A rough account of I did with Emacs recently.
- September 30
- Woop. Late Micromail
update (should have happened yesterday).
Also, James and Fionnuala get married today. Whee!
- September 29
- Hack Hack C C Hack Hack C C definitely need to frob devhelp.el when I get a
Tale totally rocked. Unexpectedly so, given that I'd heard
various negative comments about it. Sure, the story was pure
formula, but I lost count of the number of times I laughed out
loud, and damn did they wire up all the emotional stuff
properly. Potentially one for the BUY heap.
Oh, and The Fanimatrix is
- September 28
- Clearing up a bunch of outstanding crap. Our local JAWmail setup is working once
more, for example. Also I finally rebuilt xscreensaver as a
single RPM containing both GL
and non-GL stuff so that up2date doesn't try to constantly
overwrite it with an older package - I did file a bug about what I
feel is dubious
behaviour based off the Obsoletes list, though.
Built a Triptych
Excellent American Grand Prix, in which Schuey basically had the
entire thing fall into his lap while Montoya managed to get just
about everything wrong.
Palm went all weird on me with some sort of generic error that the
web wasn't offering solutions for; a warm reset seemed to cure it,
although it decided that I'd nuked the INET Library prc file, so I
had to reinstall that. During the course of faffing around with it
I rediscovered the set of pppd options to make it network easily
over the hardline: pppd -detach silent passive noauth ms-dns
10.0.0.44 proxyarp 192.168.0.68:192.168.0.69 persist /dev/ttyUSB0
local 57600 ktune - obviously, tweak addresses to your local
settings and so forth. I don't think it knows by default to ask
for a DHCP address, but you could probably do something silly with
pppd to request one.
- September 27
- Today, I FLEW A PLANE. YAY ME!
Also spent a while tooling around with various things on the
laptop, but nothing much.
- September 26
- Cough wheeze. Throat infection that's been at me all week
finally got the better of me. Blurgh. On one hand it's nice to
spend a day in bed, on the other hand it just feels like a waste
- September 25
- Woo, hacking C for work again. I think I may have to revive devhelp.el.
- September 24
didn't totally suck either.
- September 23
- Despite the fact that Tom Hanks maintains an almost uniform
expression not unlike Joey Tribbiani's "hard mental
calculation" look, Road to
Perdition is quite a good movie.
- September 22
- So here's my Technorati Profile. w00t, etc.
Note, I've tried to "claim" my diary twice now to no
avail. I'm sure I'm missing something.
Maybe it's cos I don't call it a blog...
- September 21
- More vehicular noodling, this time south to
- September 20
- Spent the day noodling around in the car, including a trip to
- September 19
- Ye best be talkin'
like a pirate today, me matey! (Me, I've got a Jolly Roger on
my desk). Also, the office IRC bot is now connected to the
- September 18
- Despite the presence of some "skip it" scenes (am I
the only one who thinks the Party Boy routine was funny about
once?), Jackass: The
Movie had plenty laugh-out-loud moments. The opening sequence
was particularly fun, too.
- September 17
- I think ultimately I hoped Meet The
Parents would somehow redeem itself, but no.
Still tooling about with wireless drivers, trying to merge in some
patches from someone else that collide with the 2.4
- September 16
is a great movie, not least because it's got Johnny Depp.
LRNJ is a pretty cool way to learn
Weird. I could've sworn my Emacs LiveJournal client worked
fine with my proxy settings before. I've just hacked support for
the http_proxy env var into it.
- September 15
- Whee! I've just clocked 5000 SETI units!
- September 14
- Wooo! Ferrari! Schuey wins! Happy faces at Ferrari tonight, I
suspect. He had it in the bag from the get-go, aside from a brave
but ultimately unsuccessful attempt by Montoya to grab the
- September 13
- Yay Ferrari! Schuey got an excellent pole position for
tomorrow's Monza Grand Prix, even if it was only by 0.051
seconds. And both Firman and Schuey Jr. are out of the race due to
not recovering from their recent crashes.
- September 12
- Kate's visiting, so geekery-- while I instead play Mister
- September 11
- Tweaked films.pl to
cope with not getting a listing to work with in the first
Tuned procmailrc a little, too.
