ThinkPad thermal shutdown

One of my laptops kept shutting down during use; after a lot of testing it turned out to be temperature related.

I downloaded and installed a cool utility – Notebook Hardware Control – and tweaked the ACPI settings for my machine.

The CPU was running at over 95°C and the laptop was performing a safety power down.

The fan is much more agressive now – and the CPU is running at 75°C – a lot better.

openSUSE 11.1

I’m downloading the two DVDs via uTorrrent right now.

Looks like I’m one of the fastest seeds sharing this on the West coast – lots of outbound connections from here – 800k/s out. I’m going to throttle that back before it takes down my VOIP.

BrainShare 2009

Looks like BrainShare 2009 has been cancelled.


Dear Novell Customers and Partners,

This note is to inform you that Novell will not be holding its annual BrainShare conference in Salt Lake City, Utah that was scheduled for March 2009.

Over the coming months, we will continue to focus on building the high-quality training and enablement offerings you have come to expect from us. We will do this through online classes, virtual conferences and local tours. These new approaches will allow everyone to participate in our education and training—without incurring the high cost of travel that, at least for now, is an issue for many of you.

Thank you for your continued support and confidence.

John Dragoon

John Dragoon
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer


After speaking at nine BrainShares in SLC and working on half a dozen keynotes I’ve got a particular attachment to the event. Personally I hope this isn’t the end of BrainShare for good.

CAB: WordPress upgrades


– upgrade WordPress to WordPress 2.7 release
– upgrade getthericketts to WordPress 2.7 and latest Gallery2



– previous version of WordPress and database restore


– plugin issues


Known issues:

– pluggable.php issue with runphp plugin

– note from 2.5.1 –


To do:

– raise trac bug for 2.7 – get it fixed for 2.7.1

Arg! Technet vs. MSDN

I keep forgetting that my subscription switched from Microsoft TechNet to MSDN when I changed companies.

I habitually go to TechNet and then see that I’ve no permissions to download ISOs and get licenses; then I slap my forehead and log in to MSDN.

ITIL Expert

My ITIL Expert certificate and lapel badge have arrived for me in Brisbane. Will I get them by Christmas?

LEGO club – 4 Dec 2008

I spent a lot of time over the Thanksgiving week sorting and rebuilding the LEGO Mindstorms kits. Here and here.

Today all of the groups at LEGO club had a working robot; complete with two motors and the light sensor.

The challenge today was to make the robot roll forward in the ‘Shark Tank’ (the light coloured floor), detect the dark edge of the carpet, stop and then reverse up.

Initially all of the teams had a go at programming this; the usual combination of loops and guesswork. I then moved on to ‘human prototyping’. Two of the LEGO group – Ben and Jonathon – became my motors and sensors. I had the entire group verbally express what should be happening:

Ben walks forward


Jonathan is on the carpet


Ben walks backward

I introduced the concept of both the LEGO ‘move’ and ‘wait’ blocks.

The next iteration was much better; most of the teams got the move – wait – move concept; the difficulty was working on the sensor values. Showing the on-brick sensor values (reflected light on floor = 54; reflected light on dark carpet = 32) really helped – back to the human prototype – Jonathon held his arms in the air (the high value) and dropped his arms (low value).

Finally some debugging (greater than, less than confusion; tweaking sensor values) and everyone had a working ‘edge sensor robot’.

Here’s the visual:


Here is a link to the tiny program shark-pool-edge.rbt from this morning.