Saturday, September 06, 2008

I hate computers

Today I fought some hours with Ubuntu to get my network working again. It started with the idea to have the NAS no longer attached by WLAN (SLOOOOOOOOOOW) but via a cable (FAST). I clicked on "Network Configuration" in the menu which made all my networking disappear and broke everything. Then I started to configure stuff by hand, which worked for the WLAN card but not for the classical LAN card. For some reason after each reboot it went from ethx to ethx+1, making it to eth181 before I found the problem.

Not necessary to mention that I went half mad during the search for the problem...

In the end it turned out that some completely brainless moron decided it would be a nice idea to have a random MAC address assigned to the LAN card at each reboot (from the BIOS). For privacy enhancement and you cannot switch it off... So the magical automatic hardware stuff of Linux thought "Oh, a new card" and gave it a new number. FUNNY. VERY FUNNY.

Instead of developing computers which go faster and faster (and can drive you mad much faster than anything before), why not just develop something which works? Call me wimpy, but I don't want to spend nights in front of my computer just to get a stupid network card working, this is supposed to be the 21st century...

3 comments:

Christian Vogel said...

Oh yes, current Linux-automagic has everything I loathe...

A half-broken "language" (for the rules in /etc/udev.d), a lot of almost undocumented components (udevd, then hald/dbus) that talk to each other...

As soon as you deviate from the "standard scenario" (which these days is a laptop user, single harddisk, gnome) you get all kinds of miscellaneous breakage. It's getting almost as advanced-user-unfriendly as windows (my oppinion).

mac said...

In August, I tried for three days(!) to put a labeled desktop icon for our handmade software on the KDE 4 desktop. I couldn't. Bursting into tears I flew back in the arms of Win XP.

Compare:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTorchdVl5c

MarkusPhotoBlog said...

"Instead of developing computers which go faster and faster (and can drive you mad much faster than anything before), why not just develop something which works?"

-- already done. www.apple.com