Amazingly crap print support in Ubuntu 6.06

Hi there kids! Remember, all operating systems suck completely, even Loonix, the shareware system written by Luunis Torvaldez, the Mexican hacker responsible for other shareware greats, such as the desktop environment Gloom. Because this is a long(ish) text, I’ll subtly hint at the conclusion: print support in Ubuntu sucks really badly, which is all the more crappy because Ubuntu is otherwise a fine distribution. Now back to my story… In any case, today I lost a few precious hours of my life (I really had more important things to do) trying to configure the printer on my Ubuntu 6.

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The idiotic South African AIDS policy

Reading the NRC Handelsblad of yesterday, I come across this article. For those of you who don’t read Dutch, here is the BBC’s version of more or less the same issues. In short, the South African government, and specifically the intellectually (greatly) challenged minister of health, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, believe that AIDS and HIV should be treated with cutting-edge medication such as garlic, lemons and beetroots. To add insult to injury, at the South African stall at the international AIDS conference in Toronto, representatives were demonstrating said garlic, lemons and beetroots.

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New new laptop laptop!!

Hi there mystery imaginary audience! I’m making this entry from my brand new HP NC 8430 Core Duo laptop! T2500 (sounds like a killer robot from the future, doesn’t it?) 2GHz dual core Yonah CPU, 2 GBytes 667 MHz DDR memory, 100 GB SATA 5400 RPM disk (budget budget), ATI Radeon X1600 with 256MB of video memory, gooorgeous 15.4″ 1680×1050 screen. Oh thank you kind and generous TU Delft! After having zapped across gigabytes of data over gigabit ethernet from my trusty HP NC6000, I’ve been setting things up.

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Watch yer mouth whilst using the London tube

A man is rudely treated and fined 80 pounds by the London police for saying that the metal detector thingies used in the tube are a “piece of shit that wouldn’t stop anyone”. Sheesh. Read the article in the Londonist by clicking here. (Found on BoingBoing – don’t go to this blog, you WILL waste time.) (ps. Yes, I’m back. David Allen’s GTD does work.)

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New release of envedit

I *should* be working on an already-past-the-submission-deadline article like a crazy man, but hey, it’s saturday night and I need to relax. So, get the latest release of envedit, the friendlest and most flexible windows environment variables editor, while it’s still hot! Click here to go to its homepage and download the installer or the source code. Night night.

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Disabled trackback script

In just 14 days, my Movable Type trackback script, mt-tb.cgi, has generated 500MB of traffic. Thank you, idiot trackback spammers! Since we don’t really use this feature (I think), I’ve disabled this script and added the following rewrite rule to my htaccess: <br /> RewriteRule ^weblogs/mt-tb.cgi - [F]<br /> This way the spam scripts get a 403 without being handled by the wiki.

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A quick note about VNC and GLX

I’m doing some image processing heavy-lifting this weekend with DeVIDE ng1.phase1 (that’s the not-yet-released next generation). The Windows XP scheduler is quite crappy, so on my laptop (1.6GHz Banias, 1G ram, 5400 RPM HDD) this kind of work tends to slow everything else down. So, I upgraded my Linux server box’s RAM to 1G as well (it has an Athlon64 2800+ and is running Centos 4.2 Linux, 7200 RPM HDD) in order to use this for some of the heavy processing.

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News on the audio front

There are three issues I’d like to cover in today’s lecture. Firstly, cheap headphones: I needed a cheap set of new headphones for listening to music at work, so I made the huge mistake of buying Sennheiser PX20. My office mates can hear my music better than I can when I use these, that’s just how bad they leak. Advice: do not buy these. If a friend gives them to you as a present, terminate the friendship.

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