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Mon, 01 Sep 2008 22:26:19 GMTSF.net now supports OpenID. Hooray! I'd like to make a comment on a thread about the RTL8187se chip I've got in my new MSI Wind. So I go to sign in with OpenID and instead of signing me in it prompts me to create an account with a name, username and password for the account. Huh? I just want to post to their forum, I don't want to create an account (at least not explicitly, if they want to do it behind the scenes fine). Isn't the point of OpenID to not have to create accounts and particularly not have to create new usernames and passwords to access websites? I'm not impressed.
Tue, 12 Aug 2008 04:28:32 GMTBiella, I am from there and I do agree. If I was still living there I would try to form a team and make a bid. Simon even made noises about organizing a bid at DebConfs past. I wish he would :)
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 06:32:08 GMTSo first the bad news is that I'm not coming to DebConf this year. There are a few reasons for this. It's fairly far and expensive. I thought the lineup of talks was pretty similar to the last two years. And perhaps most fundamentally, I don't want to go somewhere cold (well, cool) in the summertime. I think this may be a Canadian thing, but I love summer time and I don't want to squander any of my warm days. So have a good time folks, I'll miss you and I'm certainly going to make the effort to be there next year. And lets hope DebConf 10 is in Montréal :)
Fri, 27 Jun 2008 07:22:26 GMTWhen I first saw the eeePC I thought it was a great idea, but seemed a little too small (particularly the screen) and not great battery life. Now that the 901 has been released it seems like an ideal ultra portable laptop for my needs. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be anyone selling it here except on eBay. Looks like they won't go on sale here until July 7.
Sun, 23 Mar 2008 05:21:40 GMTThe recent IPv6 Conference at Google and the launching of ipv6.google.com (only accessible over IPv6) inspired me to set up a 6to4 tunnel on my WRT54G running OpenWRT. I've been reading about IPv6 for years, but there didn't seem to be much point. Now I've seen the bouncing Google logo and the dancing turtle, and it really wasn't all that difficult. One issue I ran into was the 2.4 kernel that is needed to run on the WRT54G doesn't have a connection tracking for stateful firewall rules, which makes it a pretty poor IPv6 firewall. It's disabled for now, and tomorrow I'll go buy a WRTSL54GS so I can run a 2.6 kernel.
Fri, 08 Feb 2008 04:10:07 GMTMartin's adventure makes me long for some scuba diving, which I haven't done for a couple of years now. Damn you, busy life!
Mon, 10 Dec 2007 06:07:47 GMTLast week it was one year since I moved to New York. The city is pretty amazing, I've barely scratched the surface of what you can do here. I've spent a lot of it working and not taking advantage of it. I've done almost none of the touristy things you're supposed to do in this city, I haven't been to the Statue of Liberty, I haven't been up the Empire State Building and I haven't been in a single museum. It's a bit sad really. Not that I haven't done fun stuff, but I've definitely focused too much on work. Hopefully I can restore a little balance in the new year.
Mon, 12 Nov 2007 06:51:00 GMTI've just gotten a 256slice from Slicehost and I will deleting my UML instance with Bytemark. I was a customer of Bytemark's for a number of years, and I was happy with them. I had the smallest VM they offered and was just using it to run my DNS, postfix (and clamav and amavis) and a couple of tiny websites. The 75M of RAM the VM has just isn't up to these tasks anymore, with fairly frequent OOMing. Although they upgrading their smallest VMs to 150M six months ago, I still hadn't been upgraded to that new size, which is one of the main reasons I looked for other options.
Sun, 21 Oct 2007 07:24:20 GMTMy UPS died today, so I went to the store to get a new one. It came with a USB cable and when I plugged it into my desktop an icon popped into the Gnome panel to show me my new UPS, how much charge it had, etc (and I assume shut it down when . Very cool, and honestly completely unexpected. I think a couple of years ago I would be much less impressed by this, but as I find my free time dwindling I really appreciate when things just work. It's also a small, but encouraging sign that "Desktop Linux" is making good progress.
Mon, 03 Sep 2007 03:44:22 GMT
Sun, 15 Jul 2007 04:38:56 GMTA hot topic this past DebConf7 was git. I've bought into the hype, so I decided to take the plunge and move my Subversion repositories to it. A lot of people seem to be willing to part with their history when making the move, but I'm some what irrationally attached to it.
