A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- November 30
- Redid and finished something I last looked at in January last
year: transferring all of my floppies to slightly more durable
storage. To be honest, there's a bunch of stuff I could nuke since
it's for DOS, Windows 3.1, or, heck, even the Amiga I never owned,
but at least I've got most of it on hard drive now. There's about
a dozen disks which proved unreadable in three different drives
that I'm going to have to try some forensic recovery on, which
from the last time I tried it is actually hugely underprovided-for
- November 29
- Catching up on some more movies and what not... Brazil is
typical Terry Gilliam, i.e. it's totally insane; The Big Bus
shows signs of being the forerunner of the likes of Airplane, but
doesn't quite have the same rate of throwaway one-shot gags; 24
(episodes 1-4) is damned good, although I kept thinking,
"doesn't anyone trace cellphones around
here?". Biggest problem, of course, is that having watched
episodes 1 to 4 I now have to wait for a DVDRentals
return-dispatch cycle before I can watch the next 4
- November 28
- Working on a piece of hardware. It does two things. One is
documented pretty well. The other, simpler one, has documentation
about setup and status and whatnot, but nothing about the actual
required operation. Grr.
- November 27
- Poke prod hey it works! Hardware hacking today.
- November 26
- The ancient and mystical mp3 renaming script just got a little
smarter. Now it tells XMMS if
you've moved a file that XMMS
- November 25
- Erk. Managed to run out of disk space on the big disk in Gonzo. I
really should get around to moving the 30GB out of Blimp and into
Gonzo, or at least sorting through the crap I've accumulated and
throwing some out. I think the blowout is a combination of my new
up2date server and the change in backups which is doing something
I don't quite understand.
- November 24
- Spent far too long writing up a presentation on RSS, with
- November 23
- Finally got around to setting up a local up2date server in lieu
of constantly hauling things off the soon-to-expire Red Hat Network
(soon to expire for my level of use, anyway).
- November 22
- Bah. England beat Australia in extra time to carry off the 2003
RWC. I really don't think they deserved it, given the brutally
awful style they played with.
Catching up on movies: Mystery Men is pretty excellent and stars Tom Waits;
- November 21
- I forgot to point out the HUGE
hook I got in last week's NTK; if you're in Dublin and feel
like having someone to heckle, show up at the Earl of Kildare
hotel on Tuesday at 7:30. I'll be talking about RSS, which regular
readers of this nonsense will be aware is something I have some
strong views on... the Earl of Kildare hotel is just off Nassau
Street, with parking underground around the corner just opposite
Reynards (ex The Zoo Bar/The Pink Elephant).
Hah. I'm becoming a regular feature in NTK, I am: one more
plug for my RSS talk.
- November 20
- A little more tooling with authenticated SMTP from one sendmail
daemon to another. I think I might have it working now. Well, sort
I upgraded to Mozilla
1.5. This time, it didn't change my default search setting from
Google to Netscape, but it
did stop the search setting from working until I'd switched it
away from Google and back
again, and I hung it irretrievably (in the mail client) within a
couple of hours. "Yay"
Waking Ned is fantastic. It's a bit slow in spots, but then so is
Irish life. Go rent it now.
- November 19
- <puts marker in ground> another milestone reached, yay.
Got two books from Amazon this morning - Neal Stephenson's
Quicksilver and Stephen King's latest Dark Tower
book. BOY are they doorsteps.
- November 18
- Changed the nightly backup script to do incrementals during the
week, instead of a level zero every night. That's improved things
HUGELY: it doesn't take several hours to do the nightly backup
over the wireless, except at the weekend when it doesn't matter,
and I always have at least a good level zero backup lying around
even if some of the incrementals get hosed.
- November 17
- Managed to upgrade the firmware on the 11Mbit card with some
abuse. It's refusing to interoperate with the 2Mbit card at the
moment, though. I wonder what that's all about?
- November 16
- Built and installed a 2.6 kernel with some abuse to my
system. Now that I know it works (previous attempts ended in panics)
I might consider doing some actual work on it.
- November 15
- Considered options, decided on vegging out at
- November 14
- Tooled with stuff for far too long, then got in my car and drove
to Bob's place.
