post holidays monday. figure it out.
post holidays monday. figure it out.
a fairly productive day. some balsa musings and preparations to move the book of days to MoveableType. lots of template wacking but it turned out OK.
this week was localy funky. the funkiest bit was probably
the president refusing to sign the govt request to
condecorate an ex-PIDE operative. 'PIDE' was the political
police in our old fascist dictatorship. you gotta love this
wacky right wing govts.
another wacky wacky happening was the special tax payments for corporations and self employed type people. special tax is special in the way it taxes last year gross income instead of this year's profit. even if you're having a loss this year. and of course, this is on top of the normal profit tax. so, after electing a govt that promised to lower corp taxes people are errmm .. upset.
I figured why all "hi-tech" tv programs blow huge stinkin
dead bears. TeVe realized how to harness the pc rag business
model. the pc rag business model is: send us free stuff, buy
big ads, get nice reviews for your products by people who
didn't even see the products.
'hi-tech' tv shows follow more or less the same line, they find someone who has seen the global intarweb once at a cousin's house and corps buy PR space. instant revenue!
ohhh i think i found a bug in balsa. i hope it's in gpgme!
for reference, if you want to run nwn in window mode you need the following lines in the [Display Options] section of nwn.ini
However, running a separate X server and switching consoles is way nicer cause window mode is well, somewhat sucky.
finally got around to installing Neverwinter Nights on linux. it's wonderfull! it's stable! it's fast. the bioware people have my luv forever. in fact, i believe the linux version is better than the windows version under xp.
of course, getting nwn working on linux brought forth dire concequences in the form of 'just one more quest' :) and 'nah, it's not almost dawn yet just bit of online party whoopassin'
so, obviously despite all the cvsing and downloading nothing actually got done.i blame Civ:CTP and daystar related stuff. and most of all, I blame Neil Stephenson's Zodiac which i read pretty much compulsivly.
got back to the too-wired-sphere and caught up with the world.
so, GWB wants to stop Europe from stoping GE foods for the
sake of ... Africa ? oh right. That's cristal clear
So Europe, remember those bits about defending american interests by any means necessary ? I wonder if dubya is getting reading for "democratizing" EU. After all, we have lots of "nuculear" capacity and we're even in league with France!
it's sad when your connection to the outside world is Euronews on teve format.
oh yeah, more blue room stuff. one could get used to this in small doses.
while shops here don't have NWN:SoU and amazon can't get it
to me (duh) I'll have to settle for another Civ run ...
cvs update cvs update cvs update. fetch fetch fetch. yeah right like if i'm going to do anything while i'm offline :)
so i took some time and trawled bugzilla a little ...
so, sun and water and big blue room type stuff.
finished Surely You're Joking which I read in pretty much 3 days (considering me, that's scary). go mr feynman!
lots of laptop cvs updating went on in preparation for a resort style (*style* operative word) smallish holidays.
so, i obviously forgot to checkout gnome-pim. bah. that's one of the bad sides of being netless. the other is being googless (or is that googleless ? sorry anyway Google - Google is registered servicemark of Google Inc. or something to that effect, you get the drift, please don't sue me mister google sir). otoh, you have the advantage of no distractions.
much battling with building old stuff on new stuff. realized no mather how much i bang gnome-pim-1.4 conduits don't fit gnome-pilot-2. i wonder if the gnome-pim-2 people are doing anything about the conduits.
damn it's hot. no i mean it, HOT. hot as in the lack of office cooling and the excess heat from all the hardware is causing major heat waves. unless i solve this problem i can only use the gf4ti full potencial (read: overclocking) in the winter! *gasp* otoh, the office winters will stop being chilly.
experimented a bit more with SerialBridge. It Works! :) however GPRS is so damn expensive it don't use it that much. i also realized i need to add a battery gauge and a radio indicator to it.
woohoo horah for holiday-extending-holidays.
so, i failed to convince the americans they should help me
squash the spaniards. they of course, foolishly left me
alone to stop ferdinand in his tracks. i failed. we lost.
