Archive for October, 2010

A day ago, they said “we are not going to be dragged into Afghanistan“. Today they are reported to be operating in Afghanistan.

News flash: Russians told Iraqis that NATO isn’t going to attack, in March 2003, as requested by the US. Just so that they remain unprepared. The Iraqis used to trust them.

You’d have to ask the Russians themselves


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I wrote yesterday that I couldn’t install Ubuntu on my new netbook because the keyboard will not respond. Well, it seems there is a fix.

I found a BIOS patch on Acer’s website that solves the issue.

Here is what to do:

  1. Start your netbook on Windows 7.
  2. Go to this website.
  3. Select “Netbook -> Acer Aspire -> AO521 ” You should see a table with different downloads below your selection now.
  4. Click on BIOS.
  5. Select the first update that says “Fixes Keyboard issue in Linux.
  6. Unzip the downloaded file in the same folder and go to folder BIOS_Acer_1.08_Windows\WINDOWS\
  7. Finish anything else you were doing on the machine. Close all other programs before you proceed. This is important. Once the installation starts, it won’t let you do anything.
  8. Double click on the EXE file there. The installation should start, and then the system will reboot automatically.

You should be able to work with Linux now.

I am now going to try out two flavours- OpenSUSE and Ubuntu and to completely remove Windows from this machine. If you want to do this, make sure you create a system image on an external disk and a recovery disk. Otherwise you won’t be able to get your windows back if you want.


Quick note: It is a 64 bit processor, so it is better to use the 64 bit version.

Update on Operating System: I tried SuSE and it seemed to crash during installation.

Ubuntu is mostly working fine except for three glitches I found:
1. System fails to come up after a “suspend.”
2. The audio jack does not work.
3. Battery status is not shown in the status bar.

I will try to bring this to the developer’s attention. Not only for the improvement of Ubuntu, but because this is one of the few AMD netbooks out in the market.

UPDATE II: Acer support is so unresponsive!

Now for some fun.

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Ubuntu on My Netbook

I recently bought two inexpensive netbooks, and tried Ubuntu on both of them.

The first one, Acer Aspire one AO532h-2588 worked out of the box with Ubuntu 10.04. Everything.It is probably the cheapest netbook in the market. It is good for my purposes. I am not planning on playing games with my netbook. Company claims battery will last 8 hours, it actually lasts for only about 5 hours.

It is, unfortunately an intel based machine, so when I wanted another netbook, I opted for an (Acer aspire one) AO521-3782. At it’s heart is the processor AMD Athlon Neo K125 @1.7GHz.

The new netbook is a completely different story. I haven’t been able to install Ubuntu so far. I could boot up from CD, but then my keyboard and mousepad stops responding. Hopefully somebody will do something about it. I tried looking for any hints to get the chipset (AMD M880G) working. But no useful information so far.

On windows, however, the new netbook works just fine.The battery lasts for about 4 hours (official claim 5 hours.)

Although the processor is 64bit, they ship it with 32bit Windows Starter, which is a shame. Nevertheless, I’m not paying for an upgrade.

If I can get it working with Ubuntu, I’ll remove windows from this one.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention that the second one is AMD based. (AMD Athlon Neo K125 @1.7GHz.)

UPDATE II: I tried OpenSuSE (Live CD, 11.3) and faced the same problem.

UPDATE III: Problem partially solved.

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This is likely a conspiracy theory that has no basis whatsoever.

Wikileaks is merely the messenger. They are publishing internal memos and reports etc of the US army, and of course that will be written in the US perspective. Much of these are first information reports- not all of them are factual. (For example the people killed with the Reuters photographer were logged as “insurgents.”)  We should not take these documents at face value, and certainly not conclude that WLks is trying to push US interests.

Here is why: these documents provide legal basis for the US to be sued at International Criminal Court for specific instances, including it’s personnel. Two, they portray a horrid picture even from the US’s own perspective. They will never want that out. I mean 60% of the people they killed could not be passed off as insurgents. Do you really think they will want this stuff out? Are they mad?

Don’t shoot the messenger.

I seriously think Julian should get the Peace prize. Now that will be a real bold move by the Nobel committee. Let’s see if they have the courage. It’s easy to grant Chinese dissidents Nobel. It’s another thing to recognize western dissidents.

I am also wondering how the internal documents of Indian army in Kashmir, Pakistani Army in NWFP, and Israeli army in Palestine will reveal, if they were ever to come out. Who knows?

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