Projects

And now I’m on my way to school. Wrote an exam yesterday and today the next course starts. This one is going to be a project, we get some system specifications and it’s up to us to design and develop it. I couldn’t agree more that this is an important part of my education, actually doing stuff for real and getting comments on it from teachers and class mates. But, why on earth do they place the whole project over Christmas? Today we have 4 hours of lecture, on Monday we have guidance, if we want it. After that there’s nothing till the 4:th of January when there’s another guidance session. Then we’re pretty much supposed to be finished by the 7:th as the next course starts the 8:th. We don’t have to be ready till the 14:th when we’re supposed to show it for professor and be graded, but doing it while doing an other course at the same time isn’t too easy either. Was the same last year, sometimes…. I hate my university!

Defeat

I have to admit defeat, my PX-708A have won over me and I no longer have any ideas about what to do. Today I opened the drive, took it apart and looked everywhere on the circuit board for a calibration screw but was unable to find one. I detached all connectors and cleaned them, used canned air to blow away all the dust and finally cleaned the lens with 95% alcohol solution. The behavior after this treatment is identical to the behavior before, so nothing gain, but I didn’t fuck it up either at least.

Next step is to decide what new drive to buy, unless I steal my old 24x CD plextor (can’t recall the model number) from my parents computer. I know it does an excellent job of reading CDs. I mailed plextor about the read offset and over read capabilities of their latest PX-820SA drive. I was amazed of the low price of DVD burners, I expected them to cost a least a little bit more, that plextor I’ll pay 40 € for here, I expected something in the range of 50-70 €. But it goes for pretty much all common hardware, newest models are way cheaper these days than they were 5 years ago.

I never got around to the wordpress update, but got to have something to do tomorrow as well eh ? ;)

Shaky

I thought I’d be writing a post about my successful updates next, but oh so wrong I am. About 06:20 this morning, I woke up cause my bed was shaking. Could hear the water in my aquarium and whole house was moving. One of those “insta-wake” moments. Latest news is a earthquake reaching 4.7 on the richter scale. Earthquakes is extremely rare in Sweden and this is the first one I ever experienced. I know a whole lot of people die and so on from earthquakes, but I still have to say, very cool. Like in great thunderstorms, you could really feel how tiny and insignificant you actually are in the world. If mother earth feels like it, we have nothing to stop her. Now I must admit that I’m kind of hoping for an aftershock, but as they’re weaker I’m not sure that I actually would be able to feel it if there is one, I don’t know how long after aftershocks usually come either.

Anyway, if you never experienced an earthquake, do it, it feels awesome!

Plextor and updates

Seems like WordPress 2.7 have been released so it’s update time tomorrow, hopefully it’s the last one I’ve read that wordpress 2.7 includes auto update, so you just go click one button and it fixes it all for you, really nice in my humble opinion.

Another thing I’m going to do tomorrow is dismantle my Plextor PX-708A drive. For quite some time it have had trouble with reading (and even recognizing) ordinary CDs, both pressed and burned. So tomorrow I’m going to take it apart and look over all mechanic parts. I also read on the cdfreaks forum that a guy with similar problem got rid of them after cleaning the ribbon cable so I’ll try that as well.

I should install opera 10 on my laptop as well, no debian package for it though so guess I’ll be using some weird binary.

I’ll let you know how it all went tomorrow.

Actually, already updated Opera now, just had to add -snapshot to my sources.list and it was all good.