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2 Sep 2005 (updated 31 May 2006 at 02:03 UTC) »


24 Aug 2005 (updated 25 Aug 2005 at 07:36 UTC) »

Various things
This makes me sick to my stomach.

Found this very amusing quiz on p.g.o. I did recognize a few, but only got 6 out of 10 correct. Apparently, I should "avoid a career in either law enforcement or IT recruitment."

And finally, Chris Dibona has posted some awesome photos taken at Foo Camp with a high speed camera. They feature attendees, including Gnome Hacker Nat Friedmen, popping balloons.

Google Talk
While I am extremely pleased that a corporation as powerful as Google is supporting a free, open standard like Jabber, I'm sort of annoyed that their new Jabber service doesn't allow traffic from other Jabber servers. I have had a jabber id (kwa@jabber.org) for quite some time, and was hoping that this announcement would inspire a good number of my friends who use Gmail to switch to Jabber. It seems that this will change. The sooner, the better.

I finally got around to posting the pictures from our road trip to Vancouver a couple of months ago. The latest version of F-Spot is broken in the Flickr department, so I used F-Spot to generate a static HTML web gallery. Nothing on bugzilla or the mailing list. I'll have to look into it.

Alright, I'm pissed! I just started to upload some files, mostly python scripts and various other things so anyone who is interested can download and use them. Since CSUS provides web hosting for their students, I decided to host these files there. So far, everything is fine.

About 1/2 hour ago, I was chatting with a friend of mine named Jason Ralphs. I tried to show him the blogrip.py script that I had just uploaded, and we both got 404 errors. Startled and confused, I went to upload the files again thinking that I had just forgotten to do so. But of course, they were still there.

Unfortunately, my university uses IIS on a Windows server to serve its webpages. After some experimentation, I realized that IIS would only serve files that matched a registered mimetype on the server itself. So when you try to download a file like a python script, a c header file or a tarball, it just pretends that the file isn't there. BRILLIANT!!! I'm sending an angry email right now. Of course, it wouln't solve anything, but I'm just curious to see what those helpdesk monkeys have to say.

19 Aug 2005 (updated 19 Aug 2005 at 20:30 UTC) »

First post to my new advogato web log.

Well, I'm about to start class at CSUS in just over a week. I'm looking forward taking some more computer science courses after a year long hiatus. I've spent the last year finishing my lower division general education before transfering to the university.

Edd Dumbill released monopod-0.4 recently, and I don't like the fifo "Recent podcasts" playlist it creates on my iPod. When I find the time I'm going to modify it to create playlist for each podcast, so that...

  1. Latest shows from each feed are easier to find and ...

  2. I don't just end up with nothing but 10 episodes of Science Friday.

I must listen to podcasts much differently than Edd. I am subscribed to over 20 feeds with weekly or fortnightly radio shows, and I sometimes listen to 4 or 5 in one day. Some of the shows I almost never listen to, but I like to keep around just in case I get stuck somewhere with nothing to do. If I only have 10 podcasts, then I'll run out of things to listen to.

I think there should be a gconf key, and eventually a preference setting to choose the prefered way to synchronize with your ipod. The possible modes of operation would be:

  1. "Recent N podcasts" playlist
  2. One Playlist for each feed
  3. both simultanously
We'll see what Edd thinks.

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