I just got a new laptop (a long story that I will document some day), and I had to transfer my account over from the old one. I used rsync to do it, and everything works just as I had it. I know that this is how it works, but little things like this make me realize how cool this tech is. I am glad I do the work I do. ^_^

Setting the hostname in Fedora 18

I didn’t get to install the OS on my new laptop… oh yeah, I got a new laptop! It is awesome, and I will write about it somewhere.

Anyhow, I opted for Fedora 18, and the ZaReason folks installed it for me. It is nice having it ready to go, although it was funny to see some wierd name at the login…

I don’t have complex hard drive setups, so the only thing that I needed to set correctly was the hostname for this new machine. A bit harder than normal, since there were changes to how it works from Fedora 17. However, it is pretty easy to fix with a tool called hostnamectl.

Checking the status shows what the hostnames are set as:

[bash light=”true”]
[maiki@localhost ~]$ hostnamectl status
Static hostname: localhost.localdomain
Pretty hostname: n/a
Icon name: computer-laptop
Chassis: laptop
Machine ID: 69d27b356a94476da859461d3a3bc6fd
Boot ID: 1da3adf2786146f681afd9f9983c9f8d
Operating System: Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow)
CPE OS Name: cpe:/o:fedoraproject:fedora:18
Kernel: Linux 3.7.9-205.fc18.x86_64
Architecture: x86_64
[/bash]

My laptop designation is orenji, so I use:

[bash light=”true”]
[maiki@localhost ~]$ hostnamectl set-hostname orenji
[/bash]

Then another status shows:

[bash light=”true”]
[maiki@localhost ~]$ hostnamectl status
Static hostname: orenji
Pretty hostname: orenji
Icon name: computer-laptop
Chassis: laptop
Machine ID: 69d27b356a94476da859461d3a3bc6fd
Boot ID: 1da3adf2786146f681afd9f9983c9f8d
Operating System: Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow)
CPE OS Name: cpe:/o:fedoraproject:fedora:18
Kernel: Linux 3.7.9-205.fc18.x86_64
Architecture: x86_64
[/bash]

And of course if you open a new terminal, you will see your new hostname in the default prompt:

[bash light=”true”]
[maiki@orenji ~]$
[/bash]

Apple continues to irritate me

Apple continues to screw me over. It is my fault, for buying their product.

I picked up orenji today, from the Apple store. I thought my computer problems were over. I was incorrect.

When I picked it up, I noticed that a screw was missing from the side of the chassis. I brought this to the attention of the person helping me, and they took it in back for five minutes, annoying everyone in line behind me. Meanwhile, three Apple store employees lounged nearby, with no one to help…

Anyhow, when they returned, they informed me that it was aesthetic, the screw didn’t hold anything on, and they didn’t have one that fit, but I could leave my computer with them and they could check it back in. For a screw.

Obviously fed up, I signed for it and left. I went to a cafe nearby, and the computer is working great. It wasn’t over-heating, and it is operating as I expect it to. It was nice having it back. Then I got home.

We have a large conference table, our dining and working area. I unpacked orenji and placed it on the table, and was treated to this horrible scraping sound. I thought I set it on some small rocks or something, so I wiped the table and placed it again; same sound. Turns out the pads on the bottom of laptop, one in each corner, are gone. Instead there are four round pieces of plastic that the laptop now sits on, and the slightest movement (say, from typing) causes it to shift and scrap the surface it is on.

I called the store, and they told me that I would need to make an appointment with the Genius Bar. I asked them if they were serious, and they acted as if that would be the fastest way. They obviously have never tried to get an appointment there. Besides one at 10:30AM tomorrow, the next one would be in the evening on Thursday. They said I could probably just come in and talk to someone, so I took their name and am planning on it.

The morale of the story is that I took my computer is to be fixed, and they broke it in a different way, and are no bending over backwards to fix it when made aware of it. That is sub-par customer service, and I am tired of this process.

The computers live!

The computers died, now they live. Lesson learned.

Read the title like Dr. Frankenstein is saying it, that gets the point across. The woes are over. Cloud was done on Friday, and I got a call today that orenji is ready to be picked up from the Apple store. Cool.

However, it is only a matter of time, I am convinced, that my laptop dies again. I am going to continue to use it for work, but I am going to marginalize its importance in my workflow. Time to start saving for a new machine, something hardy and portable. Still looking at the Hoverboard.

I just also want a multi-touch touchpad. Hmmm.