Memory on my Laptop

I just wanted to know what memory was in my Linux laptop to buy another stick. It is actually easy and very descriptive on what can be done with your latop:

sudo dmidecode –type 17

Gives you a nice output with all the details:

# dmidecode 3.1
Getting SMBIOS data from sysfs.
SMBIOS 3.0.0 present.

Handle 0x003E, DMI type 17, 40 bytes
Memory Device 
    Array Handle: 0x003D 
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided 
    Total Width: 64 bits 
    Data Width: 64 bits 
    Size: 8192 MB 
    Form Factor: SODIMM 
    Set: None 
    Locator: DIMM A 
    Bank Locator: BANK 0 
    Type: DDR4 
    Type Detail: Synchronous Unbuffered (Unregistered) 
    Speed: 2400 MT/s 
    Manufacturer: 000000000000 
    Serial Number: 00000000 
    Asset Tag: 00000000 
    Part Number: HMA81GS6AFR8N-UH     
    Rank: 1 
    Configured Clock Speed: 2400 MT/s 
    Minimum Voltage: 1.2 V 
    Maximum Voltage: 1.2 V 
    Configured Voltage: 1.2 V

Handle 0x003F, DMI type 17, 40 bytes
Memory Device 
    Array Handle: 0x003D 
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided 
    Total Width: Unknown 
    Data Width: Unknown 
    Size: No Module Installed 
    Form Factor: Unknown 
    Set: None 
    Locator: ChannelB-DIMM0 
    Bank Locator: BANK 2 
    Type: Unknown 
    Type Detail: None 
    Speed: Unknown 
    Manufacturer: Not Specified 
    Serial Number: Not Specified 
    Asset Tag: Not Specified 
    Part Number: Not Specified 
    Rank: Unknown Configured 
    Clock Speed: Unknown 
    Minimum Voltage: Unknown 
    Maximum Voltage: Unknown 
    Configured Voltage: Unknown


Impossible Tenkeyless Keyboard

I guess that I want something that does not exist.

I want a tenkeyless keyboard which is a regular keyboard layout but without the numeric keypad. The idea is to have all the keys in the right place and not crammed in some compact design that is not effective for me. Those keyboards exist but only in a mechanical form. I want a slim form like the Apple keyboard.

Impossible to find.

If you want tenkeyless layout you get a mechanical keyboard.

If I knew what I was doing I would probably start a Kickstarter project and get what I want.

Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic trackpad with a Dell Latitude E6410

Sorry but I hate Dell laptops.

The business laptops that I have worked with over the years all had issues that were just a nightmare to deal with. That it is the wireless chipset that would get the laptop to crash because we were using Fortinet software to the latest bluetooth adventures.

I have been trying to get my apple wireless keyboard and trackpad to work with the work provided Latitude E6410 to no avail. I have read one site after another about the apple drivers that you need to extract from the boot camp material and how people resolved different issues. I have tried many times over the months and nothing ever worked. Different version of the drivers or different sequence of installation of the components.

Today, I decided that I did not trust the built-in bluetooth because other people at work were having issues with bluetooth headsets.

I disabled the bluetooth in the bios and plugged in my $5 tiny dongle I purchased months ago over the Internet. Very generic bluetooth dongle.

Tadam! Everything works now. I am using my keyboard and trackpad to post this.

All these months wasted on the below standard components that are in these Dell laptops. I am not surprised and I have one more reason to hate this Dell hardware. How can they sell so many with all these issues?

Blade Boot

BladeBoot seems to be all that I am doing this month. It is an IBM technology to use the builtin NICs in a blade to iSCSI boot from SAN. A little bit of firmware update, a java app to configure the NVRam of the NIC (you can also do it with DHCP) and you need a SAN with iSCSI. IBM has good documentation on how to do it with Windows and with Suse Linux. The only glitch we had to fight with was that the MS iSCSI software initiator that support boot to SAN was not available at the link advertise. I found it by “mistake” at the EmBoot site. I downloaded the WinBoot/i software and it is part of it. On the Suse installation we are waiting for the SLES 10.0 sp1 to address the need for a DHCP server. As with many technology it looks much better on paper than in reality but we have a good start now.