- Download the live-CD image
- Insert USB key - critical not to forget this step
cat /path/to/moblin.iso > /dev/sdb ; sync
Off to Aldeburgh to see the in-laws after lunch; kept
doing image builds in the background every few minutes - while
catching up with Bruce & Anne, and training kidlets in
bicycling - an ideal incline on the warren.
Set up Bruce's Windows Vista laptop in the evening, to do
what he wants. Amazed the plague of crud-ware dialogs that hassle
the living out of the average user. The dial-up people it seems
won't die, and want their cascade of silliness, the Anti-virus
vendor, and goodness knows whom else who paid to put their logo
and annoyances in front of the unsuspecting punter. Turned
everything off; used wireless connectivity instead, things worked
In case it's not painfully obvious: the reflections reflected here are my
own; mine, all mine ! and don't reflect the views of Novell, The
Lithuanian Gov't or Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's also important to
realise that I'm not in on the Swedish Conspiracy.
Occasionally people ask for formal photos for conferences,
Michael Meeks (firstname.lastname@example.org)