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A pleasant walk

Most of the work recently has been me trying to get my computer to have a running Debian on it. One of the beauties of a fully open system such as Debian is that whenever something doesn't work, it is quite easy to shift the blame to someone else. In this case HP. More to the point, if you are a hardware manufacturer, the smartest thing you can do is GPL your drivers and release them. You never know what surprising new functionality someone else is going to coem up with, and you will get it back for free.

Anyway, beside trying to get my computer working (and yes, Ubuntu with an XFCE front end doesn't feel too far off), I am still waiting for other people to do things so I can do some serious real work.

Highlight of recent times (besides getting our car) has been that we went for a long walk with the Ramblers society in the Gower peninsula. Given that it is only a 30 minute drive from home, we should probably get there more often. We walked along part of the Gower Way, along a ridge so that we could see the beach on opposite sides of the peninsula. It was a nice walk with some lovely views.

Yesterday, I tried getting a phone once more. NTL won't do less than 12 months contracts. Given that we only have the place until September, we don't really want a 12 month contract. Someone really should tell them that we are doing them a favour paying for their services, not the other way around.

Remember people, we are not required to get a phone. Or a TV (particularly with a licence which costs almost $400 AUD/year). Or a mobile phone. Or the internet. Or a host of other modern conveniences. They may be nice to have, but I'm not going to spend a fortune because someone wants to make my life difficult if I don't have one.


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