atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#2814: Hot day today

11:30 AM and 94°. Nineties projected as far as the eye can see. Thermostat's at 78, temperature's at 78, and the AC isn't running. I'm just a bit on the warm side of comfortable. Perfect!

Last night it was a bit warm in here, though. I slept without covers and was fine.

...the funny thing: it can be 80 degrees in here, and with the fan next to the bed on medium I need a blanket. Go figure.

* * *

Because of something that wasn't quite an anxiety attack, I couldn't sleep until I took a Xanax. I ended up finishing Rampage of Haruhi Suzumiya. That volume collects "Endless Eight", "Snow Mountain Syndrome", and "Day of Saggitarius"; "Snow Mountain Syndrome" is the first new story in the series that I've read since Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. (New to me, I mean.)

Next up is The Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya and it begins with "Live a Live", the story of the cultural festival.

* * *

Unfortunately, I want a new ereader.

The Aluratek is good at two things: being inexpensive and displaying text. It's even pretty good at displaying pictures, and as previously noted it's better than nothing at playing MP3s. Everything else, it's bad at.

Eh? "What's 'everything else'?"

1) Charging its internal battery.

If you ever leave the thing sit for more than a few weeks, the battery dies completely--so completely that from then on the charging system is utterly wonky. I plug it in, it displays the "charging" screen for a couple seconds, then reports a full battery. Unplug it, try to use it, "low voltage, please charge" pops up. Even if you manage to get the thing to go to a charging screen and stay there, it stays there permanently. ...and if you're lucky, when you go to use it, you've got 2/3 of a charge at most.

The problem, of course, is that there's no programming for a complete shutdown of the thing if the battery goes too low while it's on standby. Bad design. (This is why I'd prefer one that runs on AA batteries....)

2) Not needing a hard reset virtually every time I use it.

Because the battery's wonky, the thing exhibits weird and asinine behavior. Unplugging it after it's been charged sometimes results in a hard reset. Sometimes it will just continue to display the "fully charged" graphic after the cord is unplugged, which ends up requiring a hard reset. In either case, that means rebooting from a complete shutdown state, and a reboot takes at least 30 seconds.

3) Connecting to a computer via USB port.

I've never been able to copy files from the computer to the SD card in the unit. If it's to work at all, I have to copy files one-by-one. This is fine when it's just a couple of files, but if I try to (say) dump the entirety of the Futari Ecchi manga--several hundred .JPGs--to the thing, it dies partway through copying one of the files and I have to cancel.

I had to figure out a workaround using my cheapo GPX MP3 player to get stuff onto the SD card.


If you look at the FAQ page for the thing, there are a bunch of answers for charging problems...and they're all approximately "reset and do X". One says, "If you're still having trouble after [doing all this shit] contact technical support." *sigh*

Well, I've just upgraded the firmware; maybe that will help. And maybe it won't. I'll let you know.

Either way, I'm starting to think again about getting me a Kindle DX.

* * *

Side point: I just had my suspicion that the Aluratek is powered by Linux confirmed; now when I plug it into the USB port it shows up as "Linux Jetbook blah blah blah".

The days of custom firmware for embedded applications is long over, I guess.

* * *

The usual stupidity has occurred with my sleep pattern. I went to bed about 3 and couldn't sleep; see above, "anxiety attack". For the most part, this time it was this inchoate sense of dread, a feeling of impending disaster--something approximating "we're all going to die or go to jail or something equally horrible". I took the Xanax and fell asleep, and woke up at 11 feeling embalmed but in good enough shape to get up, feed the cats, have a slice of cold pizza, and blog. Still, once this is done I'm hitting the hay again, because I'm still feeling kind of embalmed and it's dreadfully hot outside.

(Okay, "dreadfully hot" for Illinois. I know it's hot in Texas, Dracphelan!)

Seems like you get to about 7 PM here and the heat drops considerably. At 7 the sun's about an hour away from the horizon, so it makes sense. If I get any grass cutting done today, it'll probably just be what I can do with the riding mower, and it'll be after 7.

* * *

I suppose I ought to get after the summer anime downloads. I don't know.

I saw something over at Pixy's blog that made me drool about the way I drool over a Camaro SS, and for about the same reason, if only by degree: $1,500 for a bare NAS--even a really nice one with twelve drive bays--is too much for me even to contemplate.

I'll get there; just not this year.

...but tell you what: get something like that crammed with twelve 2 TB drives, and my anime storage problems would be over. You'd lose a bit to redundancy, of course, but with twenty four terabytes of raw storage to play with, you could afford it. Shit.

(BTW, "Winter edition"--Pixy (and the entire site that he runs) is in Australia. Where it's winter right now. I have to remind myself.)

* * *

I'm starting to think I should just toss the chuck roast into the freezer, because from here it's not looking like I'll be having beef stroganoff for dinner tonight. If my sleep pattern approximates yesterday's I'm going to collapse for another four or five hours as soon as I lay down.

Argh etc.

But it's Sunday and I have nothing pressing to do, so it's not like I'm causing trouble for anyone.

* * *

...and just because I haven't done it for a while:

I was trying to come up with a decent ending for this post when suddenly



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