$ git svn clone -A authors --trunk=trunk/libclass-makemethods-perl \ --branches=branches/libclass-makemethods-perl/upstream \ --tags=tags/libclass-makemethods-perl --no-metadata \ file:///home/svn/debian libclass-makemethods-perl
#!/bin/sh -e tags=`git branch -r | egrep 'tags/[^@]+$'` echo "$tags" | perl -ne \ 'chomp($_); my $head = $_; s,\s+tags,debian,g; print "git tag $_ $head^\n"' for i in $tags ; do echo "git branch -r -d $i"; done upstream_tags=`git branch -r | egrep ' +[0-9][^@]+$'` echo "$upstream_tags" | perl -ne \ 'chomp($_); s,\s+,,g; print "git tag upstream/$_ $_^\n"' for i in $upstream_tags ; do echo "git branch -r -d $i"; done echo "git branch upstream current" echo "git branch -r -d current" echo "git branch -r -d trunk"
gitkto make sure this won't screw anything up. If your the part you're converting also came up from CVS, you'll probably have a bit of a mess on your hands that will need more manual cleanup.
gitkis really an amazing visualization tool and can help a lot here. Once you're satisfied just pipe it into
/bin/sh. Since git svn mostly can't track where you merged in your SVN repo, make sure you merge the
masteras soon as you can. It will save you a lot of conflicts later, trust me.
svn export. Does an equivalent command exist in git? You would think there would be an option you could pass to
git cloneto do this but I can't seem to find anything.
Sat, 30 Jun 2007 03:06:40 GMTOne thing I'm really missing is Montréal in the summer time. Particularly the Fantasia Festival, where I would usually take in twenty-odd movies over a couple of weeks and I've been going for years. It was great. New York doesn't seem to have anything that compares, except maybe The New York Asian Film Festival. But that seems quite a bit smaller and more focused. I'll still check out it out though.
Thu, 31 May 2007 05:37:29 GMTDear Lazyweb,
Tue, 29 May 2007 06:47:38 GMTTwo blog posts in one day!
Mon, 28 May 2007 22:35:15 GMTEven though Iceweasel has been a reality since November, it seems that there is still some backlash about the rename. Thanks very much to Andrew for jumping to my defense (and also for organizing dinner the last time I was in Mountain View, it was a fun evening). Nothing he said was fundamentally incorrect, but it doesn't paint the full picture.Once upon a time (somewhere around Firefox 0.9) we happily shipped the fox hugging the globe icon. Then it was pointed out the copyright license on that piece of artwork wasn't DFSG free (and probably wouldn't be free under any reasonable free software or even open content license), so we removed it and used the plain globe icon they shipped in the tarball instead. Eventually the Mozilla Foundation asked us to remove mozilla- from the package name (it was mozilla-firefox at the time) which we did, and the issue of the icon and trademark came up. After explaining why we couldn't ship the icon they gave us permission to continue to use the name. They said they would periodically check up to make sure we weren't shipping crap that would harm the brand. This seemed a fairly good compromise and we accepted.This situation persisted for a year or so, in both Debian and Ubuntu, but then the Mozilla Corporation (who was now in possession of the trademarks) insisted we couldn't use the name without the non-free logo. They also wanted to approve any changes made before they were uploaded. They are certainly within their rights to do this, but to hear Mr. Fowler tell it we were on a crusade to purge the name from the distro. We were not, we were content with the status quo. I also must take exception with Mr. Fowler stating: "They've persisted, despite the best efforts of the Mozilla project team to engage with the Debian packagers to resolve the situation." I think from the discussion we were trying our best to reach some sort of compromise and the Mozilla side seemed firmly entrenched in their position, not offering us a lot of alternatives. The non-free nature of the logo and the unprecedented "control-freak" review process didn't leave us with a lot of alternatives.Ubuntu does ship the officially branded version of the Firefox, but they have a weaker set of freedom guidelines than Debian. Whether you think that is good or bad is personal choice, but one of the reasons I like Debian so much is its commitment to free software, even if that means not everything is as easy or expedient as one would like.With respect to the new name and icon, this is again a matter of personal taste. I do tend to think "Iceweasel" doesn't have that much sex appeal but it was a popular choice and had the benefit of having already been used to refer to a potential name fork of Firefox. And BTW this is really only a name fork, the amount of changes we've actually put in to the tree (beyond renaming ones) are minimal. In fact the last time it was checked, our patches were a strict subset of the patches Ubuntu uses in their Firefox package. So Iceweasel is in fact functionally identical to Firefox with what I like to think are some minor improvements from upstream.As to your other points, I will admit to being poorly-socialized, but I think most who have met me wouldn't call me self-obsessed, egotistical or a moron.I think Debian is developing a bit of a bias against it where we're assumed to be a bunch of crazy Free software nuts, and the presumption is anytime we act against the grain we're the ones being unreasonable despite any evidence to the contrary. I don't know how we can fight this perception, but I think we should.[...]
