Building notes, projects, and ocasional rants


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iPod vs MP3

While talking to Alcides Fonseca about my kids, I remembered that I wanted to share something with you: my 3 years old knows the difference between iPod and MP3. And what's more, it wasn't me. He picks up a Creative Labs thingie and calls it MP3, but both mine and Rosario's iPod are truly iPods. Cool. Next step: being able to distinguish between Python, Perl and Ruby...

I wonder...

In a site I manage that requires user registration, 5.4% of the users use as password a combination of 4 digits. I wonder how many of those match their PIN numbers of their credit/debit cards.

Maildir curiosity

/me chuckles By some strange measure (basically looking at the table of supported mailbox formats across open source IMAP servers, mail clients, and local delivery agents available here), maildir is more popular than the legendary mbox. But I went to that page to checkout the new dbox format. I'm intrigued.

KDE and Git

KDE is looking at Git, at least in a theoretical "how would we structure this large project in Git"-kind of way. There was a lengthy response from Linus, with a couple of gems inside: I certainly agree that almost any project will want a "central" repository in the sense that you want to have one canonical default source base that people think of as the "primary" source base. But that should not be a technical distinction, it should be a social one, if you see what I mean.

Zee pain

So after the latest laptop cleanup (format, install), I forgot to install AntiRSI... Yep, i can't feel my right arm. So I will be working at half-speed for a day or two. As usual it could not come in a worst time, but there some things that you don't mess with.

A nice tool that you can use to receive XMPP notification on incoming mails. Some facts: uses inotify to detect new emails, so Linux only;Maildir-based deliveries only;Perl script.My personal attempt at this was not as simple as this one. The current idea is based on qpsmtpd and ActiveMQ but its still in the "back of the brain"-stage.

I need some sleep...

I just wrote this: $value =~ s/(\s)\s+/$1/g; # Highlander filter for white-space Yeah, sleep deprivation does that to you...

Family project

So my kids are 1.3 and 3 years old now, and the oldest one loves a computer game that the place we have breakfast at on weekends has, based on a touch screen interface. It has a set of games, like painting black and white layouts, filling the spaces with colors, basic memory games (6 cards down, with pictures, pick two alike to make them stick), and differences between pictures games.

Implementations details

Two things to make your week start ok: Implementation detail;Skype problems.I needed that. The rest of my week, work related, is not going to be easy or fun.