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22 Aug 2004 (updated 22 Aug 2004 at 14:42 UTC) »

It turned out to be a great day. My mother, father, sister and her boy friend, my grandparents from Mum's side, and my grandfather from Dad's side were all there, to enjoy a birthday lunch of roast lamb with vegetables. A very nice meal indeed, thanks Mum. A birthday is never a birthday without a cake, in this case a mud cake, my favourite! I played a bit of harmonica for everybody as well, which they enjoyed, even though I currently suck at it. (must practice more.)

Went with Dad to take his father home, and returned just as Mum's parents were preparing to leave on their trip back to Cowra, which is about three and a half hours drive from Sydney. They had been down for a few days, and it was lovely to see them, as always. I really do enjoy their company. My sister and her boy friend were heading out, so it was just Mum and myself once again. Poor Mum, still got a cold, which is not pleasant, but still put on the lunch for everybody. Oh and thanks heaps for the new shirt Jess, you have great taste. I decided to wear it for the rest of the day. :)

Linux matters

I have been playing with Ingo Molder's Voluntary Preemption Patches for the 2.6 kernel. As you may or may not know, 2.6 vanilla is not very usable for real-time low latency audio work for software synthesis, multitrack recording, etc. 2.4 vanilla isn't low latency capable, but there are patches that are available for 2.4 that allow such work to be undertaken, thanks to Andrew Morton and Robert Love.

Ingo's patch has the same overall goal as the combined patches of the previously mentioned kernel developers. it seems that Ingo's patches are achieving lower latency than what is possible with the 2.4 kernel, however there are still issues to be sorted.

At the time of this writing, P7 is Ingo's latest patch against While I can't notice any difference between each patch, I am sure there are things that are being fixed with every new patch that is released.


I have decided to mirror a few distros on my gateway/file server. I don't really know why, but I think it would be cool to have them there, if I ever need them. I will have ISOs as well as the distro source trees, so network installs are possible. It will not be available on the net however, just my LAN via HTTP, FTP and NFS. I don't see any need to make it available via SMB.

This plan was going great, until I discovered that the 20GB drive I was going to use for the job is not working properly. It is connected via a hard disk rack, and seems to be running, but is giving errors. This drive has been threatening to die for a while now, so I took it out of critical operation, and it seems like it has decided to bite the dust. I won't know until I connect it to another machine, and I don't want to shut down the server just to remove a rack caddy.


The SLUG installfest went quite well yesterday. There were a few people from the public who came in to get linux onto their machines, or get Linux help. There were also a few of us on hand to help them. I mainly pitched in with advice and recommendations for partitioning, and mirrored a few distros on my laptop, and had a burner handy, although the burner didn't get much use. Maybe next time.
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.


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.


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 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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