April 30, 2002
has lay fallow for ages now.
Sites like kde-look
in and attempted to take up the slack. However, browsing to freshmeat
I saw a note
the old themes.org themes had been rolled into themes.freshmeat.net
I don't know how well things will work, but I wish them all the best!
Posted by Arcterex at 11:35 PM
Resume XML Library
Found this today, while waiting for some information from some people (which,
BTW, I still haven't gotten)... it's a very cool looking library that allows you to
define elements of your resume in XML, and then use uses the FOP
to render the resume as text, html, and PDF. It's customizable, and allows you to use your
own CSS stylesheets to make sure it's "you" :)
So check out XMLResume
. You'll also have to grab the FOP distro
and install the files from it according to a very good howto
Posted by Arcterex at 06:32 PM
The Help Desk Anthem
The below was passed on to me from my good friend Fred over at
, and is a must read
for anyone in tech support.
(sung to the tune of "Help!", with apologies to Lennon/McCartney)
My system's frozen!"
All my apps are closin'!"
You know my screen is blue!"
When I was younger and quite desperate for pay,
I worked the help desk for eight hours every day.
End users called me up to tell me what was wrong,
And now I find, it fried my mind, I worked "the desk" too long.
"Help me if you can, my system's down!
And a reboot didn't bring it back 'round!
Should it make that awful grinding sound?
Help desk pleeeeeease, please help me!"
And now my work has changed in oh so many ways,
I wrangle data; I'm an MCDBA.
But now and then the help desk sneaks into my dreams,
I'm taking calls, I'm up the walls, I wake up with a scream.
"Help me if you can my system's down!
I read virus-laden e-mails by the pound!
All my data's one big steaming mound!
Help desk PLEEEEASE, PLEASE HELP ME!"
When I was younger and quite desperate for pay,
I worked the help desk for eight hours every day.
But now I wish that I could travel back in time,
I wouldn't cry, if only I could leave that desk behind.
"Help me if you can my system's down!
Spilled my coffee, now my hard drive's full of grounds!
HELP DESK PLEEEEEEASE, PLEASE HELP ME!
HELP ME! Oooooooo...."
(sitar music starts up)
"If you'd like to speak with a help desk representative, using your touch
tone phone, please press number nine..."
Posted by Arcterex at 08:41 AM
April 29, 2002
Viking Name Converter
<Go to this website
Posted by Arcterex at 12:16 AM
April 28, 2002
Sign up to be a Goon
I've always wanted to be a henchman, so signing up to be a goon
was an easy decision. Via a text ad
Posted by Arcterex at 09:16 AM
April 25, 2002
Foz has an excellent post on his site
Charles Schultz Philosophy
... good read,
even better point.
Posted by Arcterex at 02:50 PM
April 24, 2002
Just a quick question for everyone out there. I've been toying with the idea of
getting corrective laser eye surgery from the
Valley Laser Eye Center
for a while. Anyway, I wanted to get any input from other people that I could.
How it was and how are the results basically. The lovely Webdiva has already
given me her experiences, now I'm looking for a wider range of people. If anyone
has had this, and wants to share, please let me know
or by commenting below.
Things I'm also wondering about are age, how bad were your eyes, how is night
vision, halos around things, and playing quake (yes, seriously... I can play just fine
with my glasses on but with contacts I can't "focus" (or something) on the screen
sometimes.... just for 3d fps though), and have you needed touch ups since.
Thanks for any info anyone can give me!
Posted by Arcterex at 09:50 PM
April 23, 2002
Wow, and I thought that the Honda Insight
(which I took for a test drive last week... just for fun (I love my prelude too much
to let it go)) was good! Well, this little beauty from VW
will do 264 MPG, and weighs under 700 pounds. It's even a two seater! Tres cool,
can't wait until we start seeing more of these out on the streets :)
Posted by Arcterex at 10:32 PM
comes a good link to an
article entitled Nine Virtues,
Posted by Arcterex at 08:42 PM
April 22, 2002
Stupid Customer Questions
, to an ex-tech support
worker, is like a mirror back into time. Or something like that. It's funny dammit,
just go look!
Posted by Arcterex at 05:17 PM
Some E2 Lovin'
Why nothing like Star Trek would ever happen
was a C!ed node I noticed today...... nice good belly laugh and a nod
of "yup, that's exactly right" :)
Posted by Arcterex at 04:51 PM
April 20, 2002
KDE 3.0 Experimental Debs
Just saw on kde-look
that there are
instructions for debian users on how to get kde3
on their machines via deb.
