5 Nov 2000 aaronl   » (Master)

Goddamnit. I wrote my diary entry in Netscape and it HAD to crash when I was about to post it. Back to trusty vi. _______________________________________________________________________

This weekend was eventful. I started it off in a hacking sense by writing a minor patch for console-apt while waiting for Star Trek: TNG: Interface to air on Saturday morning. The patch fixed some strings, a bit of Debian packaging, and some mixed-up keys. I posted several wishlist items on console-apt also. I am about to submit a bug on GtkMozEmbed stating that pressing the spacebar in a TEXTAREA form causes the entire document to scroll, which is obviously very annoying, and is also the reason why I didn't write this diary entry in Skipstone originally :/.

A Javur(tm) applet that I have been anticipating for some time has finally appeared. The basic principle is that people have too many passwords to remember, and that it is not acceptable to compormise by using the same password for every site/machine. This applet hashes a master password with the site name to produce a password for the individual site which cannot be used to deduce the master password or the password for any other site without practically impossible amounts of computing power or major advancements in codebreaking techniques. I realized that if I used this, the first thing I would want to do after the hashed password had been computed would be to copy it to the clipboard, since I don't like typing in 16-digit hexidecimal numbers :). I added a button to the applet to do just this and sent a patch. No, I don't know Java. Don't ask :).

I was excited to see that Gnapster, XMMS, and X-Chat all won Linux Journal Readers' Choice awards. I have contributed code to all of those projects.

XFree86 4.0.1 is in Debian Woody, and some really cool packages including Gnapster-1.4, imlib2, feh, and scrot are in Incoming. Beaujolais!

Now a query: I'm running a 10kRPM SCSI drive in my workstation, and it performs great. But I am not cooling it at all. It seems to be roughly the same temperature as my trusty EIDE drive, but I've heard that cooling a 10kRPM drive is very important. Is there a safe way that I can cool this drive without replacing my case with a more ventilated one? Would a chasis fan be sufficient or is direct cooling required? I do not want a box looking like Zork.

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