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23 Feb 2009
I finally bought a new TV

Wheee! That’s my new Sharp AQUOS LC-37D64U wide-screen LCD TV, which replaces an ancient analog set in my living room — which was going bad and I almost never watched anyway. So far the Sharp has performed excellently, even with broadcast and analog inputs. It’s about time I moved into the modern world with that […]

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27 Oct 2008
Installing Fedora 9

This weekend I installed Fedora 9 on my laptop. First, I bought a 320 GB disk and a Rosewill enclosure for the old drive — I prefer to do fresh installs rather than in-place upgrades. It’s interesting to note that as I’ve increased the capacity (100 -> 200 -> 320 GB), the power requirements have […]

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06 Jul 2008
Dell Latitude D820 Laptop

This is just a post I can refer to when it’s relevant to mention my laptop hardware. I’m currently running Fedora 9 Linux. The basics: Dell Latitude D820, BIOS A06 Intel Core 2 Duo (Centrino Duo) T7200, 2.00 GHz, 4 MB cache 4096 (3327) MB, 667 MHz dual-channel DDR2 SDRAM Quadro NVS 120 MB (G72M […]

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14 Jun 2008
Disk Adapter

I sometimes have to deal with laptop hard disks, either transferring contents to a new disk, diagnosing problems, or repairing file structures. For several years I’ve used an IDE adapter a friend gave me. I don’t remember the circumstances, just that he happened to have it with him and I needed one right away. It’s […]

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28 Feb 2008
Zenith Laptop

It’s funny what you can find in the back of a closet. I think this Zenith ZFL-181-93 was my first laptop. It can still boot from both the DOS and Minix diskettes — not bad for a nearly 20-year-old machine. Next? Probably a Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer (CoCo). Flickr set: Zenith ZFL-181-93 Laptop

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