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Introducing the Aero-Putter

Posted 2007.06.10 0.00 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

The Aero-Putter is a two-seater flying machine. Lift is provided by burning of kerosene oil, to heat air trapped in two parchment lift-sacks held to either side of the contraption. Propulsion occurs by means of an aft-mounted four-bladed propeller. The actual engine of the Aero-Putter is driven by a powerful clockwork motor which is sealed beneath the seats. The motor utilizes breakthrough technology of our new patented perma-spring, which never needs rewinding. Each Aero-Putter motor is fully pre-wound at the manufactory.

The Aero-Putter was designed to be a small and whimsical two-person vehicle, ideal for casual touring around. It was not designed for tearing up the skies at 100 miles an hour.

TW and Atashi in an Aero-Putter

AS-IF

Posted 2007.06.05 0.00 in Family/Friends by Stephanie

A very, very good website on the subject of Asperger’s Syndrome. Written by a woman who has AS, it is very thorough, well written, friendly, and descriptive.

A lot of the experiences she describes ring very true, and (in my opinion) some of the situations she details are very insightful as to what it really means to have AS.

So go, give it a thorough read. It’s several solid hours’ worth of information there, so it might take a few visits to absorb it all.

AS-IF

Aaagh! It’s The Mr. Hell Show!

Posted 2007.06.03 0.00 in Music/Movies/TV by Stephanie

This animated show, co-produced in Canada and the UK, is frigging hillarious.

I remember watching this like 5 years ago, always trying to find when it was on, and finaly when it vanished, wondering when it would hit the DVD shelves.

Well it was a long freaking wait. But FINALY it’s here! It’s here it’s here it’s here! Yay!

All our favorite characters are back! Mr Hell! Victorian Lady Detective! Serge the psychotic seal cub! Josh, the reincarnaion guy! Giant squid! Champion the Wonder Snail! Golden baby!

Now. Go. Buy. This. DVD.

Aaagh! It’s The Mr. Hell Show!

DVD Cover
Hey, these human shields really work!

Linux and the Libretto, Redux

Posted 2007.06.01 0.00 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

Several months ago I wrote a bunch of little posts about how I was breathing new life into an old laptop. My wee little portable mini laptop, the Libretto 100CT, and a variant of Linux based on Damn Small Linux, which is based on Debian.

Well, it’s been about 6 months since I made the last post, which was about installing a solid-state hard drive. Unfortunately, the followup is not happy…

A few nights ago my Libretto stopped working, it wouldn’t respond. I tried to reboot it, and it wouldn’t boot. Grub error. That’s bad.

So, tonight I rooted around and found my stack of laptop hard drives. I had to try them all until I found the one that would boot. It’s the one I was using before switching to the CF card / hard drive. It was last used in November 2006.

Once I had the Libretto booted, I mounted the CF card in a PCMCIA slot. Or, I tried to mount it. It wouldn’t mount. Sigh.

After a bunch of messing around with e2fsck, I managed to get it to the point that I could mount it. Oh, joy. My /home partition is gone. All data lost. Yippee. And look, my root partition is mangled. I was able to get a few files out of /etc that I could use to get my old harddrive based install back up to where my solid state one was, but not my data files.

Then, I remembered! I had a backup!

After rooting around a bit, I found my backup. Another CF card, yes, but it hasn’t been used much so it should be ok. Shouldn’t it?

Aw, crap.

Well, my backup of the root partition was gone, and my home partition was from the end of November. So, about 6 months old. I really ought to have backed up more often. Shit.

Anyhow, long story short, my Libretto is up and running again, using my home-made linux that’s based on Damn Small Linux that’s based on Debian. But I’ve lost about 6 months of data. And I will not use cheap CF cards as a hard drive again, at least not without a regular backup plan.

So, let that be a lesson to me!

She Who Laughs Last, Probably Made A Backup!

Toshiba Libretto 100CT in surgery