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Posted on 2009-09-27, by Tom
The new V TV-series looks great!! If the promo does the show justice, it will definitely become one of my all time favourites. And according to the Wikipedia article, the show will be broadcasted by TV6 in Sweden (thank you)!
A few of the gems from the promo and episode 1 preview (available here)..
"Don't be frightened, we mean no harm" - Anna
"Is there such a thing like an ugly visitor?" - Chad Decker
"The most powerful weapon out there, devotion". - Erica Evans
And from the pulpit we learn that we need to investigate claims before we believe in them......
"We are all quick to jump on the band-wagon, but before we get on, let us at least examine."
From the promo I gather that this show will be more than just a shallow sci-fi entertainment series - which I am all for. What I like is, for example, Decker's comment. Paraphrased he asks "why are you all so good looking?". Let us see if he makes the connection that maybe that is because people automatically like and trust attractive people. So, again, why are Vs so attractive? By chance or do they want us not to question them? I really look forward to see where they take that train of thoughts in the show. I also love the insinuations in the promo that devotion and faith may be dangerous and that everything must be questioned before followed. I also loved the fact that this was (also) said from the pulpit... Was that done on purpose?
I have a really good feel about the show and I can hardly wait until it airs...
Last modified on 2010-01-08 at 19:00:43

Posted on 2009-08-09, by Tom
Let's finish what I started.. Short summary. My old DELL Inspiron 5150 has a Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN controller HW installed. It does not really work that well with the Linux drivers that came with Ubuntu.. Sadly but true. I have tried to solve this problem for a long time without much success, but a few days ago I got so fed up with the poor performance of the WLAN so I gave it another go. And, success!
Basically I searched Google a bit and found a solution with the help of Dopefish Lives and an Ubuntu forum post. I almost followed Dopefish's instructions to the point, but not quite - so I will take the time to summarize exactly what I did.
The solution is to remove the standard Linux driver for the BCM4306 and instead use the NDIS driver.
  1. Use the Synaptic Package Manager and install the packages cabextract and ndiswrapper.
  2. Create the file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-bcm.conf with content b43
    blacklist b43legacy
  3. Download the driver to a temporary folder
    wget ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp33001-33500/sp33008.exe
  4. Extract the driver with cabextract sp33008.exe
  5. Install the driver with sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf and afterwards confirm with ndiswrapper -l
  6. Load ndiswrapper with sudo depmod -a followed by sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
  7. Make sure the interfaces are set up correctly in /etc/network/interfaces
    auto lo
    iface lo inetloopback
  8. Write the modprobe configuration with sudo ndiswrapper -m
  9. Append ndiswrapper to /etc/modules to make ndiswrapper load automatically at boot
This should be enough. But it was not for me.. I had problems loading those modules and found out that it is due to that Ubuntu loads the modules in the wrong order(?). If it doesn't for you, run lshw -C network and locate your BCM card. Look for driver=ndiswrapper+bcmwl5. It is probably not there..(more probably you find module=ssb)
To fix the load issue, add the following quick and dirty script. It will unload "all" modules, then load the ndiswrapper and then re-load them.
  1. Edit the ndiswrapper configuration script in /etc/modprobe.d
  2. Rename the script sudo mv ndiswrapper ndiswrapper.conf (support for scripts without .conf will disappear)
  3. Edit the file and append the following line
    install ndiswrapper modprobe -r b43 b44 b43legacy ssb --ignore-install ndiswrapper $CMDLINE_OPTS
  4. Reboot
Now I max out my 8Mbit/s internet connection also over WLAN.
Last modified on 2009-12-24 at 15:04:00

Posted on 2009-08-09, by Tom
I can not describe myself as an avid concert goer. I have ony been to a couple of concerts and including last night's, I can still count them all on the fingers of my hand. And last night's was the first concert I have watched of a mega-star. But even though I lack a wide experience from concerts, I will anyway give my impressions. (do you need to have studied knitting in order to know the emperor has no clothes?)
Madonna gave her first concert in Sweden yesterday night (this time around), and I was there. We all love Madonna, right? She has always been brave, stylish, sexy and all that. And she is still a lot of it, even today.
So, how was it? Meh, Madonna did not quite make it as far as I had hoped. The local news paper in Gothenburg said the magic was missing, and for once, the paper and I agree on something. I actually missed the "live" part of the show. I do not want to feel like I have been and watched a fancy music video. I want "aucoustic" variants of the songs - at least music that is made there, on the stage while I watch. That is magic! And the 2 second pause between each song yesterday - it made it feel like I listened to a CD. And the big monitors in the background showing vivid colors instead of the artist - definately distracted from the performance itself. What ever happened to good old audience interaction? Hello? I think we got maybe 5 sentences off script. Two "Hey Sweden", one "Gothenburg" and then something about starting the party.
I like Madonna. I like her music. I like her skills and ability to make a show. I enjoyed the concert yesterday night. But I had expected something different? I must end on a positive note, the light show, the graphics - were magnificent.

Posted on 2009-08-05, by Tom
Moon hoax people, hello? Are you there?

Posted on 2009-08-03, by Tom
My DELL Inspiron 5150 laptop with Ubuntu has suffered from bad WLAN performance. A lot of PHY transmission errors in dmesg. Enough to force me to use the cable. (Blah!) It has a built in BCM4309 WLAN card and I have heard that the standard drivers do not work so well...
(Did not have enough time to finish writing, will be completed in a coming blog post)