A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- June 30
- Bob arrived, after which Bob and Waider arrived at the
- June 29
- Glued my little IMDb search
hack onto my HTML mode. Bits upon bits upon bits. At some point
I'll just have to type M-x diary and this'll all be
filled in automatically.
Also glued a Technorati
ping onto the back of my LiveJournal update
client. More automation.
Accidentally booted the MiniITX box with a vending installer CD in
the drive, which duly erased my stuff and replaced it with
Folger's Crystals... fortunately I've been so slack about doing
anything with the MiniITX box that I didn't lose anything other
than maybe a half-processed SETI@HOME unit, but
it did mean I had to rebuild the box from scratch. D'oh.
Made the Micromail mail
parser just a little smarter. It still won't do the work for me,
- June 28
- Finding Nemo was pretty good. Couple of laugh-out-loud moments, and
probably something that'd have had me in stitches if I'd seen it
with a group of people.
Got to use the magic freezer trick on another failed hard
drive. Irritatingly, the Red
Hat 7.2 rescue disk doesn't provide dump,
ssh or rsync. Not much of a rescue disk,
- June 27
- ...and back to Dublin again.
Set up IMAP preauth for my mail client. Kinda neat; it means I
don't have to log into mail once I've set up ssh. Yay!
- June 26
- ...and a barbequeue...
- June 25
- Off down the country for a wee party.
- June 24
- Grr. I ripped three CDs yesterday and all of them have been
encoded as complete silence. I didn't check the .wavs but
I'm strongly suspecting the MP3 encoder anyway.
- June 23
- Right, well, kinda retreading old ground again. I think I've
beaten the WLAN drivers into compiling cleanly enough on 2.4
without any of the extra mods I did (such as adding in
wireless-tools support). I'll check that this version works
(should be good for a few kernel oopses) and then throw it to the
linux-wlan guys to see if
they want to push it out as release 0.3.5. Then I'll see about
adding the wireless-tools support back in.
- June 22
- Out on the town for a gig: I went to see Tychonaut and ended up seeing
three other acts as well. Whee!
- June 21
- Further hackery: tracking title-bar changes. This allows me to
keep an eye on which buffer in Emacs I'm in (for example)
without having to depend on focus_change
Did some minor hackery on collate
(that link's probably dead) to get it to ignore some local
- June 20
- Got peeved with bouncing from Emacs to Mozilla and back again just to
link movie titles from IMDb, so
I wrote a little lisp that does the job for me. It's pretty
coarse, but hey. One less reason to change context.
Wow. Hell of a race at Indy. Only 8 finishers; Taku Sato is the
first Japanese driver on the podium since 1990, Minardi get their
first point in 41 races, and Ralf Schumacher is in hospital after
hitting a concrete wall at 190MPH... going backwards.
Minor addition to my stupid FVWM focus hack to log focus
changes with timestamps. This is for an idea I'm tooling
Cleaned out a bunch of source directories that are no longer of
use to me, such as ethereal and cdrdao.
- June 19
- In the interests of not breaking things that already work, I've
put a couple of 2.2 kernels and 3.0 pcmcia-cs packages on
fozzie. First attempt, the 3.0.9 pcmcia-cs package won't compile,
but it seems to have generated sufficient headers and what not for
Linux-WLAN to build, so that's ok.
Having figured out a range of configurations to test against, I've
now got a scripted build to test each of them. Yay me. Also
working on a buildfarm setup for unpackaged software.
Woo woo, Rubiño on pole for Indy! Yay!
- June 18
- Damn, someone's beaten me to the punch: a learning RSS
reader. I'd started adding this to my own RSS Toy but as usual got
sidetracked by... oh! bright shiny object!
Next stumbling block: ext3 on a 2.2 kernel. Easy enough with a
stock kernel, although the ext3
FAQ is way out of date with respect to two URLs and
who knows what else. No, I'm trying to get ext3 grafted onto a Red
Hat kernel. The kernel patch won't apply cleanly mainly because of
colliding macros, and Red Hat's kernel RPM for 2.2.24 has a
warning not to enable both large file support and ext3 at the same
time - but enabling ext3 just causes the build to blow up
anyway. Possibly I need to switch off something else
Finding Forrester really turned out to be my sort of movie - full of
clichéd schmaltz, but well-enough executed that you can
ignore the fact that it's formulaic. The kid in the movie is a
complete unknown, but you wouldn't know it from the performance he
delivers, which is bang on. F. Murray Abraham's features were
bothering me until I figured out who he was (he's also in Amadeus,
which I watched not so long ago), and Anna Paquin once again
reminded me how damn pretty she is - although there wasn't any
more depth to her role than "love interest, ish, for main
kid". It is a well-made piece of work, so I'd
definitely recommend seeing it.