Running Kismet and XMMS with audio fed into the car stereo on the
Party at Bob's, obviously.
- November 13
- Hmm. reformatted hard drive still giving errors. Might need to
abandon it, alas.
After much abuse of ISO8859-1 entities (and I still don't
have a full set coded up!), the RSS Toy successfully
assimilated the assortment of Euro-crud that Bruce Sterling
posted to his weblog. Yay!
absolutely rocks. Way better than the Truman Show, for
- November 12
- Set up dhcrelay on the main wireless machine instead of
giving it a stand-alone dhcpd. This means all my DHCP stuff is
handled from Gonzo
regardless of what else is going on on the network. Also
discovered a potential pile of bugs in my hacked ZoomAir driver, oopsy!
- November 11
- The Royal Tenenbaums was quite enjoyable.
- November 10
- w00t! Bitlbee
patched to connect to MSN once more is fine and dandy, but
multi-user messaging in a fake IRC channel, now THAT'S the
- November 9
- So, ah, Matrix: Revolutions. Very pretty, some dubious bits of dialogue (I
think it's probably safe to say that dialogue has been the weak
point of all the movies) and I'll have to think about it some more
but I'm not sure that all the plot points were resolved, or at
least resolved usefully. I think the worst thing I could say about
it is that it's pretty much an decent blockbuster action movie -
which may be a disappointment if you expected more, but I don't
necessarily think that it makes it a bad movie.
Of course, I can now go and read all the stuff I was avoiding in
case of spoilers.
Oh, also. Trailer for LotR III. Wow. Can't wait for THAT.
- November 8
- Doing some little bits and pieces of cleanup, such as
reformatting the 6GB disk on the 2.2 box which appears to have
become corrupted. I've already had the BIOS do a low-level scan of
the drive, and now I'm doing mke2fs -c -c on all the
partitions to rebuild them.
Folks turned up around 9 and we wandered off to the Kings for a
sort of not-in-the-house housewarming, returning to the house
later for Nerf, non-alcohol, chatter, and other assorted
- November 7
- Yay, I have a phoneline. Eircom are STILL a bunch of
suckweasels, since "Your phone will be enabled in about 30
minutes" turned into "if you keep phoning us for a week,
you'll eventually be connected to someone who knows what they're
doing and is willing to help". Next, I need to investigate a
flat-rate offering, followed perhaps by a look at DSL.
Wireless network flaked out on me once I'd installed the modem (we
will make no comment about the modem which said "ERROR"
in response to a plain old ATD command) which is probably a
resource conflict of some sort. I may prod at it some more but for
now I'm using the spare laptop as a wireless gateway. Because I
- November 6
- Slowly getting everything sorted out. Change of address. New
standing order for rent. List of things I still need to buy for
the house. But I am SO loving my new gaff.
- November 5
made me laugh. I still think Owen Wilson looks like a poor man's
Matthew McConaughey, mind you.
Discovered that my laptop battery has cacked itself in some
unspecified way. Cracked it and the other cacked battery open for
amusement value. 8 Sony cells plus some electronics, and a short
wire that can only snap when you prise the casing open so I guess
it's supposed to be a simple tamper seal.
Hey, my crap-o-cam still works. Cool. I should really finish
hacking on that.
- November 4
- Wireless network running, yay! Using Gonzo
as the wireless "master node", too. Mind you, I should
really move it back to Blimp until I've finished making sure it
works on Linux
- November 3
- Right, you can now walk through the computer room and reach the
spare bed. This is progress, of a sort.
- November 2
- Holy... Where did I get all this STUFF?
28 Days Later... was less scary than I expected it to be, which is
just as well because it was after 11 before I got started into it,
due to moving, moving, moving. Not a bad movie at
all. I was struggling to remember where I recognised Cillian
Murphy from, and eventually recalled that I saw him in Disco Pigs, a very
strange movie indeed. The "Making Of..." bit for 28 Days
was totally crap, focusing more on "what if this
happened" than on how they made the movie. I'd love to have
seen some "behind the camera" shots for the London
filming, for example. I didn't bother with any of the rest of the
extras, such as the alternative ending, as I was about fit to
collapse from exhaustion!
Happy Birthday Ellen!
- November 1
- Moving moving moving.
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