Weird pc issues…

I’ve been having a weird issue with the motherboard on my pc. The first time you boot it in a day, it was very likely to freeze on you – either after the USB started flopping on and off, or the sound starting cracking, and so on… not very fun. Solution: power off the power supply for a minute, power it back on, and it would be good to go for the rest of the day. It’s not an unknown issue (see this thread on the Abit forums)

The weird thing is, this problem only started after switching cases due to noise. No idea why, the power supply is actually more stable than the previous one!

I recently related this to some coworkers, and one of them still had a spare motherboard around… so I recently replaced my Abit KN9-SLI mainboard with an Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe mainboard, and have had no problems since. I finally have a stable pc again! :)

Funpidgin

Thanks to a post on Frank Goosens’ blog I discovered FunPidgin! A fork of Pidgin, a multi-messenger client formerly known as Gaim.

My biggest (and actually, only) gripe with Pidgin is that they changed the way the contact list works/behaves – you no longer have a clear view of what protocol a user is added with, so you also don’t know what protocol to pick for someone to send him/her a message/file. Since they were obviously not going to listen to their users (although it has been requested a ton of times, search their Trac), it was only a matter of time before a fork was created: Funpidgin.

“What makes us different from the official client, is that we work for you. Unlike the Pidgin developers, we believe the user should have the final say in what goes into the program.”

I’m definitely gonna check it out!