A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- June 28
- Coming to the end of a week off work - a bit more abruptly than I
expected, since it turns out I'm on-call this weekend. I did want
to note the following:
· Need plumbing work done? John Harding at Plumb-Fix.ie isn't great to
answer email contact, but does provide an efficient and quick
service if you use the phone. He also recommended someone to me
for a boiler service...
· M. K. Plumbing & Heating; Michael turned up early,
put down cloths to protect the floor while he was working, did a
more thorough job than anyone I've seen (including the rude Bord
Gais-sourced guy we had last year) and to top all that was cheaper
than anyone I've had do this job before. Strongly recommended (085
· Scully Autocare
have done the last two services for us on our aging Micra, and
this time around we needed to have a spoiler re-attached (they
really shouldn't be brought into mechanical car
washes...) and an intermittent fault in the courtesy light
cured. All done, reasonably priced, very nice to deal
- June 27
- Went to see Agatha Christie's Black Coffee in the
Grand Canal Bord Gais Energy (meh) Theatre last
night. Great show, but it looks like maybe it wasn't such a huge
success in Dublin as the Circle was closed and the stalls weren't
- June 26
- Playing a bit with Mac dictation today. It's so-so, probably not
helped by the fact that I'm feeding it genealogical texts which
are both old themselves, and quote older texts, so the language is
archaic, and on top of that it's full of family names and place
names which dication isn't typically going to be set up for. It
did manage to correctly handle "Dun Laoghaire", but the
source text I was working from actually has that spelled "Dun
Leary"... I do find myself wishing it was a bit more
powerful as far as editing commands go; it'd be nice to be able to
just yell, "undo" or "no, you idiot" to back
up over a particuarly poor interpretation. I guess for that I'd
need a real dictation system rather than just a freebie.
- June 25
- This whole "can't quit program because don't have enough
memory" is getting tiresome. It reminds me of a long-ago post
to talk.bizarre by CARASSO, which paraphrased said he'd
encountered an error (on an Amiga, I think) saying it couldn't
eject a floppy disk due to insufficient memory. So he took a
pliers and ripped it out. Alas, I can't find a gripping point on
iPhoto that will allow me to pull it out of memory...
- June 24
- Finally gave up on the "new" Guardian RSS feed that
I've been complaining about for some time now: they seem to have
decided to swap quality for quantity. A shame, because every so
often there's a good read to be had there.
- June 23
- Stricken Mac:
Jun 23 08:19:24 zippy.local secd: handle_xpc_event >>>>> handle_connection_event via event_handler <<<<<, WTF?
Prompted to upgrade Adobe Flash. Spent 30 seconds looking at the
"upgrdae" page trying to figure out how I get the damn
upgrade; I know y'all want to upsell on everything, but would it
hurt to tone it down a bit? I've actually removed Flash from most
systems I use, since it's an unnecessary piece of crap that
periodically requires me to restart my browser.
Something working nicely for a change: I'm catching up on emptying
out the "No Artwork" playlist on iTunes. iTunes runs on
The Server Downstairs, and I'm working on The Laptop
Upstairs. Much to my surprise, I'm able to drag an image out of
Safari to the edge of the screen, have it flip to the Space
containing my Screen Sharing session, then drop the image into the
Track Info dialog on iTunes on the remote machine and
have it actually work. This, I think, is what the ICCCM clipboard
aspires to, but which I've never actually seen work.
(Oddly, while the drag-and-drop method works, copying and pasting
the image doesn't. Go figure.)
- June 22
- Trying to manipulate an exceedlingly large TIFF file, and I find
that my Mac becomes wholly unpredictable - at one point the entire
login session vanished, but when it came back everything still
seemed to be running.
- June 21
- Longest day of the year, and after a week of scorching weather
we're back to the more usual overcast Irish Summer.
Still slowly pushing my Perl RSS toy in the direction of Python -
as much for my own education as anything else. My previous
attempts to do this with Java foundered on something of an
overengineering approach involving frameworks.
- June 8
- More of the "useful to know": Apple's Server Manager
includes the httpd_wsgi.conf file in each VirtualHost definition,
so you can only put things into this file that can safely run
more than once. If you want to, e.g. create WSGIDaemonProcess entries, you
need to put them in some other config file.
- June 2
- Useful to know: I built MySQL-python but it wasn't working as
the _mysql.so file was unable to find the mysql client libraries
on account of them being in /usr/local/mysql/lib. So:
...and now it's good.
waider $ sudo install_name_tool -change 'libmysqlclient.18.dylib' '/usr/local/mysql/lib/libmysqlclient.18.dylib' /Library/Python/2.7/site-packages/_mysql.so
Yesterday's loyalty exercise wound up with an automail informing
me that there was an unspecified problem with the request, and
that I'd have to phone someone to sort it out. It's actually a
pretty scammy-looking message, to be honest; no branding, directs
me to call a number which looks to be International, no mention of
what the actual problem is, order reference that doesn't match the
one I got on the site... think I'll let this one sit.
- June 1
- Aimlessly fiddling about with Python toys.
The joy of using Tesco loyalty vouchers:
- Enter full contact details (all mandatory)
- Enter how much of your voucher stash you want to use, in
- Enter each individual code twice, and also the face value of
- Enter the email address you entered in step 1, again.
- Receive a validation email.
- Click on the link in the validation email.
- Confirm the entire thing again.
Seems like maybe it'd be easier to ask me for the voucher details
first, then ask me how I want to use them, and if - and
only if - that merits full contact information (which, let's face
it, Tesco already has), do I get prompted for anything more than
an email address.
Oh, and there's a typo in the middle of one of the pages, too. In
the middle of the word Clubcard, in fact. You know, the
thing that the page is about.
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