A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- May 31
"Full" option on the films.pl script.
- May 30
- And Schumie came home in first. Some minor excitement, with the
two Williams coming together on turn one, both McLarens blowing up
their engines, and Takuma Sato doing similar with his Honda after
using Barrichello's Ferrari to remove half his front
wing. Nick Heidfeld made a late charge in the lead Jordan, but
even if he'd passed Massa he'd still have been out of the
- May 29
- European F1 this weekend, and all is right with the world -
Schumacher's back on pole. Yay!
- May 28
- Still sickly. Trying to understand the MPL so I can post my
modifed 2MB WLAN driver. I think what I may do is post the
original unmodified source plus a very, very large patch. Here!
Code comes predisassembled!
- May 27
- Urgh. Sickly. On the plus side, Bob visited. Also, a DVD showed
up from DVD Rentals: 8MM. It's
a tough movie, plus I felt it was about a half-hour longer than
necessary, but it is well made. And hey, there's Peter Stormare
again! Boy does he get around...
- May 26
- The MiniITX box is no longer sitting in the middle of the
floor. However, something in the software has changed and I can no
longer even get short test-run recordings to work on
- May 25
- Pub Quiz. No idea where we wound up, but it wasn't a
prize-winning position. We actually scored pretty highly, with
mostly 5/6 scores and one 6/6. The quiz was somewhat unusual, not
just in having six-question rounds, but also in that various spot
prizes were auctioned by the MC in between
- May 24
- Did a little furniture throwing in the computer room. It's
now slightly more accessible when being used as a guestroom, which
it's been booked for at least once over the coming months - and
once this week. Now I need to get rid of or at least hide the
towering piles of crud on the various horizontal surfaces.
Oh, and I crammed the Mini-ITX bits into a cardboard box. We'll
call that a case for now.
- May 23
- Wow. Hell of a race. Crashes, engine blow-outs, sub-second gaps,
close-run chases, and a really close-run finish. Trulli
eventually took home the biggest trophy, followed by Button and
Barrichello. Funniest moment was Alonso, spinning away from a
180MPH crash in the tunnel, giving the finger to Ralph Schumacher
who he deemed to have caused the crash. This is before Alonso's
car had stopped moving, note.
Happy Birthday, Patrick!
- May 22
- Monaco F1 weekend, and Ferrari appear to have dropped the ball
somewhat, with Schuie lining up in 4th place on the grid.
Tooling around with GPS toys again. Nothing to show for it, mind
- May 21
- Woo, fixed a major bug in my XMMS port to GTK2: detecting how
to stick itself to all desktops. Turns out you can't cast a
GdkAtom to an X Atom and expect it to work. Next step is to finish
the GDK 2 cleanup (I need to get rid of all the GFont stuff,
basically, and replace it with Pango), followed by the final GTK 2
cleanup at which point I'll proclaim myself saviour of something
or other. Or maybe at that point the XMMS guys will finally have gotten
around to doing the port themselves.
- May 20
- Working late to get a release out. Eep. Of course, as soon as I
go to burn a CD the one and only CDRW I have gets cranky, and I've
only two CDRs left. And when you're making a release, the first go
is ALWAYS duff.
- May 19
- Today I wrote a printer driver. Go me. Frobbing IEEE 1284
devices is nasty. Poll poll poll FROB poll poll poll FROB FROB
poll CRASH SMOKE oops...
Started watching Amadeus
after midnight. Discovered it's the three-hour director's cut, so
gave up about half-way through in favour of sleeping.
- May 18
- Rewrote the officebot's memory
code, including adding a hook to allow it to relearn everything
from its own IRC logfiles.
Met up with Ruadhrí for drinks, chat, and a brief visit to
his pad. I was so impressed with it that I dropped some onion on
the carpet, doh!
- May 17
- Slight tweak to the Micromail site to include some
data I'd omitted. D'oh.
- May 16
- Micromail update, whee!
Made a small tweak to the script that parses the update
- May 15
- Since I've now got broadband, I figured I no longer need to keep
a local copy of Red Hat 7.3 and
Red Hat 9. This frees up, oh,
a metric assload of diskspace.
- May 14
- Damned test equipment ran out of tokens. This makes things
awkward, but I'll soldier on.
Happy Birthday, Dad!
- May 13
- American Wedding (aka "American Pie: The Wedding") was fairly
predictable, but not a bad movie. The whole Stifler
routine is a bit tired, plus Finch's finale, but there were a
couple of good laughs in it too. Oh, it would have been nice if
the dance sequence in the gay bar had been done with either better
moves or better dancers or both, because it was a great idea
New toy hardware issues appear to be hardware
- May 12
- Hmm. New toy has some hardware issues. Trying to figure out if
it's the actual hardware or just the kernel I'm running on
- May 11
- Bob visited. You know the drill.