Posted by Arcterex at 08:50 AM
SoF 2 Impressions
A decent article
impressions of the new Soldier of Fortune 2 Multiplayer that was just released
that rings pretty true to what I thought about it. It "felt" very close to the Navy Seals mod
for quake3, but was better somehow. The models, weapons and sounds were all
nice, and it had a good mix of realism/fun, and as it was done using the quake3 team arena engine
as a base, it looked niiiiiiiiiiiiiice. Try it out yourselves and let me know what you think!
Posted by Arcterex at 08:45 AM
April 19, 2002
Some GNOME Backgrounds
In the quest for good default GNOME2 backgrounds, this URL
containing some nice backgrounds was posted. Nice stuff in there!
Posted by Arcterex at 07:23 PM
Just FYI, the webmail
email sending may be b0rked. Looking into it now....
Posted by Arcterex at 02:14 PM
Couple of things I thought I'd point out.
- Gnome Media Project - not for the
files themselves, or any actual content, but for the funniest release notes I've ever seen!
- ABIword 1.0 - nifty stuff like
gnome2 support and tables! Good job guys!
Posted by Arcterex at 01:36 AM
April 18, 2002
Galeon-AA HOWTO (xft version)
Ok folks, this was supposed to be soon after it was nuked originally, but that didn't happen :(
Anyway, if you're interested in getting Galeon
and not using the (inferior IMHO)
freetype method, read on!
After talking a bit with tko
on IRC (#galeon, irc.gnome.org),
he threw me a sources.list line, which is at the top of the HOWTO now.
The tko xft debs were updated last night so that the second part of the instructions
are no longer valid. No more messing with fonts.conf, just install the debs!
First, huge thanks to tko
for making these available. Please note that they
are a) i686 optimized, and b) built for him, by him, so if they're busted, don't bitch :)
Add the following to your /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://tko.wox.org/debian ./
They are mozilla .9.9-6 debs, so right up to date with the current ones. Second step
is to download http://tko.wox.org/debian/fonts.conf
and put it
Restart, and all will be well! If you're still interested in building your own, read on boys and girls.
First of all, I'm sorry, I don't have the original HOWTO still available, so this is from scratch.
Just so you know, the reason why I did this originally was because while the
(now standard I think) method of getting antialiased text in galeon/mozilla was
with libFreeType2, the XFT hack seems to work and look
much much nicer, and
requires only an environment variable or two to be set instead of having the user mess
around with their prefs.js file.
First thing to do is grab mozilla with the XFT hack in it. This was originally here
but the RPMs were removed, and now there are just tarballs (which work just fine). However,
if you want the rest, with the -devel, -psm, etc files, you can grab them from the
Ok, so you've got the files, now install them. If you're an RPM user, use alien to convert the
.debs to .rpm, or .tgz, or really, whatever you want. A cool way of doing this is:
# for i in mozilla*.deb ; do alien -r $i ; done
(That'll convert all the .debs to .rpms in one command.... $DEITY bless bash!).
Step 2: grab the latest galeon:
# cvs -z3 -d :pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/cvs/gnome co -r galeon-1-2 galeon
(that will grab the galeon 1.2 branch from the gnome cvs tree).
Step 3, compile.
# cd galeon
# ./autogen.sh && make && make install
If you've installed mozilla in a non-standard place, you'll have to pass that
information to galeon via the ./autogen.sh script. When compiling is done, set the following
environment variables in the method that is appropriate to your shell (modify paths if needed).
# export FONTCONFIG_PATH=/usr/lib/mozilla/res/Xft/
# export MOZILLA_XFT=1
Then run, and admire the great look: example 1
and example 2
That's about it... now, the last time I did this was a while, back so I don't know if it'll
work anymore. I've emailed the maintainer of the XFT hack, and asked if there's any
more development on it, so who knows.
