Using Hardy Heron for the first time

After upgrading my laptop to Ubuntu Hardy Heron, I used the laptop last night to start writing the post about the upgrade when I was watching the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. The ceremony was spectacular but the frequent commercials were driving me nuts. I wish NBC would have shown the artistic portions commercial free. Continue reading “Using Hardy Heron for the first time”

Updated the Toshiba Portege 3490CT to Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

I bought my second Toshiba Portege 3490CT from the auction at work earlier this year. I followed the same steps as my first 3490CT to install Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn. Although Version 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon had been out for a while at that time, I’ve heard many users said Gutsy made their computers super slow. The laptop worked just fine in Feisty.

Recently, I read a little bit about Hardy and I recalled a comment I received on this blog about how to solve the slowness issue in Gutsy. I decided to take the plunge to upgrade. The upgrade is finally complete but there were some scary moments. Continue reading “Updated the Toshiba Portege 3490CT to Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron”

D-Link RangeBooster G PC card works with Ubuntu

Since I repeated my feat of installing Ubuntu Feisty Fawn on the second laptop I got from the auction at work, I haven’t bought a wireless PC card for it. For the first laptop, I bought a TRENDnet TEW-441PC Wireless Super G PC Card for $14.99 at Circuit City and it worked flawlessly with Ubuntu. I felt hesitant to buy a different card since it is hard to tell if any other PC cards work just as well. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the TRENDnet card locally anymore. Buy online would cost me $29.99 on the Circuit City website and they don’t offer the mail-in rebate that was available for my last purchase. They do offer free shipping for orders over $24. But in the spirit of not wasting all the materials and fuel involved in shipping, I decided to look for another wireless PC card to buy locally. Continue reading “D-Link RangeBooster G PC card works with Ubuntu”

Successfully installed Ubuntu on another Toshiba Portege 3490CT

There was another auction at my work last week. There were a few laptops for sale but not as many as last time. Surprisingly, a Toshiba Portege 3490CT was in the lineup. There were like 7-8 of them at the last auction back in June so I thought this particular model must be all gone. The one I bought last time is visibly worn out, especially the dirty rubber nub mouse. This time around, the laptop appears in better condition. The rubber nub looks almost new. The expansion port cover opens and closes nicely. Aside from the Toshiba, I also had my eye on a 17-inch Apple PowerBook G4 that was marked “Acts up.” I am not good at repairing computers so I put a bid of $10 for the PowerBook and didn’t keep my hopes up. I am sure the Toshiba will have a good competition. I bid it for $80 although it’s $10 less than what I paid last time. In the end, I got the Toshiba while someone else wants the “Acts up” PowerBook more than I do. Continue reading “Successfully installed Ubuntu on another Toshiba Portege 3490CT”

Out on the road and back

My main purpose of getting the Toshiba Portege 3490CT through an auction at work is to travel to conferences and give presentations. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the laptop because I have a Mac mini as the desktop at home and I totally love it. After I installed Ubuntu Linux onto the laptop, everything done on the laptop goes through the Internet. I use a USB flash drive to carry a few files in case there is no Wifi connection but otherwise, I don’t store any files on the laptop. Before I actually went on the road for the first time, I bought a bunch of gears:

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