Wed, 02 May 2007 03:26:36 GMTJoey Hess writes that he may not attend DebConf this year because he canceled his talk and he believes this doesn't entitle him to sponsorship. I must beg to differ. Joey's contributions to Debian are numerous and ongoing, and his knowledge and general levelheadedness about Debian are legendary. I realize that in the post Dunc Tank era people are leery of creating the perception of rewarding someone monetarily, but with no disrespect intended just having him there to contribute and ask questions of would be more valuable than some of the talks (certainly more than the BoF I'm giving :P).
Mon, 16 Apr 2007 07:54:31 GMTI upgraded my mailserver, etc box to etch. It was fairly painless, a few tweaks to do here and there. I'm looking forward to newer version of things like Spamassassin. I'm also booked for my trip to Edinburgh, I'm really looking forward to that, since I've never been there and it's where my mother was born (well not Edinburgh, but Scotland).
Wed, 04 Apr 2007 04:06:32 GMTSo I hauled my ass to the Nintendo World Store in Rockefeller Center a couple of weeks ago to get myself a Nintendo Wii. I can see what all the fuss is about, the controls are just so amazing, it's really a much more fun and comfortable experience. I've also spent way to much time playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. I have lost much sleep because of that game. I also bowled a 245 in Wii Bowling, which is so much better than I would bowl in real bowling it's not funny.
Fri, 23 Feb 2007 10:20:55 GMTI'm nearly done my second week of four here in Mountain View. I think I've already become a traitor to my Canadian heritage because I'm really enjoying the no snow and the no cold in February. Mountain View is a pretty little town, but not that exciting in and of itself. I'll have to try to make it up to San Francisco.
Wed, 03 Jan 2007 06:57:49 GMTI'm a simple guy. I don't necessarily need the latest technology, especially if it's more annoying than the previous tech. I also don't need a lot of TV channels. In Montréal I just had basic, analog cable. That was just fine, and I have a TV tuner card in my box and I could watch TV from the comfort of my chair.
Tue, 26 Dec 2006 05:21:56 GMTSo it's been a while since I have actually posted something. The last few weeks has just been full of new stuff and changes. Google is a challenging but very enjoyable place to work. I found a pretty nice place to live in Brooklyn that only costs an arm every month, rather than an arm and a leg. I'll be moving this week, but I'm still trying to find a good gym with squash courts and an active squash ladder (and hopefully not ridiculously expensive) and a good place to continue my 日本語 classes.
Mon, 04 Dec 2006 04:20:10 GMTSo I begin work tomorrow. It's been an interesting few days so far. Border officers are not really pleasant people (from my sample size of one). I've been put up in a beautiful corporate apartment basically in Times Square. It's just going to make it worse when I have to find an expensive and worse apartment elsewhere. Times Square is full of tourists and is quite loud, flashy and expensive. But luckily I found a cheap Japanese place around the corned called Sapporo that's relatively cheap, so I've eaten there three times already. I've seen my brother a couple of times already and he's shown me a couple of good eateries. I've also seen a few apartments in Brooklyn that are frighteningly expensive for where they are. I guess that's just normal around here.
Tue, 21 Nov 2006 23:58:32 GMTErich, give me a break man :) There are definitely still some branding issues left, I'm working on them.
Mon, 20 Nov 2006 17:07:54 GMTIceweasel has hit incoming after spending only 90 minutes in the NEW queue (I think one of the ftp-masters must have a crush on me). Please test, test, test, especially upgrades from sarge. There are still a few branding issues to sort out, but I'll try to get them fixed over the next couple of days. Should we go with one of these icons? I particularly like the weasel humping the globe.