Archive for April, 2004

Misc. Fedora Stuff

Finally got the Fedora Extras python-reportlab rpm published today. Hopefully, the Python Imaging Library rpm will get published in the next month or so, and then we can have the Gramps rpm automatically handle the installation of these packages, so reports can be easily generated into PDF’s.

Been working on the Liferea spec file most of this week, trying to resolve some of the issues with it. The latest version supports using Mozilla HTML widget, but unfortunately Fedora’s /usr/lib/pkgconfig/mozilla-xpcom.pc, needs the following patch applied before compiling the rpm.

+++ mozilla-xpcom.pc
@@ -8,4 +8,4 @@
Version: 1.4.1
Requires: mozilla-nspr = 1.4.1
Libs: -L${libdir} -lxpcom
-Cflags: -I${includedir}/xpcom -I${includedir}/string
+Cflags: -I${includedir} -I${includedir}/xpcom -I${includedir}/string

This is unfortunate, but I believe this is going to be corrected in Fedora Core 2, so I’ll probably hold off on having the spec file build the Mozilla plugin for now.


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iTunes ‘could cost $2.49 per song’


The major labels are looking at increasing the price of iTunes Music Store downloads to as much as $2.49, with experts predicting the move could kill the service.

The US record industry believe iTunes song are too cheap, and the five top labels (Universal Music Group, EMI, BMG, Sony and Warner Music) are discussing a price hike ranging from $1.25 to $2.49 per song.

The Washington Square News notes: “At that price, downloading music will become far more expensive than buying CDs, which would practically destroy the online music market.

“This is counter to everything the record companies should be doing. If anything, they should be cutting prices to make it more attractive to download music legally. Instead, this move will push online music junkies back into the world of file sharing. After all, who wants to pay more for less?

“If the price hike happens it would be more logical to buy a CD. You might pay a couple bucks more, but that extra money buys pretty packaging, better sound quality, often some sort of video extra and, significantly, use unrestricted by Digital Rights Management.

“The record industry doesn’t understand that the reason people flocked to free downloading services is because music simply costs too much.”

What a bunch of greedy rat-bastards!

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Seven League Boots

Bob, here’s a copy of that Seven League Boots song you were looking for. I’ve also posted another one for anyone not familar with the band. Enjoy!

Seven League Boots – Breeze

Seven League Boots – Pick & Choose

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Fugazi Live

Ian MacKaye

Fugazi bass player, Joe Lally, has announced the launch of a new website to sell CDs of the first of the many live recordings Fugazi has collected over the band’s 15+ year career.

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Worthington Skate Park 01

Had a pretty good weekend here in Columbus. We actually didn’t get any rain, and the temperature was in the high 70’s, which is pretty much unusual for Ohio this time of the year. So, figuring this wouldn’t last, I finally got out the ol’ Bokor, and went for my first ride of the season.

Worthington Skate Park 02

I haven’t gone riding since last October, so I figured I go for an easy ride on the Upper Olentangy Bike Trail. Boy, for only riding for about 15 miles, I can’t believe how tired I was last night. Must be even more out-of-shape than I thought! Hopefully, the weather will hold for a while, and give me a chance to go out some more later this week. Here’s a couple of pictures of the skatepark at the end of the trail in Worthington. I might need to break out the old skateboard, and try out the park some morning (while all the skate-rats are in school).

This weekend, I also started scraping the paint off the garage. Geez, I forgot how crappy a job that is. I’m guessing it’s going to take a couple of weeks to finish that (depending if we get much rain during that time). I’ll have to throw up some before and after photos, to show the progress, in the hope that it will motivate me to finish it quickly. Then all I’ll need to do is repaint it, and that should be the only major project I need to do this summer.

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Air America Woes

From Inside Radio:

Air America is temporarily off the air in Chicago and L.A. — in a time brokerage contract dispute with station owner Arthur Liu.

It’s a dramatic breaking story involving locks being changed at the Chicago station and rumors about money troubles. Rush Limbaugh was quick to pronounce the new lib-net in financial trouble, but Air America strongly says that’s not true — and it’s filing for a Temporary Restraining Order over the situation with its Chicago affiliate, Multicultural-owned WNTD (950). Air America programming is also off the air today at Multicultural’s KBLA (1580) in the Los Angeles market.

The war of words over Air America is happening right there on the radio today. First came the Rush Limbaugh stuff. Then Air America execs appeared on this afternoon’s Randi Rhodes show to address the spreading stories about money problems. Chairman Evan Cohen says in a website statement that “Multicultural’s conduct in this matter has been disgraceful” and a “clear violation of contractual obligations.” The AA suit claims it has “paid all amounts and is not otherwise in breach” of their deal.

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Liferea 0.4.7b

Been spending the last few days working on the spec file for Liferea 0.4.7b. Hasn’t been too fun, since this version had a fairly substantial rewrite of the source code, and has a bunch of bugs in it. I’ve been slowly going through the source code, and hopefully, should be able to get familar enough with it, to submit some patches for some of the nastier bugs.

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