May
31
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2005-05-31

My belt clip for my old cell phone broke again on Friday. It snapped once a few months back and I had to engineer a replacement part from Bonnie’s old phone. Some scraps of plastic from around the battery contacts started breaking off on Saturday. Not to mention that I have to make a conscious effort to check my phone about once every 30 minutes to make sure it’s still powered on. It can be sitting still on my desk and just decide it wants to power down for no reason at all. This usually happens several times a day. June 23 can’t get here fast enough.

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May
31
Filed Under (Website) by Justin on 2005-05-31
evil java

I spent a little time yesterday updating my Pics to the latest beta release of Gallery2 and broke the layout/CSS a little in the process. I’m not necessarily hating how it looks now though – so we’ll see. Once I finished upgrading, I added three new galleries:

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May
30
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Linux) by Justin on 2005-05-30

Below is the list of packages I ended up installing in effort to get Kopete compiled and installed on Saturday. It works now. 🙂

  • libxslt-devel-1.1.2-58.i586.rpm
  • fam-devel-2.6.10-119.i586.rpm
  • pcre-devel-4.4-109.i586.rpm
  • readline-devel-4.3-306.i586.rpm
  • libidn-0.3.7-62.i586.rpm
  • libidn-devel-0.3.7-62.i586.rpm
  • libtool-1.5.2-56.i586.rpm
  • libxml2-devel-2.6.7-28.i586.rpm
  • neon-0.24.4-66.i586.rpm
  • libapr0-2.0.49-23.i586.rpm
  • subversion-1.0.0-51.i586.rpm*

* I’d been meaning to getting around to installing subversion anyway so I could stay on the cutting edge of a few programs, and one or two of those packages above were dependencies for SVN.

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May
29
Filed Under (Love) by Justin on 2005-05-29

Ok, so I’ve been waiting forever to get a nice entry posted on here about me. I got tired of holding my breath 😉 so I just got sneaky. Hello everyone. Isn’t my husband wonderful! I love you Justin 🙂

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May
28
Filed Under (Asides, Geekspeak, Linux) by Justin on 2005-05-28

I spent two hours troubleshooting and resolving dependencies so that I could compile Kopete 0.10.1 so that I could connect to the MSN network after Microshaft made a change in the servers’ authentication methods. Now, I’ve been waiting TWO MORE HOURS for Kopete 0.10.1 to compile so I can “make install” it.

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May
28
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Linux, Music) by Justin on 2005-05-28

I want a software-based remote for controlling an iTunes server. I know that the calls exist in the iTunes API because I’ve seen some software for a Tivo and obviously Apple uses it for the Airport Express. I just want to be able to control what’s playing on the WinXP PC in our office from anywhere else in the house with my laptop. Ideally, I think a Java applet of some sort would probably be cool so that it could work cross-platform. I’m booted into Linux 99% of the time that I’m on my laptop but I am forced into Win2k occasionally.iSee iTunes is a Tivo “hack” that will send commands through your Tivo to the iSee iTunes server on a Mac or Windows iTunes installation and it seems to be pretty nifty from what I can read. So – all this to say that I’m sure what I want is possible, it’s just not there yet. I can see this sort of thing as being wildly popular – too bad I’m no code monkey.

Maybe even a bash script would be something that could do the trick. How cool would this be:

syntax@seraph:~>itunes +1 (to skip forward one track)
syntax@seraph:~>itunes -3 (to skip nack three tracks)

Any ideas anyone?

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May
27
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Work) by Justin on 2005-05-27

I really despise the product activation in WinXP. Isn’t it kind of pointless now that they’re offering discounts and/or free copies to people who have purchased “fake” copies of Windows? I’ve been on hold for 10 minutes now with Windows Activation Services (or whatever they’re called) to activate a fully legitimate copy of XP Professional owned by my employer. that “has been activated too many times” according to the on-screen activation wizard. One of our PC’s hard drive crashed and so began this process…

Once Windows finished installing, I went ahead and activated it when asked by the setup wizard. Well, crazy me forgot that I was going to use the XP Deployment utilties first and make an image of this drive using Ghost before sending it back out to our branch office. Well after sysprep regenerated SIDs, I of course had to re-activate. Well, now I was greeted with that oh so friendly message. ONLY the hard drive has changed since the first activation two years ago and NOTHING has changed on the hardware configuration since I activated it two days ago, yet now I’m on hold for 10 minutes wasting my time.

Get a clue MS… I wish we could switch every computer in our company to Linux… I don’t care if it’s 5 years or 10… Hopefully it will happen someday…

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May
26
Filed Under (Geekspeak, House, Stuff) by Justin on 2005-05-26

On my lunch break today, I was going to call and find out where near my house I needed to go to get a burning permit so that I could dispose of some brush and such that I’ve been accumulating. I ran a quick Google search to get some info and the first search result was to the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources for Cleveland County and much to my surprise, you can get a burning permit ONLINE. That’s just crazy. Good to know that my tax dollars are being used to embrace technology in a very positive way!

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