A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- April 30
- Well, that was annoying. I discovered I'd loaded the entire MP3
collection into the Podcasts folder, from where I tried to move
them only to have
lose half the tracks in the process. Probably something stupid on
my part as opposed to a fault with the program. So I'm reloading
it now, except I've bunged in the hardline connection to avoid
having to wait another bunch of hours for the wireless
Why did I rent Happiness? I can't find anything good
to say about it, really. Rambling, uninteresting, and frankly less
interesting than watching a progress bar on a youtube
- April 29
- Put gtkpod on my
laptop. Pointed it at my entire MP3 collection over an 11Mbit
wireless link while compiling, running Firefox, running xchat, and
a few other things. Watched laptop grind to a halt, practically. I
seriously need more compute power, or something.
Updated one of the RPMs I build for my webserver. I think it's
almost in good enough shape to allow me to flip servers at this
point. On the other hand, since I moved the database the current
server's been behaving itself.
- April 28
- Another gorgeous sunny day. Went strolling around Dun Laoghaire
in lieu of, you know, sitting indoors with a computer.
- April 27
- Attempting to figure out what I'd actually nailed down to RPM
packaging and what I kludged together in a hurry from the last
server build. Looks like about 20 or so files in the latter
category, which is an improvement on previous attempts.
- April 26
- Moved the database back to the old server, which should take a
chunk of load off the webserver. Yes, once again I have a
multi-tier, multi-server web application running in my
front-room. How very geek-chic.
- April 25
- Hit the pub with visiting coworker. Pub hit back. Ow.
- April 24
- Ice Age: The Meltdown is
like most other sequels: not as good as the original. Still,
- April 23
- Server fell over a third time. I'm concerned that it's the disk,
and not the overheating. And so I will be abandoning previous
plans for the box that used be my webserver, and turning it back
to its old duty, albeit with a shiny new FC6 install.
Also, it appears that the nasty 12" monochrome monitor I was
using for my server boxes has died. Oh well, it was a piece of
junk anyway. Now I have to get rid of it, I guess.
Half-assed build system turned out to have a heap of references to
the server I was trying to rebuild, so I had to fix
those. D'oh. I guess I'll not get the server swap done
- April 22
- Back in Dublin again.
- April 21
- More movie-watching: Flushed Away, which is absolutely
excellent and will probably be going on my shopping list, followed
by Miami Vice which really wasn't worth
the effort. It's like someone took a standard episode of the TV
show and tried to stretch it into a feature film, funnily
enough. The pacing is all over the place, the romantic involvement
is laughable, and the gratuituous reference to software piracy is
a very, very lame attempt to appear hip, or at least comes across
as such. What I found most disappointing, strangely enough, is
that they appeared to use none of the original music. Which is a
shame, really, because it was pretty good.
- April 20
- Off to Ballina for the weekend to get the car serviced. Watched
Anything Else (Jason Biggs
essentially plays a young Woody Allen in a Woody Allen movie, and
Christina Ricci who I usually rather like was annoying)
and Brick (not as good as the trailer
implied, but still worth a look; there's overtones of Last Man
Standing/Yojimbo in there, among other things).
- April 19
- 300 was more or less as I expected - lots
of brawny men, random shouty slogans about freedom and what not,
and lots of blood. Actually worth seeing, since it's done
- April 18
- Went digging around some more in the libnw v2 sample files and
found what may be a version field. Now I need to go back to the
original mails where I got these files and see what sort of
devices they came from. Should've taken notes...
The Smartest Guys in the Room wasn't entirely a revelation to
me, but I wasn't previously aware that they were responsible for
the rolling blackouts in California. Amazing what a little money
and a complete absence of ethics can do for you.
- April 17
- Spent a bit of time toying with KDE's contact management
toys. The most frustrating thing is the constant crashes; Kontact
looks like it could be quite useful, but every so often I'd make a
selection or edit something and the whole application would fall
over. There's some odd UI mishaps, too: you can have a Preferred
Number in a contact entry, but there's no way for that to appear
in the contacts list; there's no integration with Kandy, despite
the fact that Kandy does integrate with the addressbook;
syncing in general seems pretty dumb, in that it failed to
recognise that name/number records on my phone are supposed to
match the same name/number records on my Palm... I guess I could
give Multisync another look. I think what I really want, aside
from anything else, is the ability to put my central contacts list
somewhere that's remotely accessible (but secure, naturally) so I
can sync from the office or from home and not worry about
mismatches being generated simply through changing the machine
that's doing the actual syncing.
- April 16
- By forcing both fans on the web"server" to on, I can
keep its temperature somewhere reasonable. Also, it appears that
the error message indicating 130°C was in fact indicating a
value of 130 in a particular SMART attribute, which
translates to who-knows-what in actual temperature. The drive
itself claims never to have gone over 60°C, but are you going
to trust self-diagnosis from a sick piece of hardware?
Hmm. I hacked up a quick script to detect when my
bluetooth-enabled phone is in range of my laptop, but
unfortunately it appears I can't get xscreensaver-command
to use that as a cue to unlock the screen since there isn't an
unlock option. Mildly annoying, to say the least.
- April 15
- District 13 contained nowhere near
for my liking, but what it had was pretty awesome. The english
dubbing was absolute rubbish, with a whole ton of ropey Irish and
English accents and at least one highly dubious Italian-American
accent, but the music and the stunts were well worth seeing. Guess
I'll have to seek out Jump London for a decent
- April 14
- More non-useful housekeeping stuff with the libnw code: moving
some utility functions into a shared file, instead of putting
copies of them in the two device-specific files...
