A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- April 30
- Software release. Go me!
- April 29
- Pub Quiz. We came, um, 8 of 13 or something like that.
- April 28
is, um. It's sort of a movie about a guy who can't write a movie,
which didn't really work for me. It's kinda interesting in places,
but mostly I was just waiting to see what the ending would be
since it was sorta telegraphed. There were several quite pretty
actresses in the movie, but this didn't save it.
I gave PilotManager's SyncAB
conduit some abuse, and it now produces vCards that are pretty
much identical to the ones that the Palm generates if you use the
"Beam Address" option. I think I will package this up
neatly and fling it back on the PilotManager mailing
- April 27
- Day at the Races in Punchestown with Dad. Much
fun, even if we lost more than we won.
- April 26
- makerpm.pl now
attempts to extract a usable specfile from the source, including
trying to generate a specfile from a spec.in
- April 25
- So, Schu won, and pretty much without a fight, either. Minor
altercation with Montoya, which Montoya's upset about, and
following Button for 9 laps, but hey, after that he was in his own
- April 24
- Woo, I just noticed that Michael Xhaard has
incorporated my patch to get my digicam working with the SPCA50x driver. Go
Holy... Jenson Button is on pole for the San Marino Grand
Prix. That was somewhat unexpected.
Spent a while tooling around with my various capture toys under
one point I was broadcasting local TV over Yahoo's webcam
Finally decided I should do something useful with the Mini-ITX
box, so it's currently being upgraded to Fedora. I'm not sure that
counts as useful, but it's a start. It does at least verify that
the Fedora DVD I burned
last week actually works, yay!
Justin Mason gave me some
more goodies for mailman.pl last week:
make it work with SpamAssassin 3.0, and also
with Mailman 2.1.4. I'd been a
little too busy to merge them in before now.
I set up a webcam. GNEE. It's temporary, so no URL,
- April 23
- Check out my lights over
Dublin! Woo! Go me!
- April 22
- Modified the RTÉ RSS
generator to use HTML::Entities, which means no more silly regexp
nonsense. I need to drop the same fix into the RSS Toy, too.
- April 21
- Smarry is a genius:
In 1992, a crack programming unit
was "internally reassigned" by an executive star chamber
for a checkin they didn't commit. These nerds promptly escaped
from a maximum-paperwork office to the cubicle underground. Today,
still wanted to make others look good, they survive as authors of
fortune(6). If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if
you can find them, maybe you can read the damn system manuals
yourself, you NIMROD.Pity it's a bit to long to
squish into the .signatures
Igby Goes Down is an excellent movie. Possibly one for the purchase
list. The dialogue is really sharp, and MMMM, CLAIRE DANES. Blonde Claire Danes. Mmmm.
- April 20
- John & Ruadhrí and me in the pub, woohoo. It's the
Aspect reunion tour, or something. Well, actually, it was more
like a fast-paced sitcom complete with running gags at
- April 19
- Another day of hardware abuse, pretty much. And that was the
office, not at home.
- April 18
- Hmm, still some oddball problems with Mom's computer. Outlook
under no circumstances can find the addressbook. Mom's installed
Netscape 7.1 instead, but
can't import the Outlook address book because Netscape cleverly
asks Outlook where it is and doesn't provide you with, say, an
Advanced User option to go digging in the filesystem for an
aribtrary .wab file. There's some ickiness with ACPI/APM that I
don't quite get either. On the plus side, VNC is
the business for remote troubleshooting.
- April 17
- Tooling about with the digicam. I might yet make it work
webcam-stylee under Linux...
- April 16
- My new phone data cable arrived today. It's a USB cable that
provides a charger as well as the data connection, so it's ideal
for abusing GPRS when I'm not in range of a landline. Because GPRS
chews the hell out of the phone's battery.
- April 15
Conversion via bookmark for you Mozilla folk. Blame AjD.
