Laptop Overheating

Mon 12 May 2014 by pj Tagged as laptop personal news

This morning, my laptop was, as usual, showing an average idle running temp of around 76C, which is fairly hot, but didn't seem too bad... until I put it under load, at which point it shut down because of the temp limit of 97C. Much searching of the Internet commenced, trying to find out what might make a W510 overheat and shut down. Perhaps the heatsink on the CPU wasn't seated properly - but you'd think that would have evinced itself sometime in the previous two years of ownership!

Over lunch, acting on a hunch, I removed the keyboard so as to get at the internals, and applied massive amounts of compressed air, sending much dust flying.

New idle temp at bootup: 46C.

This reminds me of a friend's '$20 home repair of your desktop or your money back' idea: such a service would do nothing more than show up, take the machine outside, crack the case and apply an air compressor. Either you make $20 for <5min of work, or you give them their money back - no matter what, it didn't take much time, so on to the next one!

Blogging by Pelican

Sun 12 May 2013 by pj Tagged as personal news tools

I stumbled across Pelican and was quite stricken - I've wanted something similar for a long time. So! Since my current blog is an ancient mess, but the content was salvagable (thanks to it all being in text files), I converted them all to Pelican and will maybe start blogging again …

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Photo Album software

Tue 07 October 2003 by pj Tagged as ancient personal news
I'm looking for a CGI to run locally that will turn my current mishmash of digital photos in a nice album. Some features I'd like:
  • the fewer actual CGIs the better
  • no MySQL necessary - it just seems like overkill, not to mention too much fragility
  • automatic generation of thumbnails and …
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LiveJournal enabled

Thu 24 July 2003 by pj Tagged as ancient personal news
Well, I finally caved and got a LiveJournal Account, just so I could comment on other people's stuff. read more

Boot Scripts

Thu 10 April 2003 by pj Tagged as ancient personal news
Talking to a friend the subject of SysV-init vs BSD-style init came up. I like SysV's /etc/init.d component because it gives you simple on/off controls for all the system daemons, all in the same place, and named predictably. I don't particularly care for the 'runlevels' idea because … read more