Web server disk is apparently balking at running at over
Met up with the Lou Crew and a few others for birthday
- April 13
- Uh-oh. Web server lost its disk. Second time in a
fortnight. There may be a problem here.
- April 12
- Plans for the evening scuppered by the boss's birthday, which
turned into the boss's whiskey-comparison taste test...
- April 11
- I thought my modifications to talk to the new FreeDB search
engine were bogus, but no, it turns out it's the search engine:
searching, for example, for "The Killers" returns plenty
hits, but searching for "The Killers Hot Fuss" (or
variants) returns nothing useful, despite there being several
listings for same.
Happy Birthday to... me!
- April 10
- DBUS: 1, Waider: 1; I get a point for being forced to use a
function that has been removed from the 1.0 API, but whose
presence can't be detected except via an explicit configure test
(why does the DBUS protocol not have a minor version in
dbus_protocol.h that would allow me to key these things?); DBUS
gets a point for my failure to actually include the config.h I was
generating that would allow me to cater for this condition. An own
goal apiece, in other words.
Prodded the libnw "it's all ID3 tags" code a little
more. It's now pretty much entirely working, although there are a
few things that need tweaking still. I've removed all the reliance
on the prerendered ID3 block, but I'll probably stuff it back in
somewhere for caching purposes.
- April 9
- Lovely day. Too nice to be indoors tooling with
- April 8
- So it seems the reason for the much-delayed Gaim 2.0.0 is that
they were playing legal games with AOL, the net result being that
Gaim will become Pidgin. Once they've released 2.0.0 I'll be
updating the RVP
plugin to cope and possibly (possibly!) making a 1.0
Sunshine felt a lot like Solaris; a bunch of people isolated in
space, apparently slowly going nuts. I'm not 100% sure I actually
liked the movie, but I'll at least grant that it was well
made. Go see and figure out for yourself, I guess.
- April 7
- More libnw hackery. I'm trying to move all the metadata into ID3
tags (or at least something resembling them) thus doing away with
some of the more device-specific bits.
The new owners of FreeDB
fixed the full-text search at some point while I wasn't looking,
so I've adapted my tag-guessing script to
work with it once more. It'd be nice if they'd provide a proper
web API, though.
Redid an old patch I made for Grip back in the day:
adding a "Load CDDB data" button so you can modify the
cddb file for a disc and get the modifications back into Grip
without having to restart the program or reinsert the
- April 6
- Discovered to my annoyance that XML::RSS defaults to attempting
strict RFC-822 (or thereabouts) date parsing, which breaks on
things that look to me like they're valid. Hacked at it a little
to make it stop whining and give me my feeds.
Webserver fell over again, which is particularly galling since
I've only just managed to cram everything onto it. Oh well. I
guess I'd better hurry up and rebuild the original server, and
move everything back.
After some cooling time, the webserver was happy to come back into
service. Yay. Stripped down the rest of the old server ready for a
- April 5
- The main problem I have with Stikkit is that, as mentioned
before, my laptop tends to grind along when I'm running anything
remotely heavy in firefox. So I thought it'd be nice to have some
sort of command-line interface to Stikkit, and then I figured to
hell with that, how about a
command-line interface to knotes? It allows you to add,
delete, pop up, update, dump and overwrite notes, referencing
existing notes by title or magic knotes ID. Now, once I start
messing around with the Stikkit API I might integrate that as
well. Note that this toy uses an inline version of the perl DCOP
module because I was somewhat dissatisfied with the CPAN version,
particularly its complete failure to clean any data being passed
to the shell.
More Evolution failure: today it not only tied itself up, it
managed to tie up my entire desktop with it. I had to shell in
from another machine and kill it off. Wonderful
Moved mysql to the new server. I think clamav is the only thing
left on the old server at this point; alas, the new server is now
pretty much permanently in swap, so I'll need to move a few things
around, I guess. Also, I appear to have broken the RSS toy
slightly; somehow, a perfectly good SQL statement no longer
Ah, ok, it turns out I need more parens in my big ugly
- April 4
- I've been trying out RHEL5, and the accompanying shiny new
Evolution plus Exchange Connector, and frankly, the latter still
sucks. It doesn't crash as often, as best I can tell, but it still
manages to tie up the UI in a non-repainting, (mostly)
non-responsive loop with no indication as to what it's up to, and
if you hit the "Cancel" button the connector goes away
and you don't get it back. Really, it can't be that hard
to test this stuff!
- April 3
- Instead of trying to figure out more of the v2 code for libnw, I
started cleaning up some of the existing code so that it's more
amenable to the v1/v2 shared API stuff. Part of this is making the
various types opaque so that the internals become implementation
detail, but it turns out that's a pretty involved chunk of
Tristan and Isolde was kinda
so-so. Some of the delivery was a bit wooden, and I had to laugh
at the woman speaking Irish with the subtitle, "speaks in a
foreign language". Not exactly a must-see, but worth a look
if you've nothing better to be doing.
- April 2
- The perl module I wrote to scrape My Vodafone can now pull and
parse unbilled calls. Woo woo, etc.
- April 1
- Fixed a long-standing minor bug in the emacs stuff I use to
write entries for this feed: it now no longer confuses today's
date with the date of the entry you're editing.
My "new" webserver's harddrive threw a wobbly overnight,
resulting in it not working this morning. It was fine after a
reboot. Worrying, though.
Sixteen Blocks was nowhere near as
good as I'd hoped since it kept descending into buddy-buddy or
good cop/bad cop set pieces, including the inevitable hidden
cassette recorder sequence. Pretty unimaginative and not really
worth your while.
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