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11th July 2008

3:00pm: is unusually responsive toady

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6th July 2008

1:40pm: testing

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9th December 2006

5:56pm: LiveJournal Tag Syndication
avatraxiom rocks. He wrote a perl script that lets you syndicate only specific tags from your LJ, which is a feature I've always wanted. Read his original post for more info.

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26th October 2006

5:19pm: Posting from gaim
I had no idea LJ had chat support now until a friend told me. Besides being implemented in Jabber and thus working with a wide variety of clients, they're also making the daemon it uses public.

The coolest feature, though, is being able to just post to your journal by talking to the bot which is auto-added to your contacts list -- which I am doing right now. Hopefully this thing is properly formatted.

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30th October 2005

5:01am: Enable comments on your journal
Andrew, if you're doing a lazyweb call of help, at least make sure you include some sort of form of contact. Your blog doesn't have comments enabled and I can't find your email address anywhere on your website (even on your resume link on the main site, which leads to a 404).

Not that I use Mac OS X anyway, but enable comments if you want feedback! I'm sure someone will eventually answer on planet, but it's not like IRC.

(Don't take this as a rant; it's more of a pet peeve.)

(2 memorandums | I hear ya)

19th September 2005

5:27pm: Ahrrr
Today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. If ye's not complyin', ye will walk the plank!

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16th September 2005

2:43pm: sigh
This is how my own "visited countries" list should look like:

This is how it does look like:

If there was an individual states option for Brazil it would be even smaller.

Truth be told, I don't really plan on visiting all those countries any time soon, if ever (unfortunately), but man, I'd like to visit Canada and the US and backpack all across Europe.

(6 memorandums | I hear ya)

2:34pm: On servers
I agree with Walters when he says that running a server isn't really worth it these days. That's why I subscribed to linode about a year or so ago. They sell you VPSs running User Mode Linux -- which may not be the fastest thing in the world, but for a "server" that you have root on and is very cheap and with good customer support, you can't go wrong there.

(Note to caker and mikegrb: contact me for commission fees for this blatant advertising.)

(8 memorandums | I hear ya)

23rd May 2005

4:00pm: Slashdot apparently broken
People keep talking about the GPL and consoles on completely unrelated stories. Some major database screwup, I guess.

(3 memorandums | I hear ya)

11:32am: On Star Track
You should all know by now that George Lucas hates hands.

Even though I enjoyed this episode, which I'm sure is only temporarily the last one, this review is dead on. Basically, Lucas couldn't have made it worst than Episodes I and II even if he tried just because he just had to link this movie to the original trilogy. (Notice how the Tantive IV is featured at the end, 70s control panels and all.)

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22nd May 2005

9:41pm: Whee, cold
Wow, I love how the temperature drops so much when it rains a little and it gets all cloudy. It practically makes me want to dust off the winter clothing, and this is Rio.

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14th May 2005

3:41pm: hi5
If you get some weird HTML email from me inviting you to this service, please disregard it.

Current Mood: sad

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27th April 2005

5:39pm: Okay, so I haven't posted in a while. Here's what's been happening recently:

I finally got a new job working for an NGO that cares about digital inclusion, which is pretty neat. Although it has proprietary software scattered around, like most places, people here are very enthusiastic about free software, especially the tech guys; about six people out of eleven in the room use either Debian or Ubuntu, which is not surprising, considering two of us are Debian developers. This is certainly going to be an interesting job, as I'll be taking care of Yet Another Debian Spinoff whose purpose is to turn thin/dumb clients in poor regions into usable machines for community usage right out of the box, a setup which we call telecentros (telecenters) and is funded by some companies and local governments, mainly municipal ones.

Ubuntu is really nice. I still don't have a definitive desktop, so I've been issued a notebook that dual-boots Ubuntu and Windows. It's obviously Debian, but it's so well polished... I didn't have to tweak it nearly as much as I need to when handling a new installation or an unmaintained machine. It kinda Just Works, and the hardware abstraction gimmicks are nice. Put in a blank CD-R, you get some GNOME program for CD burning. Put in a music disc, it fires up a CD player, and so on. As I'm a KDE user, I'm hoping it catches up on this front.

On the Debian camp, I may seem like I'm a bit inactive, but I've been lurking around the mailing lists and channels, as always, and am trying to release the new version of Free Pascal. The thing is that I wanted to release it for all the architectures it now supports -- i386, powerpc and sparc -- but I will have to rebuild it on a powerpc machine, because it couldn't build itself from 1.9.4 to 1.9.6 there. Some developers claim that Debian is too gcc centric for wanting stuff to be buildable from source without manual intervention or the aid of the official binaries generated by upstream, so I've put that aside for a while, but if some kind DD reading this could lend me an account and install the build dependencies, or give me sudo access for pbuildage, I'd be really grateful. I already have an account on a nice sparc box, thanks to Nick Rusnov, but I should email him to get him to install some dependencies which I missed (cf. #304633).

... Or maybe I could cross-compile?

Anyway, on more personal matters, I'm close to getting my Japanese-speaking PDA to output English, with the help of some folks at a forum I've found while googling around. It turns out that all PalmOS-based devices have overlay files, which are their version of locales that you can more or less plug'n'play, except that in my case I've had to use an hex editor to change the headers from Whatever_enUS to Whatever_jpJP and bump up each of the databases' version number. It's not 100% yet because there's a crucial overlays file that must be loaded on boot which isn't working yet.

Oh, and this LJ is now featured on Michael "mikegrb" Greb's planet, too!

Whew! Guess that's all for now. I'll try not to disappear again.

