Sweet deal on PCI 802.11g cards

So I’ve been looking around for a wireless card for my desktops to reduce the wire mess behind the desk. On a whim, I stopped by RadioShack this afternoon. They had a sign for the D-Link DWL-G510 for $39 after a $10 mail-in rebate. I thought, “OK, that seems pretty reasonable, since it was running $50 at OfficeMax and Staples.” But then I noticed the fine print that said it was only valid through 6/22, and today is 6/23.

I asked an employee whether I could still get the discount, and he said no but he could check the new price. He checks, and it’s now selling for $39 plus a $10 mail-in rebate, which ends up running $29.

The box also includes a low-profile bracket, so I bought an extra for the Pegasos.

One vital note: Make sure you pick up a “B” revision card, not “A.” The “B” cards are Atheros, but the “A” cards are Broadcom. Look on the barcodes; there’s a section that says H/W Ver. Also, the boxes have a huge red stripe across them instead of being solid blue.

Vacation (sort of)

I’m heading back to Minnesota for a few days to take care of some business. I’ll be back Monday night. It’s going to be a crazy few days, packed with meetings, family, etc.

If you’re looking for me, I won’t be around. If you’re in the Minneapolis area and want to get together for a beer or whatever, drop me an e-mail at <my IRC nick> at aol.com. I’ll try to check it over the next few days, although I usually don’t. If you desperately need to get in touch with whoever’s covering for me, check the devaway chain of delegation.

Splitting out huge planets

So I was trying to wade through the hundreds of posts on Planet Sun since yesterday, and it made me think: Is there a way to have categorized planets? For example, when reading Planet Sun, I’d like to see a category after each blogger. That way, I could click on the category and get all the bloggers in whatever area I’m interested in.

DIY collaboration

From KDE dev Aaron Seigo’s blog:

switching gears a bit more, a couple of GNOME hackers started hanging out in #kde-devel on the freenode.net IRC network. it’s been enjoyable to discuss topics ranging from packaging, build systems, system trays, cairo and gstreamer with them and to have them join in on our conversations as well. it’s been a nice insight into their perspectives on things and the good natured quality of the discussion even when we see differently on matters has been refreshing.

Now one wonders, did freedesktop.org play any role in encouraging this? Would this have happened if it didn’t exist?