I like to write about the good stuff, or if I do write about the not so pleasant, annoying, or just bad stuff I try to find the silver lining or a least throw in some humor. Not sure if anyone saw how my evening went on Friday in my Parking-spot Predicament Post on my Family: Graner Style Page but that's a good start on seeing the what I mean by my "week".
I did a clean install of Lucid on my Dell 1330 last week. I have to tell you I am loving it. I had one issue with my mouse hanging - I could move the mouse see the cursor but clicking on anything did nothing, so I would have to reboot. Any who pgraner heard my not so pleasant remarks about how this was happening over 20 times a day since I installed Lucid, and asked me, "What are you talking about? Why are doing that [rebooting]?" So I showed him. He mentioned it to his team because they had heard of this error but had not been able to reproduce it. I could a gizillion times a day - I guess I am just talented like that (scarcasim). Andy Whitcroft was kind enough to ping me on IRC and asked me about it. He asked me to boot the computer in "i915.powersave=0" mode and see what happens. I did and guess what. I didn't have that issue anymore!
I even learned how to file a bug. Since I did not have the nice little thingy that shows up in the panel that told me I had a crash report I couldn't use "apport" to collect what I needed. (and it seems that everytime I do use apport to file a bug it tells me I can't because some package somewhere is not up to date even if I just updated minutes before) Andy asked me to file a bug about my issue. It pained me to say I don't know how to file a bug any other way. So Andy, Tim Gardner, and Jeremy Foshee all gave me pointers on how to file the bug. So I went to bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+filebug. The link that Tim had given me took me to the tutorial on how to file a bug on the ubuntu.com site. However it is a good place to start if you are new to filing bugs like me - :-)
Once I filed the bug and it was given a bug report number I could then go back to a terminal window (yeah yeah yeah - I am learning to use the command line but the cool thing is you don't have to to file bugs, but I don't know much about all that as I don't file bugs much and everytime I do it's a bit painful - most of the time) Any way - back to my bug. So once I had a bug report/bug number I could bring up a term window and using the command line I could the use - apport-collect
You would think all would be right with the world now woudn't you? Computer is hanging any more and I now know how to file a bug, I'm running Lucid and what could be better :-/ well I am so glad you asked!
I got up this morning only to find my harddrive on my Dell 1330 died. I don't mean it was hanging, I don't mean the data was borked, I mean will not even boot, won't even mount a liveUSB stick. Notta, nothing, nowhow - :-( It was one of those mornings where I wanted to just say, "I quit!" I was not a happy camper at all. Luckily I still have my MacBook Air and it has Lucid on it. I just needed to get to my backed up info on the server. It was still a but painful and I am still missing a couple days worth of stuff since the last time I backed up was about 4 days ago. *sigh* - but all in all not too bad. So I will just backup my stuff at night before I go to bed and hopefully this won't happen ever again. :-)
Not sure I have a silver lining to all this except, I have learned to laugh with my daughter (parking spot post) in times of stress, I learned to file a bug, and I am getting pretty good at ssh'ing into the server to find my stuff, as well as installing a computer and putting it back to the way I like relatively quickly.
My TODO list is now screaming my name, but I'll get to that in a few. I feel much better now :-) more later...