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Have finally managed to get my Linux box back on the net. Still need to debug the driver a bit but it mostly works for the moment which is all that matters. I was really starting to get tired of having to reboot into windows to get online..

Palm
Have been having great fun with my Palm Tungsten. Am gonna get a USB Multicard reader and an SD card as suggested by lots of people. Then I can easily get my photos and music from Linux to the palm. Also gonna look at Jpluck or Plucker Desktop for offline browsing.

The one thing that I can do with Windows but not with Linux is to transfer photos to the Palm's main memory. It has 64MB so I figure I might as well stoer some photos there. Need to look into it some more..


Handheld Bliss
In the end my Grandad got the the Palm Tungsten T3. What a sweet machine. Now I just gotta work out the accessories I want for it :) Gotta try and get onto IRC to talk to the pilot link guys about how they use theirs with Linux. I want to make sure that it's not possible to get access to a SD memory card in the Palm from either Bluetooth or the USB cradle in Linux before I fork out on a USB Card Reader.

Desktop PC
Still haven't managed to get my Desktop to connect to my wireless network. In fact it's wroking worse that it was before. I think I messed it up by fiddling with it too much. I need to do a big clean up on my hard drive anyway so I've wiped clean all my partitions and am reinstalling Windows and Fedora Core today and then I can have a crack at the wireless again.

Gnome and Stuff
Great stuff to see Robert Love working for Novell. So much exciting stuff ahead of us. Seems like everywhere one looks something is falling into place for Linux/Gnome on the Desktop.


Palm Tungsten T2

My Grandad is getting me a Handheld for Christmas and I'm pretty sure I wanna get a Palm Tungsten T2. Anyone have any experiences with these in General or in particular with Linux?

I'm pretty confident that I can get it up and running over bluetooth and installing software on the main memory and such. The only thing I'm not sure about is if I can get files onto an extra SD Memory Card if I buy one.

I have to decide by the end of the day :/


Really terrible news about Ettore. I really can't accept that it has actually happened. I didn't know him at all really, but had encountered him and his work and was really exciting about talking to him about F-Spot. My heart goes out to all the Ximian and old time Gnomers who have no doubt been hit the worst by this and by Chema's passing. And of course to their families and friends.

Life
Spent a week in hospital. Need radiotheaphy for another damned tumour. I'm not that worried about it tho, kinda getting used to all this. Just hope I don't need more chemo cus that's really nasty. May not quite get first year Uni finished as a result.

As a result of all this I've moved my computer to the bottom floor of the house and have changed to a bedroom on the middle floor instead of in the Loft to save me all the stairs climbing and so that my parents can look after me easier. Sounds a bit sad having my parents look after me, but I'm too tired to care.

Technology
Need to get my Desktop PC onto the wireless network now that it's not beside the router. I've had mixed sucess with a Dlink DWL-520+ using the acx100 open source driver.

I'm thinking about buying a laptop. My desktop is beginning to annoy me. It would need a fair bit of upgrading before I'd be happy with it, and Laptops are getting so good nowadays, I figure I could just switch over to using a laptop for most things and use my desktop as a file server and for beta testing gnome and downloading stuff etc..

I've kind of fallen in love with the look of Packard Bell Easynote T but i need to shop around a bit. I'd be like spending 3/4 of the money that I have in this world :/ Not sure why I like the look of it soo much. It's really thin and has a nice understated elegance unlike some of the shiny silver to black plastic things you get nowadays.


Life and Evo

Evolution 1.5
I tried (after a backup) to use evolution 1.5 with my current evolution folder, but unfortunately it's not quite ready for the task. None of my contacts were imported, neither were most of my mail folders, and the IMAP support was fairly flakey. But it is looking really great, can't wait till it gets more useful :)

Life
It's been a long busy term. I came straight out of major surgert into University and now I'm paying the price. I think I'm anemic and the muscles in my back and leg are wrecked. I'm so tired of being sick...


Fast User Switching

I found out today when I was fiddling with GDM that it already has the ability to find out if a user is already logged in, and will even ask you if you want to use the existing session or start a new one. This is a major part of a possible "Fast User Switching" implementation for Gnome.


Bye Bye Blog-Spam

Ludovic: Thanks for suggesting MT Blacklist. It was able to remove 27 comments with the default blacklist and another 65 when I added the 3 urls of the spammers that hit me recently. Hopefully thanks to MT Blacklist I'll be alble to keep comments enabled, I really like having my blog interactive.


Linux 2.6

I'm now running Linux 2.6 from the rpms for Fedora. It's really hard to tell what's changed. For some reason my mouse is much faster and moving windows is creating a whole lot of artifacts. Can't really say I'm feeling any extra responsiveness or speed or anything like that :/


Weblog Spam

My Blog is getting seriously spamed. 66 ad-comments posted since this morning. FFS


It's the little things...

Dennis Cranston recently posted patches that HIGify the ell/nautilus error dialogs. This has been one of my pet pieves for quite a while.

Here's a before and after example of one of the dialogs:

<img src="http://sisob.tuxfamily.org/screenshots/Screenshot-nautilus-error-old.png">

<img src="http://sisob.tuxfamily.org/screenshots/Screenshot-Nautilus-error.png">

The only thing I can say against it is that the ... would be better placed closer to the start of the location string so that one can see the filename. This really is a great improvment. Thanks Dennis.


File Sharing in Linux

File Sharing in Linux has taken a pretty decent step forward recently:

<img alt="mldonkey.png" src="http://sisob.tuxfamily.org/archives/mldonkey-thumb.png" width="294" height="214" border="0" />

This is G2Gui, a new Ui for mlDonkey, which is a client for pretty much any P2P network you can think of. It's still in Alpha, and is still a bit fiddly to set up, but the UI is a whole lot better than anything I've seen on Linux(or Windows).


Evolution 2.5

Could Evolution 2.5 _be_ any sexier? It may not actually be useful yet, but it's going rock our worlds when it's done. It has my vote for inclusion in Gnome 2.6.

<img alt="Screenshot-Evolution-1.5.png" src="http://sisob.tuxfamily.org/archives/Screenshot-Evolution-1.5-thumb.png" width="355" height="273" border="0" />


Re: Matrix class

Kez: Here's my Matrix Class and an example program to use it. I'm afraid that I haven't really cleaned up or documented it very well, but hopefully it will speak for itself.

Don't know if it will make learning matrix multiplication any easier tho' :)


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