My Compaq Presario 2104US laptop is playing up. Itís seems as if a non-printing key like ctrl is stuck down (except I donít think it is that key).
Alt-Tab in windows doesnít work as if ctrl key is held down. Ctrl-tab works
pressing and holding the down arrow key produces a Ďcí character every second
Using PuTTY on a unix box ctrl-key combinations that require confirmation fail.
Using KeyTweak it reports the scancode 57392 constantly repeating. When I map that code to any other key it reports the code as key 131 (but I donít think that is right). Update 3 June: It turns out this was right!
Booting in linux, the startup console shows ^[[26~ at the typematic rate
So hopefully cleaning the keyboard will unstick the problem. Unfortunately getting at the keyboard to clean it is not obvious. I got onto HPís live chat and they sent me the link to the service manual. Worst case this fault will require a trip to the repair shop for a new keyboard or keyboard controller. Iíll try cleaning it first.
This manual provides reference information for servicing the HP Pavilion ze5600, ze5500, ze5400, ze5300, ze5200, ze4700, ze4600, ze4500, ze4400, ze4300, ze4200, and ze4100 Notebook PCs, HP Compaq nx9010, nx9008, nx9005, and nx9000 Notebook PCs, Compaq Evo Notebook 1050v and 1010v Series, and Compaq Presario 2500, 2100, and 1100 Series Mobile PCs. These notebook models use technology code KE.
Iíve been on the hunt for the perfect RSS reader or aggregator without much luck. Iíve downloaded lots, installed many and uninstalled all.
Here are my specifications. Let me know if something matches it.
Client PC not web-based. I need speed to scan many feeds. Bloglines and the like are great but not fast enough.
Windows (other operating systems a bonus). Iíve temporarily moved back to Windows XP so Iím stuck. Iíd like whatever I chose to be cross platform for when I go back to SuSE Linux.
River of News or display by date. Iíd like to see todayís posts first across each group of feeds. That way if I miss a week I donít have to wade through last weeks news from feed 1 to get to todayís news from feed 2.
Not based on IE. I donít like or trust their insecure browser and I definitely donít want it processing XML data from potentially untrusted sources. That means if I right click on a link in a post I should not see ďAdd to FavoritesĒ and other IE tell-tales.
Interestingly Iím thinking of combining a couple of aggregators as a way of managing my needs. AlertBear is a great little windows only RSS reader that sits in my system tray and pops up whenever a new post appears in itís feeds. Iím going to use it for the select few feeds I like to monitor closely. Iím not sure if theyíll be the low traffic personal interest blogs, or the high traffic professional interest news. As long as I donít mix the two it should work well.
Professional news for me is time sensitive and fairly large. But if I donít get it immediately Iíll hear about it from another source. So itís a bit like having a 24 hour news channel on. It doesnít matter if I miss something as Iíll hear about it if itís important
Personal news often gets buried in that high volume noise. My favourite bloggers post no more than once per day. So as long as I get their updates Iím happy. I hate it when Iíve missed three of Simís posts because I thought he was away. So those sorts of feeds will not be put in the same client as the professional feeds. Client site feeds are similarly very important. I hate it when a client asks ďhave you read my latest post?Ē and it turns out Iíve missed the latest update.
By separating the feeds into different tools Iíll track them better.