Wed, 12 Jan 2005
Nach nur vier Wochen rummeckern in der Dunkelheit, sind in meinem Büro tatächlich die Leuchtstoffröhren ausgetauscht worden, und ich habe Licht.
Unpraktisch, jetzt kann ja jeder sehen, dass ich nichts arbeite ;)
If you didn't noticed it: It is xfce4 (a gtk based small Desktop environment), with a KDE icon theme, Aqua / MacOS X like window decorations and a color scheme inspired by the "OS which must not be named". Oh, and before I started using screen in a normal xterm, I always used the GNOME terminal.
I used to call that the best of all worlds theme, while other called it bastardish or suspect I suffer from schizophrenia ;)
Wed, 05 Jan 2005
I hate it, when such things happen:
$ date ; uptime Mit Jan 2 23:34:18 CET 2005 23:34:18 up 258 days, 13 min, 1 user, load average: 0.11, 0.08, 0.06 $ date ; uptime Mit Jan 3 11:17:59 CET 2005 11:17:59 up 0 days, 49 min, 1 user, load average: 0.49, 0.24, 0.19
Seems to happen every time I get near the magic 365 days.
I got so surprised by the results, that I can't resist to blog them. Here they are:
Musical russian roulette
There is a nice, new meme, the musical russian roulette, others on planet Debian have been playing: fire up your music player, set it to shuffle, and note the first ten songs it plays for you.
- Aerosmith - Just Push Play
- Aqua - Barbie Girl (Dutch Version)
- Billy Idol - Hot in the City
- Simon & Garfunkel - Sound Of Silence
- Classic Disney Volume II - The Bare Necessities
- Loona - Bailando
- Queen - No One but you
- Pur - Abenteuerland
- U2 - Where the Streets Have no Name
- Monty Python sings - knights of the round table
I'm surprised! Neither a song from The Beach Boys, nor The Blues Brothers. And WHY do I have the dutch version of Aquas Barbie Girl? I DON'T like Aqua, and I don't understand dutch!
Oh, now that I see a song from my Classic Disney Volume II CD: I still have Volume I as cassette - but I never owned a cassette player (don't ask me, why I bought a music cassette without having a cassette player. It's a looooooooong story.) If anyone has the possibility to create oggs of it, please send me a mail!
Consulate of the USA in Frankfurt
Erich blogged about the fun he had during his visit of the consulate of USA in my home town Frankfurt. Perhaps you feel better, if I tell you, that it isn't fun to have them between our university campi (or is the plural of campus campuses?). Don't try to go from on campus to the other via the shortest way passing the consulate in a group of six long haired students without valid identity cards shortly after the USA became victim of a terrorists attack. Not funny.
The How To Write Unmaintainable Code will ensure, that you can't be fired, since nobody can maintain your work.
And finally something Debian specific: The eye catcher project made some progress. Shortly after the mention in the Debian Weekly News and an announcement (in which I set a broken reply-to), the mailing list has 13 subscribers and we created a first prototype.
The prototype works... somehow... but it's far from being perfect. Most of the time I spend working around missing features of magicpoint. It has no real includes, so I use m4 to do some includes before running the presentation. I has no "run in an loop until I press a key" mode, so it is run in a while-true-endless loop. You need to end it with <ctrl>+<c>, so it won't clean up. The presentation is called again and again, so it flickers a bit between the end and the restart of the presentation.
Yes, I know what you thinking: Why didn't you used OpenOffice.org for it? You wouldn't have any of those problems! Although OpenOffice.org documents are basically just some xml files, it seems not be easy (for me) to track changes and work in a community on a document. Magicpoint slides are text files, you can put them in a cvs repository, and the current design allows a translator to just create an additional directory, translate some text files (without any layout entities), and run it at an exhibition in his own land in his own country without knowing anything about magicpoint.
However: If you know a better way to do this or knew a solution for any of the problems, feel free to join us, or please send me at least a mail. Thanks.