A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- July 31
- How embarrassing - my mail server ended up on a
blacklist. Apparently someone's gotten highly militant about the
whole "invalid HELO" line thing, and even my next-hop
smarthost was refusing to take messages from me. Bah.
Continuing the RVP saga, it seems that the Microsoft client
canonicalises to user@authhost, as I was doing previously. This
really annoys me, because it makes no sense (firstname.lastname@example.org
could be email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, but
those two people are the same account) and it's making things
rather difficult. I may have to back this code out and go back to
beating the crap out of the DNS.
- July 30
- Back to my RVP code, having moved myself back onto the actual
portable laptop. As a side-effect of my SRV-reducing changes I've
temporarily broken file transfers, so I'm trying to figure out
what the Windows client does here. Ah, yes, a guiding precept to
strike fear into the hearts of any Linux developer: "What
Would Windows Do?" I'm not saying it's all bad, just that
it's not generally considered to be the height of good taste,
style, or sense... in the interim I've found a bug in the code
elsewhere and I'm trying to figure out if it's new, or was lurking
all along. Bah.
I think I rented Innocence because I thought I was, in
fact, renting Ghost In The
Shell 2: Innocence. So instead of a messed-up Japanese movie
about robots, I got a messed-up French movie about
schoolkids. Meh. Can't say I'd recommend it, particularly since
the director says she went out of the way to conceal any meaning
that might have been revealed by the short story the movie is
based on. Also, French Movie Rules applied reasonably well (~5/8),
including the involvement of both water and death (indeed, death
by water). I have read a plausible explanation for the Japanese
predeliction for damp horror: Japan is an island, and as such has
a lot of water-related ghost stories. France has no such excuse,
- July 29
- Rewatched Donnie Darko, although this time
the director's cut rather than the original. The original I can't
really recall how I felt about, but the director's cut seems to be
a lot more coherent (in as much as the movie as a whole could be
described as coherent). Definitely happy this is in my
And, er, beer. Louise's leaving-old-job-joining-new-job bash. I
got to be the abandoned party this time, which I guess is fair
enough; at 3am it was probably time I was heading home
- July 28
- Today was Sysadmin Day (were you nice to your sysadmin today?)
so the boss bought us a few beers. Louise joined us and insists
that I tell the full story of my failure to shop on
Sunday, so here it is:
Beer, beer, talk talk talk,
beer, beer, talk, beer, talk talk food beer, talk talk, walk (bar
was threatening closure), beer, beer, talk beer, beer talk, walk
(bar did close), walk walk, discovery of further lack of
bars, Waider brutally and carelessly abandons
Louise at Aston Quay, an act later attributed by Waider to
"wow, I guess I had a few beers more than I
realised".So now you know. I am, of course, very
sorry, because I'm such a nice guy.
Dave thoughtfully (not carelessly or brutally) gave me an account
on a 64-bit Linux box so that if I get around to it over the
weekend I may investigate the RVP failure there.
- July 27
- Apparently librvp and
64-bit Linux don't get on. I have no idea why not, nor do I have
any way of finding out easily.
- July 26
- I am not clear on what happened in Broken Flowers, either, although
I liked the premise (not entirely dissimilar to Rob's journey to
past girlfriends in High Fidelity) and some of the
interaction between Bill Murray and Jeffrey Wright had me
mesmerised, but the ending was sort of, well, the film just
stopped. Funny thing, though - there's a similar sort of
"someone else's road trip" as was in Elizabethtown.
- July 25
- Making (ab)use of valgrind again. Whee!
Met up with Pat and James for a bit of catching-up. I babbled
about how much I enjoy my job enough for Pat to refer to it as
- July 24
- Slow night. Poked at the rebuilding laptop a little more, but
mainly was preoccupied with other stuff. Haven't even touched the
RVP code since I broke it on Sunday (the last compiler run is
still glaring at me from an Emacs buffer)
- July 23
- In the time between putting Elizabethtown on my rentals
wishlist, and actually receiving it in the post, I'd completely
forgotten why I'd rent such a movie which at face value looked to
be pretty much a chick flick. Turns out it's actually a pretty
excellent piece about family and relationships and the nature of
success and a whole bunch of other stuff. I absolutely loved the
road-trip section near the end, although it felt a little
out-of-place. I'd probably watch an entire movie about the road
trip, actually. Anyway, I suspect if you like Cameron Crowe's
other stuff, you'll like this.
