Archive for May, 2005

I believe this is called ‘Natural Selection’

From BoingBoing.net:

Two Star Wars fans are in a critical condition in hospital after apparently trying to make light sabres by filling fluorescent light tubes with petrol [gasoline]. A man, aged 20, and a girl of 17 are believed to have been filming a mock duel when they poured fuel into two glass tubes and lit it.

Obviously, the Force was not with them.

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Fedora & Eclipse

Finally got around to upgrading my system last week to Fedora Core 4 test 3, since it would make my life easier while working on my packages at Fedora Extras. Also, it would allow me a chance to use Fedora’s natively-compiled version of Eclipse. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Eclipse, so I figure I’ll force myself to use that instead of Emacs for a while, and see if it improves my productivity.

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HDTV on MythTV

Here’s an interesting write-up on how to get HDTV working with MythTV.

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Jabber

Ken pointed out a link on how-to setup Jabber support in iChat. The only thing that it could do a better job of, is pointing out that not all the Jabber servers support all the different IM protocols.

Speaking of Jabber, here’s an interesting use of it by the UCC to monitor the open/closed status of doors. Very cool idea.

Update: I’ve decided to use a different Jabber server, so my new Jabber id is bdpepple@njs.netlab.cz.

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Good News

Looks like the Broadcast Flag was struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals today. Cool, it’s always nice to see the MPAA get it’s just desserts.

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Gossip & Galago

Spent this afternoon building the packages for Fedora Extras that are needed for Gossip. Overall, Gossip is a pretty cool Jabber client, though I definitely could use the spell-checker that’s being added in the next release. Now that Apple has added Jabber support to iChat, I can hopefully look at using only Jabber in the future.

I’ve also started to package Galago, which is a framework that monitors IM presense. It’s pretty cool, in that it ties-in IM presense in applications such as Evolution, and could very easily be added to other applications. Unfortunately, I’m having problems with compiling it under the current Fedora development packages (FC4), so I’ll be spending some time over the next fews days ironing out those bugs.

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