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Installing Debian on a Dell Inspiron 1525

Oct2110/21
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I have kidnapped Mum's laptop it is a Dell Inspiron 1525, they don't use it because it is too slow. It has windows vista on it but it was never powerful enough to run that operating system so I'm putting debian on it instead. It works nicely on all my raspberry pis so I think it should be OK! All installed ok though the built in wifi doesn't work and here's why. Got to try another driver, fingers crossed.

I have to have a network lead trailing from the router across to the table (at neck height) while I work on this, nice and safe! Also my rf butler is offline while I do this as I have a limited number of network ports.

Glossary:

raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
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Just figured my "reply" links aren't working very well

Oct1910/19
Lovely weekend with Mum and Dad, Dad pointed out the reply links don't work so well here. It takes you off to the twitter to authenticate, then when it brings you back here it has lost the original message you were replying to so your reply disappears. I'll sort that.

Flying visit for Nan's birthday, she was eighty-four yesterday and doing well. Lovely to see everyone, shame it has to be such a short trip each time.
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So that might be working now

Dad can you try and reply to one of these?
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Can't believe I missed this that

Oct1810/18
Justin Hawkins is selling all his stuff on ebay. "Just in" case (just in, justin, geddit??) you're still shopping for a christmas present for a Darkness fan what about these trousers?

Or better shiny black trousers that Justin says are most likely the ones he wore at the Carling Homecoming gig at London Astoria. I was at that one!

Hmm, I was at quite a lot of them to be fair.
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A good complain was what it needed

Oct1710/17
The ipod has synced all the audiobooks and the camera is getting a little further before crashing and burning now.
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Also trying to load new content onto my ipod

Oct1710/17
Remember ipods? Before everyone did everything with their phone there was a brief hey day of personal stereos. I had a couple of ipods, we've been using the 160gb one in the car for a while. I'm trying to put some new content on it for the car journey tomorrow (an audio book for Harry) but it keeps shutting itself down instead of syncing. Technology is RUBBISH.
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Our camera is still missing

Oct1710/17
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My camera is gone, no idea where it is. Maybe I left it at work, maybe it'll turn up somewhere at home. Annoying. I want to take some pictures this weekend!

I remembered I have one of these, I stopped using it when the main menu button broke off the back. Trying to get it working again, it does not seem to want to play. I have put two different formatted sd cards in but I'm getting "Image database file error. Cannot record contents" each time. So I might not be taking any pictures this weekend.
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Went to Escondido with work

Oct1610/16
Escondido
Nice meal out with work, to Escondido, I've not been for a while. I had the vege paella as always, but branched out into a cocktail, sangria, for a change. All finished very early, most people were driving and I'm the only one in walking distance. I looked in The Providence on the way home (looked in the window only), seemed to be no-one in there though they do have a pool table now. I also peered in The Ship where I thought of stopping for one, but again it was empty, so I did not. I know someone has to be the first person in a pub or they'd all be empty, always, but I didn't fancy sitting in an empty pub. I did stop in The Clarendon as it was raining harder by this point. They had some good beer on including one from Dark Star, I drank it and read the local paper, mostly the saga of the Banksy. Surprised that it was the local council who have put up the protective screen in front of it, even though it is painted on private property.

Was still raining for my walk home, so hard that the drain had burst open at the top of Brewers Hill, water was gushing up out of the pavement like a (fairly weak) fountain.
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Make your raspberry pi look like a BBC Micro

Oct1610/16
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Hmm £90 for a keyboard and a few components or crikey double that for the new version. It does include a raspberry pi in the latter version but that is still expensive.

Glossary:

raspberry pi: cheap low powered computer
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Waiting for a call back on our heating

Oct1510/15
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Central heating has not come on, our old engineer is not responding, so we're trying one recommended by our neighbour. Part of me is hoping he says "get rid of that boiler", if I get a new boiler then I have to cash in some premium bonds, and so I might as well spend a few quid more on getting a heating controller that I can remote control / automate...

Definitely not going with lightwaverf for the heating though, seems to have been a disaster. Wondering about evohome instead for full control of each room.

Glossary:

lightwaverf: the light switches etc that I use to give me remote control of everything in the house
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Raspberry Pi camera still has not come back online, still

Oct1510/15
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I plugged it into the TV so I could see if it was booting up OK, and it is, it's just not appearing on the network... I didn't have a keyboard to hand so couldn't really run any diagnostics on it but I did have the PiFace Control and Display which I remembered by default shows the ip address. So I plugged that in and it hangs with a "waiting for ip address" message... so either this pi can't see the network or something else was up. I have removed the rule on the router saying "give this device a fixed ip address", but still no joy. Next step get a keyboard on it see what's going on on that pi, then move it to somewhere else in the house see if the wifi works there. Then rebuild the sd card, start all over again.

Speaking of the piface that is a good deal sure I paid more like £20 for mine...
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Going to Escondido with work

Oct1510/15
OUT after work today, to Escondido. We don't do this very often but we split into new teams about four months ago and I think there has been some edict saying "You! Socialise! Bond!" as other teams coincidentally also have nights out this week. This happens on the same day that this team starts to fragment, I am moving sort of onto a new team. I get to stop doing so many fixes and move onto innovating and iterating... The iphone optimised mobile first homepage that I worked on using jquery mobile has been a roaring success, much faster and better performing than the page it replaced, so we're building on that. Have a meeting in a bit where we're going to brainstorm improvements for it.
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Doubling every twenty days...

Oct1510/15
Second case of Ebola in Texas, the prophecies are coming true!

Kevin is visiting from the USA soon.
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Paul Clarke's - I live and work in Seabrook near Folkestone, Kent. wed to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a web dev, and I do javascript, Node, php, and ruby. I like Folkestone Gerald, pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, and time travel...