A rough account of I did with Emacs
- April 30
- I think I may have to reinstall Java on my home box.
At home, trying to back up the laptop so I can send it for repairs. I
spent an hour poking and prodding at rsh and rsh-server
until I got fed up and used a script wrapped around rexec instead.
This stuff used be easy, you know.
- April 29
crashed rather hard this morning, and then played silly beggars
when I tried to restart. So I'm currently upgrading to a 2.4.4 kernel and poking various bits
of the system.
Bleah. NFS is somehow hosed on the new kernel. Wonder what's up
Tweaked my property searching script to iterate over more than one
page of search results. Still pretty gross,
- April 28
- Morrisa and nj visited. Much carousing and
- April 27
- Spent the morning setting up a Linux
box on my desk as a "monitoring
- April 26
- It appears that my role is morphing from
admin to developer due to the lack of present requirements for the
former by comparison to the latter. Java, JSP, Oracle. Looks like
I'll be increasing my buzzword compliance.
- April 25
- Tracked down the silliness that was causing
a database to be offline every morning. A bug in my bugfix,
- April 24
- Yay, we have an Oracle DBA to play with
now. Should make it easier to track down performance issues; that,
or we can stand there pointing at each other going, "it's
- April 23
- Tried out SyncBBDB
for the first time. Observations: (1) BBDB gets REALLY SLOW when
you have a lot of records listed and the GUI stuff is turned on;
(2) I have way too many junk records in my BBDB; (3) I'm sure the
matching could be smarter, and some of the data could be better
accomodated. I'm also sure I could help integrate this better by
doing a bit of work on the elisp end of things. After some mucking
about I decided to revert to my old databases and try SyncBBDB
again when I'm thinking more in a straight line.
- April 22
- Put Cygwin onto Klortho
to try and debug some problems with building BBDB under Windows; a
similar bug seems to affect BSD make builds, funnily
Whee! My ID3lib patch for Grip has been
Hacked on the EMU10K1 driver some more. Still trying to get
/dev/sequencer support to cooperate with the mainstream
driver. The EMU guys, meanwhile, are trying to get some patches
into the kernel.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. VMware is STILL taking down X
- April 21
- Picked up a USB<->serial convertor
more-or-less on a whim. Now I need to find out how to make it
- April 20
- Phonecalls (3) from office on my first day
- April 19
JC's bon voyage
drinks in Messrs. Maguire pretty
much soaked up my evening. "soaked" probably being a
pretty good choice of word.
- April 18
- Cheese-o-rama camera driver from the net
doesn't work either. Yet VMware can see
it. Blag. Something to hack some other time, if at
Poked at the /dev/sequencer stuff for the EMU10K driver
and sent a patch to the CVS guy.
- April 17
- Recoded the NTLM stuff for my proxy-proxy in
perl, so now it's an all-perl thing. Of course, the DES
encryption bit is still through an add-on library, so I should see
about doing a DES implementation in straight perl.
Had a quick poke through the driver source for the cheese-o-cam
and determined that I'd hacked it to pieces and didn't have a
spare copy. Time to redownload, I guess.
- April 16
- More tooling with BBDB - a BSD compatibility
fix, of all things.
Grabbed and built the new xscreensaver,
then tried to figure out why the rpm was missing most of the stuff
from the driver directory. Eventually discovered that it
was due to make -s. Also, %config(missingok)
doesn't work like you think it should, at least when building rpm
- April 15
- Somewhat wacky San Marino Grand Prix with
the Ferraris performing pretty badly (ok, so Ruebens got a podium
finish, but really now..) and Ralf Schumacher getting his
first win ever.
Hacked on BBDB some,
since I've been neglecting it a little of late.
- April 14
- Hacked up a script to manage my kernel
configurations across three machines so that I don't have to keep
running xconfig or menuconfig.
Hmm. The formerly-mentioned problem with ssh2 port-forwarding dying
after one use seems to have gone away. One less bug to work
around. Unforunately I still can't seem to make the NNTP hack
"just work" by putting the forwarding command into
/etc/inetd.conf. I'm still missing something, I
I've said it before and I'll say it again: after you've checked
the patch with patch --dry-run, don't forget to drop the
--dry-run parameter. Especially if you're doing a kernel build.
Finally got around to fixing my random .sig toy. It now pulls
stuff straight from the quotes
file, retrying if it finds more than 4 lines, and inserts my
mail address and tagline if there's room. Much better than the old
Quickie: I patched the current CVS XMMS to make the specfile a bit
better. Grab the XMMS
specfile patch and play with it.
