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Journal msobkow's Journal: Joy oh joy 2

My Ubuntu 10.04.1 partition developed a serious case of USB problems after this morning's kernel update. When I rebooted to try to reset the USB devices, the partition table nuked itself.

So I'm reinstalling WinXP. This is NOT how I planned to spend my day!

Needless to say, I am NOT a happy camper...

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  • For the past few months I've been dealing with a mouse/trackball instability issue under Ubuntu 10.04.1. The problem was much worse with Ubuntu 11, 12, Fedora 16/Gnome, and, as it turns out, with Windows XP SP3. I've used this device since around 1998 and never had a problem until recently.

    I had been thinking it was a software issue, and bitched most mightily to the Gnome/GTK+ team that it was a bug in their software. Well, I was wrong.


    The device in question would seem to have been firmware-

  • Once I determined the problem was with the device infecting the USB controller or software stack (USB devices can auto-load fragments of code, it's part of the plug-n-play approach they employ), I opted to give Ubuntu 12.04 another try.

    I'm glad I did. With the mouse-click corruption out of the way, 12.04 is a much better performer than 10.04 had been. One key piece of software I use has a 30% performance improvement on identical hardware! Who knows where the tweaking and tuning have been done, but the

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"