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LPT0006 passed away ! – Obituary

Its really sad for me to break that my laptop ‘lpt0006’ has passed away on wednesday 8th January, 2008 at around 2:45 pm (local time). 😦 The exact cause of death is still unknown, but initial reports claim that it was due to hard disk controller failure. However I am still waiting for an official autopsy and hopes that it may be able to rise again :).

‘lpt0006’ was from the family of acer ferrari 4000 series ( ferrari 4005 WLMI). The departed soul had been in service since 26th March 2006 11:am and meticulously executed it duties during that period. During this period which spanned over 654 days, ‘lpt0006’ served 18-20 hours /day, while the disk I/O usage is estimated at 500 mb read writes /day ( this is only for user data and does not include paging and caching i/o). Awesome thorughput , I would say, from this family. But its sudden death was an extremely surprising incident.

Although I didn’t like the machine , but hey it was free and an above average performer, and didn’t cost me any thing 😀 .  I usually spend most of my after office time over my laptop, and suddenly after getting deprived of it, I had no other choice but to stare the roof while lying on my bed :).  ( I have already taken my xbox and complete Harry Potter books set back to Pakistan  while visiting during this winter vacation) . But the worst part isn’t over yet, the next three days were holiday , Thursday was off  due to 1st Muharram,  while Friday and Saturday are our usual off-days of the week.  So I had nothing to do , literally nothing , to do at home, except for sleeping 😀 .

Anyway , I used Dell Inspiron 8600 ,borrowed from Khurram bhai, for sometime, until I got a replacement laptop tablet notebook. Its LT-20 from LG, bundled with Windows XP Tablet PC edition. Its really cool to use it. It has a touchscreen and can be turned into a small notebook or tablet , by rotating and flipping the screen. Though machine is not so strong, apart from being bloated with support softwares( input panel, keyboard surrogate, bla bla) which consumes almost 80% of available physical memory (400 out of 512 megs, consumed after getting logged in to the system). Anyway its lighter to carry ,with 11″ screen. Helpful in taking notes, preparing documents, chatting, light browsing activities, but nothing more then that. :P.

I am planning  to buy a notebook for myself, after going through some reviews, I am finally settled for Dell XPS M1530  , cool han!  I am waiting for DSF promotions which will be starting from 24 th January 2008. Mean while , I will look into products from other vendors, most probably from Alienware ( Personally I don’t like HP pavillon, Lenovo thinkpad).

By the way, did I mention it was an obituary for the deceased one 🙂

regards

faraz

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AYBABTU ~ Gaming over VPN ,

well just a few minutes ago , i performed another succesfull experiement :),

i was trying to setup a gaming network over vpn , so that i can play games with my other fellows at distatnt locations. i feel proud to announce that the required results have been achieved sucessfully with pin point accuracy. 0240 hrs was the historcial moment , that witnessed the glory that mankind has never achieved before 😛

actually the idea was to play some multiplayer game over vpn on internet. our isp is DIC telecom which also provide service for vpn connectivity. any dic internet user can connect to the vpn ,this link will guide u to the connection procedure

http://www.telecom.dic.ae/Manuals_Internet_VPN.htm

this will add another network interface on ur my network connetcions.

well by defualt broadcast packets are not forwarded to the vpn interface.(and i still dont know how to enable it) 🙂

we tried earlier using warcraft 3, to connect over vpn, but wc does not support direct connection to the server, it searchs for the server by communicating via UDP Broadcast messages,therefore we werent able to connect to the server over vpn.

so we picked another game , this blessed game “command and conqueres :Generals”
😀

it worked !!!!!

we specified our vpn ip in the network options (both lan and internet ip set to vpn ip),and used direct join feature in multiplayer option. for remote ip we specified the ip of our server and whoa !!!!!

gameplay was almost smooth with some very minor jerking,

so i guess this weekend i ll not be available 😀

next game to test, UT2004, Hl2, NFS mostwanted ,FIFA2006

all the best