The most useless software of the year award

As we all are aware of the frighteningly high editorial standards of freshmeat.net (ha ha), I have to wonder how MumabAs was accepted. This MULTI-FUNCTION software is a GUI (graphical user interface) for, wait for it, “configuring which mailboxes mutt should watch for new mail”. Aaaaarrrggggghhhhh!!! For those of you who don’t know, mutt is a MUA (mail user agent) with a text-based UI. Usually, “configuring which mailboxes mutt should watch for new mail” is a question of editing one (1) line in the config file.

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Some of my unfavourite things

I was going to write about some of my favourite things, but unfortunately I had to read the news first. This article came to my attention. In short, Tom Hurndall, a member of the International Solidarity Movement, was shot in the head by an Israeli when he tried to rescue a small child from gunfire. He died shortly after in a nearby hospital. I have very little sympathy for the Israeli aggressors.

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Scum of the Earth

Computer Professionals. IT Stylists. Computer Engineers. I don’t know what their preferred labels are, but many of these people need a serious attitude adjustment, preferably in the form of a large hammer to be administered regularly to the head and other soft parts of the body. You know what I’m talking about: those people who work with computers yet think they’re somehow better than than the rest of us. Unskilled labourers who have made peace with the fact that they’re unskilled labourers are the most pleasant and genuine people you’ll find.

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Another small step on the way to S3 STR

Urgh, radeon frame buffer support in 2.5.66-bk12 (that’s cutting edge with some extra blood on top) seems to be completely broken at least on my laptop. After a little searching, it seems these drivers also seem to be in the process of a complete redesign. That’s a shame, as I wanted to try and adapt Benjamin Herrenschmidt and ATI’s 2.4 kernel PowerMac power management and suspend/resume code to x86 ACPI support in 2.

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The plot thickens

Ed has written a letter to Robin Cook, the British member of parliament who recently resigned as cabinet minister in protest over Britain’s handling of the whole fiasco. The letter is also an eloquent and concise summary of the terrifying plans of the American neo-conservatives to reshape the Middle East.

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America wants you!

Ed’s weblog is a reliable source of political edification and enlightenment. You should go there regularly.

In anycase, a posting he made recently deserves some amplification. Ed cites this Guardian article reporting on Richard Perle’s resignation from his position as chairman of the Pentagon’s Defence Policy Board. This gentleman is also lovingly nicknamed “The Prince of Darkness”.

More importantly however, is the fact that Perle is cited as the principal author of a 1996 report titled “Clean Break”. This report, without so much as a blush, sets out a master plan that is designed to reshape the Middle East to be more compatible with the strategic interests of Israel. The course of action starts out with a violent shake-up of the current regime in Iraq, very similar to what we’re seeing now.

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