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January 04, 2006

Grr, hardware

Follow-up to Grr, ResNet from Draknek's Deprecated Devlog

That was going to be the title of the entry when I worked out that the problem was almost certainly hardware-related (none of my liveCDs worked, either).

However, Nixon walked into my room and pointed out that I'd been putting the network cable into the wrong port.

Grr, stupidity.

It's good, though, because I was having difficulty installing StuffIt Expander on the Mac.

Grr, ResNet

So, here I am, back at university.

And for the second term out of a total of two, the internet refuses to work for me, so once more I'm using the saving grace of Mac OS 9.

Last time, I installed Ubuntu, and that made everything better. Okay, so it took a while, but I got there. This time, Ubuntu is still installed. It's the exact same Ubuntu that was working all the way through last term.

But now it works no longer. It's not even a DNS problem – it won't connect to anything. (Sidenote: The Mac had DNS problems, but thankfully I had Google's IP in the history, and could find some DNS servers using Google's cached pages.)

All this just reinforces my want for a Mac Mini. It's cheap, it's a better computer (spec-wise) than the one I have, and it would be much, much easier to move about.

The problem is that when I get Ubuntu working again, I won't need a better (i.e. working) computer any more. The obvious solution is to buy a Mac Mini immediately, but that's far too impulsive.

And since last time I was stuck on OS 9, I complained about the Javascript, now I'll take this opportunity to mention that the front page of Warwick Blogs is very messed up in IE Mac. This is, of course, to be expected, and totally acceptable.

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