OCT
9
2005

Why do good people do bad things?


arkimedes:~# apt-get install dbus-qt-1-dev
(stuff skipped)
The following NEW packages will be installed:
dbus-qt-1-dev dbus-qt-1c2 hicolor-icon-theme kdelibs-bin kdelibs-data
kdelibs4c2 libarts1c2 libaspell15 libfam0 libjasper-1.701-1 libnetpbm10
libopenexr2c2 menu-xdg netpbm
0 upgraded, 14 newly installed, 0 to remove and 2 not upgraded.
Need to get 19.9MB/21.0MB of archives.
After unpacking 69.5MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?

MAY
13
2005

Presentation

Next week, on Wednesday the 18th of May, I will be overseeing a KDE Flamewar (and talking about how to tweak KDE) for the Nottingham Linux Users Group.

Come one, come all!

APR
1
2005

two months, and a day

My flight back to California is on the second of June, from Heathrow. I leave San Francisco back to England on the 14th (arriving on the 15th) of September.

That gives me three and a half months of attempting to avoid saying things like "That's five dollars and 50 pence."

MAR
17
2005

Wintersend

12°C today, and this marks the beginning of the long downward spiral into summer.

English summers are awful, the raindrops form out of the air all around you. The drops hit you and you wake up hours later dazed and with concussion.

Californian summers are of course much nicer, but you still get waves of blistering heat sometimes. I love the winter. I like to wear long coats. I love the winter, not the grey skies, but the wind and the snow (at least when I'm in Britain). The sunlight shining off the rain-soaked pavement. Wintertime.

MAR
6
2005

Not this again

Apparently, I am a DYO--Dark Dry Offbeat. This makes me a Neurotic.

I believe it. The complete analysis was head-on, in my opinion, but that might just be the result of Confirmation bias (the tendency to see accuracy in astrology, for example).

Oh, and take a look at this -- it's really pretty.

MAR
5
2005

Software Arrogance/Choose Your Document

Lots of programs in and out of KDE suffer from a condition that I call software arrogance. Consistently, I find such applications completely unusable and thus refuse to use them. Software arrogance is when a program feels it is more important than its user's document.

FEB
24
2005

Beauty defined

How was I living without snow all this time?

This stuff is amazing! The essence of beauty.

Truly the best things in life are all around us, why do so many dislike such a lovely gift from nature?

(To put this in context, we've been recieving snow here since Monday, and I've been enjoying every moment of it)

FEB
20
2005

on DRM in KPDF

By now there's quite the debate (aseigo, tsdgeos) regarding the implementation of DRM in KPDF.

Rather then getting a Blogger account (ahem), I'll post here, where I already have an account.

FEB
19
2005

the IDN problem

Filed against every single major web browser is the bug of "unicode blindness injection" security vulnerability. In short, Unicode letters can look the same as their ascii-equivalents, but lead to a different URL (thereby permitting man-in-the-middle attacks).

My solution consists of verifying that unicode glyphs look different from ascii glyphs (yes, I like the word "glyph"). In my example screenshot, words in parentheses are entirely ascii, those preceding them have a "wrong letter:"

FEB
16
2005

Nightwish and Tristania

Last night I saw Nightwish and Tristania in Birmingham. Nightwish was absolutely spectacular and put on a great show!

Tristania, the band I actually want to see was actually a disappointment. They seemed to forget how to play some of their older songs. They definitely are better mastered.

Nightwish, which I did like some in past as well, I now have a new appreciation for. They're incredibly talented, what you hear on their albums is what they actually play, not merely the result of lots of mastering.

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