September 30, 2002 open! ART.GNOME.ORG is open to the public!
After many months of ideas and development, we are proud to announce This site is dedicated to GNOME users, developers, artists, and everyone else that have been involved in the project over the past years. We would like to thank you for your great work.
Posted by Arcterex at 06:41 PM
Perfect Mozilla Anti-aliasing While searching for a way to make my desktop look nicer, I came along a good thread in the gentoo forums. It's the third post from the top, by zepar. This works great for mozilla/galeon/etc when you don't have the XFT enabled mozilla available, and are using the freetype anti-aliasing. Read more for what to do... Put the following (or modify what you have) in your /usr/lib/mozilla/defaults/pref/unix.js file. Don't forget to add your truetype directories into the list as well!
pref("font.FreeType2.enable", true);
pref("font.freetype2.shared-library", "");
// if libfreetype was built without hinting compiled in
// it is best to leave hinting off
pref("font.FreeType2.autohinted", true);
pref("font.FreeType2.unhinted", true);
// below a certian pixel size anti-aliased fonts produce poor results
pref("font.antialias.min", 6);
pref("font.embedded_bitmaps.max", 1000000);
pref("font.scale.tt_bitmap.dark_text.min", 64);
pref("font.scale.tt_bitmap.dark_text.gain", "0.1");
Posted by Arcterex at 10:16 AM
Quotes and Pics Need something to waste some time on? My dear Iambe threw me a link to, the quote database home. A very nifty site with lots of great IRC quotes, and random funny pictures. A great example of quotes is here. So if you're bored, and need to kill some time, head over there!
Posted by Arcterex at 10:02 AM
September 29, 2002
The Earth is Lumpy! And I always thought "High Gravity Day" was just an exprssion! Tig hit on a great link showing how uneven the World Gravity Model is.
Posted by Arcterex at 09:58 AM
Software Versioning In the linux 3.0 /. story there's a good link to: What Software Version Numbers Really Mean
Posted by Arcterex at 09:50 AM
September 28, 2002
Geekiness Survey From the reg comes The BOFH Questionnaire: How Geeky Are You?
Posted by Arcterex at 12:40 PM
Dwarf Tossing It's not NLM, but K5 has a good introduction to a sport that I've always been interested in, Dwarf Tossing.
Posted by Arcterex at 12:35 PM
Wallpapers Some random good wallpapers found over at this site. Lots of other neat stuff on the main site as well.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:45 AM
Blinken-wha? Project Blinkenlights part two... Arcade Home! This is a very cool hack in Paris, where (the news reported it as the Chaos Computer Club, but there's no mention of it on the web page) they transformed national library in Paris into a huge video screen, with each window able to create up to 8 shades of grey via computer controlled lights... Engel and foz will be happy to know it was all XML defined :)
Posted by Arcterex at 09:58 AM
September 25, 2002
Resume Tips Some resume writing tips for those with limited experience:
Posted by Arcterex at 11:45 PM
Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!! I just can't escape them! (via fark)
Posted by Arcterex at 05:44 PM
Steve Dallas (almost) Naked! The Official Berkeley Breathed Website.... cause I love Bloom County.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:34 AM
Happy Birthday Mithrandir! Just a quick note to say happy birthday to Mithrandir!
Posted by Arcterex at 08:59 AM
September 24, 2002
Oh my Probably the best perl obfuscation I've seen ever is The Answer over at perlmonks.
Posted by Arcterex at 09:59 AM
Mozilla Key Customization A good doc explaining how to customize Mozilla, and it's keyboard shortcuts. Here's another link to another page with similar info.
Posted by Arcterex at 09:38 AM
September 23, 2002
IlliadSpotting Rob writes:
Illiad [thats this guy -- ed ] will be a guest at Penguicon, which is a combination science fiction convention and linux expo in Warren Michigan, May 2-4, 2003.

The other guests are Terry Pratchett, Eric Raymond, Pete Abrams, and Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda.

