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Ahhh, it feels good to be back... such a long time, but it's still as plain as ever :).

I've most recently gotten involved with PHPCommunity.org, which we WILL make THE php community. Doing most of the work in the Content department... got a mailing list set up, so if anyone wants to come in and lend a hand please drop us a line.

OK, back to work :)

Geez, been a long time. Well, I've kept my blog busy, so didn't have anything to put here.

The last few days I've been adding different Custom Kewords to my Custom Keywords Wiki page. I just finished writing a script that parses the wiki page into a bookmarks file that you can feed to your Birds bookmark manager. It's still a bit buggy, but we'll have to solve those problems when we get to them :)

Questions or suggestions welcomed on my blog annoucement page, you can see the source for the converter there too.

Enjoy!

BLOG

So I've finally bit the bullet and installed Movable Type. I would have wanted to get Xaraya working, but getting it set up was just taking too much of my time. I came to realize that I didn't need a CMS for my site and am quite happy now :).

I've registered with blo.gs, and am looking for likeminded people to swap links with. My readership is mainly family and friends, so I'll prolly continue to post more technical stuff here

I'm very proud to have discovered a way to satisfy my wife's need for shopping. Ebay works like a charm... and the best part about it is that she hasn't spent anything yet :)

Now that we're talking about ebay, I'll drop a blatent plug for something I'm selling there.

<blatent plug>

Here is a nifty home made serial remote control receiver. It used to be great fun before my kid learned how to walk and flushed the remote control down the toilet. Anyway, there is no reserve and it's about to go pretty cheap (approx $2.25).

</blatent plug>

I've taken my Home Video VCD collection and made ISO's of them on my hdd. Now I'm trying to find a way to view them straight off the ISOs.

Do any of the standard movie players in Linux play the avseq01.dat file directly off the mounted iso, without going through the VCD interface? I've tried with xine/totem/mplayer but they don't work. I've asked questions in chat rooms but gotten less then sufficient answers.

I haven't put a lot of time into this, but if anyone has done this I'd be very pleased if you'd let me know.

It's been a while since I've been here! Personal life has been VERY busy, so all else is put aside... such is life.

Linux Mags and UK

So I've relocated to the UK, and to my disappointment I haven't been able to find ANY Linux mags in any of the newsagents. Why is this? In Italy and Germany every little Kiosk on the corner has anything you would want.

I've never had to DL iso's of the latest and greatest Linux distro, as it was without a doubt at the corner News agent... oh well...

I Konverted. Is that a Krime?

Ever since I can remember I have been a Gnome guy. When I was on Mandrake 9 I was less then satisfied with the speed of Gnome, and then when I got fed up with that and upgraded to Slackware I used the very nice Dropline Gnome. However, Nautilus still didn't satisfy my file management needs.

I hadn't even installed KDE when I installed Slackware, but in my quest to find the perfect PGP gui (which I'm still on) I flew over to linuxpackages.net and grabbed a copy of KDE 3.1.2.

Konquerer (the filemangager, not browser) was kluttered yet, usable. The desktop is friendly (with the "new" menu which is strangely absent from Gnome), the printing is wonderful, dialogs are beautiful. What more can I say?

So now I primarily use the KDE desktop, but still use other non-KDE apps, Abiword, Xchat, GAIM, Mozilla, etc... I miss my Gnome Fish, and all the pretty icons, but I'm trading that all for the functionality that KDE offers.

Gnome does have a bright future, and I will stay with whatever scratches my itch.

And yes, I am a bit annoyed with the Kontinual lack of Kreativity both camps show in the naming of their apps.

Xaraya

The saga continues, with version .905 released yesterday. I will be playing with it over the next few weeks, it shows lots of promise.

Certification Level

As reflected in the timestamp on my last diary entry, I have recently had VERY little time to contribute to the OSS community. I have sent in a few patches, but I have certainly not spent "a significant amount of time on free software" which is a requirement for the Journeyer level of certification that I now hold.

In my opinion, I don't fall into the Apprentice category either, since I am not "still striving to acquire the skills and standing in the community".

I would like to maintain some position in the advogato trust metric, so I am at a loss as to what to do. I am currently an "observer", but to ask people to certify me as such would be to withdraw their certification, if I understand it correctly.

Ideas?

24 Nov 2002 (updated 24 Nov 2002 at 12:40 UTC) »

I was chatting with someone the other day and he (she?) said that advogato was getting a bit too ``I-just-installed-debian''... well, like they say, ``If you can't beat them...''

XFree86

My Mandrake r128 bug bothered me enough to make me turn hardware acceleration off, when using the scroll bar the interface does freeze for a second then recovers. Yuck! I hope I can hold out until I can try to fix it. Anyway, I'm getting a new graphics card in Jan, so I should be alright then. I would try to recompile X, but I just don't have the time to look into it just now.

xaraya

Finally got around to taking a look at what these guys have been doing, nice stuff... Blocklayout was much friendlier then I expected. I'll be taking it for a bit of a swing in the next few days (weeks?), I'll post my findings here.

What interests me the most is the possibility to use the core and create xaraya distros/bundles. I haven't seen what type of installer is coming, but it would be nice to have it modular, so that individual module developers, can create a ``distro'' with just their module (and the modules it depends on), and have it plug in to the installation procedure, without having to hack the actual installation code.

Good Luck!

Jackpot!

After a long and tiring trip, I finally arrive at the Frankfurt Airport. I work my way to the regional train station, and in the few minutes before the train comes I decide to give my wife a call. I pull a few coins out of my pocket and drop on into the phone. I had nothing better to do then to chat while I waited for my train, so I proceeded to talk until the phone wanted more money. Feeling exceptionally stingy, I said goodbye and was promptly disconnected. Now comes the fun part. I hang up the phone, and it cranks out 14 times the amount of money that I spent on the phonecall!!!

I'm being intentionally vague in explaining exactly what I did, just in case it is reproduceable. I'll try the exact same procedure next time I see one of those phones... even if it was just a fluke of 'nature', hearing the sound of those shiny new euro cent coins clunking out of the phone made my day!

8 Nov 2002 (updated 8 Nov 2002 at 14:47 UTC) »
Mandrake/Gnome/X r128 server showstopper bug

I've finally gotten around to moving my desktop from win2k to Linux. I've been using Linux for the last few years on my dev box, and I had cygwin nicely configured under win2k. However, after a series of events I decided to take the plunge and replace my win2k interface with X, GNOME and Nautilus.

I was quite happy with Mandrakes version of Gnome 2 and Nautilus, but after a very short time ran into a "showstopper". The GTK scrollbar in some apps (xmms, gnucash, rpmdrake) would crash X.

I scoured the web for information, but this very short thread was the only reference I saw to the bug. I first asked in the Mandrake chat room about it, but was passed on to the Gnome people, so I chatted with them about it and got passed on to the X people. I asked on their irc channel but didn't recieve any responses.

So at this point I can either not use 3d acceleration, get another distro (which may or may not solve the problem), get another video card, or get another version of X. None of which I'm really looking forward to doing.

Any other ideas?

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