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15th March 2005

2:01pm: Selling my Sony Clié NX-70V (from Japan)
So, as I wrote earlier today, my father's gonna be in Houston, TX in a week. If anyone of you living there or nearby would like to buy or swap a *very* nice PDA who happens to speak 95% Japanese, 5% english, but is otherwise just fine, and comes with a 128 Mb memory stick, drop a comment, email me or something. I'll include all the manuals, CDs, pocket case and so on. Great if you're proficient with Japanese or are learning and would like some motivation, not great if you just hope you can find a way to get it to speak 100% English.

English 1 English 2

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9:50am: Nice digital cameras, anyone?
My father is going to Houston, TX on business next Sunday, so it's a perfect opportunity to shop for electronics. He currently owns a Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z55, which is, put it simply, great. But I don't need an ultra-compact camera; I'd prefer a normal-sized, discrete camera that can take hi-res pics like his (check the specs), but with features like aperture and shutter speed control, plus less noise at ISO 200 and above, like the review put it -- which means, this particular camera kinda sucks when there's little light, and you're almost always gonna get red eyes.

Something in the $300 - $350 price range would be optimal, since the quota for someone coming back to Brazil from abroad is of 500 dollars. (the CF/MMC/SD/whatever cards can slip by, since they're so small, but anything this big wouldn't).

Any tips?

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20th February 2005

11:46pm: A Guide To Behaving On Movie Theatres
* First of all, don't bother checking the synopsis for the movie you're going to see. Instead, rely on its name for adequacy; a movie like Finding Neverland is obviously as suitable for little kids as, say Bambi, even though curse words are used. (While you're at it, rent movies which are obviously made for kids. Fun for the whole family!)
* Do not check those monitors giving you information on whether the movie is subtitled or dubbed. If you notice the movie is subtitled, simply read every subtitle out loud to your children, from the very beginning up until the end, a brief one hour and forty six minutes later. Your fellow moviegoers will not notice you mumbling; instead, they'll think it's just the voices in their heads. Tell them it's time to check their tin foil hats for holes!
* Failing to do this, at least make sure your long hair is falling down the person right behind you. Pretend not to notice. Also make sure your three kids are generally being mischievous; we've all paid to watch and listen to them, not the movie.

Follow these steps and you'll have me as happy as I was this afternoon.

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16th February 2005

12:08am: Help me test out bplay
If you're on an arch such as powerpc, or any other supported big-endian arch with a sound card, please download and compile my new bplay package and try playing a WAV file or running brec foo.wav (no need to really capture from a real audio source, but that would be nice, too). Then please mail me with your results (works, segfaults, plays the file, but the sound is garbled, etc.)


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21st August 2004

7:49am: D Day
I'm spending most of the day on the Rio celebration of D Day, our slightly dislocated but national commemoration of Debian's eleventh anniversary, which we hope to turn into an annual event. The organization and available facilities this time around are very impressive -- I'll make sure I get some of the highlights of the event linked here, since someone's bound to show up with a digital camera.

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20th August 2004

10:28am: And then...
God heard about Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo's "Strange But True", and thus he invented ID3v2. And the filesystems roared.

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19th August 2004

1:04am: Exult, Lazarus packages
So I finally uploaded brand new Exult packages to sid, with the invaluable help of azeem, who probably doesn't know yet that I've added him as a co-maintainer of the package.

Since I was seeking some more adventure, I also finally decided to package Lazarus once and for all. I would appreciate it if someone who does Pascal/Delphi coding could test the preliminary packages I have prepared and report anything out of the ordinary to me. Keep in mind that this is beta quality software -- it's only available from CVS at the moment -- and that you must read README.Debian carefully.

I've also sponsored an upload by john's maintainer, who's not a DD yet -- and isn't even in the NM queue (but I hear it's frozen anyway) --, with an NMU that fixes a critical bug on woody to sarge upgrades. I wonder how many more of these are still lurking around, just waiting to happen... How do we go about finding them?

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17th August 2004

11:38pm: IPv6 Reverse DNS Zone Builder for BIND 8/9
For those of us who keep forgetting how to make reverse DNS for IPv6, FPSN.NET has this easy to use zone builder that makes creating a simple rDNS zone a very easy task.

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8:09pm: OS-tan
Anyone up for creating an OS-tan character for Debian?

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16th August 2004

10:15pm: Hardware problems
My brother told me today that my machine was "hanging on something", which I initially dismissed as some unruly daemon. When I went to check my mail, however, things started to seem worse.

First, I tried to boot regularly, using kernel, and I got a bunch of UnrecoverableError messages, which usually mean "your hard disk is doomed"... So I crossed my fingers and went back to the kernel I was using before, 2.6.7-ck6, and all was fine.

Until half an hour ago, when I was typing casually and listening to music and the machine froze all of a sudden, leaving me with a loud beeping sound coming from the speakers (not the PC speakers, though). Then I rebooted and that happened again after a little while; then the machine just wouldn't boot, stopping while loading the bootloader, most often, but even when attempting to detect my ATA133 hard disk, which is controlled by a Promise Ultra133TX2 IDE controller, which has its own "boot", with a BIOS and all.

I've also detected that the machine is a bit hotter than usual -- around 140F -- and it's around 70F out there (well, maybe 80-90 in the room).

So for anyone out there willing to help: where do I get started? How do I determine which piece of hardware is failing me? What do I do?!

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2nd August 2004


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1st August 2004


Do you realize
that everyone
you know
will die

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes
let them know you
realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
you realize the sun don'-go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

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