All carrot and no stick, since ought-three.
城闕輔三秦，風煙望五津。 與君離別意，同是宦遊人。 海內存知己，天涯若比鄰。 無為在岐路，兒女共沾巾。
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Fri, 21 Nov 2003
It turns out that the ACPI support on the Gateway laptop is all fux0red under Linux because Gateway ships these machines with a fux0red BIOS. Of course, they also ship compensating Windows drivers, effectively rendering the power-management, battery monitoring, etc. capabilities of the machine Windows-only. Thanks guys.
Specifically, the BIOS lacks an ECDT, so parsing the DSDT during ACPI setup time dies violently as there's no way to access the embedded controller region. I have been hax0ring the kernel trying to fake an ECDT but without too much success: I have (what I believe to be) a fake ECDT that I plug in, but the kernel rejects it with:
tbget-0292: * Info: Table [ECDT] replaced by host OS tbrsdt-0227: * Error: Invalid signature where RSDP indicates RSDT/XSDT should be located
which I really understand. And unfortunately the acpi-devel list is only sporadically useful—though I can't say I blame them, as this is a hardware issue.
But it sure would be awfully nice to be able to see how much battery juice was remaining....
Well well. Various pressures that have been brewing for several years now have come to a head (really, I am not trying to make some kind of strained (ack!) sexual metaphor here) and I have begun studying Japanese.
I'm on day two and it's still fun. That's a good sign. Usually if something lasts till day two with me, it will last a while.
I suspect Japanese will be a little easier for me than for most, as I've already been exposed fairly extensively to the sound of the language, and already have more kanji than you can shake a stick at under my belt. But we shall see how day three goes.
The nice thing about having no real friends is that I can hold a full-time job, study Chinese, Japanese, and bluegrass fiddle, and still have time left over to drink (by myself, obviously) and play Xbox all weekend long.
"Not Hercules could have knock'd out his brains, for he had none." -- Shakespeare