A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- February 29
- Well, it's a bit rough, but I got XMMS running with GTK2. A few
things are still a little messed up, but on the whole it means
I've got my MP3 player back, yay!
- February 28
- Dalton's around for the weekend, so no geeking for
- February 27
- Cleaned up a few of the old diary
pages. Ecch. Messy.
AAAAACK. The stupidity. First off, apparently part of the SOAP
terminology is a proxy which is not your web proxy, despite the
fact that most of the touting of SOAP I've seen involves pushing
it over the web. Secondly, in SOAP::Lite, it inspects the wrong
environment variables for proxy details - you have to copy your
http_proxy variable to HTTP_proxy in order for
it to work. I've seen uppercase and lower case versions of the
proxy variables in use, but never mixed case.
The linkfarm toy now
stores the files which use a particular phrase. Another small
- February 26
- Poking around the hardware bins I discovered I had an unused
Pentium 166 chip while my fileserver's running a P133. So,
shutdown, rechip, rejumper, discover I do in fact have
wiring for the attached fan, and off we go!
- February 25
- Terminator 3 was pretty much Terminator 2 with bigger explosions. Sorta suffered the same fate as the
Matrix movies; after you've created an invincible character, all
you can do is keep rehashing the explosions and fights. Even the
chase scene was like "Oh yay. Instead of a truck chasing a
bike, we've got a crane chasing a pickup. Being chased by a fire
engine. Woo woo. Who wants to be a fire engine?"
I will admit that the ending was a bit of a surprise, but
hey. They've left the franchise open for T4.
 I can't believe they left out this quote on
IMDB. Seriously, guys. It's the best line in the entire
Elsewhere: fruitless tasks abounded. Bitlbee still largely
unhappy with MSN. Digicam steadfastly refuses to talk to Linux
in PCCAM mode. XMMS and GTK2
don't get along without blunt trauma, and the various forks are
I've just skimmed back through this diary and realised I've not
rented a good movie in quite a while. EEP.
- February 24
- Talked to the Bitlbee guys about
the intermittent connection problem I'm having with MSN. They
suggested an alternative gnutls install, so I'll try
After much kicking and screaming, I managed to get an upgraded
version of Mailman installed
on Ye Greate Server as part
of our recent drive to make sure we're not 0wnx0red at the first
possible opportunity. It'd probably work if I just pushed the
"GO" button, but I figured I'd take the time to do it
Then I decided to see if I could hack XMMS back into working order. If
you're even remotely familiar with why it's not working in the
first place, you're probably pointing at me and laughing
- February 23
- Yay! Double episodes of Scrubs! Boo! I've seen one of 'em
- February 22
- Rebuilt lufs and
the ltmodem drivers for the latest Red Hat kernel. I'm sure there's a way I
could automate this, mutter mutter.
Ordered a new bunch of capacitors from Mouser, which from the specs
appear to be identical in size to the ones on the board I'm trying
Tweaked the films.pl
script to generate a somewhat-valid Expires: header.
- February 21
- Finally got around to watching Rashomon
which has been sitting in the "to-watch" pile since
Christmas. It's another stylish piece of work, although I have to
admit I'm still (presumably culturally) unconvinced by the
overwrought outbursts of the various male characters. At this
point I'm kinda interested in laying hands on a transcript of the
Japanese dialogue for my continued stumbling attempts to shore up
the little bit of the language I learned in
- February 20
- Muahahah. eircom called, finally. Profuse apologies. Better
explanations of unsent paperwork. Further promises of paperwork,
plus a rebate on one month of line rental, plus an actual tracking
number for the paperwork.
- February 19
- No word from eircom, still. Pinged ComReg to let 'em
was pretty lame. It had its moments, and Beyonce's a cutie, but
mostly it was just rehashing the old jokes, and you cannot get
away with that even if you've got the Osbournes doing a cameo
saying, "they're just rehashing the old jokes". Most of
the DVD extras - outtakes and such - were more interesting than
the movie itself.
Also on tonight's watchlist: 24, season 3, episode 2. Wait, don't
tell me, there's a highly placed leak in CTU for the third season
in a row. (Wait, was there a highly placed leak in season two?
I've forgotten; I know there was a leak in Palmer's office,
anyway, which counts for similar). Either way, it's a bit
tired. On the other hand, the story so far has been good enough to
hold my interest, so that's all right. I'm not sure they can
maintain the momentum beyond season 3, though.
And finally, Kevin Smith. My all-time favourite director. Bob
loaned me An Evening With Kevin Smith; I watched disc 1 last night and so far it's
excellent. Smith is a very good ad lib speaker, although I'm sure
he's had to answer a lot of the questions repeatedly for
interviews ("are you gay? is Mewes gay? what's with the gay
thing anyway? No, seriously, are you gay?") and put up with
the thinly-disguised fawning - the number of people in Silent
Bob-type outfits is a bit freaky. One thing that did strike me was
the answer he gave to one of the few genuinely good questions - a
girl taking him to task over how she percieved Chasing Amy's dealing with lesbians. The key's right there in the
question - how she perceived it - and Smith did indeed discuss
that at length, but I felt he kept orbiting the point instead of,
to steal a gesture he made in response to another very good
comment, smacking it out of the park. He's got a good stance on
the issue, I just felt he was surprisingly poor at expressing it -
surprising given his usual skill with language.
