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Late nights and LEDs

I’ve not been sleeping all that well lately. And let’s be honest, this probably has something to do with being in the middle of a term at Oxford University, with a lot on my mind and far too much to see to.


I’ve noticed recently that my room contains a surprising number of light sources, which I suspect can’t be helping me get to sleep. Reading from left to right, we have:

  • Light leaking under the door from the staircase (where the lights are apparently permanently on)
  • Blue power LED flashing on my laptop
  • Green power/charging LED on my other laptop
  • Huge red light on the multiplug under my desk
  • Flashing lights on my hub

I’ve therefore come up with a cunning plan:

  • Block the base of the door with an old pillow
  • Prop a book over the laptop light
  • Put the other laptop in a drawer
  • Tie an old sock round the multiplug
  • Shove the hub into a cardboard box with holes for the wires

Whether or not this helps remains to be seen. But here’s a plea to manufacturers: please think twice about the brightness and location of your LEDs, especially if there’s a chance someone will be trying to sleep in the same room as the device they’re on.

New toy: Advent 4211

I bought myself an Advent 4211 last week (you might know it as the MSI Wind; they’re essentially the same thing). So far, it’s lived up to expectations; there are just a couple of things to say…

  • Mine seems to have the decent Synaptics touchpad – read The Register’s review for the warning about the other one.
  • You really need to use headphones with it if apps you’re listening to don’t have a very good sound level – inevitably in a device this size, the speakers aren’t great, especially at full volume.

How the Linux install on it goes is something I shall let y’all know shortly…