Recent blog entries for skeezix

I'm working on a couple of hacks right now. The first is a patch to Nautilus to allow file-deletion , moving of files to the trash, from the Music View. I found that with the various mp3's I download from napster or gnutella, I quite often end up with incompletes. With a Music View that allows you to delete files, you can easily hear if the song is complete or not and then optionally delete the file.

The other hack which I haven't started yet, but I want to soon, is an importer for gnome-cal calendar data into Evolution.

Unfortunately my extra time is limitted lately. Hopefully that will change soon.

7 Aug 2001 (updated 10 Aug 2001 at 14:05 UTC) »

Well I've been working recently on a Perl irc bot, smeg. It's an interesting way to pass time. We're in the process of moving a lot of persistent data to a SQL backend. Eimi has been investigating PostgreSQL and MySQL. Smeg is getting pretty advanced. He speaks on topic, utilizing a rather large database of quotations (originally based on the fortune packages). He also gets information from the web and of course has some preprogrammed responses. He has a mood and and affiliation to individual users based on their karma. He keeps a hierarchy of objects and how they relate to each other which provides him with a basic understanding of the universe. He can tell your fortune, give you news headlines (/., LinuxToday, and daily).

We'd really like to do more to separate the "engine" (such as it is) from the implementation. The ultimate goal is to make him seem more human-like, while providing some cool bot-like functions which can be hidden. To that end he will spontaneously do things such as mark himself away for various reasons (depending on his mood, which isn't arbitrary--it's based on how users treat him), speak spontaneously, etc. Admins of Smeg have remote control over him. He plays cards (52 games to be precise), keeps a calendar and watch which can affect things he does which are time or date specific and admin-definable. He will give definitions of words, perform web-queries, and serve a damn fine beer (if he likes you). I shit you not.

I enjoyed reading summaries and write-ups from GUADEC this weekend. It seems that Magic indeed happened.

Well Gnome 1.4 is finally out the door. Now we can begin looking ahead to what needs to be done for Gnome 1.4.1 and Gnome 2.0 development. I wish I could be at GUADEC right now, but alas, I was unable to attend, so I'm very anxious to hear from those who did attend. Magic always happens at GUADEC.

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