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I bought a new Toshiba Satellite L310 Notebook last week. It is my first laptop and I’m happy that I bought it with my own money (from my salary). Weeks before I took the Tosh, I had been looking for a good laptop which would be a nice pickup taking into account the price, configuration and style. I was planning to take a Dell Inspiron 14 or Dell Inspiron 15 before I had changed my mind to the HP Pavilion Series. But the HP Pavilion laptops I liked were not there in the retail shops and Amazon (Actually there was, but they wouldn’t ship to India). After some time surfing the web, my eyes stuck into a review of Asus EeePC at Register. It is a netbook (meant for common tasks such as browsing, e-mail etc.) with a mind-blowing battery backup of 9Hrs (but the absence of optical drive is a compromise). For the next few weeks there was not even a single other notebook in my mind. But when I reached home from Chennai, one of my cousin, who is working in a Computer Peripherals Marketing Company told me about the Tosh. He said that one is the best one they’re having now at their showroom. After explaining the configurations of the Tosh, I began to think that taking a netbook only is a waste and made up my mind to take a Tosh instead.
Next day I visited the retail shop and purchased a Toshiba Satellite L310-D4012 (I still donno why the model is not showing in the official Tosh website). Its not that bad in looks, infact I liked the lappie on first sight itself. The only think I didnt’t like about Tosh is that its colour is not black, its metallic silver. Here is my Tosh’s spec
Now you would be thinking about the price Huh? It might be 45K or 40K. But tell you the truth. I got this machine for just 33500/-, the best deal as they said and for sure it is.
Then the only problem infront of me was the Tosh’s Linux support. I installed the latest Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope to my new Tosh and I got really excited to see the Tosh working just fine under Linux. Here I will tell you about the hardwares I tested.
Resolution : Native (Out of the box)
Wireless : Working (Out of the box)
Camera : Working (Out of the box)
Audio : Working (Out of the box)
Fingerprint scanner : Works with AES1610 driver in libfprint eventhough lsusb shows AES1600.
Bluetooth : Will work if enabled (Fn + F8 will not enable BT, but you need to enable it from Windows)
Functional Keys : Working except bluetooth’s Fn + F8
ACPI functions : Partially working as toshiba_acpi module doesn’t support Phoenix BIOS. But function like suspend, hibernate, brightness adjustents etc. will work.
Note: Some of the ACPI functions are not working because of the Phoenix BIOS. I think a BIOS update will resolve the issue of not having an option to turn on the bluetooth in BIOS Settings. I searched the web for ACPI configuration, but even the omnibook modules didn’t work for me.
Some Tricks : If you feel you’re having low volume on Jaunty, try this. Add the following line to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
options snd-hda-intel position_fix=1 model=3stack
After a restart, you’ll feel some changes. Also look here for resolving your sound problems.
I’m so frustrated to make this post. The new ICC (International Cricket Council) Ranking of “Top Cricketers Ever” has come with the new year’s first unbearable nonsense, not including our great Sachin Tendulkar in the list of Top 20 Test Batsmen the game has ever produced. ICC ranked Sachin as the 26th greatest batsman in Tests and 12th in ODIs. The new ranking has already become a controversy.
As Cricket is the most popular sports in the subcontinent, everyone knows Sachin and the contribution of sachin to this great game. Being the highest run getter in both the Test and ODIs makes him the Greatest Batsman of all time. But unfortunately ICC don’t think so. They have given the Batsmen’s crown to Sir Donald Bradman (I have no doubt, he is the best), but the next rankings upto 25 includes batsmen inwhich most of them are not even comparable to the calibre of our Sachin. The newcomers like Kevin Peterson ranked above him, does this mean Kevin is greater than Sachin ?? Of course not, It’ll take years and years of cricket to achive the status of a player like Sachin and we’re not sure whether Kevin is capable (What if he goes for ducks in the coming matches and makes nothing in his career). Apart from this, Sachin is a proven Legend, his records prove this. Anyway the new ICC Ranking is nothing but avoiding the subcontinents and making the Englishmen great. Remember the words of Bradman himself “When I see Sachin playing, I see myself in the Pitch”.
ICC is also making arguements like “The new Ranking is not a showcase of the calibre and career experience of the Players”..
Today I got a chance to put my hand on the beautiful HP Pavilion DV6000 Notebook which my uncle bought from Kuwait. It was pre-installed with Windows Vista :(, and he already complainted about Vista that it runs awesomely slow. It runs too slow eventhough it had a Dualcore processor and 2GB of RAM. Later I found that it contained dozens and dozens of unwanted softwares that runs on the startup. I removed them and now it runs Vista better.
Being a Free Software and GNU/Linux enthusiast and a promoter of GNU/Linux, I decided to try Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Live DVD on the Lappie. Alas !!!!, it gave me the GNOME desktop in a flash :). Sound worked perfectly and the sound quality was perfect as in Vista (Lappie have Altec Lansing Speakers). As it was having Nvidia Graphics the Compiz effects were not working with the Free Nvidia drivers (But the Binary packages from restricted drivers section enables it).
Next, I tried Knoppix 5.3.1 on it and being a lighning fast Live Distro it booted to the Desktop like the way it was booting from haddisk. All the hardwares worked like charm under Knoppix and I was really excited to see the new HP Pavilion DV6000 Notebook working smoothly under GNU/Linux.
For those who are planning to buy a laptop, this one is one of my recommendation :).
Ooops I forgot to check whether Wireless and Modem worked under Linux, I’ll check it and post it later.
Hello everyone. These days I was experimenting with fonts and font designing. I asked Hiran about font designing and he told me some useful tips. Then I began to design a font of my own handwriting using tools like Inkscape and Fontforge. Now I designed English small letters of my handwriting font. But its lacking the original style, still have to adjust the spacing and curving. But I’ll work on it and post it here when its complete. So, for anybody who likes my handwiting, its happy news. Yeah, it’ll be freely available here and you can use it in your favourite word processing software. My friends, please make suggestions on the fonts coz I’d like to know if its really look like mine’s. I call this font ‘SreeHand’.
ഇതൊരു പരീക്ഷണ പോസ്റ്റാണു്. ഇത് ഉബുണ്ടുവില് നിന്നും സ്കിം രീതി ഉപയൊഗിച്ച് പൊസ്റ്റ് ചെയ്തതാണു്.
I have an EPSON Stylus C45 inkjet printer and I was looking for a tool in Ubuntu to monitor my printer Ink levels and ended up with a nice tool for the GNOME desktop. It is called Inkblot. Inkblot supports almost all inkjet printers of EPSON and HP and Stylus C45 works perfectly. It can be installed by the following way…
Open a terminal and type
sudo apt-get install inkblot
Add the inkblot to GNOME sessions and it will monitor your printer ink levels in the background on a Panel.