I'm obviously talking about Civ: Call to Power.
at the risc of repeating myself, OpenSSL needs to be taken
behind the barn. I won't dwell on the API, I'll just mention
0.9.7 isn't ABI compatible with 0.9.6. And why is that you
ask ? Well, cause 3 functions are gone. If they're gone
they're prolly useless right ? Not quite - they got turned
into macros which probably means they should have never been
exported in the first place but OK let's not go there cause
accidents do happen. Soooo, instead of using the beautifull
compiler magic that lets you have inline functions and still
emit them *gasp* or basicly making the symbols not go away
by emiting stubs or whatever NOOOOOO.
the maintainers decided it would be acceptable to make 0.9.7 ABI incompatible with 0.9.6. go OpenSSL! go to hell.
And now a Warning: my 96 mobile number was disconnected. you know where to reach me. you also know who you are. and mostly, who you aren't.
OpenSSL needs to die a fiery death.
oh my god! i got sucked bad into Civ:CTP. welp!
hum, k, right.
turns out i was being a dork yesterday and was playing ut2k3 without AGP support. one driver update and some config tweaking later, AGPx8. Result, 60fps in Tokara Forest @1024. horrah
finally managed to install Ximian XD2. After draging the
installer kicking and screaming till the point where it
actually did install the damned thing (or was it the other
way around ?) lo and behold, a shiny new desktop. After
installing a WORKING galeon and matching mozilla,
is the result of the first 5 minutes.
otoh, I must say the bitstream vera fonts are pwwwety.
horrah. got myself an asus v9280td which is just a fancy name for a gf4ti4200 with 128M. finally, over 30fps average on ut2k3. hihihihiih. and so ends my summer geek extravaganza.
on less geeky mathers, the twingo may be due for a pit stop soon. hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
you know when you spend most of your day imagining it's monday but it's actually wednesday ? that was today.
meanwhile, decided now was the time to get a gf4ti!
horrah for holidays. having said that, mine was mostly spent cleaning up the house and wacking old mod_perl+CGI into shape. on short, I've had better. but it all turned out OK in the end :)
so far my wingman-fu isn't all I hoped to be. mostly, GTA doesn't seem to work right away. I guess it will need some serious controls remaping.
/me looks at the new cdrom on the floor next to him instead of inside bean. sigh.
la la la day off. took my sweet time and went see matrix reloaded. the session picking proved quite wise - there were like 10 people in the cinema all told. and only 2 endured the credits to see 1 minute's worth of revolutions credits.
gave up and bought .. no not a ps2! but a controller pretty similar to a ps2 controller. rock! now all i need is a cheap gf4ti *grin*
perl-CGI blows dead bears. otoh, I prolly just don't know how to give it scheet luv. being old code and all. and CGI being the scourge of death. garrrr
nice country type lunch and country type afternoon. i must say at some point it becomes booring :)
the reek is fading from the lego tracks. however, running them through the 55C cycle of the washing machine prolly didn't prove particularly bright. lets see.
if i was really futile i'd buy a PS2 just to play enter the matrix. i'm not. unfortunatly.
kiddie parties and birthday parties, and meeting good friends and good times all around. oh and food. don't forget food.
despite being left on the outside of the balcony window the lego tracks retain their stench hummmmmmmmm.
my lego bricks here here! some pointers for people buying used lego bricks:
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something weird last night and a bunch of people round here had problems sleeping. i blame the aliens!
meanwhile, trying to use CallWithCommand for addrAppLaunchCmdCallerID is not yelding particularly good results. mostly cause I have no docs or reference code and it seems to change paramaters it shouldn't. baaaaad.
i realise now i lost another chance to move this to movabletype. sigh. on the plus side, the palmIII seems to back to life and some more work got done on treogroups.
it was obviously a sad mistake leaving NiMH bateries in the palmIII. it died a miserable death and lost all its data. hopefully my GPS/ directory holds a true and up-to-date backup. sigh.
june is already here ? *eeek* midyear! baby is comming SOON.
took a 5 minutes whack at balsa. but the highlight of the afternoon was finding *more* bugs on hpose and figuring out some of my bugs don't actually happen on the real thing. go piece of crap. anyway, I'm almost at the point where I get to use handspring's undocument s3cret palmos extensions to figure out who's calling me.