Hacked about on RVP a bit; in particular, trying to cut down on
the amount of DNS lookups it does. And in particular of that
particular, removing the DNS lookup from rvp_normalize,
since aside from anything else it won't normalize properly in a
multi-host environment (the normalized form should be
user@chatdomain, not user@loginhost).
Then I went shopping and, er, ended up in a pub. A few pubs,
actually. Thanks, Louise!
- July 22
- I quite enjoyed Corpse Bride; it's classic Burton,
filled with subtle humour, a spectacular cast, and it has some
great musical pieces. If you liked The Nightmare Before
Christmas, you should definitely see this.
So yay, I've managed to successfully transfer activity to The
Other Laptop. This is the one that's in fact more like a desktop,
since the "native" screen is dead (or lacking a
backlight, or at least a transformer for same) and I've got it
hooked up to a mostly-uncased 15" LCD instead. I'm currently
trying to get a feel for what's still broken, and backing up the
actual mobile laptop so I can be comfortable about wiping it to
do a clean FC5 install.
- July 21
- Finally decided to just get on with the job of moving from one
laptop to the other so I can upgrade the FC4 laptop to FC5 (and
then consider upgrading the FC3 webserver to FC5). I've been
dinking around with this for far too long now.
- July 20
- How curious. XChat appears to have frozen. Can't say I've seen
Aha, so it turns out it was arguing with last.fm's player app. D'oh. This
would be that whole "it's 2006 and Linux still has trouble
dealing with more than one audio-using device at a time"
- July 19
- One of my coworkers is heading back to SEA tomorrow, and another
celebrates his birthday, and it's been a while since we had a
"work" beer session, so we figured that was a good
enough set of excuses to spend the evening in the
- July 18
- Still fiddling with the RVP
Idle/Away code, which is still not quite right due to my, uh,
misunderstanding the really clear API. Also I found a bug
in the login code, yay!
- July 17
- I am attempting to find a bug in RVP's idle code which is in
part down to the crappy API: Gaim tells my plugin to set itself
away, and I then have to tell Gaim that I have set myself away so
it won't trigger the auto-away code when I'm idle. I hope this is
fixed in the newer versions, because it's quite annoying to code
- July 16
- Finally got around to trying out the latest last.fm player; it's got a nice
feature where I can have it simply act as a proxy to my regular
media player (XMMS). It's not
as nice as it could be, since it doesn't appear to do streaming
titles, but still quite neat.
Of course, I see from their updates page that they've got a
newer player in the works...
Someone's going to have to explain Revolver to me. I'm not smart enough
to understand what the hell happened.
- July 15
- Having discovered that my phone supports SyncML, I had a brief
look around for something to put on my server for it to talk
to. Ten minutes with Google and I've turned up nothing, unless I
pay or want to use PHP or Java (which I don't). Hmm.
I watched Deliverance mostly so I could
scratch it off the list of movies everyone tells me I have to
see. I found it to be too long and slow-moving, and the last
fifteen minutes felt like it could've been edited out
completely. Burt Reynolds looked promising up to the point where
he broke his leg after which he was just a spare body lying in a
boat going "ugh" occasionally. Oh well. Watch it if you
must, but I'm not exactly recommending it.
- July 14
- Met up with Louise and her friends for drinks. I haven't been in
the Long Stone for a while, but it hasn't changed a
- July 13
- Fiddled with my keyboard shortcuts. Broke them. Was unable to
restore them properly. Stupid GNOME...
After thinking about it some more I decided that my DNS frobbing
is simply not right - I should rely on the system resolver to
handle negative caching and the like. So, goodbye to that
chunk of code.
