Most of my software is back up. I’ve knocked off most of my to-do list. I’m writing this column on it, and soon I will upload it and download email and news. I’m extremely pleased.
One of the things I noticed is that, with the new configuration, it’s handling power better. I haven’t checked to see if I’m getting any better battery life, as I tend to forget about things like time when I’m online. Gee, I could fly a passenger jet …
But I have noticed that it’s running much cooler when it’s plugged in to the A/C adaptor. Seriously. It’s not like I took its temperature (I’m not sure where to stick the thermometer), but I can tell the difference. I take that to mean the CPU isn’t working as hard, a good thing.
From my master list, I still need to locate a program that will put the computer into sleep mode when I close the lid. My temporary operating system had that, so this shouldn’t be difficult to find or install. From there, most of the work is either convenience or cosmetic — like rebuilding my menus so they’d be a little more intuituve.
I still want to find an uncorrupted version of the Windows system file I blew out (hal.dll), but there’s no rush there.
For the geekus extremis among us, here’s a printout of some of the basics. If your eyes glaze over when someone mentions “CPU,” feel free to skip over this part:
This “uptime” is interesting. Keep in mind, this is a laptop and I don’t have that sleep-mode switch fixed, so it’s been running, powered and plugged in, with the lid closed.
Just for yuks, I checked to see how long my desktop (which also runs on Linux) unit has been booted up without a restart:
OK. I rebooted that computer a week ago. I usually only shut the desktop down when I’m experimenting with another computer (not enough power cords to go around), replacing a part, or moving the unit.
Just try doing that with Windows.
(Pictured is a screenshot from the laptop. OK, you may not recognize a lot of this stuff if you’re a Windows user. The interface — Fluxbox — is pretty minimal, but it stays out of my way.)