Sunday, November 23, 2008

Fixing your Ubuntu suspend/resume problems

After some recent update, my Ubuntu box (currently "Intrepid Ibex") started having a problem where the networking wouldn't come back up when waking from suspend mode. My machine uses the "forcedeth" ethernet driver (quite a name \m/ ).

The fix! Mentioned tersely over here, and slightly more clearly over here, all I had to do was create a file /etc/pm/config.d/01-modules that contains this line:


Apparently you can name the file something else, as long as it's in the same directory, but this one worked for me. And of course, if you're having trouble with a different driver, change "forcedeth" to the right module name.

It's 2008 -- why is power management still tricky on Linux? Users (like your non-technical family members) should never have to do this sort of thing.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I could have just emailed them a photo of my shelf

I seem to have just spent 20 minutes flipping through Amazon's book recommendations, finding books that I already own and checking the box that says so. This, of course, made other books that I already own pop up, which I then clicked. And it was kind of fun. Thoughts that ran through my head included "I have the first edition but not this latest one, does that count?" and "Lindsey has that one -- that's almost like I have it, right?"

Excellent design, Amazon dudes and dudettes. I don't begrudge you that training data at all.