The piano finally arrove, so I had to move office to make room for it (it's a baby grand that had been in storage, after being repaired). So I set myself up with a second monitor. The ATI radeon card in this Dell notebook seems unable to drive the external screen at 1600x1200@75dpi, so I'm with a dual head setup. Unfortunately it's fragile: the ATI installer overwrites one of the xorg X11 libraries, which means that the packages tend to fight one another. It's a good opportunity for /etc/alternatives which is used by Mandriva for other purposes.
I'm still going through photographs from 2004, trying to get up to date. Last night I added pictures of Pendennis Castle in Falmouth, Cornwall. Right now I'm just getting the pictures the right way round and giving them very simple captions; later I'll probably do a gallery of the ones I like the most. The Search link currently takes you to the Search pictures from old books page; I'll fix that when I've finished uploading the 2004 photos.
I also made some preliminary notes on Linux font management; this is still very very sketchy, and I'd appreciate contributions by email (liam at holoweb dot net). I'm most interested in font management under Gnome but I'll take pointers for KDE as well. I am not going to add command-line programs that require you to issue SQL statements, because my goal is to get Linux useable by design professionals, whose focus tends not to be in grokking such things.