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Well, it seems to have been the batteries. I hope. The Archos booted up this morning and has played music reliably. It had one brief dropout this morning while I was navigating which has me concerned, but it's working now. It had better work well for at least another year and not make me regret giving Omaha my 4G IPod Mini.

My laptop went through a bad patch, but it was entirely my fault. I upgraded to version 4.2 of XFCE, the window manager I prefer for laptops, even though it was marked as "unstable and untested" on Gentoo. I went ahead and installed it anyway, and sure enough, it was unstable. The laptop locked up when the network card was popped out and then suspended; on resume, the window manager would cause the window server to lock up bad, requiring a reboot. But a quick upgrade of the kernel and a restore of the stable version and everything's good again. I noticed today that there's a version of Sphinx speech recognition software for Gentoo; I may try it out this weekend.

My Palm is back up, but I'm still restoring all my address book and appointment information. Likewise my cellphone. In a way, all of these devices, except the cellphone, can talk to one another, but it's just not efficient.

Current Mood: satisfied satisfied
Current Music: Mike Oldfield, Pacha Mama

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ai731 From: ai731 Date: January 21st, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
You mean there's someone else in this universe who actually likes XFCE? I thought I was the only wierdo mutant :)
elfs From: elfs Date: January 21st, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh. Someone must like it; it's getting good developmental traffic. I like it because it's small and lightweight (although looking at all the stuff they've shoved into 4.2, that might not be so true anymore) and it doesn't "do stuff" while I'm hacking. On a laptop, that's a real benefit.
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