Building notes, projects, and occasional rants


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On-line status is up

Wildfire 3.0 is out, and the upgrade of went very very well. The new plugin interface is very nice and I installed the on-line presence plugin. After a bit of lighttpd-config magic, I added a new domain,, as a public gateway to it. The relevant lighttpd.conf setup is this: $HTTP["host"] == "" { server.document-root = "...." accesslog.filename = "...." server.indexfiles = ( "index.html" ) url.rewrite-once = ( "^/(.*)" => "/plugins/presence/status?


I'm back, after 5 weeks of vacation/new baby stuff. I'm mostly up-to-date at work, but I have a lot of little items marked in my NetNewsWire to write about. Having kids is great, but it channels most of your free time.

The green screen of death

Apparently Apple doesn't like blue, it prefers green. And I got it. So far the two Apple Knowledge Base articles referred there, 302520 and 302679, don't work with me. I've also used the Mac OS X that already came with the Macbook. If this isn't solved soon, I'll backup my Home and Applications folder and reinstall the laptop. Back to the diapers...

Blogging with TextMate

Ok, this is my first attempt to use TextMate to post here. Although I've used ecto up until now, I was not totally happy with it, and now with the Macbook, I prefer to use only Universal Binaries. So no ecto. Will see how it goes. If you can read this, then it's not that bad...

Burn test

Some Macbook Pro notes: It has a name, Mr. Tray (without the dot). The sheer size makes that a suitable name;Encoding a 40 minute clip with Handbrake takes 21 minutes, the fan is always on as expected, but the heat is acceptable on my legs (flesh on the metal). I'll have to try it with my TiBook to compare the heat;Wireless signal is much much better than the TiBook, as expected;Battery life seems good.


I can't believe the amount of work I've been having the past few days: new baby, new macbook pro, new schedules... I haven't open my mail in 6 or 7 days now, and I started by cutting from 230 feeds to 200. I will do a new round of cleanups to reduce them to 100. I have about 30 work related, so 100 seems good. If you have sent me mails, sorry.

Melo 3.0

It's a boy, 3.0Kg, 49.5cm length, and he arrived in the 1 o'clock express yesterday afternoon. Version 3.0 of myself is now in training for the most impressive processing machine, transforming large quantities of milk in large quantities of a smelly brown substance that fils entire diapers. Older son still thinks this new toy moves a lot, and prefers to play with trains. Mother is well, as can be expected with all the drugs.

Buying season II

Yesterday, I was doing some shopping in a local mall and I happen to cruise by the monitor section and they had an Acer 20" with a 1680x1050 resolution on promotion. They had 6 monitors left with a very good price. Today I stopped by and picked up the last one left. I'm now writing this on a large widescreen display. It's pretty nice, and the pixel-maniac in me is pretty happy.

Buying season I

In the following weeks me and my wife will be traveling a bit and mostly outside our usual places of work. That means no net. Or at least it usually did mean that. I bought her a Vodafone Mobile Connect Card, the 3G, not the 3.5G "broad band". I'm a TMN subscriber and she is a Optimus subscriber, but I went to Vodafone because they have better coverage. The card was pretty much plug & pray in Windows, and we where online fetching mail in no time.


As you might have notice, sometimes there are weeks where I don't write nothing here. This trend will accelerate in the next few weeks, while I'm on vacation.