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Waiting for Thewuug


It appears the only way to delete a planet post is to overwrite the original with a new post in its stead. I wrote a silly little thing to be up for a day, and expected it to disappear from the planet when I nuked the original post. But the planet doesn't work that way and preserves the old stuff in perpetuity unless you edit the original and push it out in your feed. OK. I know now. Don't post silly ephemeral posts as they will soon look ridiculous.

Moblin 2.1 on my Acer Aspire One

Yup, it installed easily and seems to work quite well. Supports the Aspire One hardware directly without configuration which is very nice, The moblin web browser isn't ready for use yet but firefox was easily installed through the moblin garage and it runs well (though it calls itself Shiretoko?). It is nice to finally be using an up to date browser on my AA1. I haven't figured out the keyboard shortcuts yet, so I am mousing (or rather trackpadding) more than is comfortable.

Copyright Consultation

So I sent in my email in response to the government's copyright consultation which in essence said please don't do anything!

A simple python decorator

Here is a very simple python function that requires no libraries, implements some of the deepest python magic and is still remarkably easy to understand:

Google hosted Ajax Libraries

Google hosts all the popular ajax libraries on their servers so you don't have to keep a copy on your own ajax enabled web site.

See for the following ajax Libraries:
jQuery UI
Yahoo! User Interface Library (YUI)New!
Ext CoreNew!

Good Luck with Linus's Kernel

So I've had good luck with the kernels. Just compiled and rebooted into 2.6.30 and everything is working well. I am using debian's make-kpkg which will build and package a kernel into a linux-image deb package which is very handy for installing multiple concurrent kernels --- very handy for charging ahead with compiles without fearing that I might render my machine unbootable. As long as my speculative kernel builds don't hose any filesystems I can use bleeding edge kernels without fear.

dell tech support

I like dell. They seem to have good solid engineering --- I've never had any trouble with their hardware (I am much more impressed by reliability then by by cutting-edge performance).

Restoring a Windows Machine

cross posted this from the wuug mailing list --- I took off more than I could chew when I offered to clean off the personal data of a donated dell inspiron 700m (circa 2005). I ended up destroying the Windows OS. A virus had already removed the Windows restore points and somehow disabled the factory install restore partitions, even though there was no current infection of core OS --- a fact I hadn't fully grokked before I charged on regardless. It appears the working antivirus software had managed to isolate the offending virus before it had shut down and on subsequent reboots it was operating cleanly with the exception of a broken network subsystem and some weirdness with the battery. I had managed to restore the network and updated the Anitvirus software and uploaded overdue security updates --- I thought I was doing OK but had in fact released more viral code. I just don't get the Windows mindset. On reboot the machine was lost. A particularly nasty piece of code. It allowed the machine to run with only a slight delay at boot time but was in fact spreading itself throughout the filesystem and a

Gentoo File Manager


My favourite file manager has been upgraded for gtk2 and I couldn't be happier. The gtk1 version that is installed in Lenny is terminally broken and, as a result, I have been trying to use other file managers without much joy.. The gtk2 version has been out for several months but today's code dump (version 0.15.4) is stable enough to warrant a post to the blog.

The Gentoo file manager [] doesn't do drag-and-drop, it doesn't do tree views, it doesn't do previews, it doesn't do many of things of modern flashy file browsers do --- and is all the better for it (those things are nice but I don't really miss them) The things it does do it does very well. Even better it avoids the worst sins of more "modern" file managers that drive me space --- things such as:

  • executing files when the exec bit set instead of openning them for edit
  • choking on large directories

A Design for Hexadecimal Digits


0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F --- how ugly mixing letters and digits together like that. In order to remain consistent with the 10 decimal digits that are independent from the alphabet, we really need 6 more digit-like characters for hexdecimal numbers. To this end I have been considering what these digits should look like. Having some resemblence to the letters A-F or their lowercase equivalents is clearly desirable but not essential. Using the forms of existing digits so they look in place seems reasonable, so long as the digits are clearly distinguishable from each other.

Suggestively B (eleven = 8 + 3) looks like its octal representation 13. F (fifteen = 8 + 7 = octal 17) looks like a mirrored 7 crossed in the european style. If we munge 1 and 5 together the result looks kind of like a D or a d with a decoration on top (D = thirteen = 8 + 5 = octal 15). So we have the basis of character representation for hexadecimal digits taking its inspiration from octal --- very nice.

To express A, C and E in terms of octal 12, 14 and 16 requires a greater suspension of disbelief (a facility in which I personally excel).


hexadecimal digits realized


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