Came home and have been giving my Inspiron 8000 laptop lots of loving:
- kernel 2.4.6: feels a lot faster that 2.4.5... less swapping? power management is better too. well, I had an SMP kernel before on accident.
- pcmcia doesn't lock the laptop up anymore (no more SMP/APIC?)
- getting the internet keys working doing useful things
- fixed my xmodmap file to match my desktop, so my windows key isn't my meta key (so I can use ALT in X and in the console for doing the same thing in emacs)
- chmod -x a bunch of /etc/init.d scripts I don't always need = faster boots
- disable the touchpad since I never use it.
 for the search engines.... I'm extremely indebted to other people's write-ups i found from google. if anybody stumbles to my journal from a search engine, I'd love to be able to help them out.