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Name: matt hope
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  • Debian Developer
  • All-round PITA
  • COMPSOC UNSW Technical Administrator
Also work as System Administrator at UNSW.

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  • bbmail
  • bioperl
  • fluxbox
  • libio-string-perl
  • id3tool
  • checkinstall
  • libmailtools-perl
  • libnet-ident-perl
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Random question for the day:

What do you do, on an open source project, where the author takes in any patches that you submit, uses them, but fails to credit you in any way?

31 Jul 2002 (updated 31 Jul 2002 at 01:51 UTC) »
Presentations, Talks, Papers

I'm interested in actually writing talks, however, I hit the wall when I actually go looking for topics. Bugger. So far I've asked people to suggest topics if they want me to cover them... hopefully this will work. Hell, it worked with wildfire submitting me as a talker for the Debian Mini-Conf at LCA2003.


Moodle is progressing, some (maybe all, haven't been paying too much attention) have been going in. Got some good ideas about moving with this, and as it stands, the copy is being used live by students and lecturers now.. Rock!


Whoot, finally they believe I am a sysadmin.

Web statistics

Web statistics can be scary. I found out that there have been over one hundred downloads of some talk notes I did for Sydney's Debian Special Interest Group... scary++

May you live in interesting times - Chinese curse.

Its increasingly obvious to me now why this is a curse.

<person>Dougiamas</person> has a nice codebase, <proj>Moodle</proj> which almost does every thing I need for the subject websites. This is a good thing - its even better that he is interested in taking in some of the patches I make. This is an obvious example of why open source is good, and why it works.

Couple of things I'd like to change are to make it more suited to our site - different access levels, standardized dates for subjects - and to make it more customisable.

Customization is tickling at me - I know its not essential to getting the site working for now, so I should be able to leave it for now and work on more urgent things, but its just nigling at me. I'm thinking of changing the theme system to allow customisation of more than just some of the colours, the header and the footer - however, most of the template systems that I've seen that allow you to do this suck.

I'm now thinking of using HTML::Template's port/conversion, called htmltmpl to have a stab at this. htmltmpl is nice, and I'm thinking of having a template for each type of `object' - sidebox, information, calendar, etc - and another template for the complete page (including the header and footer).

This may make it slightly more difficult for a designer to wrap their head around, but it'll allow one hell of a lot more customisation to the interface, which I believe is a good thing.

Re: lilo's 'On not being a street person.'

Lilo, I wasn't challenging you, or you situation. I was merely pointing out that sending a global message, daily, pointing to your personal blog isn't likely to get you may friends.

I'm of the opinion that system-wide messages should be reserved for important messages somehow related to the system, that effect most users. There'd be a lot less antagonism if it weren't pushed in peoples faces, regularly. Possibly channel information/onjoin for any of your channels, a link from the webpage (if one doesn't already exist) and/or comments in the motd are all valid ways of presenting the same information, and not a likely to raise people's ire.

Before I get labed as a troll, or being anti-lilo, I'll freely admit he has done a good job with OPN, and it is a shame to hear that he is out of work. In a Utopian society, those who could provide a good service would be justly rewarded.

Oh, and those morons who were calling me a troll: get a life.

02:08 -lilo- [GlobalNotice] Hi all. Apologies for the interruption. Please take a look at when you get a chance. Thanks.

I go and take a look, its just Rob asking for money. Is this what OPN has become ?

I'm not saying that Rob isn't doing a good job running the network, but he isn't going to attract many fans by mass-msging everyone on opn to get them to look at his diary.

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