A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- December 31
- December 30
- all a bit
- December 29
- of a blur, really.
- December 28
- Broen's off to Castlebar to see The Hothouse Flowers,
so I'm catching up on geekery. I'll have to make a visit to a
computer store tomorrow to get some writable DVDs for my new
is a pretty good movie.
- December 27
- Back to Dublin, again with laptop-as-jukebox. Collected
Broenwynn from the airport and went to the pub. Whee!
- December 26
- Visited my goddaughter (and her family, obviously) so I got to
play with the new digicam again. It does MOVIES.
- December 25
- Yay, geeky christmas gifts! New digicam, and a DVD
Set up the digicam as a webcam when we phoned my brother but technical
difficulties on his end (Donal, you SLACKER!) meant that we only
had a one-way camera feed and were using my cellphone for
audio. Just as well it's got a speakerphone...
- December 24
- Drove to Cork, then home, using the laptop as a jukebox on the
NTL emailed to apologise for the error and assure me it'd been
corrected. Mmhmm. We shall see.
- December 23
- Last-minute shopping...
- December 22
- Dermot was supposed to visit today, but the agency told him his
interview had been cancelled so I ended up wandering pubward on my
tod. Quiet night with book and beer, essentially.
- December 21
- Drove to Roscommon. Fixed computery things. Drove
- December 20
is, enh. It's another harmless movie, I guess. A few moments, but
on the whole, if you miss it, don't worry too much.
Got a bill from NTL today. For
the service I cancelled a month ago. Do I have a tag on ALL my
customer records reading "PLEASE IRRITATE"?
- December 19
- Orla showed up, so DRINK! DRINK!
Phonecall from Eircom in response to the complaint I had
lodged. It will suffice to tell you that I did not gain any more
confidence in their ability to actually provide customer
- December 18
- Rebuilt pilot-link with
- December 17
- Found a bug in the RSS Feeder that's been
annoying me for ages - certain sites would have all their items
clustered together and way backdated. It'll take a while
for the fix to filter down so I can see the effects properly, but
I think it should be doing The Right Thing now.
- December 16
- AAAAAH. Eircom, again. They never did cancel my ISDN service,
despite the fact that the phone rep was able to look up my
request-to-cancel and tell me that it was placed on November
4th. This despite calls to confirm the cancelling in the
interim. What kind of idiots...?
- December 15
- Slightly more intelligent rearranging of LAN: use the other
laptop as a dialup box, since it's running Red Hat 9 and it's in
better physical condition and it's got a better
modem. Of course, it did require an amount of farting around to
get it to work, including abuse of wvdial - if wvdial keeps giving
non-obvious errors about dialups you thought you deleted months
ago, go fishing in /etc/ppp/peers, since that's probably
where the trouble is.
Further faffing about with sendmail auth as a result of
the above. Sendmail as
configured out of the box by Red
Hat does not play well with authentication. Basically, you
have to reconfigure submit.mc to support authentication
methods, then put appropriate auth info into the access
database. I punted and just copied sendmail.cf over
- December 14
- Micromail update. Network
continues to hobble along due to extreme slackery on my
America's Sweethearts is what my dad would probably call
"harmless". Has a couple of great lines and no actual
gratuituously bad bits.
- December 13
- Spent far too much time catching up on 24. Like,
WAY too much.
- December 12
- Built a Linux
2.6-test11 kernel for the
heck of it.
Wahey, got two items into this week's NTK. Gnee gnee,
- December 11
- Tried to fool the goofy box into thinking it was Gonzo
but it blew up during initrd for reasons I'm not totally clear
on. So I punted and went back to watching 24, disc
3. Of 6. I might get this done by Christmas, and then there's
series 2 to watch, plus the stack of DVDs accumulating from
various sources, plus the constant feed from
- December 10
- Doot doot doot. If I wasn't such a bloody slacker I'd have fixed
the dead server by now. Cousin Dave suggests that the bulging caps
on the board could well be tanked. So maybe I'll go on a soldering
binge this weekend.
Watched Lost in La Mancha, the first ever non-making-of movie documentary -
i.e. a documentary about a movie that didn't get made.
- December 9
- Further sagas with the sick server: looks like a motherboard
problem. My cousin Dave has suggested that that if any of the caps
on the board look iffy I could try replacing them.
Successfully remantled my digicam, which I'd dismantled to see if
the flash memory was easily accessible. It's not. Looks like it'd
be major surgery to even get near it. So, it remains a 4MB
camera. I'd probably have had to mess around with the firmware to
get it to take more than 60 pictures anyway.
- December 8
- Messing around with unzipping files in Perl, using Archive::Zip. The FAQ
- December 7
- Traditional post-party hungover walk along the seafront at
Doolin, although we didn't go in the direction of the cliffs of
Moher (that's the Cliffs of Insanity if you've seen The Princess Bride) given the somewhat unstable state of most of the
walkers. A quick lunch followed by a five-hour drive back to De
Big Smoke, and thus endeth Office Party 2003.
- December 6
- Office Christmas Bash, featuring a five-hour drive to Doolin
followed by drink, food, drink, guitar, singing,
appears to have eaten its system drive. At least, I hope it's just
the system drive, because I really don't want to have to re-rip my
entire CD collection again.
- December 5
- Big demo, all went well, yay me! Also, Parents called around so
I showed off my BIG screen by playing a few bits from Ice Age.
- December 4
- Peeved at someone's mailserver rejection, I finally made damned
sure that my mail is being routed through the nearest thing I have
to an unimpeachable gateway. Next thing, I guess, is to
investigate running SMTP traffic over an encrypted connection to
make it unsniffable as well.
- December 3
- Trying to work late, watch more episodes of 24, and read
Quicksilver. Sleep? Pah!
- December 2
- More fnu and gmaes with IPC and POE. Event-driven programming is
crashed with some pretty messy hard drive errors. Looks like the
drive took itself offline for a bit. Erk. Things That Are
Different since I moved here: Gonzo's
in a colder room, and there's an ISA modem and a PCMCIA adapter
installed. Everything else is exactly as it was. Hrm.
- December 1
- I logged a bug about a futex
hang in Mozilla today. This has been, har har, bugging me for
quite some time, yet noone seems to have either logged anything
similar or bothered to find out what Mozilla is doing when it
Hmm. According to a thing I just found, latest versions of up2date
(Red Hat's updating tool) are
able to handle apt repositories (that's Debian's updating
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