I got the flat!

I got the flat! Yay! ^_^

I started looking on Tuesday on allhomes.com after I talked to Salu on Monday afternoon and we decided that our aims were too different to be able to easily find a flat that would suit us both. I inspected the place on Wednesday afternoon, decided I liked it, and put in an offer. The landlord only settled on the place today, and this afternoon the real estate agent called me and said I’ve got it. ^_^

$120 per week, $480 bond, two weeks in advance and $15 fee. I’m laughing. ^_^

And it also gave me a good chance to SMS all my friends, and see who I hadn’t heard from in a long time, but still had their number. ^_^


Linux.conf.au is a vampire

As previously mentioned, I was at linux.conf.au until Saturday afternoon. I had meant to blog about it, but in fact I got so busy just being there, I failed to. The good news is I now have a whackload of fun projects to work on next time I have a spare moment. I’ll be building a TODO list in my wiki soon, to manage the various things I’m trying to get done. It’ll prolly be unviewable to the public though.

If I was independantly wealthy, Linux.conf.au would have just provided projects to work on for the next nine months until the next Linux.conf.au, in Dunedin, NZ. Yes, New Zealand is now part of Australia for purposes of Linux.conf.au. ^_^

The next five weeks will prolly see more activity in my blog, since I’m at ActewAGL full time, documenting and finalising everything so I can be out of here by July. This is my last ditch effort to get clear so I can finish my degree and get on with my life.

Linuxconf Day 1 Morning

Wow. Linux.conf.au. Today and tomorrow are mini-confs, and I’m attending the Debian Miniconf4. So far the two speakers have been about the state of Debian according to Bdale Garbee, former DPL, and a presentation on rockets running Debian.

Currently it’s lunchtime, and I’ve found a powerpoint so I can laptop again. Wireless signal is good in MCC foyer, unusable for me in Sullivan’s Cafe, and untested in MCC T2. Of course, others aren’t having this problem, so it’s still either my card, or the prism54 driver in Linux. I’ve now established that booting my laptop with the card in does bad bad things to IRQ routing, meaning I have to boot into windows (or at least try, the local Win98 is unbootable just now) to get things going again. Even a cold boot doesn’t fix it. >_<

Oh, and my laptop’s battery life is about 12 minutes, with a charging time of about 100 minutes. Luckily, that 12 minutes appears to be the first 5% and last 5% of the battery, so I get some warning when it’s about to go down. ^_^

Anyway, I was lucky the guy at the registration desk didn’t look too hard at my student card, which expired at the end of March, and got some neat swag in the showbag, including a little pliars/knife/screwdriver thing, and a network cable-in-a-box type doodad. Actually, that plus the Ubuntu PPC CD (which I’ll prolly use to empty and back up Obiwan, which is why I chose it over i386) is the neat swag. The rest was various brochues and pamphlets for other conferences I can’t afford to attend.

This afternoon we get some very interesting-looking presentations, and I’ll finally be able to put a face to Horms, who’s been sponsoring FreeRADIUS into Debian for me. Which reminds me I have to get those threading fixes uploaded ASAP, and see if there’s anything left for FreeRADIUS 1.1.0’s release to take care of.

New spamfiltering in place

Gah. That capcha wasn’t working very well (or at all) so I’ve instituted a different spamchecker, Spam Karma 2 which also involved a patch for a WordPress bug.

I also tried to install Subscribe To Comments 2 but it doesn’t play nice with PHP4.12 I guess.

As I write this, Dogtato has just been expelled into the backyard by Shane for peeing inside. (I call him Dogtato, Shane’s named him Capone, and his pedegree name is Sonny Bill. Other people have much ruder names for him, at least I can say it’s because his coat’s brown like a potato. I’m still looking for an opportunity to call Shane Mantato but I don’t think that’ll go down too well.)

Anyway, part of this process involved me clearing out the spam comments, and discovering people have been leaving me real comments. I had comments on WinNY, Mew, and Casual Projects. (Whom I enjoyed more than I seem to have said, but they’ve gone back down in my pile by being called Cas P, and apparently being hiphop.) Apparently I’m not supposed to prefer the lyrics of (early) Jewel to their lyrics. Or something. ^_^

On reflection, I might have marked them down a bit for having inaudible lyrics, but given my slight hardness of hearing for speech, my bar for lyrics is higher than usual.

Why am I harping so prosaic about Casual Projects? It’s nice to see a (non-anime) rabid fanboy (or girl), proving it’s not a phenomenon restricted to Japanese bishoujo/bishounen anime… And googling for ‘”casual projects” song lyrics’ returns me as the top hit, and I want to encourage anything that makes me the top google for something. ^_^