A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- May 31
- Having yet again managed to accidentally yank the power lead
from my laptop (which has had no battery since it died in
Switzerland back in February), I finally decided to get yet
another replacement battery for it. This would be, I think, the
Found the missing icon for RVP.
One less thing to fix... now to reinstantiate my hacked-up RVP
- May 30
- The Wind That
Shakes The Barley is quite a powerful portrayal of the Irish
War of Independence and subsequent Civil War. Well worth watching,
although you might need subtitles for some of the
- May 29
- Updated the RVP makefile to put the various icons in the right
place. There's still one missing, though, and I'm not wholly sure
where it goes.
- May 28
- Since I've had a few requests for it: RVP
with Pidgin support is now available (0.9.6). Please note that
this still has all the rough edges 0.9.5 had, as I've not tried
doing anything beyond making it work with Pidgin. Tested on both
the 2.0.0 and 2.0.1 releases. Thanks to Devin, Dave and Patrick
for prodding me into getting my working code out.
D'oh. Forgot to actually put the file on the server. Fixed
now. Sorry to the one guy who tried to download it.
- May 27
- Fixed the configure script for the RVP plugin so it properly
generates install directories for Pidgin. The resulting code is in
CVS, if you're one of the few I've granted access to, and
hopefully with a bit more abuse I'll have a 0.9.6 release by
midweek. Note that the Pidgin build currently might break the Gaim
1.x build. I'm working on it.
- May 26
- Thank You For Smoking is
hilarious. I mean, sure, the protagonist is a bad guy, but he's
also very, very funny. Go watch this.
- May 25
- Had a little fun with HTTP logs plus GeoIP plus Google
Maps/Google Earth. I need to read up on KML some more, but I like
the idea of a live map of hits on my website.
- May 24
- Runaway Jury had no real
surprises, but it's a well-made piece that clicks along nicely and
is definitely worth seeing. And I'm not just saying that because
John Cusack is one of my all-time favourite actors...
- May 23
- Hrm. One of my phone toys appears to have spontaneously broken
itself again. That's rather annoying.
Played around with some Windows-based phone toys instead, which
led me to discover why the self-signed cert I tried to load on my
phone didn't work: there are apparently multiple layered
filesystems and the certs aren't in any format I
Happy Birthday, Patrick!
- May 22
- Much to my surprise, the hacked-up RVP-for-Pidgin code actually
sorta works. Now I need to resurrect my test server so I can try
it out properly.
This is wrong:
Waider (klortho.waider.ie) $ > perl -l -MPOSIX -MDate::Parse -e 'my $p = shift; print str2time( $p )' "Tue May 22 21:27:05 IST"IST is a perfectly good timezone, dammit.
Waider (klortho.waider.ie) $ > perl -l -MPOSIX -MDate::Parse -e 'my $p = shift; print str2time( $p )' "Tue May 22 21:27:05 BST"
I've been fixing up some bugs in the RSS doodad, including trying
to further clean feeds so I don't trip over the bugs in other
peoples' code quite so often. Tonight's hackery works around the
Mail date format bug from yesterday. I'm beginning to think that I
need a Feed object that takes the various feed types I deal with
(basically any version of RSS, and Atom) and returns a usable
XML::RSS object which I can then further sling around as
- May 21
- Typically, after all my faffing about with W3CDTF it turns out
that it's the parsing of something as a Mail date format
that's breaking. Gah.
Boy, do I feel dumb. I found that the renamed Gaim code comes with
compatibility header files that do most of the work towards
porting - after I'd spent a good fifteen minutes typing
up the bones of the same thing myself. Of course, my code is long
overdue a cleanup to make the
Gaim 2 Pidgin codepath the
default, but *handwave*.
- May 20
- I didn't really find Nora very engaging. A fairly negative
portrayal of James Joyce, but one that I'd certainly seen
allusions to in Wilson's Masks of the Illuminati, so it
wasn't exactly a surprise. On the whole my interest was more
curiosity about the story than any particular empathy for the
characters. Not exactly a must-see piece.
Went to merge my repaired W3CDTF code into the official version
and discovered that the tests are broken - having cited
the actual document which describes the date format, there are
invalid dates submitted to the module as good test
data. Yeesh. Fixed and submitted to the author for
Started on getting Pidgin
working with the RVP plugin. Step one: get the configure script to
cope with both Gaim and Pidgin. I can see this namechange is going
to be a serious pain. It doesn't help that include files have
moved or been renamed as part of the process, never mind C
- May 19
- Breakfast on Pluto is pretty
excellent. It switches from pretty serious to comedy and back
again at the blink of an eye, which means some of the comedy is a
bit uneasy as you're still reacting to the stuff preceding
it. Definitely worth watching, though, even if only to see exactly
how comfortable Cillian Murphy is with playing the role of a
Trying to track down where exactly the RSS date parsing is
breaking, I found that not only is the W3CDTF module incomplete,
it has a hardcoded timezone (GMT) for the longest format. I think
I need to replace this with my code ASAP.
- May 18
- I'd forgotten about the failing laptop (my ex-webserver) until I
tried running a perl script today that goes via my web proxy and
discovered that (a) I'd still been using the laptop for a proxy
and (b) it had failed again. D'oh.
- May 17
- Planned a quiet evening. Went to a vendor meeting. Vendor
insisted on taking us out to dinner and drinks. What? How did it
get to be 3am?
- May 16
- Kinda knackered after my travelling... spent the evening
lounging on the sofa. I have some more sample files for the libnw
stuff which I'll probably have a look at later this
- May 15
- Spent the day at the Cork office. Dad also wasn't expecting to
see a visitor from Boston. Surprise!
