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vendredi 14 octobre 2005

Ubuntu

Today marks the release of Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger).

There comes the deadline I had set for myself to switch from Microsoft Windows to Ubuntu Linux.

The torrent has begun flowing...

dimanche 9 octobre 2005

Breathe

My laptop's ventilation system has always been noisy, though it was rare enough not to be an annoyance. What I've always been curious about is why it would run specifically when Windows®' screensaver started.

However, the past months saw the fan beginning to turn continuously. I though some cleaning was needed and opened the case. No dust so as to speak, everything in order. Case closed. Except the fan's still running all the time.

A few more months didn't bring spontaneous improvements. In fact, the fan now ran like mad. I had to pump up the volume to max or use earphones if I wanted to hear the music. Yesterday, I had another peak of indignation and was ready to tear appart the laptop. Fortunately, I only had to remove the heatsink.

See that greyish stuff in the lower part of the picture? No, it's not a filter. It's two years worth of accumulated dust, packed together between the heatsink and the air shaft. Of course, this wouldn't help the hot air to flow away...

Now I can say again that silence is music to my hears!