A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- May 30
- The usual round of Fink gritching:
Module::Build for Perl 5.10.0 appears to be broken. Worse, it's
unnecessary since there's one on the system by
default. After figuring that out, and punting it, I managed to get
some stuff installed that had previously been bugging me by its
absence. I'm still not going to go back to MacPorts or try HomeBrew, though. And
I'm even a little appalled that some people on a mailing list I'm
on were advocating the latter this past week.
- May 29
- The Soloist was ok; nothing overly
exciting, but not actually bad, either. I did find it a little...,
I dunno, disappointing or something that they kept bringing in a
full orchestra on the soundtrack when Nathaniel was playing on the
street - I mean, it's called The Soloist for a reason,
right? Anyway, I kinda want to read the book now.
- May 26
- Jailbroke iPhone with Spirit. Activated SSH. Changed
root password as directed.
Forgot root password.
Oh well, I didn't really have a reason for jailbreaking it anyway,
I just wanted to see what it did. Guess I'll do a restore to clean
up the mess.
- May 25
- One thing I keep meaning to do here is to revive, at least
somewhat, the random crap I was flinging at my LiveJournal
account. I've actually got a text file lying around somewhere
detailing exactly what I want, but the upshot is that I
don't want it hosted on a system that's out of my
control, I don't want it to be casually writable from a
public server, and while comments are nice and all I definitely
don't want to support a free-for-all spam substrate. One of these
days I may well give up on thinking about this and just stuff a
default WordPress / Bloxom / whatever install on the site, but I
doubt it... in the meantime, here's something I've been kicking
around for the last couple of weeks: an iPhone
Surrogates is fairly straightforward
thriller / sci-fi, with no real surprises and nothing particularly
good or bad about it.
- May 22
- Congrats to Sheila and Kieran on their wedding, and also for
organising such fabulous weather for the weekend!
- May 18
- Ok, so I was a little bit wrong about the Fink QT build: it does't
actually have conflicting QTDIR and QTLIB settings. It does,
however, have the architecture problem, viz. the installed library
is 32-bit but left to its own devices it'll try to compile things
in 64-bit mode. I suspect that hacking on an appropriate
qmake.conf would fix this, but for now I can build a clean
checkout of the moto4lin code
from SVN like so:
export QTDIR=/sw/lib/qt3; qmake -after "LIBS+=-arch i386" "QMAKE_CXXFLAGS+=-arch i386" && make
I've had no luck finding a QT3 build in the rather empty archive
site pointed at by QT's download page, so I may just stick with
this for now since I have only limited use for it (basically,
scraping the remaining stuff off my old Motorola phone before I
retire it completely).
- May 16
- The CableJive
Dock Extender Cable
was my solution to the fact that you can't dock an iPhone wearing
it doesn't have a standard-profile iPod dock connector, so it doesn't
fit the cut-out on the underside of the case. A waste of 25 quid,
Flushed with the success of getting moto4lin to
actually build, I thought I might drag it into the world of non-Fink QT apps. Of course,
the current state of the art is QT4, and this is a QT3 app, and it
took me several minutes to figure out that qmake no
longer generates a Makefile on MacOS X, it generates an XCode
Project. I haven't used an IDE since college, and frankly I
tend to get lost when I can't see exactly what's going on with the
build process, so after a few half-hearted attempts to make it
dance, I gave up in favour of finishing off something from the
- May 15
- With reference to yesterday's comment regarding the Bill Gibson
blog, I've added a fairly rudimentary editor to the RSS Toy to
allow me to update feed URLs manually. One of these days I'll
switch to Google Reader, I'm sure.
Looking at an advert-ridden page that's dancing in a distracting
fashion around the text I'm trying to read, I'm almost inclined to
uninstall Flash. I'm sure that's some sort of heresy. Also, is it
just me or has 90% of online advertising become that one
bad-grammar advert for "one tip of flat
Successfully built moto4lin
(remember that?) from source using a Fink-supplied QT3
toolset. Points to note: Fink does a poor job of
packaging QT3 such that you have to specify conflicting QTDIR and
QTLIB locations; you need to forcibly tell the compiler to match
your Fink settings (in
my case, adding -arch i386 to the compile flags and
rebuilding repeatedly until I'd figured out the correct place to
make that change); and you may need to repeatedly tell the app to
check your phone before it notices that you're in P2K
District 9 was
excellent. It's not really the sort of thing I'd buy, but
it was really, really well done; well scripted, well put together,
nothing I could really say against it. Go watch it.
- May 14
- Having one of my poor customer service days; Garmin basically do
not appear to want people to be able to find products or buy
gifts, and Buy4Now - the premise of which I understood to be one
login for multiple online stores - appears to be redirecting me to
a store for which my Buy4Now login isn't valid.
Dear people who run William Gibson's blog: to indicate that the
current URL is no longer canonical and that perhaps people should
pull the feed from a new location, use HTTP redirect codes
(301/302), not a META refresh in the bit of text before the XML
version tag. Really now.
Fantastic Mr. Fox was not as
good as I'd hoped. It wasn't a kids' movie, and it wasn't really
an adult movie, and the animation was a bit weird and
cheap-looking, and really it just felt like the trailer oversold
it (gosh, that never happens).
- May 10
- The Cube appears to have swallowed a CD and no amount of
persuasion is making it give it up. I fear that (a) the drive has
died, somehow and (b) I'll need to dismantle it to retrieve the
disc. Annoyingly, it's one I bought at the weekend with the
intention of ripping it to iTunes; I've had it several days now
and still haven't managed to listen to it.
- May 8
- Random tweakery on the many perl scripts to try and remove some
duplication of effort. Nothing to see, move along, etc.
- May 7
- The Ugly Truth is highly
predictable, a bit coarse, and thoroughly enjoyable. A good way to
spend Friday evening.
- May 5
- Crossing Over is an ensemble
piece, like Crash, and rather grim, also like
Crash, and I can't imagine it went down too well in
America what with the way it portrays the welcoming arms of the
Immigration & Customs Enforcement people. Also I'm not saying
"botox" or "facelift" but I'm pretty sure
neither Ray Liotta nor Ashley Judd had more than a single
facial expression for the entire movie. It's not a bad movie, but
it's not heartwarming light-hearted escapism, either, so bear that
in mind if you're thinking of watching it.
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