28 April, 2009
As some of you might notice, the script acerfand (fan control for Acer Aspire One) doesn’t run automatically in th newest Ubuntu 9.04 when you add its path to your rc.local. I don’t know why, but the file rc.local behaves differently from previous version during booting (it looks like it’s not executed, but in fact it is, and when I run it manually after I log in everything works).
How did I fix it? Instead of the line:
in my /etc/rc.local file, I added:
start-stop-daemon –start –name acerfand –startas /usr/local/bin/acerfand –background
Now the acerfand script is executed at startup. I hope this tip may be helpful for somebody.
EDIT: There should be double minuses before –start, –name, —startas and –background, but – as Erwin noticed – wordpress transforms double minus into dash.
27 April, 2009
The new Ubuntu 9.04 has been released, so yesterday I decided to try it on my AAO. I preferred to perform fresh installation rather than upgrade from 8.10, because I wanted to try the new filesystem – ext4.
Hint: if you want to reinstall system instead of upgrading, and keep all your installed software, the trick is very simple – it requires using just three commands. Before formatting drive, you should save your packages list in a file by performing dpkg –get-selections > installed-packages-list in terminal. After fresh system installation, you can install all packages from the list by typing dpkg –set-selections < installed-packages-list, then sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get dselect-upgrade. You can also edit the list and remove lines containing the software you don’t need, but you should watch out on dependencies. Reinstallation may take some time, depending on how much packages you have on your list – in my case, it took over 2h. (I found this trick here, but hte command dselect just didn’t work for me).
Installation was incredibly fast – it took about 20 minutes to install it from pendrive. (Nice surprise – wireless works out-of-the-box in live CD version!) After installation, I noticed huge improvement in booting time against the previous version (even though I was using customized kernel) – now system boots in about 30 sec, measured from grub to login screen. Login screen itself has also new, refreshed appearance, as well as the default Gnome theme.
All hardware in Aspire One works out-of-the-box, excepting the right-side card reader (the left-side one works). Even the image from the built-in webcam in my opinion is better and doesn’t frame.
OK, now it’s time to tell about bad experiences. When I logged in first time after installation, system freezed and all I saw was black screen and a pointer. Even Ctrl+Alt+Backspace didn’t help and I had to hard reset my machine. Next time everyhing was ok. I don’t know what wat the reason, maybe some of the files from my /home catalogue (which I left) weren’t compatibile with the new Gnome version. I also had problems with sound while using Skype (sometimes I couldn’t hear anything during call), I hope to fix it soon.
11 April, 2009
“Point of entry” is a classical story about serial murderer. There is loving family, which moves to the new exclusive house in “rich” neighborhood. There is also old retired policeman who tries to track down the murderer. There is love, jealousy and crime. But it’s quite boring to watch it when you know who is the murderer since the movie begins.
It’s definitely far away from this what I call “a good film”. I’d rate it 4… ok, maybe 5/10.
17 March, 2009
After I came back from Poland after Christmas, me and my friends went to visit Tampere. It’s the third biggest city in Finland and is placed between two lakes, with the channel linking them. The city looks a litle bit like the Polish city of Łódź, because of its industrial past and many red-brick buildings. As I promised before, I put some pictures from the trip.
2 March, 2009
Everybody can tell you that credit cards are bad. They were invented to addict the customer to the bank. Once you use your debt limit, you wait for the salary to pay it back. After that you have the money only to pay your bills but… you still have your limit on the credit card, which you can spend for consumption. ‘Credit card saved my life’, you think. But really, you’ve just became a credit-card-addict. You are in vicious circle. Unless you pay all your debt, you are your bank’s prisoner.
However, there are some advantages of credit cards. In this article I’d like to acquaintance you to one of them.
Do you know how to invest the money you don’t have? Sounds impossible, doesn’t it?
But it’s possible! The only thing you need is a credit card (with the access via Internet and free transfers) and savings account. The way to do it is very simple – you just have to transfer the money from the credit card to your savings account in the beginning of clearing period. In the end of the period you transfer the money back on your credit card account, so that you don’t pay interest. Another option is to transfer the money to your checking account and open a 1-month deposit. In hardcore version you can transfer your salary every month directly to your savings account, and use credit card for everyday shopping (remember, withdrawing the cash from your credit card in ATMs is usually interest-bearing!).
The profit you make depends on the interest rate of your savings account and your card’s credit limit. For example, if you have a limit of 1500€ and your savings’ interest is 5%, you make (1500€ * 5%)/12 = 6,25€ every month. You think it’s little money? I know, but who gives you 6,25€ for free?
It is important to have a credit card account which allows you to make free of charge transfers to your savings account! Otherwise, your transaction may be unprofitable. You also have to watch when your clearing period ends, to not be late.
2 March, 2009
I didn’t write anything last time due to lack of free time. During Christmas I was back to Poland and I made terrible mistake… I moved all my pictures from the “Eurotrip” (Tallinn, Vilnius, Riga) to my home PC and totally forgot about it, so I can’t post it now on my blog But I will do it as soon as possible, that is in June, I promise!
I’ve visited some interesting places last time, eg. Tampere and Turku. I’ll try to post some pictures as soon as I find some free time.