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Long time, no post

Well, I haven't blogged since March. I guess I forgot all about it, and partly due to the fact that advogato was down for a bit. I would actually like to move my blog over to my own (as yet non-existent) homepage, but I need to read a little more about this whole RSS thing, and how it is used. I would rather write my own PHP back-end for my site, and integrate RSS support into that. I guess I need to go and read the RSS specification.

AudioSlack

This project has moved in some great directions since my previous mention of it here. Support for both Slackware 10.0 and 9.1, as well as dependancy support with slapt-get and swaret, and a few other things... Can't remember them all right now.

The move to Linux

Well it has actually happened, and I am very glad that I did it. I have to stick to the console for most things, however this doesn't bother me. The only thing I really need Mozilla for is some sites that are too hard to navigate with a screen reader. (Well I think they are.) Internet banking is one of these tasks that must be done in Mozilla with my eyes. The text-based browsers don't have very good encryption anyway, as far as I know.

Mutt is my email client of choice, and now I have it working just the way I want it, which is fantastic. I don't see myself changing any time soon.

Other linux musings

(Shameless plug) The Sydney Linux User's Group are holding an installfest this Saturday, 21 August. Go to the homepage linked previously to find out more. (/Shameless plug) I am going to it, and helping out with various things, and taking as much hardware as I can carry in a big backpack on the train. Should be a lot of fun, I must say I can't wait.

The SLUG Audio and Multi-media Special Interest Group are also holding a meeting on the 4th of September, again a Saturday. I have been to one of these as well, and people just sit around and talk, work on their own projects, whether it be music or code, and a good day is had by all.

Birthday

Yes, I may as well mention it, as it is on Sunday, 22 August. I am having lunch with all my family, and my grandparents from my mother's side. It should be a good day, but I hope Mum can get over her cold soon. I feel sorry for anybody who gets colds that leave your head blocked up, and a sore throat.

As for what I am getting/have received, I received a paid for enrollment to a harmonica course, and of course, a harmonica. I must say I have always liked the sound of the harmonica, and this one is no exception. It is a chromatic harmonica, with a range of 3 octaves. The only thing I don't like about it, is that one can only play major chords with it. Anyway, I shouldn't complain. It is a great birthday present, I must practice though. The tongue blocking technique for playing single notes is quite hard.
26 Mar 2004 (updated 26 Mar 2004 at 09:07 UTC) »
AudioSlack packaging continues

I managed to get Ardour packaged and uploaded last night, with all of it's dependancies, yes there are a fair few. One of these was LADSPA, which doesn't use autoconf/automake to compile sample plugins. This quite annoys me as I have to hack and patch to build it with optimizations, and place everything where I want it to go for the package build. Thank god for bash scripting, which saves the day for this problem, as well as for all other packages I now build.

Music Matters

Well I sat down at the piano today and went through those music ideas mentioned earlier. There is certainly something possible there, but I need to let my unconcious brain work more stuff out yet. Amazing what the mind does.

TAFE

TAFE is quite enjoyable at the moment. I have a bit of work to do for it, but nothing I can't handle at this stage. The subject matter thus far has been quite simple for me at least.

We were examining Windows 2000 and simple networking this week, which was an absolute bore. I look forward to the day when we are setting up DHCP servers with domains etc. Of course we will be learning 2000 Server, but I am quite tempted to prepare my laptop with Samba 3 and wack it on the network, and show that things can be done with free software.

Unfortunately, only my TAFE teacher knows anything about Linux in the class it seems. I know there is another student learning it, but I don't think he is as far on as my teacher. Even then I think I am way ahead of both of them. I am not getting a big head over this at all, because I want to try and show them all that free software can do the same things as proprietory software.

The move to Linux

As also stated earlier, I am using windows for my day-to-day tasks, because I am vision impaired, and thus far, none of the screen reading packages, except Gnopernicus (which is still under heavy development), on Linux apeal to me. However I am quite sure I know what email client I will use, after playing with it a bit. I eagerly await the GNOME 2.6 release.

25 Mar 2004 (updated 25 Mar 2004 at 03:08 UTC) »
25 March here in Australia

This blogging is new to me

Well I just discovered http://www.advogato.org after finishing up some long-overdue work for AudioSlack, my little piece of contribution to the Linux Audio arena. I actually found it while browsing some GNOME related stuff and blogs on Planet GNOME.

Want to prepare and update more packages this afternoon, particularly the kernel and other really neat apps.

Music matters

I have some ideas for what I think would make a deacent song that I may eventually write. I must sit down at the piano and play them through to see whether they in fact do work.

GNOME accessibility

Glad to say that Gnopernicus is really coming along well, particularly since version 0.7.1. I am really keen on jumping to Linux for all my day-to-day tasks, particularly web browsing, but since I can't seem to get Mozilla 1.6 running, I may have to wait a bit.

I used Garnome to build GNOME 2.6 RC1, and Mozilla crashes before it gets started. Maybe a rebuild of garnome tonight may be a possibility.

Windows and JAWS never co-operate

JAWS, the screen reader that I currently use for Windows is always being a pain. Even now while writing this blog, it doesn't always want to read the text in the text field. Come on Gnopernicus and GNOME, give me access to Mozilla damn it!!

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