The website is here:

Just thought I'd mention it. :)


Update: link fixed...
Posted by Arcterex at 09:06 AM
September 22, 2002
Oh How I Do
Posted by Arcterex at 11:53 PM
GPG Intro has a good introduction to gnu privacy guard... anyone who wants to have more security in their life, but don't know where to start, here's your chance.
Posted by Arcterex at 08:34 AM
Sunshinginabag closed :( The excellent gnome theme site has closed, siting that will be opening soon (it was created while waiting for a.g.o). There's still no sign of art.g.o yet however, but I do thank the people who ran sunshineinabag for the excellent site they put together! The opening of themedepot has also helped give people their theme fix :)
Posted by Arcterex at 08:32 AM
Linux: Now endorsed by Wil Wheaton Over at Wil's BLOG he has decided to throw out a long article on his experiences with switching from windows to Linux. The article, entitled Penguin Time is quite good, and worth the read.
Posted by Arcterex at 08:16 AM
Mac Wallpapers Mac Wallpapers, thanks for the pointer foz.
Posted by Arcterex at 08:06 AM
Microsoft Loves Open Source In a ZDNet article entitled Microsoft warming to open source? an MS exec tries to explain how shared source is just like open source, and they are doing it because their customers want it, and love them for it. There are a couple of caveats though:

The Windows program is a reference-only license. So in the Windows team today we let you view the code and debug against it, but you can't change the code.


Can people access all the Windows source code?

Of course, the best quote has to be:

Microsoft does not subscribe to security through obscurity.

Course, it's only fair to go read it for yourself! :)

Posted by Arcterex at 08:00 AM
September 20, 2002
More on Iraq K5 has a good article entitled Five Ways to Lose an Argument on Iraq, which I thought would make a nice addition to the posts that tig has been making lately on the rumblings about Iraq, invasion, war, etc etc.

The article deals with ".. not on the war or preparations for war, but on the problems with many of the arguments against it."

Posted by Arcterex at 09:47 AM
September 19, 2002
The Direction of Microsoft I'm more paranoid than some people, but this page is over the top, even for me :) It is a long list of evil horrible things that Windows does and doesn't do, or used to do and now doesn't.
Posted by Arcterex at 05:59 PM
September 18, 2002
Quoteage A good node write up on a quote from GWB last year: "You're either with us or you're against us."
Posted by Arcterex at 05:54 PM
Evolution 1.2 Beta out Looks like the new Evolution Beta has all sorts of funkiness... anyone out there tried it yet? Got any screenshots?
Posted by Arcterex at 05:13 PM
Lego Building Cat5 threw me a link to "The Story of Andy L's Computer (Version Oh-One)". It seems that Andy L has a log of time on his hands :)
Posted by Arcterex at 02:09 PM
September 17, 2002
Coke for j00? From fark comes a link to some interesting information on Coke.
Posted by Arcterex at 11:39 AM
September 16, 2002
Wanna Rant? GFD (whose tagline is "Like a ball-peen hammer to the wang") is a very cool site which takes the "ranting" section I have here to a whole new level. Wanna bitch about something, anything? Here's a site to do it at.
Posted by Arcterex at 01:26 PM
Lego Router Harry threw me a link to a project that sounded pretty fun:
Dunno if you'd be interested in this for Ufies, but my bored geeky brother busted into his kids toybox and built a skookum little Linux router.
Hit the page here.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:36 AM
September 14, 2002
Perl 6 Slides From the Damian comes slides entitled Perl 6: Right here, right now. Cool stuff, via;
Posted by Arcterex at 11:41 PM
XP Media Center and the RIAA? Neat article on asking Is Microsoft trying to kiss the entertainment industry's ass just so they can monopolize the emerging digital entertainment marketplace also?

Good question.
Posted by Arcterex at 11:24 PM
Interview with Florida Terror Scare Folks There's an interview on with the evil florida terrorists.... The Interview is quite amusing, with my favorite quote being:
[...] although he did note it was unusual to get "pulled over by 700 cops."
Personally I think this was staged by the dept. of homeland security to show just how great they are at preventing terrorists, and that their big brotherly efforts ("turn in anyone who sounds suspicious has apparently been their rallying cry) have been needed, just look ma! look!

