Older blog entries for khazad (starting at number 4)

spent the night hacking gBib (Gnome BibTeX manager) to make it tasty.

should have spent some time playing around with chessd

meanwhile, in a job interview last wednesday...
...we work with the latest and greatest of technologies: Microsoft's leading line of products, such as ASP, IIS, SQL Server and we also are a major player with open source technology, using Java, JSP and Oracle extensively...

That's self-control: I managed not to fall down laughing when the guy called Java and Oracle open-source.

2 Apr 2001 (updated 2 Apr 2001 at 22:47 UTC) »
nevermind the previous rant

While still upset at sgmltools' lack of documentation, I'm more upset with pkgtool failing to tell me "this tgz file is incomplete".

30 Mar 2001 (updated 30 Mar 2001 at 22:53 UTC) »
eboard
eboard is already capable of playing games at FICS (but misses features such as last-move highlighting or move animation, and can only play, not observe nor examine games). Being stuck to the fact that every time I implement a new feature I must login to FICS, play a game against someone risking a core dump, repeat to test it, I'm now writing the interface connection to Crafty so I can test with a local chess engine.

GNU Chess
BTW, GNU Chess 5.0's tarball is 30 MB and GNU removed all the previous versions of GNU chess from the site...ack! Better than getting a chess engine to win out every GM in the world, a chess engine programmer's challenge should be building efficient/"smart" search algorithms - searching the good positions and discarding fast the bad ones. Including a (required) 20 MB book (I haven't downloaded the beast to check the size yet, but I can only presume the huge size is due to a huge game book) looks dumb - what people want when playing chess with a computer ? That the computer reproduces every move from a GM game held in 1987 it has in the database or to challenge the CPU's transistors to outthink him ?

gPS

Fixed two nasty bugs in the rgpsp protocol (the remote gPS polling), version 0.10.2 is out.

eboard

I spent the weekend coding eboard, after some weird GtkText behaviour I spent the last night modifying xchat's xtext widget to display ICS output -- a little line wrapping oddity still remains but it looks good. This week I'll hopefully focus on writing the chess-related code and have an interface capable of playing a regular chess game on FICS by friday. :)

Someone posted an entry recently about getting the Crafty chess engine to run in a MOSIX cluster and was searching for strong players to try with. The FICS (Free Internet Chess Server) provides computer accounts, so that you can login with a chess program and get it pplaying with either other computers or human players. Notice 1: one of the fics boxes (particularly the one that is the web server) is down again this week, the link above will probably only work again by the end of the week or even next week. Notice 2: the Free in FICS is for free beer, not free as in freedom. Notice 3: to reach FICS while the web server is down, telnet to freechess.org, port 5000, login as guest user.

Meanwhile... still looking for a job, preferrably one I don't have to see Windows again.

gPS version 0.10.1 has been put out with the new quickbar mode. Meanwhile at ACME labs...

Brain: Do you know what we're gonna do tonight, pinky ?
Pinky: Uhh... I dunno ... go out with those hot chicks ?
Brain:NO PINKY! We're gonna log to that evil Red Hat 7.0 box and find out why rgpsp (the remote gps poller) is dumping core on RH 7 while it runs fine with...ahnn...normal distros like our Slackware.

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