Meh. There’s another weekend spent doing very little. And for a change, this didn’t involve me spending any time either playing video games, or on IRC.
I took a troll through Planet Linux Australia (and also remembered to submit my blog there again…) and came up with the following links, for your eddification and mine:
- Rusty’s blog entry on the talloc talk at LCA06: I guess I’m not the only one who thought the graphing code was cool… Sadly, the shell script 401s…
- Flowing from Rusty’s blog, Van Jaconbson‘s TCP speedup stuff will be appearing in Linux this year. ^_^
- Back to Planet LA, and being broke, an entry regarding OpenSkills, the Linux Australia jobs mailling list and the Linux Australia Jobs database was highly relevent. In the spirit of timewasting, I haven’t actually followed these up yet, but I will…
- Jonathan Oxer picked up an unfortunate piece of juxtaposition. Of course, if this was on paper a copyeditor prolly would have spotted it.
- Horms apparently was also impressed by Mark Shuttleworth’s LCA06 keynote, and pulled up something he wrote in 2005 regarding Multilingual Desktops.
- I wish my blogs attracted this level of response…
- Tiny tiny tiny video projectors: Oh, I want one of these. Yet again I wish I was a computer hardware engineer… Almost
- The RIAA claims that everytime you apply fair-use to copy your legally purchased music into another format, Domokun eats an iPod: A disappointing but predictable claim, but it did provide a good opportunity to link the Domokun iPod cover. ^_^
- It seems while I was otherwise distracted, people have hacked OSx86 to work on commodity X86 hardware. Apple’s given the main OSx86 community site a cease-and-desist DMCA notice of some kind to not link to the site I linked to two links ago… O_O
- And a dumb-math-trick of sheer brilliance. I really should build up a collection of these things somewhere. If only I could find the damn “1 = 2” proof again…
So what else have I been doing? Well, I played with Google Maps until I identifed my current home, and the CBIT offices, although the latter’s photo is slightly old now, as there’s a sort of overhang thing over the entrance now.
I finished Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison. Happily, the next book in the series is due out in June… Although lord knows how long it’ll take to get here. I also this week finished The Shining City by Kate Forsyth. Sequel also due mid-year, and she’s Australian so I am more hopeful of seeing it before next summer… I prolly should go to one of those ‘enter my books’ sites and record for posterity just how many books I’ve spent my rent-money on.
Speaking of rent-money, I’m at the broke end of the week, so went last night and spent $32 on food until Wednesday. This covered four pot-noodles, five microwave paster dinners, and five bottles of Caffiene-Free Diet Coke. Also some lollies, to cover sugar-cravings. Mind you, I haven’t eaten yet today… Hmm, I’d better do that soon.
Of course, you can’t waste a weekend if you have no plans. And this weekend, I was supposed to finish the new CBIT Internet Customer Administration interface… It’s neat, and AJAXified (using the very neat xajax PHP-based setup) and the only thing I did on this this weekend was fix a problem I was having with Internet Explorer 6 on Windows. I couldn’t do this at work, because I’m developing under Linux on my PowerBook.
OK, I guess that’s not all I did. I spent a few hours screwing with wine, trying trying get IE6 going under Win2K-mode (partly for the AJAX stuff, partly so I could run QuickBooks). I’ve gotten IE6 installed, but it seems to barf when making the AJAX calls, not to mention needing to be Ctrl-C’d when presenting a username/password box.
In the end, I grabbed the IEs 4 Linux script, which installed IE6 in it’s own WINEPREFIX, like a charm. I’m well pleased with it. ^_^
I’m also gonna grab Opera to test the site against. Happily, not only do they have an Apt repository, they’ve also got a public beta program which includes Linux-PPC support. ^_^ This is really how commercial, closed-source software should be addressing the Linux community.
Also, Opera for Nintendo DS. I mean, like, wow.
Also wow, ABC’s podcasts. I wonder if they’ll do video podcasting soon? Not that I’m watching or listening to any podcasts, but…
I also wasted a few hours this weekend watching the latest episodes of TV shows from the US. Thinking about it, I watch: Battlestar Galactica, Boston Legal and House MD. I also watch Dr Who and Tripping The Rift when it’s on… I know that Apple now sells TV episodes over their iPod store, and so I feel like I should be paying something to watch these shows, but I dunno what they’re charging. I’d happily pay 50c per episode. I dunno if I’d pay more than that, though. Maybe if I had a better viewing setup, or planned on keeping the files and watching them again…
I also watched the Casanova BBC Miniseries last weekend. It was really really really good. ^_^ I was kinda iffy about the Heath Ledger movie, but Margaret and David thought it was leave-your-brain-at-the-door funny, and I’m now willing to give it a burl.
Hmm. I wish I was a large software corporation, so I could go try and do what Loki failed to do, but instead of buying the license and selling the game, I’d contract to the publishing houses to port the game for them, kind of like how many Mac-ported games seem to be done. I _really_ want to play GuildWars, but it doesn’t yet work in wine, and don’t want to reboot to Windows to do so. I _might_ give a burl to this partial success report for GuldWars on Wine…
And fun as Battle for Wesnoth is, I’m awful at it.