June 17th, 2004

buzzed, B&W

Reading the Paper

So, I came across these items reading the paper . . .

First off, 97X is coming back! For those who don't know, 97X (the future of rock and roll) was a true alternative station, that was privately owned. They recently sold their radio station, and were planning on becoming an Internet only station. (I mentioned all this earlier here.) Anyway, they found out that running an Internet only station would be very expensive, so they had to cancel their plans, but now they've got some funding from listeners, and are going to keep going. Yea for true alternative radio.

Second, the paper also has this gadget feature they run where this TDK product was mentioned. I wonder if they're any good? The idea seems like a good one.
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Waiting . . .

So while I wait for the rsync on my new gentoo install, I was talking with someone yesterday and they were like "I was thinking about getting a new cellphone but then I read about the viruses" or something along those lines. At that point I sort of cut them off and asked them if they had even read how the virus works or what it exploits. They hadn't (and neither had I) but w/o that critical bit of knowledge, it seems a bit silly to let it influence your decision.

The only reason this comes to mind is that when I was in the car about an hour later listening to NPR (I could have sworn it was on yesterday's All Things Considered but I can't find it in their archive) they had a bit about it. Apparently it only affect phones running Symbian. For some reason I doubt that the person I was talking to would get a smart phone anytime in the near future . . .
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Gentoo frustration

Argh, I'm having trouble with the bootstrap process for my Gentoo install. My brother gave me his old K6-2 500, so I'm basing my system around that and a new HDD I bought. Anyway, during the compile, I get an error saying it's probably a hardware error or something. I'm trying it now with CFLAGS="-mcpu=k6 -O0 -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer" That's no optimizations, and a pretty generic cpu option. (k6-2 is also an option.) I'm not sure what I should try next. I could try underclocking for system stability, or I could see if a stage2 gentoo install works better . . .