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Desktop Computer Still Hurting

Had some corruption of my root partition today. Gah. That's bad.

Still struggling with trying to get my desktop machine up to snuff. This round I switched out the motherboard for an identical one. Hopefully it will fix the random lock-up problem I've been having.

I think it probably will... I hope it will. While I'm at work tomorrow I think I'll run a memory test utility. Let it run in circles to see if I can stress test the machine or identify bad ram. If it's still going when I get home I'll be all set.


Desktop Bites The Dust

Gah. My desktop machine went south yesterday. I think it might have been the power supply. Video wasn't coming on. Nothing was coming on.

My brother felt sorry for me and gave me an older mobo and chip he had. Older for him, it's still faster than what I been running and it was state of the art in 2002. Athlon 2000+, spent the whole day testing memory and stuff like that yesterday. Seems to be working much better.

Installed the new version of Kanotix. There seems to be a bug in the experimental partition mapping part. I don't know if this is in the installer script or what but I was able to work around it by just remapping my home partition after install. Had me worried for a little bit though. I had been hacking away on this script I've been playing with --making a lot of progress, and then when I got up from a nap found my desktop computer in a nonbootable state. Freaked me out.

I guess it wouldn't have been too hard to recreate some of the features I had added. Some kind of backup scheme is a priority now. I have kind of taken Linus's advice to heart though and have just been "uploading" whatever stuff I wrte to my web server. It's kind of backed up that way, at least it's in two spots rather than one, and maybe someone else can use them too.


Joint Security Area

Watched another korean flick last night: "Joint Security Area". Another by Chan-Wook Park, the director of "Oldboy" (which I thought was pretty fucking good.)

A military thriller about north and south korean guards that become buddies. They hang out and party in the wee hours when they're supposed to be guarding the border. Naturally, it goes wrong somehow, resulting in murder, and a swiss born korean chick (neutral) is brought in to investigate.

The film unfolds rashoman style where "everybody tells a different story". Took a while to get going but once it did was pretty heartwarming.

Couple north korean guys save a south korean guy who is stuck in north korean field because he feels the wire of a landmine he has just stepped on. The story seemed more complicated than it actually was since not being familiar with the uniforms and such it was difficult at first for me to tell north from south.

Anyway, they save his life and become buddies. It's reminiscent of Takeshi's film "Sonatine" in the way it can flash between ultra-violent and hello kitty cute.

The topic was interesting and reminded me of an article (wish I could remember which one) I read about how north korea is viewed dimly by the rest of the world --except for south korea where the mood is more towards looking at eventual reunification.



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