A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- November 30
- Company Christmas party invites went out
today. Another fine abuse of Perl.
- November 29
- Nothing of note, today. I must be slowing
down or something.
- November 28
- Noticed that JerkCity and Red Meat had both
changed their layouts, so updated snorq to cope.
- November 27
- Played around with the Linux Sensors stuff,
but can't seem to get it to work without going hacking,
- November 26
- Today I wrote a shell script using a SQL
query. I feel so PROUD.
- November 25
- Durrr. Head hurt. Durrrr.
Downloaded the Mozilla SRPM since a non-debug download
wasn't immediately obvious to me.
- November 24
- ILUG had
their DistroWars mini-Linuxcon today. Well, actually they started
with the beerfesting last night, which caused several people to
show up for Alan
Cox's talk on Free Software round about the time Alan was
finishing up... much beer was then consumed at Messrs. Maguire, followed
by a stagger ("it's just around the corner, Phillip") to
the Dublin Brewing Company where we paid a mere £20 each to
drink as much as we could before they closed. Mmmm, beer!
I wandered into Messrs. not knowing any of the people in the
group, and promptly infiltrated the nearest group which consisted
of some Swansea LUG folk and Dave Jones, who it turns out is a
kernel wizard responsible for doing evil things in the chip
detection and setup code (arch/i386/kernel/setup.c) and
is also working on Intel's
Fun moment in the DBC: a Swedish hacker named Michael saying,
"you're the BBDB maintainer?" and
shaking my hand enthusiastically. Whee!
Alan suggested that the reason I'm getting crappy performance from
Mozilla is that I'm running
the debug builds, which I sheepishly agreed was probably the
case. Alan also told us about the demented guy who's running
MIPS-Linux on a HP LaserJet (yes, the printer) with the added
humour that the only thing that doesn't work is the
actual print mechanism, because it's all proprietary HP
technology... He also told us where to find the DMCA-blocked
kernel ChangeLog, so that's one for the
bookmarks. Oh, and I think that the "Talking Shite" BOF
was by far the most popular.
- November 23
- Hah! I got a mention
I also found out today that while the laptop is under warranty
until April 2003, the battery is out of warranty since
April 2001. Bah.
- November 22
- Hrm. I decide to clean up the wiring to the
ISDN box, and Esat
simultaneously decides to have their local dialup box go haywire,
causing me much confusion.
- November 21
- Slurped down the latest Mozilla release. It's nice to
see that after, hmm, two and a half years they've got something
that's almost as complete as Navigator... yeah, I know. That's
unfair. But hey - look at Internet Explorer's gains in the same
period of time, and I don't mean market share,
either. And it's not like I'm a fan of Microsoft
Solved my FTP problem by forceloading ip_conntrack_ftp
and ip_nat_ftp. No idea which is necessary; I just did a
quick Google and found
something that said "load both". And thus bad net.advice
is propagated (although it does work...)
- November 20
- More five-a-side soccer. On the losing team
again, although I garnered some praise from a team mate for my
(somewhat vicious) defending...
- November 19
- Spent about an hour swapping between the
Autoconf manual and BBDB's autoconf files
trying to make it far too clever for its own good. Well, actually,
trying to make it behave in a sane fashion. Mission approximately
accomplished. Did a big CVS checkin to celebrate.
Oh, and my VMware Windows profile
is definitely hosed beyond belief. I can't even tell what's
- November 18
- Bought a new "entertainment unit"
today from the nice people at Argos. The old one may well end
up being some sort of rack analogue for my little
collection of hardware if I can figure out where to put
- November 17
- In a fit of insert arbitrary and rare
event here, I decided to rearrange my room. For a while it
looked like I'd simply planted a bomb in the middle of
it. Actually, it looks like that a lot of the
Downloaded GLOBE -
Global Land One-kilometre Base Elevation. It's a bit
- November 16
- Working in the Sandyford office today. My
configuration seems to be trashed. I'm beginning to think it's
time I scoured the Windows
partition and reinstalled from scratch.
- November 15
- Working in Perl has me spoiled. I keep
forgetting to compile my DTED
hacker before doing a test run. Anyway, after some abuse and
swearing, I managed to produce an OpenGL rotating chunk of dots
shaped approximately like the British Isles. Hurrah! (SSC: OpenGL
is the easiest way I know right now to get something graphical on
screen. I miss my ZX Spectrum's PLOT and DRAW
- November 14
- Started coding up a DTED
file dismantler after determining that none of the stuff I've
downloaded seems to be working off the same spec as I'm
- November 13
- Five-a-side soccer resumes! I was on the
team that lost 6-8, but I had a good game.
Playing around with DTED
maps again. DEMtools doesn't
seem to work for me at all; I think I'll need to write my own
parser (gack!) unless I can find something else at http://www.remotesensing.org/
that works. My choices appear to be some sort of KDE thing (gack
on a stick!) or some sort of C++ library (gack on a
pointy stick!), so I guess I'm doomed. People! Get a
- November 12
- Some BBDB tweaking. Maybe this
weekend I'll get my release out...*oink oink* *flap
- November 11
- Micromail site
update. The magical "which field is which?" parser
needed tweaking again. Also, I seem to have run up against some
ftp problem again. Looks like my masquerading setup has broken,
somehow. This wouldn't be an issue except that the damn web server
FTP connection doesn't accept passive mode.
- November 10
- Rebuilt GnuPG as I'd rather stupidly
overwritten my modified version when I upgraded to RedHat 7.2. D'oh. That'll teach
me to make RPM files for this
sort of thing in future...
- November 9
- More Oracle abuse. I'm developing
quite a refined hatred of the whole iAS
- November 8
abuse. Lots of.
- November 7
- Built a new version of the PPTP stuff to
allow me to connect to the office. For some reason it disabled my
ethernet link when I shut down the connection, and I couldn't
- November 6
- Bleh. Throat infection, it
- November 5
- Stuck in the office until just after
- November 4
- Discovered that some crazed fool has done a
version of the engine at the heart of the Monkey Island
games. Whoops. There goes the afternoon.
- November 3
- Cleaning up the .rpmnew files and
so forth. The unpleasant part. For the most part, though, a pretty
straightforward upgrade. I do, however, appear to have fallen into
Backspace-vs-Delete hell again. GAH. Why is this still an issue in
late 2001? After some investigation, it appears that telling local
xterms to use ^? (DEL) as backspace will
"repair" the problem. ssh connections appear to
do this right; it's just popping up a local xterm that messes it
- November 2
- Began a live upgrade of Klortho to Redhat 7.2 once I'd found an ISP
supporting dual-channel ISDN for free. Thank you Elive!
- November 1
- Much pruning of email and so forth which
seems to have gotten WAY backed up lately.
I'm plagued by bad customer service, it seems. In addition to the
last three months of fun and games with eircom, esat.net are still
billing me after ten months for (a) an invoice paid in
January and (b) an invoice for a domain I don't own and never have
owned. Add to this a late delivery of the wrong item from DCB,
a late delivery of an item from TrainIT, and a whole SLEW of
difficulties with a supplier of one of our office toys, and I'm
beginning to suspect I'm somehow marked.
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