Friday, January 30, 2009

The X-Files Revisited

The other day I bought the first season of The X-Files on DVD. I found it at a groceries store for 99:- (ca $14), and having followed almost all episodes when they aired in Sweden I thought it would make for some good nostalgia.

Quite right. The series started in 1992, 17 years ago. Anyone born then is allowed to take driving lessons now! There were no digital cameras, computer monitors were small, fat, and monochrome (at least in the series) and Gillian Anderson looked like she was barely out of high-school.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Infrastructure and terrorists

Another excellent article by Bruce Schneier on the topic of how infrastructure helping terrorists, and why this shouldn't cause us to, for example, ban Google Earth.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


It seems that hardware failure is epidemic, and can even spread through human contact. I went with two friends to Kungsberget this weekend, and apparently David's hardware problem have now infected my machine as well. Not that any of the symptoms are the same, though. Did I say that I ramble sometimes?

The major issue at the time is that the USB support seems to be shot. I think it started a week or two ago when the machine refused to boot. BIOS complained about "DISK BOOT FAILURE...", and I was getting a little nervous having suffered several harddrive failures recently. Well, I decided to be a little optimistic, and out of a hunch I entered the boot menu and selected the correct harddrive to boot from, and things worked nicely. It seems that suddenly there is a conflict between my external USB backup drive, which was what the machine was trying to boot from. Anyway, I don't reboot very often, so I didn't think more often.

Yesterday I shut down the machine in order to mount the case on a new set of wheels, and when I tried to bring it up today, only some USB devices seemed to work. The mouse doesn't work at all (I've tried several different mice), the keyboard works sometimes. My external soundcard also works sometimes.

These two might be related, but I really have no clue. I don't even know where to start troubleshooting. "usb doesn't work" gives me 27.5 million hits on Google. I think I'll just power down the machine, and hope that things will magically improve tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Big Picture

The Big Picture is a really good photo-blog covering current events. Highly recommended if you like good photography.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


My birthday this year was unusually cold. It is right now -13.5 degrees, but there isn't very much snow. These pictures were taken on New Year's Day.