I posted my hacked-up SyncAB.pm to the Patches page. I've now started
revising the work I was doing on it, of course.
- May 10
- New toy in the office. Yay!
Bad Boys II is fun. Tons of fun. Things explode, cars chase, more
things explode, shooty shooty, helicopters, boats, more cars, more
explosions, chase, the end. Totally formula, no brain required,
but do bring popcorn. Oh, and quite the cast too - never mind Martin Lawrence and
there's also Joey Pants, Peter Stormare hamming it up as a Russian mobster, Henry Rollins, and
even Oleg Taktarov. As with Van Helsing, don't watch it looking for too much of a plot - it's
just a vehicle for MORE STUFF EXPLODING.
- May 9
- Now that I have an always-on connection, I can route all my
machines' mail to my primary mailbox out in the real world. And so
I did, this morning.
Vroooooom.... Schumacher bumps into another
equalled-but-not-yet-beaten record: consecutive wins at the start
of the season. He's now equalled Mansell's five wins in that
category. The next race is in Monaco, however, where grid position
can decide the race (how else do you explain Coulthard winning
last year?) so he may not get the sixth.
Obviously at this point they're having to invent records
that he hasn't beaten.
- May 8
- Noticed that Yahoo have moved their currency convertor, so I
recoded my old rateconvert script into a module and got any other
bits of rate conversion I use to call it. The module is called ExchangeRate.pm.
Woo, Michael Schumacher again blows everyone else off the
track - and as pointed out by Martin Brundle, he made an error in
one of the corners that cost him maybe quarter of a second, so he
could have been almost a second faster than his nearest competitor
(Montoya) instead of almost 3/4 of a second.
Converted the laptop's sound drivers to ALSA, requiring a rebuild
of some stuff from freshrpms. It's nice of the
guy to provide all those packages, but it'd be nicer still if he
kept 'em up-to-date with respect to kernel versions at
least. The ALSA conversion fixes a number of problems I was having
with OSS, not least the dependence on running a sound daemon and
audio/video sync issues when watching movies.
- May 7
- It's taking far too long cos I keep getting sidetracked, but I
now have PilotManager's SyncAB
conduit reading back most of the PalmOS-format vCards correctly. I
still need to get it to handle the NOTE field and for some reason
it's misreading the EMAIL field, but beyond that it's almost good
to go. Then I get to test that I've not broken the ability to read
SyncAB's old vCards; then I should be able to sync with one vCard
style and switch to the other without losing data. And
then I'll fling it all back to the PilotManager list. Or
maybe put it up on my Perl workshop area or
(a little later) ok, now it's just the NOTE field and some
bogosity with an unnamed record. Oh, and I need to check why it
thinks all the records on disk differ from the records on the
Palm, when diff says they're not. Um. And handle
QP-decoding where I've skipped it, I guess.
Van Helsing is a blast. Probably the most confused variant of the
Vampire Mythos ever, Van Helsing's assistant looks like
Thom Yorke, Dracula reminds me of Goran from E.R., and there's a
few ropey SFX, but really, who cares? It's FUN. Tons of
- May 6
- Unplanned release. Go me!
- May 5
- Tweaking my IRC bot for the office so that it's more
- May 4
- Dark Blue is quite the excellent "Bad Cop" movie. And
it's got a hell of a good soundtrack, and quite the cast, too
- you got your Kurt Russell, you got your Brendan Gleeson,
you got your Ving Rhames (the man's diction is so precise!); you got
and Master P;
and you got your "Where The Hell Have I Seen 'Em
Before?" Dash Mihok (Benvolio in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet) and Scott Speedman
(Michael in Underworld).
It's a fairly stock piece of work set in L.A. around the time of
the Rodney King incident; Russell and Speedman are shoot-to-kill
cops working for Gleeson, who's getting some petty thieves to
commit crimes and hand him the cash. As you might expect, the
movie is about that cosy arrangement coming undone. That it's such
a straightforward storyline and still enough to keep me interested
long enough to look up all these entries on IMDb is testament to how well made
it is. Definitely worth staying up late for.
- May 3
- More tinkering with vCards and PilotManager. I can
now have the latter kick out vCards that look the same as the ones
the Palm sends over IR when you choose "Beam
Address". Well, almost. There's a miniscule bug in my QP
encoding due to RANT RANT RANT FOLLOW THE DAMN SPEC ALREADY.
- May 2
- The RTÉ News RSS feed
now includes datestamps as provided by the page itself, which is a
minor improvement. There's still some small amount of weirdness
when stuff moves below the fold, but I'm too lazy to sort that
Added detection for Perl's
Artistic License to makerpm.pl.
- May 1
- Upgraded a whole bunch of software on various machines. Yes,
yes, it's the weekend, and a long one at that, and I'm
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