Please let me know of any errors in here so that I can fix them. I've just finished building it using mostly
exactly what I used here, but who knows right? :)
Posted by Arcterex at 10:41 PM
April 17, 2002
The OE-ONE Distro
I have to give a hat tip to Foz
and Engel for sending me over to the OE-ONE
website. They have what Microsoft was fearing a while back, a browser based desktop
(calender pics, better to check out the flash demo available on the main page). They have basically taken mozilla
and used it like it should be used, an application via the XUL interface. It looks really
slick, and the sort of thing that my mother could deal with. A review on Newsforge is here
Anyone had any experience with this software? I'd normally be more than happy to lay down the $40CND for the software distro, but at this moment I'd like to know that it's as cool as it looks before laying ca$h on the table. I don't suppose any OE-ONE guys out there want to send me an eval version do they? :)
Posted by Arcterex at 12:16 PM
April 15, 2002
"In the Beginning, Was the Command Line"
I just finished this book a couple of days ago, and loved it! I didn't realize that the full text
available online! It's a fantastic book by Neil Stephenson, the author of Cryptonomicon
My favorite thing about the book is his use of simple analogies to explain things and
make everything make sense. His explanation of the 4 car companies representing
MS, Apple, Be and Linux, and his use of a story about drills to explain why unix
people are the way they are (search for "hawg" in the link to find that section).
Posted by Arcterex at 12:00 AM
April 14, 2002
A couple of things that ya'll might be interested in.
- First is an email to the nautilus list (referenced later by the usability list)
with a proposal (or at least the discussion of) improved handling of email, and how
it could/should be email that becomes the killer app, not the web. Read the full email
If that's down (it is now) I have a local copy or you can
grab the google cache.
- The next is an interesting article on ask tog
about Apple and how they could do something great,
Posted by Arcterex at 11:10 AM
April 12, 2002
for the first time in a while, and found this awsome example of poetry
there.... Metallica's Enter Sandman
written (and compiling in) perl!
Posted by Arcterex at 12:46 PM
April 11, 2002
Holocaust on Endor
Saw this over at GN.n
.... someone has gone to
extreme technical detail on the resulting holocaust that would result
from detonating a huge spherical battlestation over an inhabited planet moon named Endor. Wow... cool stuff.
Posted by Arcterex at 12:01 PM
Big Ass Shoes
So how big are your feet? Think they're big? Try these on for size
Posted by Arcterex at 11:43 AM
April 10, 2002
In a random travel I came across this site
is a place for Episode III info. Episode III is of course, at least 3 years away, but they have some
it will have in it, based on episode 4-6.
Posted by Arcterex at 12:08 AM
April 09, 2002
Shack Selling Hardware
Looks like sCary has entered a new market
and has started selling hardware. The SHACKSTORE
is where you'd get your high end hardware for gaming. This is definately a place where you would get hardware that you know
doesn't suck, cause hey, it's a store run by gamers! Good luck guys!
Posted by Arcterex at 09:18 AM
April 08, 2002
National Workplace Napping Day
Khensu threw me this fine, fine link, finally justifying those long hours I've spent at
work with my head on the keyboard, dreaming and drooling. Hit the National Workplace Napping Day
site for more details. It's today though, so warm up those pillows, and prepare to nap!
Posted by Arcterex at 10:32 AM
April 07, 2002
LOTR in Lego
Yup, someone's constructing scenes from the story here
. Looks good. Link via ars
Posted by Arcterex at 02:45 PM
April 06, 2002
Some software Updates
Couple of quick links from OSNews
- There is a security update for OS X that
is available from Apple. The following packages are updated: OpenSSH v3.1p1, rsync v2.5.2, groff v1.17.2, PHP v4.1.2, sudo v1.6.5p2, mod_ssl v2.8.7, mail_cmds
- Sounds like there is a first service pack for Windows XP in the works.
Posted by Arcterex at 07:37 PM
April 03, 2002
Tripping the Rift Animated Series
Looks like there'll be a animated series based on the CGI short of of the same name
The short will start in the first quarter of 2003 on the SCI FI channel, and, if it's the
slightest bit true to the original, will be hilarious. I really look forward to this (when it
comes out on a channel that I can actually get that is). Thanks fark
Posted by Arcterex at 08:33 PM
Happy Birthday Fozbaca
This took me by surprise, but apparently my good friend and perl-programming-weenie fozbaca
is having a birthday today. I won't spoil it and tell ya'll how ancient he is, but let you go and discover
for yourselves. "Young for a mountain, old for a grapefruit, just right for a fozbaca"
Happy birthday dude!
Posted by Arcterex at 12:38 PM
April 02, 2002
New GNOME Themes Site
Well, since themes.org
has lapsed lately, there
is a new site out of the UK that is becoming a theme center.
has gtk, gtk2, sawfish, meta themes, as well as nautilus themes and emblems. A
very good site, still being filled up with new themes and in need of some minor
UI features (new themes at the top of the page for example :) but a great resource nonetheless.
Posted by Arcterex at 08:16 PM