Tried out an all-new XMMS and
Icecast setup, and I'm still
getting the choppiness problem. Seems like it hit jwz on the DNA Lounge stream recently,
but I'm guessing from comments elsewhere that he's gotten around
it. I wonder what the hell it is about my particular setup that's
Hacked a little more on a Perl script I had started for generating
a spec file from an rpm, either installed or sitting on your
disk. Used that to convince up2date that I'm running a newer
kernel than the one it recommends I download. Imperfect, but
- April 13
- Finally got the NTLM proxy working with a
combination of Perl and C. I
need to see about converting the C stuff to Perl (it's the bit that does the
DES encryption) so that I'm not passing around data in a snoopable
fashion. Also I need to make the thing a bit more secure.
More RPM upgrade madness. You'd think I'd know better by now.
Finally nuked the last traces of Windows from Gonzo.
Whee! Of course, I'm going to have to turn Klortho into a Windows-only
machine before I send it in for repairs, which means putting
Klortho's existing setup onto Gonzo.
- April 12
- Spent some time playing around with code to
do NTLM proxy authentication. Perl has me spoiled; I can't code
dynamic memory stuff and pointer arithmetic any more without
drawing diagrams and thinking a lot!
I broke Redhat's up2date toy
last week by selecting a package for download that is no longer
available. Since I've not had a reply from them to my bug report,
I hacked around the problem at source instead. Man, but Python is
one horrific language.
Went on another RPM updating rampage.
- April 11
- Happy Birthday To Me.
- April 10
- Louise has arranged for Compaq to have a look at my
laptop with a view to repairing my dead IrDA port, so that's
- April 9
- Klortho continues not to go clicky-clicky,
so that's cool.
Did a big upgrade session on Gonzo
with GnoRPM, causing me to gnash and wail some and eventually add
a bit of a rant to my wishlist
page. It's all of this damned worse-is-better
- April 8
- Klortho seems pretty happy with the 2.2.18
kernel, and I can use the parallel port in VMware now - which means I can
play with the cheesy parallel-port camera again. I wonder if the
driver code I have works on 2.2.18?
I broke RHN, the Redhat
Network. More specifically, I can't run the damned thing on
Klortho until they clear my download queue on the Redhat end, because there's a
package queued that no longer exists, and the daemon is too stupid
to cope. I could hack it, but that'd mean touching Python. Ick. No
thank you. I've not yet recovered from the last time I tried
dealing with the damn thing.
- April 7
- Rolled Klortho back to 2.2.18 to see if it
stops the "hard drive go clicky" problem. Then I noticed
that 2.2.19 had been released. Yeek.
Bought "PI" on DVD,
largely due to peer pressure from Bob - who will, of
course, deny everything under questioning. Not a bad movie. Not
sure I'd have bought it without the peer pressure,
Installed netpbm-nonfree on the DSP server so I could go back to
my nice, small GIF images for snorq.
- April 6
- Started installing toys on the Solaris
- April 5
- Did a little more with the Outlook hackery,
and at this point I'm convinced that the only way I'll get it to
behave exactly right is if I write my own Reply code from
- April 4
- Managed to hack Outlook into some semblance
of reasonable behaviour today, but the API is still
branedead. Like, for example, if you set the Body (text) of a
MailItem, it reverts from whatever type it was to "the
Default Editor Type" which despite my best efforts appears to
be Rich Text. GAH.
Got another Solaris box to look after today, whee!
- April 3
- I guess my Windows machine
wasn't "installed properly" since the admins' quest to
get me Internet access today culminated in them reinstalling the
system from scratch.
Before this happened, I was poking at the Visual Basic stuff for
Outlook to try and make the Reply behaviour more sane. Turns out
that the API is about as branedead as the application itself, in
that hooking events on messages pretty much requires you to hook
every single message in the mailbox - as best I can tell, since
the documentation is also a bit slack.
Caught Klortho in the act of doing the skippy disk thing. Seems
that the drive just gets stuck in a loop and then everything dies
because of disk i/o being unavailable. Worryingly, reading one of
the RHAT developer diaries on Advogato, I found a comment along
the lines of "we can't figure out how any of the 2.4 kernels
work" in reference to some apparently intractable bugs in the
- April 2
- First day in the new job.
Quote for the day: "Microsoft products work
perfectly well as long as they're installed properly."
...which I've managed to disprove at least once since it was said
to me, but heck, probably my anti-Microsoft bigotons got
into my k0mp00ter...
Found a very silly bug in snorq that stopped
it from snarfing Bobbins.
- April 1
- Site update for Micromail pretty much all for
Discovered that my VMware bug
is still alive and well. The hard way. Goddammit why does this
always have to happen when I've an unsaved emacs session running
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