Today I learned that many PS2 homebrew/hack-related programs do not support component video output and must be displayed on an analog TV using the A/V cables. I also learned that the "text editor" in uLaunchElf is no good for editing IPCONFIG.DAT because it sticks some NULL bytes at the end of the file, triggering an error along the lines of "IPCONFIG.DAT format is [...]".
For the sake of Googlers (oddly, I did not find this tidbit anywhere on Google), this involves/affects the Playstation 2 program hdld_svr.elf (the server for hdl_dumb and hdl_dump) as well as those mentioned above; you'll just see a black screen.
(Why is it that every time I try to use my PS2 I have to spend several hours doing some completely different hack than last time? Why do these programs that boast over 95% compatibility never work with the few games I have? Why could Sony not have manufactured the damn things properly so I could just use the original discs in the first place?
Yesterday I learned that TV is still as annoying as it was last time I watched it, but Discovery Channel has some decent stuff in between the blaring ads, and apparently India's laws regarding driver's licenses are either very lax or not well enforced. That being my conclusion after someone on Canada's Worst Driver said they learned in India by (his words) "hit and miss", just getting into a car and doing what seemed right (which included such nonsense as driving between lanes for more space, not even knowing what the signal lights are, etc), before ever getting a license. Now that show is pretty damn scary... but I'd like to try those courses myself, maybe improve my own lousy driving skills a bit.