Lalala! Years go by so fast these days... See you next year!
Time for my yearly advogato diary entry. nothing much to report. Still alive and blogging up a storm at my blog anyone looking for me will find information there.
Ahhh, it feels good to be back... such a long time, but it's still as plain as ever :).
I've most recently gotten involved with PHPCommunity.org, which we WILL make THE php community. Doing most of the work in the Content department... got a mailing list set up, so if anyone wants to come in and lend a hand please drop us a line.
OK, back to work :)
Geez, been a long time. Well, I've kept my blog busy, so didn't have anything to put here.
The last few days I've been adding different Custom Kewords to my Custom Keywords Wiki page. I just finished writing a script that parses the wiki page into a bookmarks file that you can feed to your Birds bookmark manager. It's still a bit buggy, but we'll have to solve those problems when we get to them :)
Questions or suggestions welcomed on my blog annoucement page, you can see the source for the converter there too.
I'm very proud to have discovered a way to satisfy my wife's need for shopping. Ebay works like a charm... and the best part about it is that she hasn't spent anything yet :)
Now that we're talking about ebay, I'll drop a blatent plug for something I'm selling there.
Here is a nifty home made serial remote control receiver. It used to be great fun before my kid learned how to walk and flushed the remote control down the toilet. Anyway, there is no reserve and it's about to go pretty cheap (approx $2.25).
I've taken my Home Video VCD collection and made ISO's of them on my hdd. Now I'm trying to find a way to view them straight off the ISOs.
Do any of the standard movie players in Linux play the avseq01.dat file directly off the mounted iso, without going through the VCD interface? I've tried with xine/totem/mplayer but they don't work. I've asked questions in chat rooms but gotten less then sufficient answers.
I haven't put a lot of time into this, but if anyone has done this I'd be very pleased if you'd let me know.
It's been a while since I've been here! Personal life has been VERY busy, so all else is put aside... such is life.
Linux Mags and UK
So I've relocated to the UK, and to my disappointment I haven't been able to find ANY Linux mags in any of the newsagents. Why is this? In Italy and Germany every little Kiosk on the corner has anything you would want.
I've never had to DL iso's of the latest and greatest Linux distro, as it was without a doubt at the corner News agent... oh well...
I Konverted. Is that a Krime?
Ever since I can remember I have been a Gnome guy. When I was on Mandrake 9 I was less then satisfied with the speed of Gnome, and then when I got fed up with that and upgraded to Slackware I used the very nice Dropline Gnome. However, Nautilus still didn't satisfy my file management needs.
I hadn't even installed KDE when I installed Slackware, but in my quest to find the perfect PGP gui (which I'm still on) I flew over to linuxpackages.net and grabbed a copy of KDE 3.1.2.
Konquerer (the filemangager, not browser) was kluttered yet, usable. The desktop is friendly (with the "new" menu which is strangely absent from Gnome), the printing is wonderful, dialogs are beautiful. What more can I say?
So now I primarily use the KDE desktop, but still use other non-KDE apps, Abiword, Xchat, GAIM, Mozilla, etc... I miss my Gnome Fish, and all the pretty icons, but I'm trading that all for the functionality that KDE offers.
Gnome does have a bright future, and I will stay with whatever scratches my itch.
And yes, I am a bit annoyed with the Kontinual lack of Kreativity both camps show in the naming of their apps.
The saga continues, with version .905 released yesterday. I will be playing with it over the next few weeks, it shows lots of promise.
As reflected in the timestamp on my last diary entry, I have recently had VERY little time to contribute to the OSS community. I have sent in a few patches, but I have certainly not spent "a significant amount of time on free software" which is a requirement for the Journeyer level of certification that I now hold.
In my opinion, I don't fall into the Apprentice category either, since I am not "still striving to acquire the skills and standing in the community".
I would like to maintain some position in the advogato trust metric, so I am at a loss as to what to do. I am currently an "observer", but to ask people to certify me as such would be to withdraw their certification, if I understand it correctly.
I was chatting with someone the other day and he (she?) said that advogato was getting a bit too ``I-just-installed-debian''... well, like they say, ``If you can't beat them...''
My Mandrake r128 bug bothered me enough to make me turn hardware acceleration off, when using the scroll bar the interface does freeze for a second then recovers. Yuck! I hope I can hold out until I can try to fix it. Anyway, I'm getting a new graphics card in Jan, so I should be alright then. I would try to recompile X, but I just don't have the time to look into it just now.
Finally got around to taking a look at what these guys have been doing, nice stuff... Blocklayout was much friendlier then I expected. I'll be taking it for a bit of a swing in the next few days (weeks?), I'll post my findings here.
What interests me the most is the possibility to use the core and create xaraya distros/bundles. I haven't seen what type of installer is coming, but it would be nice to have it modular, so that individual module developers, can create a ``distro'' with just their module (and the modules it depends on), and have it plug in to the installation procedure, without having to hack the actual installation code.
New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
Keep up with the latest Advogato features by reading the Advogato status blog.
If you're a C programmer with some spare time, take a look at the mod_virgule project page and help us with one of the tasks on the ToDo list!