One more iPod/iTunes stupid: my Windows XP laptop crashed. Blame
- rescanning for a wireless network when none are present;
- doing this while iTunes is syncing;
- iTunes is syncing without access to my library (what the hell
is it doing?);
- iTunes is in some kind of snot over whether my iPod should
appear as drive E: or not (yes I have unchecked the box. don't
make me come over there);
- "serves you right for using windows"
- May 14
- Off to my folks' place for... Happy Birthday Dad! He wasn't
quite expecting to see a visitor from Dublin.
- May 13
- iPod had some sort of brain-fart that caused it not only to stop
talking to the laptop, but also to stop talking to me. As a
result, I now know how to force-reboot it.
Actually, I'm finding a few things about iTunes+iPod that I'd
rather were a bit different: my ~15GB collection already lives on
my iPod, thanks to GtkPod,
but iTunes insists it's still syncing my iPod - but doesn't tell
me why or what it's doing, or even show a progress bar. And it's
pulling the music to do so over a wireless link, which for ~15GB
takes quite a bit of time. And it's a Samba share mounted over
said wireless link, so the entire Windows machine becomes pretty
much unresponsive due to the high rate of I/O. This is Windows XP,
btw. I thought multitasking was solved back in the
- May 12
- Went to a barbeque. The man o' the house's dad was doing chefly
duties and plainly enjoying it, and the resulting burgers were
delicious and went well with beer.
- May 11
- Out curiously enough watching rugby - in which Leinster made an
absolute show of themselves while Cardiff pretty much ran all over
Fracture was pretty good, although
the ending felt a little weak. Hopkins is excellent, the plot's
pretty neat, and there's only a little bit of jarring (such as the
reveal towards the end, where it's got an extra flashback just in
case you didn't. get. the. point.) so on the whole it's worth
- May 10
- As expected, I was able to knock together a half-dozen lines of
perl with a single regexp to match a valid W3C date, and a second
to assist in the parsing, and it works on all the W3C
examples. Go me, etc.
- May 9
- Cleaning up loose ends from last night's hasty server move; a
few more things have been pushed into RPM shape (albeit not yet
pushed into actual RPMs) and a few notes made on Stuff I Should
Fix When My Copious Free Time Allows It.
Having a look at some bugs in RSS feeds. It was annoying when
XML::RSS was too strict to parse some feeds without throwing
warnings. Now the damn thing dies entirely on misformatted dates,
which is really, really stupid behaviour. The really annoying part
is that the module that's dying has a strict/non-strict switch
which you can't access from XML::RSS. The really, really annoying
thing is that the module in question purports to be a definitive
W3C date-format handler, and it doesn't handle valid W3C
I looked at the code to see how easy a fix would be. Answer:
GAH. The date parser is implemented using a hash of regexp lengths
with attached regexps, meaning that (a) it doesn't cater for
variable length decimal parts as defined in the spec, and (b)
modifying it to cope with the formats it's missing is just going
to hurt more. I suspect I'll need to write something to clean the
data before it gets to the date parser, which kinda defeats the
purpose of using it in the first place.
- May 8
- Curses, it appears I've finally gambled one time too many on the
failing disk in the mail/web server: some critical metadata has
now hit an uncorrectable error, or become uncorrectable.
Phew, bullet dodged, time to move everything the hell off that
box. Laptop. Whatever.
Aaaand presto, we're off the laptop. Yay. Watch as the NEW new
server implodes horribly...
Had a look at Pidgin
(previously Gaim), but building librvp
against it isn't simply a matter of replacing all occurrences of
Gaim with Pidgin...
I was about ready to write Little Miss Sunshine off
as just about mildly amusing, until the pageant talent
sequence. That was just perfect. Not a must-see movie,
but if it comes your way it's worth a look.
- May 7
- I'm still slightly confounded by the fact that XFCE seems to
have none of the automount capability of KDE or Gnome, which is to
say when I plug in a usb drive (such as the iPod) nothing actually
happens. Some random googling appears to suggest that XFCE
does have this capability, but I'm not seeing any obvious
switches, plugins, or add-ons that I'm missing - indeed, the only
filesystem tweaking available appears to revolve entirely around
/etc/fstab, which isn't really much use to
Hmm. It appears to be a version issue: my version of xfdesktop is,
basically, too damned old. I'm supposed to use some other add-on,
such as Nautilus. Of course, the whole reason for using XFCE is to
avoid the bloat of Nautilus in the first place...
- May 6
- Watched Ice Age again. It's still as funny as
the first time.
- May 5
- A bit more hacking and the v2 code is now correctly pulling the
frame count for tracks, albeit with some ugly code.
Went to see The Blizzards supporting Kasabian at Dublin Castle. I
was really only there for the former, but the latter were good
enough that I'll be looking out for their stuff the next time I'm
in the Secret Book and Record store...
- May 4
- Pushed the libnw code around a bit more to try and figure out
where I'm going with the v2 stuff. Part of this was going through
the emails to see which sample files correspond to which models,
so I can hopefully pick out some sort of device identifier code
- May 3
- ...and beers with Ruadhrí. What we will laughingly refer
to as The Plan got slightly disrupted, net result being last
night's frenzied dancing will have to stand in for tonight's
intended run around the block. Oh well. I figure I burned off
about the same amount of energy, at least.
- May 2
- Beers with Lou. Beers with office. Live music. Dead waider, I
suspect, come tomorrow morning.
- May 1
- Failed to riot. The socialists must hate me.
The Da Vinci Code shares much
with the book, particularly the peculiar slowdown in pacing after
everyone has long figured out what's going on. It's not actually
bad up until that happens, since you don't have to put up with
most of Brown's painful writing.
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