I’m tired after a trip, so this is short and incoherent. You know how Sun used to hand out demo hardware for evals a couple of months ago? I wonder if they’d give me one to try MythTV backend on? I wonder if it would suck?
I find it a little hard to believe I am the first to use an Intel Core 2 Duo for MythTV stuff, but I can’t find anyone else reporting this to the MythTV users list…
mythtv@mythtv2:~/Desktop/mythtv-0.20$ ./configure *** WARNING *** Your CPU was not detected properly: uname -m: i686 uname -p: unknown model name: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz flags: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx lm pni monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 cx16 xtpr lahf_lm If you are using a recent CVS checkout, please e-mail the above to firstname.lastname@example.org With the subject "configure did not detect my cpu"
Hmmmm. My laptop hard disk was dead when I woke up this morning. It gives a bunch of ATA read errors which don’t look very good at all. Luckily for me, the help desk at works. A USB hard disk caddy I happened to have spare, their USB cabling, a spare Thinkpad X41, and a couple of hours of data rescue, and I don’t think I have lost anything. All I can say is thank god for work’s help desk. They rock.
Part of the excitement with the failure is that I fly to Phoenix again tomorrow, and wasn’t looking forward to life without a computer. Oh, and I promise to do more backups (although all the stuff I really care about is in source control anyways).
When I fired up the machine for the first time to make sure he did everything right and it wouldn’t explode in my face, I couldn’t help but notice that I wasn’t getting any WiFi signal. I told him what was wrong. He said he didn’t even see a WiFi card in there when he was repairing. That didn’t surprise me since, at least from what I saw, he tried to fix my computer by repeatedly body-slamming it on the ground and bitch-slapping it. Hard to see the details that way.
So, do people tend to buy PCs in the US from online yum-cha shops like we do here in Australia? Do people just buy Dell? Do they buy random incredibly cheap brands I have never heard of before?
Where would you recommend for PC purchases in the US? Why?