School has been in
session for four days now. Whoopee. Spanish class is going
well, it's easier than I thought; chemistry is going to be a
pain, and calculus is just weird this time.
a mixed telecourse this semester. That means, the professor
is here for three days a week and at the other campus for
two. No matter how hard they try, the 'other campus' always
seems less involved. Not to mention the professor can't use
her mad chalkboard technique. <g>
happened yesterday. I was sitting in the TLCC
(Teaching/Learning/Computing Center, my school's name for
"computer lab". Yeah, I know it sounds stupid, but I
didn't make it up.). Anyway, I'm sitting in the TLCC, sshed
into my home box. I'm sitting at a computer with my back to
the supervisor's desk, so she can see what I'm doing.
supervisor comes up behind me and asks, "What are you
doing? Is that DOS?" Obviously, any window with white text
on a black background is automatically a DOS box, no matter
what it actually says.
Supervisor: "What are
you doing, then?"
Me: (How do I explain ssh to an
intellect the envy of apes worldwide?) "Umm, telnetting into
my home computer."
Supervisor: "Did you install any
software on this computer?"
Me: "No." (Actually, a copy
of PuTTY was sitting in My Documents, but I don't consider
it "installed". Besides, I usually run it from a
Supervisor: "Are you doing chat?"
A bald-faced lie, because I had a second PuTTY session
minimized with BitchX running. (The one I was using was
only running Emacs. No, I don't have the Emacs IRC client
installed. Maybe I should.)
Supervisor: "OK." Moves
About ten minutes later, I repeat the scenario with a
man in a suit who I later find out is a network manager. It
seems the supervisor had to call in reinforcements.
still, I notice the supervisor hovering behind me. She was
obviously seeing what I was doing, making sure I wasn't
cracking the Pentagon, etc. I was still in Emacs, so I
didn't worry. (I had closed out BitchX by then.)
Why are people so afraid of anyone with any knowledge?
"Oh my $DEITY, he actually knows how to use a command line!
Quick, call the FBI, we've got a hacker here!" (Yes, I know
the difference. They don't.) I mean, I've never done
anything like that (except that one time I put NetBus on a
bunch of computers in a lab at my last school, and I paid my
debt to society: my internet access was suspended for a
month. That was because I intended no harm, as evidenced by
the use of my real username.) I've never done anything
Let's just hope they didn't realize I printed about 200
pages of code, because, "Printing from the Internet is for
Academic Use Only!" First of all, it wasn't from the
Internet. It was from the lab computer. I downloaded it to
the computer, and printed it from there. Second, it
is academic. Just because I'm not enrolled in a
class on a subject is no reason to say it isn't academic.
(I'm learning how to use GTK. It's a learning
We released alpha 3.
It's still got some bugs, but it's usable. I'm posting with
it now. You can post to Advogato and LiveJournal, with full
Kuro5hin support soon to come.
I wish I could figure out
how to debug a module loaded via g_module_open(), etc. gdb
doesn't want to recognize it, so I can't debug it. Shame,
since there's a strange error: for some reason, GTK thinks
the label in the LiveJournal dialog is actually a
ScrolledWindow, which it isn't.
you kidding? You mean there's life outside of school?