Building notes, projects, and ocasional rants


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SOAP dudes need our help

Paul Downey: If you know someone still slipping around on the SOAP, don’t hate them, just warn them the longer they continue the sillier they look. They deserve your sympathy, not hate. Just give them lots of hugs! in "End of an Era".

Browser-based living

So, without a Mac at home (I only have a borrowed Mac mini now, until I decide what to do with my broken Macbook Pro), I only have a Windows Laptop with a browser. This means that all the tasks I took for granted, can only be performed now if I have a browser interface to them. My mail does not, although I almost have Outlook configured to use my IMAP account.

Chicken Pox

My oldest kid has chicken pox. It started showing up last friday. For bonus points, and given that I never had it, I also started getting the symptoms saturday night and by sunday, it became official. I'm also laptop-less, so my only Mac is at the office. This all means is that I'll be reading a lot of books in the next 5 to 6 days, and that my mail reading will be mostly non-existing.


The best Apple TV plugin, Sapphire, is now open source. Very cool.

£ 1,950,000

That's how much Amazon payed for the copy of the The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling. The proceeds will be donted to The Children's Voice campaign. The book is beautiful. Scroll down and see all the pictures.

Compiling git on Mac OS X

I had to install git on my temporary G4, and I didn't kept proper notes before, so for future reference, here is my way of compiling git. This was tested on 10.4.11. I haven't upgraded to 10.5.x yet, maybe when 10.5.2 comes out. I don't use MacPorts or fink, I don't like them. Its a personal thing, and if you do like them, you might as well use them instead.

cpan tricks

Our beloved cpan command line has some tricks up his sleave. In case you haven't read the fine CPAN manual in a while, let me point out some features I'm using right now to install all the needed modules for my day-to-day operation. cpan . You have a local directory with a module already unpacked, or your own personal module. The usual way to install them is doing the dance:


Just a quick word pointing out that perl 5.10 was released the 18th, 20 years after the first perl release. As Grubber says, Perl is the best language in the world. At least to both of us. The 5.10 release adds a lot of improvements to Perl over the 5.8.x series. I would recommend that you take the time to read through perl5100delta, it should take less than an hour, but its definitively worth it.

Just what I needed...

... a 18 months old kid with a death wish. My youngest soon though that my iPod 5G was thirsty, so he offered it a bottle of water. The iPod was stupid enough to accept it, and now, not only I'm out of a Macbook Pro, I'm also iPod-less. Merry Christmas to me! PS: anybody going the the US soon? I have a order for you!

If you upgrade SSHKeychain to 0.8.2, and start seeing Buggy password in keycahin workaround in (btw, it really is spelled keycahin in the source :) ), then go into Keychain Access and remove all SSHKeychain entries. Problem solved.