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15 Apr 2004 (updated 15 Apr 2004 at 21:31 UTC) »

Nnnng, looks like I spoke too soon about my DSL working again, it was up and down all last night, and is currently down. have to run some tests this evening, and get back to Pipex. How annoying...

Update
Went home at lunchtime, and tested the router with BT's test account, it still lost the sync with the exchange, so it's now been escalated to BT. Meanwhile I'm going to contact Netgear to see if they have any solutions up their sleeve, given that it was they, not Pipex or BT who sorted it last time I had problems.

Update 2
Netgear not a huge amount of help, although they did mention that since I'd upgraded the firmware (anyone else using a DG814 - 4.10 is out now - go get it), I ought to do a full hardware reset, which involves holding the hidden reset button for about 40 seconds. Well, you never know, it could make a difference(!)

In other news, I've had a really productive afternoon, I've been knocking problems and issues off like there's no tomorrow, whittled my INBOX down from over forty emails to a mere seven, which is a real result. There is a tomorrow of course, in case anyone was wondering, and that tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!

Out for a curry with Nick & Rosie tonight - w00t!

14 Apr 2004 (updated 14 Apr 2004 at 15:21 UTC) »

DSL is down (hence blogging on Advogato). Pipex won't do anything until I've verified that the router won't bring the link up when it's the only thing on the line, and with a different microfilter. What fun.

Hamsters
In addition to having to do that tonight, we also have to sort out the living room, because last night our female hamsters escaped (only a few days before they go to pet shops annoyingly). So for, goodness knows how much of last night we had eight hamsters loose in the house. We managed to recapture them all and re-cage them this morning, but the living toom is a real state. I have a certain amount of grudging respect for hamsters that manage to open the door of their cage though.

The annoying thing is that if Tia (mother) hadn't been running across the floor when I went downstairs, we probably wouldn't have noticed, would have just assumed they were all asleep (as they should be at that time of the morning).

Hacking
Work on GST::Network is progressing slightly more slowly than I had anticipated, just got to iron out some probs in the profiling at the moment I think - the tool SEGVs when it's run. When I dump the output to an XML file, it all looks fine apart from the <profiledb> section, which to me looks like a bit of a giveaway as to the source of the problem.

America
Seems like the various strands of the US government are getting themselves into a real pickle in the 9/11 commission. Somewhere in there you might find the truth, but I wouldn't hold your breath.

8 Apr 2004 (updated 8 Apr 2004 at 10:04 UTC) »
company: allow me to introduce myself :)

I run a couple of sites, usr-local-bin.org, which provides up-to-date builds of various GNOME apps for SuSE, as well as a replacement GNOME desktop to the one included in SuSE by default, and planetsuse.org, which is, well, Planet SuSE, in the same vein as Planet GNOME.

I also hack a bit on GNOME System Tools, doing SuSEfication, and also a bit of SuSEfication on gnome-themes-extras.

It certainly is weird when people you've never heard of certify you, but in your case the work you do on GStreamer is why I certified you as I did.

Replicated from my real blog for Advogato
Added Nat to Planet SuSE today. Reminded me of a conversation I had with jdub a couple of weeks ago. Planet SuSE seems, in addition to being a contact point for the SuSE community to keep in touch with what's going on, and the Ximian monkeys are more than welcome. We love you guys, and the work you do rocks hard! But, in addition to that, is filling void left by the (apparently) defunct Planet Novell (link offline).

This is therefore a call to anyone from Novell, who feels they would be at home with a blog appearing on Planet SuSE to get in touch. If you contribute, we want to know how. Anyone from SuSE too who blogs, or wants to, to keep the community informed, drop me a line, let's make this the biggest and best planet there is.

26 Mar 2004 (updated 26 Mar 2004 at 09:40 UTC) »

Off to Wales for the church weekend away this afternoon, should be a good time.

One result of having lost that drive is that I was once again presented with the defaults in ULB GNOME. Noticed a small gotcha in the gnome-terminal settings, one gconf key I should have set to false that's set to true. Will fix it and do a brown paper bag release on Monday.

At tigert's suggestion, I'm trying the Mist theme at the moment. It's really nice, small, fast, and the colours are really quite calming on the eyes.

The reimbursement for the camera made it into my account at the start of business hours today, so that's good. Will order it from somewhere else on Monday.

25 Mar 2004 (updated 25 Mar 2004 at 16:43 UTC) »

Posting on Advogato because last night, the drive that contains /home on swamprat died a horrible death. There's now a replacement drive in there, but here's the seriously embarassing thing. No backup. Hadn't taken a backup in so long that I couldn't even find the last one I did! Hopefully most of the data will be restored, I have a colleague working on that, but I won't be able to lay my hands on it till Monday. My blog, of course, resides on /home.

Thankfully, the Planet cache on Planet SuSE means that people can at least see my recent entries there.

usr local bin
Today's the second birthday of the site, so I released a new version of ULB GNOME, with various minor improvements.

Cameras
Had ordered my new digicam from pixmania.com, they debited my debit card the amount for the camera, a memory card, and delivery. at that point they sent me an email saying that in order to ship it to me, they needed all sorts of proof of ID - passport, drivers license, utility bill with address, faxing to their office France! I cancelled the order, and they are reimbursing me. Don't buy a camera from pixmania.com.

Planet SuSE has now moved to planetsuse.org

Not posted here in a wehile, got out of the habit, but just thought I'd say Planet SuSE is growing slowly but surely. Still waiting on the Novell news feeds being available in RSS 2.0.

Been hacking on GNOME System Tools adding SuSE support. Some of them are a darn sight easier to port to SuSE that others ;)

16 Jan 2004 (updated 16 Jan 2004 at 15:49 UTC) »

I decided to provide my own feeds of the SuSE News and SuSE Security channels for Planet SuSE so that they actually appear. It kind of makes the site seem a lot more useful to me, even if it does mean a tiny bit more work for me in terms of updating those feeds when there are security announcements (not loads) or Press Releases (potentially one a day I guess at the moment, Novell and all that...

I also got the gtkmm.libsigc++ packages done for LenZ at last, once I'd found out that it was 2.2.x of gtkmm he needed, not 1.2.x However, haven't had a chance to look at GST as yet, that'll have to wait till next week, as will me seeing if getting involved with GNOME-MUD is feasible.

Had a great time last night, our best ever result in the quiz, we got 31/40, which was only two points less than the winning team, and most importantly, Amanda seemed to have a good time. Slightly more relaxing night at home tonight, which will be nice.

Announcing the launch of Planet SuSE

That's right folks, we've been in a demo mode for about a week or so, added some RSS feeds, changed the codebase and settled on a design, and now, the time has come.

Launching today, Planet SuSE - www.rubberturnip.org.uk/planetsuse

The aim here is to be a one-stop shop for SuSE news, hacker blogs, that sort of thing.

So, for example, both myself and LenZ blog about packages we've been building, they appear. We (in theory) have feeds of SuSE press releases and Security Advisories, although at the moment these don't work because of the version of RSS that they adhere to. (2.0 would be nice... ;) )

What can you do? Well, I'm repeating my call for anyone who contributes to the SuSE community to get blogging, and send me the syndication details, you can link to p.SuSE, and best of all, you can read and enjoy it.

At some point, there'll be an RSS 2.0 feed of the aggregated p.SuSE, and we'll be getting included in the Planetarium section of other Planets such as Planet GNOME.

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