One of the Vox Pop comments that impressed me was a girl who said
she likes Smith because he uses big words but still manages to fit
in dick jokes, which I think is as close as you'll come to summing
the guy up in a tagline.
- February 18
- Predictably, no word from eircom. I pinged ComReg who told me that eircom have
to get back to me within 48 hours or ComReg gets to hassle them
further; the person handling my complaint said to call her if I'd
not heard from 'em by tomorrow evening.
Bob and I sampled a pleasant restaurant in Dalkey called Benito's
(Italian cuisine). Definitely a good spot. Go there.
- February 17
- Email from ComReg to tell me
that my complaint has been registered, bounced off eircom, and
eircom are supposed to get in touch with me. We shall
Bob called around to force me to the pub. No! Not the
- February 16
- Fed up with this eircom nonsense. I've registered a complaint
with ComReg. If the customer
abuse rep I left a message with on Friday phones me back, I'll
tell him I've done so, and that I've mentioned him by
Gah. I got a bunch of replacement capacitors for the board that
has fried all of its own, only to discover the leads are a little
too thick to go through the holes in the board. Now, I could maybe
sand down the leads or drill out the holes, but it might be easier
to just scrap the board. BAH.
- February 15
- Wah. France beat us 35-17 today.
- February 14
- Today I spent at least an hour copying files around by
sneakernet. Boy was that ever fun.
- February 13
- Oop. Just discovered that XMMS doesn't play nicely with KDE 3.2, which I've been building
from scratch to see what the new Konqueror bits look
like... time to start using the KDE media player, I guess.
Orange County is fairly predictable, cringe-inducing in most places
and unimaginative in others. A few laughs, but mostly a waste of
Service Summary for week ending 13/2/2004|
|Eircom||Received collections notice for unpaid
bill, but nothing else. Called customer abuse rep, got voicemail,
left message. No call returned.|
Lingus||Completely forgot to do anything with this
- February 12
- Okay, this is cool. I've had an XChat plugin for a while that's
supposed to alert me when someone tries to talk to me and I'm not
looking at the XChat
window. It's been a little flaky due to some assumptions I'd made
about programming it, but now:
- It detects if I'm in the
XChat window and in the right channel
- It unblanks
my screen if the screen's just gone idle rather than
- If the screen has locked, it messages the person
back that I've apparently wandered away from the
- February 11
- Lots of mods to the RSS Toy - you can now list all the feeds it
knows about and select the ones you want to look at. There are
still some rough edges on it, but it's getting there, I
- February 10
- Tooling around with kernel
for new hardware.
- February 9
- Made a minor tweak to my X startup stuff to fix a silly bug in
the domain-detection stuff. Now it gets it right...
- February 8
- I signed up to Orkut,
despite my arbitrary ranting about my inability to see what's
useful about it. We shall see if my opinion changes any as a
Also finally investigated getting capacitors to replace the blown
ones on Gonzo's
motherboard only to discover that they're apparently some oddball
breed that noone local stocks - they're 1500µF, and everyone
stocks either 1000µF and 2200µF, with nothing in
- February 7
- Quiet day. Mostly clearing crap off hard drives.
- February 6
- I really liked Hulk. The
effects which looked a bit iffy in the trailers turned out to be
pretty much perfect in the context of the movie, which funnily
enough is a phenomenon I noticed with Spider-Man as
well. I think there were maybe two scenes where the CGI didn't
work, but for the rest of it, it was difficult not to imagine the
cartoonish Hulk being part of the for-real physical world despite
the incongruity. The shooting was, in general, absolutely
beautiful, too. There were some slack moments, sure, and the
insane scientist stuff was a bit slack, but hey. Can't have
everything, I guess.
- February 5
- Yay, finally, locales doing what I want them to, despite
stupidity in gettext which comes complete with a lame
explanation in the docs.
- February 4
- More fighting with locales.
New toy is dead. That was quick. Seems like it has a flaky
- February 3
- Oooh, new toy in the office.
- February 2
- Hmm, that's annoying: the Palm Pilot database format doesn't
support datestamping individual records, unless you include the
date in the record itself somewhere. This makes things like
synchronizing the addressbook with gadgets that do
timestamp individual records a little hairy.
- February 1
- Per request, added an option to mailman.pl to allow it
to use existing SpamAssassin headers instead of doing the scoring
itself. It occurs to me that it might be smart to make this
automatic... having tested it I noticed that SourceForge is now using
SpamAssassin, but they've modified the default reporting
format. Gah. Guess I'll need to allow for that, too. Anyway,
here's the sort of mail I've gotten in return for my little hack:
your quick hack is by far the least painful option we
have at the moment, and you're well on your way to becoming a hero
of the revolution. :)Yay me!
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