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Thoughts on Coursera

Lately I’ve been working on a course through a site called In case you don’t know what that site is, its a website that allows universities to provide courses free of charge online. I’ve been working on the English Commonlaw course provided by the University of London.

Battery Life Improvement in Slackware

I’ve always tried to improve my battery life in Linux because its never seemed quite up to par with the performance in Windows. So I’ve gone through a long process to find any possible tweak to improve battery life. This included installed laptop-mode-tools which improved it A LOT. But most recently I’ve discovered a new tweak - which may or may not work on your hardware. This is the relevant portion of my lilo.conf:

image = /boot/vmlinuz
  root = /dev/sda1
  append=" resume=/dev/sda4 pcie_aspm=force"
  label = Linux

I added ‘pcie_aspm=force’ to the append options and it increased my battery life by about a half hour hour. Now in my research I found depending on the hardware it may disable something, it didn’t on my Toshiba laptop, but proceed at your own risk. Thats all for today!

Latest Slackware -current Updates

So previously I posted about my ethernet not working in 3.8.x kernel. Just to have an update on that, the Atheros AR8152 ethernet driver works flawlessly on the 3.9.5 kernel included with the latest batch of current updates. I have had zero problems with the 3.9.5 kernel and is definitely a huge improvement over 3.7.x and 3.8.x. So anyone that has that particular network card can breath a sigh of relief.

Why I Like Octopress

As you may or may not be aware, this blog uses a piece of software called Octopress. This software was written by GitHub and it is what is called a static site generator. Basically I write my blog posts in markdown and run:

Update on Kernel Breakage

So today kernel versions 3.8.9 and 3.8.10 were both released. I compiled both of them and they seem to work perfectly fine. This has me thinking that the 3.8.8 kernel was just a weird kernel and hopefully the next kernels will work

3.8.8 Kernel Radeon Driver Breakage

I had a very trying day today trying to fix my -current install on my laptop. On April 19th(also my birthday \o/), Pat updated the kernel to 3.8.8. Well I didn’t reboot until yesterday but when I did X would only do 1024x768 and would not let me configure any monitors.

How I Got My Atheros AR8152 Working Properly on Kernel 3.8.x

I have a Toshiba Satellite L655D laptop running Slackware64 -current. Now normally it works perfectly fine but recently -current has been updated to use the 3.8.x kernel. Now starting with the 3.7.x kernels there has been an issue with the Atheros AR8152 ethernet driver in which it will randomly disconnect, so this is what I did to get it working properly - at least most of the time

First Post!

Hi! I’m Jordan Evans, also known as aceofspades19 on freenode and other forums. This is my first post on my new blog which I setup using octopress and it seems to be working pretty good.