Anyone out there with a VT8235 datasheet?

Apr 27, 2006 / 0 comments

Argh. A long time ago I got LinuxBIOS up and running on a Via EPIA-M mobo - someone else had done the initial work, but it had bitrotted. As part of that I got auto power on working, such that if you removed power from the box it would come on when you reapplied it, even if it had been turned off before. However I never checked this into LinuxBIOS as it's a bit intrusive - not everyone wants boxen auto powering on. What I now find is that not only have I lost the code to do this, but the copy of the vt8235 (southbridge in use on the EPIA-M) datasheet doesn't have the details of which register I need to twiddle. I'm sure it used to, but that might have been an older copy which of course I no longer have.

So, does anyone out there have a copy of the vt8235 datasheet and can tell me what magic value I need to poke to what register(s)? Please? I've tried creatively Googling, I've tried running Via's factory BIOS and seeing if the PCI config registers changes when I flip the option in that, but all to no avail. Someone save me. I don't want to have to disassemble the BIOS trying to find this one tweak. :(

It's really happening.

Apr 25, 2006 / 0 comments

Kathy and I went to Norwich Register Office yesterday to confirm the date for our wedding and show them our various documents (proof of age, address etc). All very scary, especially the way it seemed to be a test to about whether we knew each other or not (checking about middle names, age, whether we'd been married before with each of us while the other was out of the room). I mean, it's still months off, it's not like we're rushing into this. And the proof of address was our council tax bill with both our names on it.

Anyway. It looks like we're actually really going to get married. Gulp.

Maybe I'd be better off with RSI.

Apr 20, 2006 / 0 comments

I recently started using workrave, mainly because my cow-orkers have both suffered from RSI to some degree or other and I thought prevention might be better than cure. However I'm finding it really fucking annoying. I do not cope well with interruptions when I'm in the middle of something and it ends up really pissing me off.

I'm sure it's all a good idea and everything, but I've just found myself switching it into quiet mode so I can actually get some work done without having my flow of concentration constantly broken.

Time to read the papers?

Apr 12, 2006 / 0 comments

How do people find the time to read a daily paper? Kathy and I often end up buying a Sunday paper, and I find it takes me the entire week to read it all. Between the main section, the Review bit, the magazine, the random bits that change weekly and so on, it's quite a considerable amount to read. I know daily papers tend to have less sections, but even when we end up with one of those it takes me a while to get through it all. And it's not like I'm a slow reader. Do other people just have more time than me? Can I have some?

Shaving is dull.

Apr 8, 2006 / 0 comments

I shaved my sides a week or two ago, returning my face to its normal (well, as normal as it gets) goateed self. However I remember why I stopped shaving for winter now. If you shave, you have to do it every day. Otherwise you just look like someone who can't be bothered shaving, and while that might be because it's true, why not just not bother at all? I'm not really convinced about the wisdom in applying a sharp blade to my face early in the morning either. Oh well. I'm sure I'll get used to it again soon enough.

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