More disturbing events

November 30, 2004

Last night I was fiddling with my camera. It’s a now-old canon s100. It has a cf card. The new laptop doesn’t have a cf-slot like the old one did and I didn’t want to find the pcmcia card adapter for it. So I find the usb cable. I plug it in. I turn it on. Boom, up pops a box telling me it found my camera and it noticed there are pictures on it. Then it asks me if I would like to import them. I say yes, I tell it where I’d like them to live and it imports them. It takes forever and a day b/c this is a usb1 device and well, it’s slow. πŸ™‚

But then I imported the pictures and gthumb comes up to let me fiddle with them. I fiddle with them. I save them as a web album. Then I open up nautilus to where the pictures live. I click on my server link for the sftp connection to a machine that can write to my webspace and I drag and drop the album folder for the new pictures to my webspace directory.

That’s it, I’m done. And I never had to open a terminal at all. That was nice. Thanks to all the folks who worked to make that possible. I appreciate it.

disturbing revelations

November 29, 2004

yum 2.1.12 is out – that’s mildly disturbing in that I think I fixed a lot of bugs and didn’t introduce a lot of new ones. πŸ™‚

It was disclosed to me today that the girl has never had a real xmas tree. I tend to not decorate for xmas b/c I’ve always thought it’s a bit much. I don’t mind other people decorating but it’s not really ever been my deal. I may break that standard that I’ve had for the past 7 years to give the girl the experience of searching for a tree and putting it up (and the agonizing pain that involves πŸ™‚

When I was little we lived in an extremely rural area. It’s not that rural now but then it was. I never noticed this b/c that’s just where I lived. I didn’t really notice that it was extremely rural, it just was.

We lived a good ways out in the woods, in a log cabin. I know it sounds like a cliche but that’s where I lived when I was little. So when we wanted a christmas tree my dad would go out with an axe or hand saw, find one and cut it down.

The log cabin had one particular room that had about 15 or 16ft ceilings. A real pain in the arse to heat but a nice room altogether. So we always had huge trees when we lived there. Simply huge trees. Luckily my dad was a house painter so we always had big ladders around to decorate these things properly. And a tree to fill in a room with high ceilings requires lots of decorations. Most of ours came from things my brother and I made in school for the holidays. It was always cool to have a big tree, even if it was only decorated on the sides you could see πŸ™‚

Long story short, I’ve had a history with enormous and natural christmas trees. So why not get a reasonable size one this year to let the girl have the full xmas tree experience? I’m not religious at all, much to the contrary, but xmas is almost voided of religion these days, so being able to take advantage of some of the pomp of the holiday w/o having to get involved with the circumstance is good. Take a listen to Vienna Teng’s song “The Atheist Christmas Carol” off of Warm Strangers. It’s a fairly accurate concept of what I think about when I think about christmas these days. Then again, some days the Pogue’s Fairytale of New York is more appropriate.

Noticed Pete’s entry about using yum on a smaller-memory system. A couple of suggestions:

1. yum –disablerepo=base [command] is a good way to cut down the footprint. Especially on commands only dealing with updates or recent files.

2. Buy ram. πŸ™‚

I’m open to suggestions on cutting down the memory footprint. I’ve tried a number of things, but python doesn’t seem to like to garbage collect certain types of memory structures. Even when you try to tell it to specifically clean up.

The rss feed commands are bulky b/c it’s reading in the other.xml.gz which is the largest of all of the metadata. If you have a specific use case you’d like to relate to me, maybe I can figure out a good way to trim it down.

NP: Alfie, The Christmas Tree, John Denver and the Muppets – A Christmas Together

I love wireless insecurity

November 21, 2004

I’m sitting on the corner of Q and I think connecticut at a farmer’s market near dupont circle. It’s half past noon and i’m borrowing someone’s network access. Not sure where from but the signal is strong. The wireless at the hotel was abysmal and the hotel is nothing to write home about. However, we’ve done some good museum-ing and restaurant-ing. So the weekend is not a loss at all.

Heading over to the national archives here in a short bit and then meeting the girl at the spa in about 1.5hrs. Then off to alexandria, I think, to find knit happens. Then, if there’s time, off to galludet to see if they have a tour of some type. Then one more evening here and tomorrow I think to tyson’s corner for window shopping/real shopping, etc.

I’ve not hit a lick on anything so far this week and afaict, that’s a good thing. I’ll probably sift through bug reports and pain tomorrow night and separate out the crack-ridden from the merely drug-adled.

