Archive for June, 2004

keep those floppies!

I’ve recently acquired an old PC which I thought would be good
to have around the house as a simple internet browser and chat client.
I also thought it would be good to install Gentoo Linux on it, which I
currently run on my laptop. (Yes, I’m going to be a bastard and force
my poor family members to use Linux)…. Well, as it turns out, the
ethernet adapter installed on this PC is an ISA Intel Ether Express
Pro. Because of this <sarcasm>
wonderful </sarcasm> setup, I’ve spent
the last couple days trying to figure out what’s wrong with the PC, and
why I could not get it on the network. Finally, I found some decent
From there, I was able to find the driver software on the net,
E10DISK.EXE. This contained the required program, SOFTSET2.EXE. But to
run this, of course, I needed DOS. …but… I just installed Linux!
Oi… I discovered that E10DISK.EXE was just a self-extracting file,
and ran it on my windows PC. Then I copied 2 files, SOFTSET2.EXE and
ISS2.EXE to a floppy. I had to boot my new (old) PC into MS-DOS and run
the setup program to disable PNP on the ISA card. I was able to do this
using my old Win98 startup disk, and then swapping disks. After
changing a couple more settings in the BIOS and adding parameters to
the modprobe, everything WORKED!
And now the PC is syncing with the portage database. Isn’t life grand?
So, the moral of the story is: keep those old MS-DOS startup disks!
That’s not the first time they’ve saved my ass.

Back in the saddle…

…or is it, out of the saddle and sleeping in the ditch?
Yesterday, I returned to Vancouver. I was welcomed by four members of
my way-too-big family and we had a huge dinner with even more family
and friends, that night. I could barely stay up near the end, as I did
not really get any sleep on the plane. At the time, I thought I might
as well watch the two movies they showed on the 8.5 hour flight from
Today, I woke up at 3pm. All of my clocks that are still set to Japan
time say 3pm, tomorrow. Ironic. Things have changed, but not so much
that I’m blown away or anything. My poor computer that I left in the
hands of my family needs some serious TLC. I will do that tomorrow,
I haven’t had the chance to get in touch with friends, yet…. they’re
busy; unlike me. Let me see, I have no job, school, or plans of any
sort until September – when I start school once again. Yikes. Could I
actually get bored? This is entirely likely. I need to establish some
independent goals. I have one in mind: make a simple computer game.
Once I have something made (anything!), I can use it as a reference.
Hopefully, for my next Co-Op position, I can get into a company that
makes games….
I think I should switch my clocks to Vancouver time, now….