Category: Hardware

Unsolved Tablet Mysteries

June 16th, 2005, 3 Comments

Things I’m not sure how to do yet: Adjust the brightness of the tc1100 screen in Linux Display xvkbd (or another on-screen keyboard) when the display has been locked via xscreensaver or KDE’s screensaver Make sure the ACPI thermal settings are correct Find a journaling filesystem that behaves well with laptops About the ACPI settings… […]

Tablet PC So Far

June 16th, 2005, 1 Comment

As I mentioned earlier, I purchased an HP tc1100 tablet PC. It arrived earlier this week and I’ve been playing with it. Here are some of my initial impressions: Debian stable (sarge) installed easily. The tc1100 has no optical drive, and I have no USB optical drive either. It also wouldn’t boot from a CF […]

Dude, You’re Being Watched By Dell

June 15th, 2005, 12 Comments

It appears that some Dell laptops now come with hidden keylogger hardware built-in. Some people I asked about this suggested it was a device called a Keyghost. Why would Dell pay money to do this? And is it for real?

Selling my Zaurus

June 12th, 2005, 2 Comments

I’m paying for part of my recent tablet PC purchase by selling my Zaurus SL-c760 PDA. It’s a nice unit with a 640×480 screen (I even had a Debian chroot on it!), but I think the tablet PC is more what I need these days. So, in shameless plug mode, here are links to the […]

I’m Buying a Tablet

June 10th, 2005, 1 Comment

Thanks to the advice both from comments here, and from e-mails I’ve received (thanks!), I’ve ordered a HP tc1100 tablet. Woohoo. I do hope that the Linux ACPI support for it is ironed out by the time it arrives :-)

Going Back to School and Tablet PCs

June 7th, 2005, 5 Comments

Back in 1999, due to changing employment situations, I moved to Dallas, and then to Indiana. I’m back in Kansas now, and figure it’s about time I finish my computer science degree. I’ve got a full-time job now, though, so this means evening classes. Not all that much fun, but hey, it works. One thing […]

Today’s Reading

January 13th, 2005, No Comments

Apple: iPod Domination Or Just Another Fad? at The Register. Various SELinux material from Gentoo. Also, Getting Started with SELinux and Writing SELinux Policy. SELinux looks very complex. I think I’ll just use vserver instead. The System Rescue CD and Partimage pages. The system rescue C looks like it can pretty much eliminate the need […]

Selling My Powerbook

November 15th, 2004, 1 Comment

Well, I suppose it’s about time to sell my PowerBook G4. It was the first piece of Apple hardware I ever owned. It’s nice, but I have a faster laptop now and I rarely use it anymore, so time to put it on the auction block.

Tiny Laptops

November 1st, 2004, 7 Comments

I’m in the market for a small laptop. A very small laptop. And it has to be rugged. The first one to make it to the top of my list was the iBook. Small, rugged, and good Linux support. But then I noticed the Actius MM20. Only 2 pounds and 3/4″ thick. Wow. I’d buy […]

Beaten Hardware

July 29th, 2004, No Comments

There’s a funny discussion over at Slashdot where people relate tales of hardware that has survived a beating. My favorite quote: The original VT-100 was top-rack dishwasher safe. No, really – that was the standard DEC repair instructions in case someone spilled something into a keyboard. Place the keyboard key-side down on the top rack […]

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