Does He Ever Update His Page?

Here's the big update I've been promising. First, I realized I never told anyone about my new system. Here's what I've got: Duron 700, GeForce 2 MX TwinView, 128 megs of RAM, a 45 gig UDMA66 Western Digital hard drive, a Hauppage WinTV Go, a SoundBlaster 128 PCI, and an Intellimouse Explorer (that's right, the best mouse in the world). Caveats: The NVidia Linux driver does not currently support the TwinView feature, although I did pop my cursed S3 ViRGE in and give multihead a try. You can check out the screenshot here. Also, I'm still having a bit of problems with the WinTV card under the 2.2.x kernel. 2.4.0 was just released yesterday, but I have to wait for 2 things: the International Kernel Patch (so I can access my 500 meg encrypted partition), and support for the NVidia kernel module. I've read that [Bb]o[wr]is.* ported the driver to 2.3.x, but I haven't actually heard anything from NVidia or talked to him about it, so I'm going to wait and see. Until then, the WinTV is off-limits unless I feel like either rebooting afterwards or risking the "magical disappearing filesystem game of fun" (I already lost several great Bjork MP3s). On the positive side, I was getting hard locks until I manually upgraded the i2c and bttv kernel modules; now I just get wierdness that requires a reboot.

As for the page, I've been making changes here and there. The most notable change is probably the sidebar; I decided it didn't really fit with the look for the rest of the page, so I added a bumpmapped effect to it's image as well. Let me know what you think. The astute readers will note the addition of a CVS link on the sidebar; yes, I've got a CVS server with some stuff I'm working on, and no, it's not ready for public consumption just yet. I'll let y'all know when it's ready.

Software, software. I've been trying out tons of new stuff since I got this new machine. First of all, AVI File is one of the best media players I've seen in a while. It plays (suprise!) AVI files, including -- everyone's favorite -- DivXs. I grabbed all my roommate's DivX's, and I've been watching them while I wait for 2.4.x so I can use my WinTV again. The other thing I've been using a lot is GKrellM. Richlowe tried to get me to install it a few months back, but I never bothered listenign to him. Well, I wish I had. GKrellM has replaced all my epplets, and it uses less CPU time, less desktop space, and actually does a lot more (line in volume control, mousewheel support, better theming, etc etc). I don't have it in a screenshot yet, but I'll take one soon so you can see my new and improved desktop. Finally, I've been playing around with VNC a bit. It's sort of like screen, but for X. Basically, you launch VNC, start some X applications, then you can reconnect from other machines, even MacOS and Windows machines. Or a web browser! The protocol isn't encrypted, but it's cake to set up SSH port forwarding (ssh -C -L localport:remotehost:remoteport remotehost, then start the VNC viewer). Finally, i started using LogColorise for my logs. You can see it in any of my latest screenshots.

Well, that about covers it. I'll update more later...