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GNU a2ps 4.13c-rc4 released

GNU sysadmins gave me permission some days ago, so I uploaded my work to alpha.gnu.org for the first time. You can obtain it from:

ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/a2ps/a2ps-4.13c-rc4.tar.gz

I uploaded new Debian a2ps package to ftp-master, too. Let's see what buildds are gonna say...

BTW, it seems Gentoo people have already "released" 4.13c (for example, look here) somehow. Hmm...I might have to number the new one as 4.14.

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Syndicated 2007-04-22 13:49:00 from A Crutch for the Crab

R.I.P. Andrew Hill

Jazz pianist/composer extraordinaire Andrew Hill died yesterday. He was 75 years old.

I love his music. I even gave a lecture on his music several years ago.

I have a great regard for someone who follows his own logic, challenges the mainstream mode AND achieve artistic excellence. In many cases, so-called "avan-garde" are hard trying to do things different, but their results are not impressive aesthetically. Hill achieved both. And boy, he swang hard when he wanted. I'll miss him.

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Syndicated 2007-04-21 06:07:00 from A Crutch for the Crab

R.I.P. Andrew Hill

Jazz pianist/composer extraordinare Andrew Hill died yesterday. He was 75 years old.

I love his music. I even gave a lecture on his music several years ago.

I have a great regard for someone who follows his own logic, challenges the mainstream mode AND achieve artistic excellence. In many cases, so-called "avan-garde" are hard trying to do things different, but their results are not impressive aesthetically. Hill achieved both. And boy, he swang hard when he wanted. I'll miss him.

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Syndicated 2007-04-21 06:01:00 from A Crutch for the Crab

Printing 2 pages in a PDF on 1 paper with GNU a2ps

Somebody asked me on IRC (I established #a2ps at freenode, btw) how to print 2 pages of a PDF file on a single paper. And suddenly he (or she) left the channel. Well, I'm not sure I'm suppose to answer this, but anyway he/she gave me a tiny blogbait ;-)

Now GNU a2ps can handle PDF files automagically, if you have a working pdf2ps (possibly from Ghostscripts) installed. So all you have to do is:

$ a2ps -2 foo.pdf

At least it works for me.

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Syndicated 2007-04-19 13:23:00 from A Crutch for the Crab

Restarted English blog

This is my new English blog, built with Blosxom.

I've been writing somewhat official Japanese blog on FLOSS in general at Open Tech Press (the Japanese counterpart of NewsForge) and a personal Japanese blog on everyday life for several years. Actually I tried several times to have a decent English blog, but my laziness always prevents me from keeping blogging in English. Well, maybe this time too...

I basically want this blog as a means of announcing my projects (and training of English writing). I tried to mimic the look & feel of my personal Japanese blog, which uses tDiary, a blog engine very popular in Japan. I wrote up a Blosxom flavour to use the themes for tDiary.

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Syndicated 2007-04-17 07:40:00 from A Crutch for the Crab

Becoming the official GNU a2ps maintainer

I've been using GNU a2ps from ancient days. I prefer to print out things prettily and read them on papers (with highlighters at hand) rather than on computer displays. You may safely say I'm a caveman.

Unfortunately, the upstream development of GNU a2ps is basically dead. I know there are some promising replacements (most notably Cedilla), but the problem is, I got used to the good ol' GNU a2ps too much. It still works for me. And to make it worse, I'm a Lisp illiterate (do not throw stones at me, please).

So, I finally took over the official maintainership of GNU a2ps, and now preparing a new maintenance release. No flashy new features (such as the much needed UTF-8 support), but most of easy bugs are fixed. You can obtain the current tarball:

http://people.debian.org/~mhatta/a2ps-4.13c-rc3.tar.gz (I'd like to upload this to alpha.gnu.org, but GNU sysadmins don't give me the needed permission yet).

Or, you might want to obtain it through the anonymous CVS:

cvs -z3 -d:pserver:anonymous@cvs.savannah.gnu.org:/sources/a2ps co -r a2ps-4-1x a2ps

Note that specifying the tag "a2ps-4-1x" is important.

So, at least you have someone to blame w.r.t. GNU a2ps now. Please give it a try and tell me how you think (Debian packaging is underway). The a2ps mailing list is also revived, it's not yet another spam honeypot anymore. Join there if you want. Or, if you are kind enough, please join the development at Savannah.

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Syndicated 2007-04-17 07:40:00 from A Crutch for the Crab

Test entry.

test

test

Wow it works!

Let's see it works or not...

Now testing Advodiary. I'm not sure it works, but if it does, would be great.

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