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Background: My parents are considering getting a Mac. This means passing on their old 1.4 GHz/1 GB  desktop from ABS, so I can use it as a server. Nice. Anyways, the good news is that after brushing the dust off of it (after not having used it for a year), I managed to get everything working, including sound and wireless networking. Even on the Mandriva Linux partition I put on it a while ago. Thank God for NDISWrapper.

The bad news is that now, it won’t boot.

I booted into Mandriva first, got everything set up, and rebooted into Windows XP. It stalled at the boot screen. I went back into Mandriva and it also stalled. Hmm. Weird. Normally, I’d just get out my trusty Sabayon DVD and diagnose the problem from there, but it stalled too. So did Shift. And Ubuntu. Hardware issue?

The panels on the side are screwed on and I can’t find a matching screwdriver. I guess I’ll just try again tomorrow. It’s probably just dust.

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Today, two important stable releases were cranked out: Wine 1.0 and Firefox 3.0. Wine 1.0 is a huge milestone, as they’ve been working on it for years, but they probably haven’t done much to it other than bugfixes (which are obviously important). (For those who don’t use Linux, Wine is a piece of software that lets Linux users run Windows programs on Linux. It’s extremely important for new users.) So I downloaded both of them and tried out Firefox 3.

I’m writing this post from Firefox 3. If you use Firefox 2 on Windows or Mac OS, download it now. If you use it on Linux, download it now, even if your distributor hasn’t added packages yet. In fact, especially if they haven’t. Get it here for all three platforms. Mozilla is trying to get 5 million downloads in 24 hours, do your part. Of course, that’s not the only reason. This version adds the usual speed and security tweaks (over 15,000, according to Mozilla) plus better OS integration (for all three platforms) and a revised address bar that searches your history by site title and address when you type into it. Very useful. The Linux theme is a bit ugly, but you can change it through addons. Just download it.

There, I’ve done my share of advertising for the day. And I’m still bored.