Ressurect your printer!

While “green IT” is in everbody’s mouth, often manufacturers do not act according to it.

After a colleague had fixed my DVD player some time ago with a part worth 0,05 EUR, now my HP printer refused working with an “ink system failure”.
There is a FAQ on the HP site about that error, but if it fails the printer would have to be maintained by HP.
Well, due to being a few days older than 2 years, that equals total wreckage. D’oh!
But now I found a website specific to printer problems: http://www.fixyourownprinter.com
Guess what: It worked and the printer returned to life now! :)

Installing Debian GNU/Linux on fresh hardware

Installing GNU/Linux on fresh hardware can be challenging. I bought a Medion akoya 10" netbook (MSI Wind U100 platform).

Since then I wanted to install my used distribution, Debian GNU/Linux. After trying the lenny installers, at first I wasn’t able to get to it. Kernel 2.6.24 did not support the network card but instead broke the boot process so, after install, I did not have any drives. :(

I reported this install failure and got help so I was able to install a newer, working, kernel.

Thanks to the Debian installer team!