Sadly, all they did in this case was end up looking like a bunch of over-reacting militants, and probably scaring the shit out of three medical students. I did love watching it unfold, in all it's cnn/nbc/abc/xyz glory, with every channel jumping on the Terror in Florida bandwagon.
Posted by Arcterex at 11:17 PM
September 12, 2002
Security Through Obscurity An article on the Register details a fix that Microsoft has silently rolled into Windows XP SP1.... Apparently a bug in the XP Help Center allows you to wipe your hard drive (or selected directories) with just a link to a URL.

Anyone tried this yet to confirm? If it's true... wow, that's a big bug.

Posted by Arcterex at 05:00 PM
I'm so sorry... But I just had to link this.... doubt it'll get on the link of the day any time soon :)
Posted by Arcterex at 03:32 PM
NIDS Part 1 Neat article on securityfocus on Evaluating Network Intrusion Detection Signatures (part 1). A must read for hackers, crackers, and fledging security folks.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:09 AM
September 11, 2002
A Special Happy Birthday A big happy birthday goes out to my good friend Engel, recently moved away, but definately not forgotten. Have a good one my friend!
Posted by Arcterex at 10:17 AM
XP SP1 Performance Review A performance review of Windows XP SP1 shows that it dropped a few points in the benchmarks.... Interesting stats. I wonder what else is messed up (other than all those darn pirates' serial numbers -- bill)
Posted by Arcterex at 10:15 AM
One Year. I had a few random thoughts on today, and what it means. Posted below are my resolutions for September 11, 2002.
  • I will not turn on the television all day, unless it is to watch something specific and amusing.
  • I will refuse to participate in watching the endless looping of the horrible images that have been gracing our screens for the past days. I will never forget what I saw one year ago, or what I felt, and I don't need CNN, ABC, NBC, and the lot of media gluts to remind me of it.
  • I will love my fellow man, regardless.
  • I will not hate.
  • I will say a silent prayer to all those lost, all those left behind, and all those affected in one way or another.
  • I will love.
  • I will respect sites that are not running banner ads today, such as OSDN. It's not much, but it's something.
  • I will not be political.
  • I will run in the morning.
  • I will never forget.
  • I will never be the same.
Posted by Arcterex at 01:31 AM
September 08, 2002
Posters... Via foz comes some great (and very anti-government) posters.
Posted by Arcterex at 08:30 PM
September 06, 2002
Quote of the Night Thanks to an unnamed source for this.... read below!
In 2001, five times more money was spent on breast implants and Viagra than on Alzheimer's research. Presumably, we can predict that in thirty years, there will be a huge number of people walking around with huge breasts and erections, unable to remember what to do with them.
Posted by Arcterex at 11:14 PM
September 05, 2002
Oh ..... my.... I have webdiva to thank for this link... well, actually it's a rejected LOTD submission, but still... Beware of the flash and other... sounds (requires sound).
Posted by Arcterex at 12:21 PM
September 04, 2002
Diary of an Unemployed Guy has a great flash movie that pretty much illistrates my life right now, but far funnier :) Thanks for engel for the link!
Posted by Arcterex at 06:54 PM
Nifty article about creating a HyperThreading-Aware Scheduler on kerneltrap...
Symmetric multithreading (hyperthreading) is an interesting new concept that IMO deserves full scheduler support. Physical CPUs can have multiple (typically 2) logical CPUs embedded, and can run multiple tasks 'in parallel'...
Posted by Arcterex at 01:09 PM
What do you have to say to now+50,000 years? The KEO satellite will take messages of up to 6,000 characters from anyone on earth up into space for the next 50,000 years, when it will land, intact, and bestow your knowledge to your long long long long lost decendants, friends, and total strangers. It's free and funky, go forth and let everyone know where your stash of comic books is!

Seriously, what sort of message would you send?
Posted by Arcterex at 12:54 PM
The Nimbus 2000 Just in time for the second Harry Potter movie comes a "real" life Harry Potter Nimbus 2000 Broom. Hmm... " Enhancing the excitement are the vibrating effects and magical swooping and whooshing sounds the broom makes when on." I'm not sure if I'd want my kids to have one of these :) (via
Posted by Arcterex at 11:39 AM
So Close to Life... Today's cartoon seems particularily poignant to me today :)
Posted by Arcterex at 09:21 AM
September 03, 2002
RIP Gnotices has gone to the great beyond, replaced now with
Posted by Arcterex at 03:33 PM