Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier is an uncivilized barbarian

A while ago, I read this fluff piece about Python. As with most fluff pieces, it was quite inane, but our anthropologist wunderkind Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier succeeded in citing Guido van Rossum incorrectly as “Rossum” instead of “Van Rossum” no less than six different times. I went through the very tedious process of registering for a login at the offending site in order to post my thoughts in the talkback forum on this embarrassing faux pas.

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Bruce Perens came down from the mountain

I have often heard the open source phenomenon (if you want to get pedantic with me about open source vs free software, start by blowing it out yer ass: I’m going to be pragmatic about it and use the two interchangably) compared to religion, but last night was the first time that I had this almost religious open source experience. In spite of all the grudges I have against organised religion, this experience was altogether quite a pleasant one.

The reason for this was the impressive oratorial performance of one Bruce Perens. Bruce is in town (namely The Netherlands) to speak to some important people so he generously took the time to speak to some of us humble hackers here as well. Click below to continue reading…

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mv blog evolution

Paul just pointed this out: In Ximian Evolution, open your “Summary” window, Select “Tools|Settings” from the menubar, select the “News Feeds” tab under “Summary Preferences”, click on the “Add news feed” button and add this URL: http://cpbotha.net/weblogs/cpbotha/index.rdf Now select this feed from the left hand list and click on the “Add” button in the middle. Your Evolution summary window will now contain a live listing of my weblog. JOY! Get this URL from any Movable Type weblog by copying the “Syndicate this site (XML)” link.

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My laptop

This is an AnandTech review of the Hypersonic Sonic Aviator 3.06GHz Pentium 4 laptop which is just another rebadge of the Clevo 5600. I bought mine (rebadged as a Promedion) a while back, but with a 2GHz P4 (Northwood) and a Radeon 7500 Mobility instead of a Radeon 9000 Mobility. In case you didn’t know, this laptop does Linux.

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I rule

After a few minutes of Perl *ptooooey* hacking, I’ve re-elevated myself back to the super-user that I am. I now have authoring permissions over all blogs on this system and won’t be able to lose them again. If you’ve somehow lost authoring permissions on blogs in a Movable Type installation that you maintain, download and run this script. It will only work if you had permissions before and subsequently lost them.

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Aaaarrgghhhh

I quote from the Movable Type Movable Type User Manual: AUTHORS AND PERMISSIONS: “You can edit your own authoring permissions by selecting your own name from the pulldown menu. Be careful when doing this, however, particularly with respect to turning off author-editing permissions for yourself. If you turn off your author-editing permissions, you will be unable to turn them back on.” I’ve gone and done this on all the blogs of the other users on my installation, so that I don’t get listed as author on the blogs that I don’t have anything to do with.

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dri_resume for XFree86 4.3.0 RC 1

I’ve made binary snapshots of my suspend/resume capable DRI Radeon drivers for XFree86 4.3.0 RC 1 (i.e. 4.2.99.901) available on the dri resume pages. My patches weren’t submitted early enough to be included in the looming XFree86 4.3.0 release, but will be merged with the XFree86 CVS shortly afterwards. Once more distribution vendors have standardised on 4.3.0 and things have settled down, my binary drivers should also be able to stabilise.

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Extremely narrow text boxes in Movable Type

It could be because I set something up incorrectly, but people have been seeing unusably narrow text entry boxes (TEXTAREA) in Movable Type 2.51 with Mozilla (1.0 and 1.2.1), Opera 7 and IE 6.0. So I ran: <br /> mkdir new && for i in *.tmpl; do cat $i | sed -e \<br /> 's/<TMPL_IF NAME=AGENT_MOZILLA> cols=\"\"<\/TMPL_IF>/\<br /> cols=\"80\"/g' > new/$i; done && cp new/* ./<br /> in the tmpl directory and it all seems to be usable now.

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Blogging will continue here

Rudolph paved the way when he moved out from LiveJournal. I’d been looking at alternatives myself and finally got around to installing the brilliant Movable Type. After having fixed (worked around really) a stupid bug with extremely narrow textboxes in Mozilla 1.0 and 1.2.1, everything seems to work now. Paul also came along for the ride. See my livejournal for what happened before.

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