Unstable firewall

Well children, my firewall had gone weirdly unstable after I’d added 128MB of new PC133 ram. It’s a Celery 300A (@450 of course) and it was oopsing miserably after years of faithful service. After memtesting it seemed that suddenly there were errors in one of the existing dimms. Hmmm, it turs out that CAS wait state was set on auto in the bios. I’m theorising that the BIOS somehow based its CAS on the new RAM and that the old RAM couldn’t quite accommodate that.

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debian thingies…

I’ve uploaded new JED debs with some minor fixes. At the moment, I’m rebuilding 4.1.0 potato debs for the 4th time… it’s taking much more hacking than previously. These will be available at http://people.debian.org/~cpbotha/ when done. Watch that space!

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The TIP

I have an Abit KT7 motherboard. I like it, except for one little thing: for some or other reason, Abit chose to mount a non-ball-bearing fan on the Northbridge chipset heatsink. Now, if you’re going to put any kind of fan in a computer, make sure it’s a ball-bearing fan, as it’s probably going to be doing its thing 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. In anycase, this fan of mine started making an awful noise a while ago and shortly after that stopped rotating quite as fast as it should have.

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GAim yaaaaaay!

The newer versions of everybuddy (multi-protocol IM client) were getting progressively worse, at least on my systems. So, by chance I saw that GAim now also has support for IM networks other than AIM through its plugin system. I gave it a shot and I’m really impressed! It’s stable on my configurations and supports AIM, ICQ, Yahoo chat, MSN, Jabber, Zephyr and IRC. It even has a napster plugin. The kitchen sink will be included in the next release.

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15 minutes of fame

When I checked my mail this morning, I saw that Debian BTS bug #100000 had been filed against my beloved JED. For any developer, this has to be a great honour *bow*. However, it seems this bug is not actually a JED bug, but belongs to xterm. Sadly, I therefore had to reassign it…

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KDE 2.1

The KDE programming environment (APIs, documentation, conventions) is quite impressive. After having played around with konqueror (which is an impressive application in itself) I decided to have a glance at how KDE itself has progressed since I last had a quick look (1.x somewhere). It’s still a shame about the use of Qt. I know that this is a good library and that it’s free for the development of free software for X11, but that’s still not absolutely free.

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5

I’ve built and uploaded DEBs of the new JED B0.99-14 release. This will be available in unstable soon, and then the BTS reports should start streaming in. Yaaay. I should also make the AA-font patch for this version of JED available soon.

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ASCI and stuff…

For the next three days I’ll be in a green place far far away… okay maybe it’s not so far away, but it is very green. I’m going to the annual conference of the Dutch Advanced School for Computing and Imaging which should be quite interesting. On Thursday (the second day of the conference) we will be going to Marjolein’s wedding reception!! Wheeee! Monday is another holiday, which is good. It means this weekend will be a long weekend, which is always appreciated.

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