Monday, 17 October 2011

6 days to go....@jdolgy

Jack turns two in less than a week.  I thought I'd take a non-technical interlude to reflect.  Two years ago now ... Lucy had encountered a few problems with the pregnancy and I'd rushed her super duper quick (i broke a few traffic laws) to Al-Ahli Hospital in Doha, Qatar.

For those who are new to reading this and that, I had this fantastic idea 30 months ago to move my wife who was six months pregnant to Doha for what was sold as an epic work adventure in "thought leadership" and a genuine opportunity to work on some pretty neat things.

We have a lot of fond memories from our time in Doha, especially the ones that happened the week after October 24, 2009.  Jack was born on the 24th via emergency c-section.  A little over 5lbs.  Not bad for being 2 months early!  He spent 5 days in NICU and neither of us could hold him that entire time.  On the 5th day, they said right ... Lucy, discharged.  Jack, discharged IF we could bottle feed him.  ha ha.

A lot of people told us before, during and after, how time flies ... It really has.  Jack is a proper boy now ... full weight, full menace.  Terrible 2's have started early and he fully enjoys testing the limits of Lucy.  He's trying to find his boundaries and is enjoying each and every minute of it.

Here is Jack from Yesterday:

I had written a bit on his blog the other day too.

Anyway ... the next post will be back to uber geeking.  Just thought I'd duck out while my computer is being rebuilt and leave some candid thoughts..

Friday, 14 October 2011

Ubuntu 11.04 -> 11.10

July 2, 2011:  

I swapped to Ubuntu from Windows.  What a great experience.  So good, here is the link to the original blog post and a nice ubuntu graphic.

October 14, 2011:

To my surprise, my computer prompts me to upgrade to 11.10.  Fancy.  New.  Minor changes.  "Cosmetic".  Well, you know what?  The upgrade didn't work so well.  Why?  Well, [ Bug 811441 ] reported on July16, 2011, is why.

I followed one of the suggested fixes.  Basically, moving all contents of /var/run and /var/lock to /run and /run/lock ... removing /var/run and /var/lock and then creating sym links from /run and /run/lock to /var/run and /var/lock ... That's how I'm online now, writing this rant.

Reading the bug report, it feels as though, my next reboot will cause me to have the same problems again.  Honestly.  This is why Linux has never been able to catch up with Microsoft or Mac ... a normal user who doesn't have resources and a knack for typing and hacking will never, in technical terms, unfuck themselves ... or at least their system.

At what point will developers do proper regression testing and QA before something is unleashed publicly as an official release?

For as much as I don't enjoy Windows ... I never had these problems.  Ever.  That's something to admire ...

On the flip side, with Fedora, RedHat previously and now Ubuntu ... it's just one nasty fart under the sheets after another that leaves a bitter taste in my mouth and sours the overall experience that was going so well...