It is still winter here in the Himalayan state of Himachal. I decided to invest a in a wireless keyboard an mouse kit as the old keyboard and mouse had served their purpose. I got myself Logitech MK320 desktop. It is a pretty nice kit which operates at 2.4 Ghz frequency. It might interfere with the wireless network, but I don’t have one.
My trusty Arch Linux also got the 2.6.37 update earlier this week. Many other apps also got updated. I also enabled the desktop zoom feature of Compiz-Fusion environment as it is pain the see what’s happening on your computer screen on a full HD monitor from 10 feet.
I bought myself two new HDDs. One is a 500 GB Samsung Green series and the other one is Seagate GoFlex 1 TB HDD. I was thinking of formatting the external HDD with NTFS as it supported by both Linux and Windows, but I was getting low transfer speed (22 MB/s). Then I re-formatted the external HDD with ext4 filesystem and now I’m getting 35-45 MB/s which is pretty good. Initially, I was thinking of going with the XFS filesystem which performs terrifically with the large files. But, it can’t be shrinked. So, I decided to stay with the ext4 filesystem.
I’m currently using rsync to sync my folders with the external hard-drive. It is a very, very powerful tool which is sufficient for all my needs.
Debian 6.0 was also annouced this week. I downloaded two versions, one is with the FreeBSD kernel & the other one is with Linux kernel. Initially I installed the FreeBSD kernel version but it was unable to detect my sound card and I didn’t wanted to mess around with it. Also, there was no documentation available to tinker around with the newly released KFreeBSD version. But I liked the inclusion of the apt-get with it. Debain 6.0 amd64 edition just got downloaded a little while ago. I’ll try it out tomorrow and will try to post a little review about it.
On to some non-geek news, I changed the front tyre of my bike, serviced it and may visit Dharamshala this month on bike with my friend. Looking forward to that trip!!
P.S.:- XBMC is looking awesome with two new skins, Night & Alaska-mod. XBMC+Wireless kit = One lazy person!!
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