Hopefully have some time to spend on an 2.1.12, as well. I’m thinking 2.1.12 release which is mostly little bugfixes then implement the which will most likely break a bunch of things πŸ™‚

comedic tragedy

November 19, 2004

In the greatest of all pain given my recent saga extracting my laptop from the jowls of DHL. The bag I mentioned ordering yesterday is being shipped over night by none other than DHL. I wonder how long it will take for it to actually get here.

I’d like to offer a sigh.

I’m at my folks’ house now, spending the night before up to DC tomorrow. I probably won’t get much hacking done in the next few days (no surprise) but I think I’ll have some downtime after monday to sit quietly and plunk at some code. I’d like to fix 2 bugs and push out yum 2.1.12 sometime this week. Maybe get Jeremy to build it for updates-testing and see how it fares.

Right now I’m going to sleep and viciously delete email for a couple of days πŸ™‚

planet dhg

November 19, 2004

There is a planet site that Luis runs for a ragged bunch of people vaguely associated with duke. It’s called planet dhg. He and I were talking and we both agree it needs heads of the people involved. πŸ™‚

Bag selection is at an end

November 18, 2004

I know everyone was on the edge of their seat but I finally decided to order the bag from sfbags.

I got this one, luis recommended it and luis beats the hell out of things so I figure it’s a good recommendation. I had it shipped to my folks house so hopefully it will show up there friday morning and I’ll be filled with mirth.

If not then I’ll get it on monday and well, still the mirth πŸ™‚

Laptop saga ends

November 17, 2004

The laptop showed up today. No stickers noting tuesday-only service and the delivery person neither gently placed the laptop on the porch nor did they ask for a signature. They tossed it and left. I called DHL and let them know exactly how unhappy I’ve been with their “service”. Laptop looks pretty good though. All the pieces are here, afaict, but the battery life on this little 4 cell battery is kinda poor. I think I’ll let it run this way for a week or so then maybe pick up the 8 cell battery. Right now it seems like acpi has no concept of an idea how long it will take the battery to charge.

Now the new quest is to find a good laptop sleeve that:

  • has enough space to carry a small notebook and my AC adapter
  • isn’t leather
  • isn’t ugly
  • doesn’t cost $300

Many thanks to Thomas for providing me with the drivers for the wireless card. There are still lots of things to assemble but it is slowly coming together.


November 17, 2004

So I’ll be going off with the girl on a trip away from the office. And this time it’s not even to a linux conference, either.

I’m leaving thursday nov 18th in the afternoon and returning on the 29th. We’re off to DC for a few days where the girl will be immersed in a spa. I’m kinda envious but not that much.

Then back to my folks place for some kicking around and thanksgiving. Then down to Williamsburg to watch my little brother play golf at kingsmill. Some shopping and moving around colonial williamsburg, I’m sure. I enjoy holiday shopping down there for some bizarre masochistic reasons. Hopefully, I’ll hack on some things while I’m lounging about for the week.

The new laptop is shaping up. I’m thinking about getting a sleevecase from sfbags on advice of luis. Still debating. Definitely picking up the 8 cell battery, though.

More fun with DHL

November 15, 2004

In the continuing story of my wayward laptop dhl called this morning. My laptop is now in NC. It found its way, miraculously. They claim it has a sticker which says ‘only deliver on tuesday nov 16th’. I found this a bit hard to believe so I called the vendor. I asked them if they put stickers like that on and if so, why. The vendor said that not only do they not put anything like that on the box but they don’t even have the sticker. Now, seeing as the vendor already has my money they have little reason to lie to me. I also can’t figure out what motive they have to put a sticker like that on. So I’m inclined to believe them. This means that either:

  1. someone at dhl is cluefree
  2. someone at dhl is lying to their boss
  3. someone at dhl is lying to me

I’ll get the package tomorrow. I’ll read what it says on the box. Then hopefully I’ll either be greatly relieved or I’ll get to bring an enormous amount of pain to someone at dhl. Either way I go away happy. πŸ™‚

Laptop My Ass

November 14, 2004

Contrary to Colin’s wishful thinking, I’m getting exactly squat. And as far as I can tell I’m going to be out all of the money I spent on that laptop for 30-60 days while DHL attempts to sort out where the hell the laptop went. (Note to Self: never use dhl again).

Installfest yesterday. I realized how much unsupported wireless cards are the bane of my existence. Such a pain in the arse getting the drivers all right and paired up with the right kernel and not segfaulting. I wish I knew what made hw vendors think that this was a good idea.

Did some various tidying around the office this sunday. Wasn’t too bad. I need to go home and vacuum there. The dog has taken to shedding a lot this week.

Only 5 more days until my vacation. Yay!