- June 17
- Started adding MultiMap support to my half-assed mapping
toy. Yay me. So far it's slightly cleverer than any of the
preceeding attempts since it attempts to parse the returned map
page for scale information rather than assuming it got what it
asked for. I was briefly confused by it mapping a route to work
when I realised that the incorrectly-named cycling.gpslog
does in fact contain a drive to work as well as some of my cycling
- June 16
- After some abuse I fixed whatever was wrong with RPM on Fozzie. Something got
corrupted, and reinstalling all the RPMs on the system appears to
have cured it. Since I scripted it, I don't know which package was
the culprit, and any attempts to trace the code got me stuck in a
no such source file situation, so. Yay brute force.
Now that I've got it sorted I can consider getting back to what I
was trying to do, which is to have an independant test box for the
Linux 2.2 version of my hacked-up Linux WLAN drivers.
- June 15
- I'm pretty sure the only reason I rented The Red Siren is because Asia Argento is in
it. The movie concept is good, the execution's a bit weak - some
of the dialogue is terrible, and accompanied by worse
delivery. There's some great music, though, and a fantastic
firefight in the middle. And, alas, not half enough of Ms. Argento
onscreen, despite the fact that she's got second billing on the
- June 14
- DVD Rentals customer
support rocks, even if the service itself is at the mercies of the
postal system and the vagaries of browser incompatibility: they
sent me out a two-sided disc which had a label helpfully plastered
over the A side, so they're ordering a new copy of the disc in
question and in the meantime sending me out two rentals to make up
for "lost viewing". Yay!
- June 13
- Schu qualifies 6th, Schu comes home 1st. One more record for the
Spent some time trying to understand what the hell my TV capture
card was doing. It appears I can get audio from it, but it's not
immediately obvious how. There's a loadable module for it, but
there's no real indication if it worked or not and things like
xawtv don't seem to give a clear differentiation between the input
and output audio devices.
Curiously, once I'd sorted out in my head what needed to be done,
xawtv stopped working. tvtime still works. This software is
- June 12
- Back to hacking at the WLAN drivers. The 2.2 driver had an
oops-causing bug in it (fixed), but now it has some other
Much as I like yum, it seems to be particularly stupid
about fetching cached versions of the header.info
file. Which right now is driving me up the wall. If wget
can fetch the right one, why can't yum?
Ah. Apparently, because yum doesn't parse the
no_proxy setting properly. There's the slightly iffy
question of why Squid isn't detecting that the file has changed,
...which seems to be something to do with squid having trouble
finding the host. Hmm. WTF?
- June 11
- Yay, software release. Go me.
- June 10
- Put the PCMCIA adapter into blimp. It promptly failed to
work. Gah. I think this is the stupid "swap the cards around
until they work" game again.
My cousin and a friend are visiting for a few days. So we watched
High Fidelity last
night. Such a great movie.
- June 9
- Minor tweak to my ifup-local script, and now I get a
proper hostname when the office wireless network starts
- June 8
- Bob visited. And so, the restaurant, the pub, the
- June 7
- Grr. Backups running WAY too slowly. Not good.
Someone sent me a fixed-up version of bbdb-to-outlook.el
a while back, so I finally got around to putting that in
CVS. Which led me to the discovery that the CVS mail script for
BBDB is borked.
I wasn't quite expecting this: Old School is
actually a damned good movie. I didn't think much of Will Ferrell in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, so I was pleasantly surprised at his
character in this. The movie's well paced, well scripted, and well
acted. And I have to say it's nice to see a modern comedy that
doesn't rely on gross-out "humour" to make you
- June 6
- Much tooling around with kernels, with no real
results. Oh well.
- June 5
- This 2.6 kernel is da
bomb. I've just tossed together a MRTG
feeder to graph core temperature and fan activity because, well, I
- June 4
- Somehow when I booted into rl5 all the USB stuff just worked, so
now I'm happily running a 2.6 kernel. I discovered that my battery
monitor hacks for ACPI
weren't quite complete, so I fixed that. What I'm now curious to
see is how this thing behaves if I load it up - the 2.4 kernel was
a dog for interactivity if anything else started chewing on the
- June 3
- After some abuse of scripts and what not, I figured out why I
end up with two ssh agents running. Yay. Unfortunately I haven't
yet figured out how to cleanly stop it from happening. Boo. I also
managed to install one of Arjan's 2.6 kernels on
the laptop, but there's some issue with USB that I don't quite
understand, so it's not good to go just yet.
- June 2
- Insomnia + stuff to do == late night coding. Office work,
though, so I can't tell you about it. I will say that POE is the absolute business,
- June 1
- Sometimes I leave messages for myself in unfinished
Updating RSS...You've not fixed this bug
yet! [...June.html] at /home/waider/src/perl/diaryrss.pl line
Adding some more bits into the RSS Toy: currently a refresh
header and cookies, so I can try some more clever
stuff. This doesn't fix the above message, mind you.
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