Slight modification to makerpm.pl to properly
detect a misnamed source directory, e.g. foo-1a in
Solaris (2002). Hmm. Well, I really liked Jeremy Davies'
character, despite being bothered about who he was for the entire
movie before consulting IMDb to
discover he's the slimy little fecker in Saving Private Ryan. Great character in this movie. I don't know that I
really got a handle on the movie itself, though. I guess reading
the book and perhaps seeing the original version might help. Then
again, it might not.
Ted T'so added learning support to mailman.pl, something
that's been waiting on a delivery of round tuits here at Hacker
Central. Thanks, Ted!
- April 14
- Worked from home on s00per d00per DSL. Yay!
- April 13
- Tweaked the feed generator for RTÉ to cope with their new
layout, which among other errors features nested <font>
tags. Nicely done, guys.
- April 12
- Alternated between conversing with previously-mentioned
recalcitrant hardware (it now does all of section 2 of the manual,
and some bits of section 3 which appear to be nonfunctional due to
other issues) and hacking on my GTK2 "port" of xmms. As of now (00:42) it
compiles with G_DISABLE_DEPRECATED, and has only
font/text stuff preventing it from compiling with
GDK_DISABLE_DEPRECATED. There are still some oddball
things in the UI that I'm hoping a complete _DEPRECATED
build will fix by side-effect, because otherwise I'm going to have
to get busy with gdb. And I don't like
- April 11
- Happy Birthday, me!
- April 10
- Tooling around with Xfree86 4.4, xmms, and random perl
- April 9
- Big tweak on the films.pl script - it can
now mark "now showing" items, and do a full TV
listing. Still imperfect since I need to figure out a nice way to
manage overlaps, but hey.
- April 8
- Yay! Got some recalcitrant hardware to talk to me!
- April 7
- WOOHOO! I HAVE DSL!
- April 6
- Micromail update... I
watched Just Visiting, and wow. It's excellent; despite being a remake, and
despite shifting the action from the original location (which I
seem to recall being France) to America, it rocks. Go rent
- April 5
- In case you're wondering why you can't get calls through on your
Vodafone mobile in Dublin
today: ten cells went down, but they should all be back up by 6pm
this evening. There is no mention of this on RTE News, ElectricNews.Net, Irish
Times Breaking News, or, heck, even the Vodafone website
itself. Despite the fact that they are no doubt getting flooded
with customer complaints on the topic.
Oh, also. F1 in Bahrain went off without a hitch, and was one of
the most exciting races I've seen in years. For the first three
laps, the start-finish straight was full of overtaking cars, or at
least cars trying to overtake. Christian Klein had a fun
race on and off the track; Raikonnen exited the race with a
ten-foot gout of flame out the back of his suddenly-defunct
Mercedes engine; and Schumacher raced away at the front of it all,
winding up with a good thirty seconds to spare before he backed
off for a Ferrari formation finish.
difficulties, I found out that Esat are going to call around on
Wednesday morning to switch on my DSL. Yay!
Minor silliness: tweaked both browse-url and VM's URL handling to
open a new tab before loading whatever I'm sending them. I've been
meaning to do this for ages.
Other loose ends, having glanced back at the previous month's
I think that about covers
- Easy CD Creator 5 will not talk to the 32MAXX
under any circumstances. This includes using the original disc
(that came with the drive) and the official patch from the Memorex
website. So, screw that, Nero it is. Actually, Easy CD Creator
sucks so much that Roxio provide you with a completely separate
tool to sandblast it forcibly off your machine.
lost its addressbook and refused to accept my suggestions about
where to find it. Typically, I discovered this when I was about to
leave the machine behind. Typically further, the solution appears
to be non-trivial, involving registry hacking and what
- Of course composite video output lacks
audio. D'oh. So does S-Video, for that matter. Double d'oh. What I
really need to do is just make the thing work and worry
about the niceties later.
- April 4
- In which my brother
visited from Boston and we had a birthday party for
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