- July 12
- In lieu of my regular coding/movie-watching schedule, I ended up
finishing off a Christopher Brookmyre novel that I picked up
recently. The man is far too good a writer to read piecemeal, damn
- July 11
- Today I discovered that the A record I put in my nameserver for
waider.ie (without the www) back in April was
incorrect. D'oh. Thanks to The Brother for pointing
out that it wasn't working. Fixed now, modulo DNS
I'm not entirely sure why I rented I'll Sleep When I'm
Dead, and having watched it I'm even less sure. It's a long
drawn-out movie which never really seems to go anywhere, has a
vague ending and a bunch of unrelated scenes that only served to
confuse things further. Not one I'd recommend,
- July 10
- RVP has me
implementing resolver-level DNS lookups. That's just not
Confessions Of A
Dangerous Mind is a well-made piece of work that makes me want
to at least find out more about the guy who claims this was his
life. Even taking aside the fantastical CIA stuff, he was still
pretty damned interesting, certainly far more so than he seems to
think himself. And yet his shows were direct antecedents of the
likes of Pop Idol. Oh, the movie's also got a few interesting
casting choices, and the main theme is a stomping piece of blues
- July 9
- And back to Dublin again. Got to drive a rather nice car today,
but not the nice car, which was a 1971 Opel GT. It was
parked next to an 1972 Opel Manta; damned pretty cars, especially
- July 8
- Happy Birthday Sheila's Dad! Party avec barbeque and, er,
SingStar on Playstation 2 (that's basically karaoke with computer
audio analysis to rate your performance). My best score was for,
er, Vanilla Ice. Oh the embarrassment.
Managed to watch Serenity during the day. Broenwynn
showed me the pilot episode of Firefly while I was in
Seattle, and I'm pretty sure the accents were originally a lot
less hokey Wild West, but that aside it's mostly a damned good
action movie with some excellent one-liners (I suspect a good
portion of the script is in the IMDb quotes section). A few things
I wasn't too keen on, such as some of the slow bits towards the
end (e.g. River and Simon's bit in the tunnel during the Reaver
fight) and while I wasn't happy with the harpoon incident,
Wheedon's justification of it makes sense from a story-telling
point of view, at least.
- July 7
- And off to Ballina for the weekend. I didn't sit down with the
intention of watching Nicholas Nickleby, but this
version contained far more humour than I suspect Dickens intended
(it stars Nathan Lane and Barry Humphries) and was on the
whole pretty good.
- July 6
- Following up on a bug identifed by Pete at Lucent, I find that
my shiny new header parsing code in the RVP library ran into some
difficulty with multiple Connection headers, which I've now
resolved. Of course, since this isn't released code I don't think
it affects anyone else...
- July 5
- I was supposed to have a movie to watch tonight, but the DVD was
scratched beyond usability. DVD Rentals again exhibited superior
customer service by immediately dispatching a replacement disk AND
the next two off my list. Three DVDs for the weekend,
- July 4
- I'm thinking I'll move all my bits and pieces to Fedora Core 5,
and in an effort to get that underway I've been rebuilding any
toys I'd built for FC3 and FC4. And, of course, throwing out
things that are now part of the upstream offering...
- July 3
- Futzing around with movie stuff again. Nothing to comment on, as
- July 2
- Domino is an engaging story marred
somewhat by the relentlessly hip editing - washed out colours,
jumping frames, echoes. I'm not sure I found Knightley entirely
convincing, either, but who knows. It's hard to imagine a female
bounty hunter with a clipped british accent running around
Nevada. Some good music, too.
Hmm. I appear to have successfully set up a KDC for
myself. Ultimately I'm trying to secure the various network
services I use over the wireless link so I can disable WEP (or at
least not rely on it) and the only way to secure NFS natively
appears to be with Kerberos, so.
- July 1
- Knocked out a chunk of code to add group lookups to wbinfo. Of
course, what I really want to do is add Perl bindings so I can
call this stuff from my cheesy RVP server.
Speaking of, I'm still working on cleaning up the TODO list for
the RVP client. Watch this space and all that.
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