- September 10
- Wahey. Finally fixed the date sorting in the RSS Toy; the feeder for it
was running foul of a misunderstanding on my part. Now I'm only
subject to perils of feeds with bizarre update policies (hello
- September 9
- Had a look at a desktop RSS aggregator called
Interesting. Loses points for having a config file made out of a
Perl Store, and overly intrusive GUI (lots of popup modal
dialogs). I might rip a few ideas from it and glom them onto the
RSS Toy. Note, I am
hugely irritated in my RSS hacking by the fact
that Mozilla.org is
continuing to not implement a scriptable means of opening a new
tab on the grounds that web developers shouldn't be able to
dictate how your browser operates. Please. Get REAL, people. That
said, I think there might be an undocumented option to force new
windows to open in tabs...
- September 8
- Wow. Highlander:
Endgame really is worse than the other three movies. That's
- September 7
- Finally found the cause of a problematic Mozilla hang I've been
experiencing over and over. It's getting wedged trying to
communicate with ESD. Which would be amusing were it not so
irritating; I'm not actually running ESD. I run artsd
instead. However, it appears that Mozilla occasionally goes out of
its way to make sure it can use ESD. I wonder if I can compile
around that? As I said before, "ESD" is
- September 6
- Fixed some more stupidity in the way the RSS toy collates stuff, but
it's still doing some nonlinear things that I'm unhappy
with. Might need to take a hatchet to it.
I kept feeling like Bowling for
Columbine was almost making a point, but never quite got
there. Some interesting statistics and what not, but mostly I just
felt vaguely dissatisfied with the whole thing.
- September 5
- Did some poking at the RSS fetch script and
found a few silly logic bugs in it which would explain some of the
more useless behaviour I've seen it do. It'll take a few days for
the stupidity to filter out, by which point I'll no doubt have
coded up some other Damned Thing...
Woop. Yahoo changed their format for the stock exchange quotes, so
I've had to update the stock ticker stuff.
- September 4
- Still digging around with Samba. Found more bugs. Wrote
more scripts. Meep.
Played around with Maporama
some. Discovered in the process that their maps aren't exactly
linear, i.e. moving left/right on a map affects latitude
and longitude. This is to be expected, I guess. Makes it
harder to leech their maps in a useful way, though.
- September 3
- Man, this is making my head hurt. I have a file with a weird
character in it on a Windows NT
box. I have two choices: connect using Unicode, or connect not
using Unicode. One assumes that in the latter case, magical things
happen that make it all work.
Having told NT that I don't want any Unicode, NT dutifully renders
the oddball character into a nearby ASCII equivalent when I do a
directory lookup. However, if I then use that name in a direct
filename request, NT tells me that it doesn't exist. AAAAAH!
Upgrading Qaz's BIOS appears to have cured the USB problems I was
having. Yay! Upgrading to the latest BIOS causes all hell to
break loose when X tries to start up (either no mouse, or instant
hard shutdown). WAAH! Ok, well, I can cope with being a BIOS
revision or two out if my USB ports work okay.
- September 2
- Ok. Daredevil
didn't totally suck, but had enough crap parts to make it
at least annoying. Also, I lost count of bits stolen from other
movies. The whole thing felt like the Spider-Man plot, with The
Crow for seasoning (funnily enough, it uses the same guy to do the
score), and bits of the Matrix thrown in any time a fight sequence
was required. The CGI was so blatantly obvious that it was almost
amateurish in places. Plus, of course, the set-up-for-sequel
ending. Maybe if they'd concentrated on not making it the first of
a franchise it'd have been a better movie.
Tweaked wvdial on my dialup box to notice if PPP data is being
spewed down the line, so that should improve my connectivity once
more. Yay me! If you need to patch this yourself, just add
"~" to the items wvdialler.cc recognises, and put the
case statement to catch it as a fall-through option for the
CONNECT case statement. And TSK TSK wvdial developers for not
using constants for those, too.
Finished checking my modified ZoomAir source into local CVS, so
I don't lose the changes, and also so I can see about (a) merging
bits I've pulled from elsewhere and (b) beating the stuff back
into shape for 2.2 again (not that this really matters, but it
would be nice!)
- September 1
- Further tracking of the smbfs problem reveals that even if I
persuade it I'm using the right version, it's still screwing up
the mapping. So I have to figure out WHERE, I guess.
Aha. During the Session Negotiation, it says it's doing Unicode,
but when it asks for, say, a list of files in a directory it says
it's not doing Unicode. Windows
apparently interprets this as a request to translate the
filenames on its side, as best I can tell, even if you can't
subsequently use the filenames it provides... or maybe you can, as
long as you specify that you're still disregarding the Unicode
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