November 13, 2007

I look less leet around campus because I dual boot Vista

A few weeks back I got a brand new X60 tablet... to replace my relatively new X41 tablet. What can I say? I'm a sucker for high resolution screens... Lots of code and documentation needs to be viewed in parallel, and the X60 has a beautiful SXGA+ (1400x1050) configuration on its little 12" display (let's just say it's a good thing I'm near-sighted). [*] I'm planning on giving the X41 tablet to my sister for the start of her college career, since it's fully functional, in good condition, and sells for under $800 on ebay.

The Operating Systems Practicum that I'm taking (CS415, my CS project course) forces us to use Microsoft Visual Studio by having a huge, ugly, Windows API-based codebase. I tried to port the first project to make it POSIX compliant, but I couldn't figure out how to manipulate the stack pointer in gcc assembly — this was necessary to port their user-level threading library implementation. The whole mess was terribly x86 dependent to begin with.

As a result, I need to use Microsoft Visual Studio this semester, and so I decided that I would just squeeze the NTFS partition that Lenovo graciously provided to me, as opposed to obliterating it the first chance that I got. [†] I now dual boot, and many people believe that my leetness level has dropped considerably. To compensate, I did a::

% sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

and turned my minimize effect to::

Burn @ 200ms @ (type=Normal|Dialog|ModalDialog|Utility|Unknown)

Which made all my windows go up in flames. Of course, this made me totally leet... for about five minutes, at which point I turned compiz off because I didn't want Xorg using up unnecessary resources. [‡]

Footnotes

[*]

My one gripe is that it shipped with a single pixel that's stuck bright green — single pixels aren't covered under Lenovo's pixel replacement policy. Argh!

[†]

Not-so-graciously charging me the Windows Tax for an OS that I can get for free through MSDNAA.

[‡]

More evidence that I'll probably never be a Mac OS user.