What do you do if the back of your stereo cabinet is a mess and you've been a network monkey in the past?
Simple, you grab some cable management brackets from your good junk pile, some bits of MDF and you hack your stereo cabinet.
I think it came out much tidier, and now I can safely push it back without risking damaging cables!
If you're wondering why some of the power cords aren't plugged in, they belong to devices we don't use very much, why have them plugged in and drawing power if we aren't actually using them?
 "Good junk pile" every geek should have one, it is that collection of odds and sods that you don't really need, but which - just might, one day - come in handy. It should be noted however that they don't tend to have a very high Wife Approval Factor.
Perhaps I've been using open source software for too long, but I like to scan through the changelogs (a log of changes that the authors have made before releasing a new version) to see what has changed. This can give me hints to new features to checkout, or changed behaviour that it would be helpful to know about.
But hardware (and closed source software) typically don't have changelogs. An example is my Brand New Replaced Under Warranty D-Link DGS-1008D. The old one was hardware revision C3. The new one is C4. What has changed? Will it not brick itself like the old one did after a years usage? Is this one going to be faster because they've improved the code or silicon in some fashion?
One of the projects I've been following quite closely is the OLPC project for the last couple of years. At Catalyst
we have an A-test board. Unfortunately I haven't much of a chance to play with it (although I would like to).
Susanne and I headed over to check it out. It is a really amazing device, even more amazing to see it in the flesh. It is very small, quite light and looks pretty darn cool. There is a video of us checking it on YouTube.
I can see why the hype has increased even more now that all the components have been put together and the working screen is in it.
Lenovo seem to be just another company that is completely USA centric.
I wanted to price out a Lenovo notebook, as I've used a number of IBM ThinkPads over the years and always found them to be very good notebooks. I had a look at their website and found the Z61t that seems pretty nifty. I did a few web searches using Google and found people talking about customising it, by adding a higher resolution screen, the 7 cell battery and things like that.
So I try cusomising the notebook on the Lenovo website (after telling it I'm in NZ). You can't. No customisation possible. You can order an additional battery (which is 7 cells) but you still get (and pay for) the 4 cell battery. So I call the 0800 number and talk to a woman at their call centre. She informs me that the package is the package, no customisation, no upgrades for batteries, nothing. I thank her and hang up somewhat disappointed.
Out of curiosity I tell the Lenovo website I'm in the USA. Wow. You can totally customise the notebook. Specify the CPU, RAM, batteries whatever. Although there is no option for a higher resolution screen.
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