Got, ostensibly for my wife, a Sandisk Sansa e250 2GB music player (not e250R, not c250!). Actually, I got a Creative Zen V Plus first, for US$40 less, but couldn't mount it, and libmtp couldn't see it, so took it back. I promptly installed Rockbox. It was distinctly ugly with the default theme, but given a third-party theme (e.g. "Sansa e200" from rockbox-theme.org), it's wonderful.
The great surprise was the completely programmable equalizer: I can tune it to match exactly the response of my ears, which suffer a sharp dropout around 3.9KHz. The only real problem happened when I turned on "clear backdrop", just to see what it was, and now can't read the menus to turn it off. I will probably need to hand-edit the config file. Also, the Doom plugin fails on startup. I wonder why there's no Tetris plug-in... One of the nice things about Sandisk players is the microSD slot allowing memory expansion; Rockbox supports that now. [Update: copied the "backdrop" line from the theme file to the config file, and all is OK now.][Update 2: thanks to sneakums: tetris is "rockblox" and Doom needs WAD files. BTW, that 3.9KHz dropout is called "4K dip" by pros. Rockbox needs a hearing test plugin.]
I spent too much time trying to configure X (via /etc/X11/xorg.conf) to look good on a Samsung SyncMaster 225BW 22-inch 1680x1050 LCD monitor connected via an analog VGA cable. In short: that monitor sucks. It had an HDMI cable, too, but I didn't try it. Somebody else plugged one into an iMac via the HDMI cable, and it looked a little less bad. My old ViewSonic VX2025wm is a bit smaller, but I appreciate it a lot more now.
Built linux-188.8.131.52, patched with Suspend2 and the current bcm43xx wireless driver, for my Dell D620 laptop. Suspend sometimes hangs when "trying to free 24M", unnecessarily.
Today a rare moment passed: 07-06-05 04:03:02.01. I slept right through it.
Sunday was more significant: my son rode a bicycle by himself, without training wheels, for the first time. He said "I feel the most big-boyest feel ever." My daughter insisted on having hers removed, and is well on her way. Now I do too.
I have finally obtained an ultrasonic humidifier to go with my air ionizer (buying retail would have been cheating) and am ready to proceed with ionized-cloud plasma simulation experiments.
redi: It's never too late to revive a meme. When the sun has gone cold and all the earth is but dust, memes will lie quietly awaiting re-animation in the plasmonic brains of our far-distant successors.
The movie "Hot Fuzz" turned out to be better, in every way, than "Shaun of the Dead", despite reviews asserting otherwise.
Finally switched from Galeon to Epiphany+extensions. (Without the extensions it would be intolerable.) Final thanks to the Galeon guys for your hard work, and thanks to the Epiphany folks for making yours faster. Now all Epiphany needs to be fully usable are a "clone tab" command, and NoScript. (But JS seems several times faster, so maybe NoScript is not so necessary, except in principle.)
Took my daughter camping for the first time, at Point Reyes. Was too cold for her. Spotted a bobcat, though.
In Vegas for the first time ever, for four days. Four days is four days too long. Never been anyplace so dull. Didn't even drop a quarter, but a colleague dropped $1500. Figured it out, though: the entire city is an enormous mini-mall.
Got the DVD of "Star Wreck: Imperial Edition", with completely re-rendered spaceship scenes. Looking forward to "Iron Sky", hopefully well before 2013. Supersonic Aluminum Nazi Hell Creatures from the Dark Side of the Moon, anyone?
Can't somebody please print bumper stickers that say "See Dick Fry"?
cinamod: There's no software solution to a worn-out battery. However, if you decide to buy something new, the Nexblack takes ordinary AA rechargeables, and a CF card, and plays Oggs. No Rockbox for it, though.
mjg59: your diary posting deserves to be an article. It's not too late to do that. Anyway, thank you; it was enlightening.
Contratulations to the Monotone folks on release 0.35. Onward and upward! Thanks to Matthew Gregan for improvements to socketpair, and for making it into a contribution to Monotone. Now I know two MJGs who amaze me. I wonder who the other 57 are.
That's what I say to people who make fun of my vegetarian dietary preference.
Congratulations are in order to all the Debian people here, on a uniquely smooth release: Well Done. Also, to the Monotone people, on their April 1 release 0.34, left curiously unnoted by LWN.
titus: Xerces-C++ sucks rocks, always has. For objective evidence, see how many (of what, 20K?) Debian packages depend on libxerces27. Not counting other libraries, I find: enigma, a game; anymeal, a cookbook database, and anon-proxy, an HTTP proxy daemon. It would be extremely unwise to make anything that matters depend on Xerces-C++. Among the first things I did at ITA Software, in 2001, was to replace Xerces-C++ in their system with libxml2. My current employer has just done the same.
lucasr: Python, Perl and Ruby really are the VB of the Free Software world. On the upside, people do get a lot of work done in VB. By the way, the value of a Paul Graham article halves for each mention of Lisp in it. The best ones don't mention Lisp at all. (That one has value 0.5.)
slef: Thank you for the pointer to ytplay. (It's an annoying script, but very fixable.)
Burgundavia: By the link you posted, it appears that most people don't do tech, and in particular don't do Free Software, in large part because they don't like meritocracies. The difference seems to be that men are much more inclined to identify as unlike (and, in particular, better than) others, and thus likely to find meritocracy appealing, offering a much larger pool to draw upon. Worrying about rudeness (which is far from unique to tech) just distracts us from the real problems.
But I'd rather put up a monotone archive, myself. BTW, congratulations to all involved on the monotone 0.33 release.
New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
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