Building notes, projects, and ocasional rants


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New iPod

After struggling with my iPod shuffle listening to Audible books, and having to give back the 2nd generation iPod that I was using, I finally found a 5G for sale in portugal today. I went to FNAC at the Colombo shopping center, and they had 4 on display on top of a desk. They didn't even bother to put them on shelfs. About thirty minutes after I picked up my own, I understood why: there where none left.

Buying an iPod

I'm looking for an iPod 5G, in Portugal. If you see any for sale in Lisbon, can you leave me a comment? I searched two FNACs in Porto and they didn't have any on stock. People temporarily inhabiting london should not apply, BTW. I've been listening a lot of Audible content, and yesterday I had to fast-foward 4 hours with an iPod shuffle because the damn thing lost the place where I was listening.

we can only wish

From a Ars.Technica article: Google Talk may have a spartan user interface and a small user base, but sometime in the near future, ICQ and AIM will be able to communicate directly with GTalk servers as well. That means that all the XMPP networks can mingle with the millions of ICQ/AIM users, and the federated love-in I was hoping for is one step closer to reality. Oahh there... Just because AIM/AOL will open up federation to Google Talk, that federation is not transitive.

GTalk is now open

Ok, I was able to subscribe several buddies just now, and talk to them, all of this from my account. Server-to-server is now open with GTalk. Let the games begin. (kudos to Rusty Shackleford who pointed this to me) update: it seems that ralphm beat me to it. Behold the power of mimir (speaking of which, I got to resubscribe to it...). update 2: Official announcement via GoogleTalk blog.

Old habits die hard

After using CVS for the last 10 years, the cvs sequence is hardwired between my brain and my hands when I think about source control. So for the time being, I'll use this: [email protected](~)$ cat ~/bin/cvs #!/bin/sh # cvs wrapper: old habits die hard, and don't remember which VCS I'm using most of the time # if [ -d CVS ] ; then /usr/bin/cvs $@ elif [ -d .svn ] ; then svn $@ else darcs $@ fi That covers the three source control systems I use on a regular basis.

FastCGI: the way ahead?

I picked up an article about FastCGI, SCGI, and Apache by Mark Mayo. I found interesting and insightful, but some of the conclusions or opinions diverge from my own, enough to make me write them down. First, let me say that I'm sure I don't have as much experience as Mark with FastCGI, and none with SCGI. I do have 5 or 6 years experience with mod_perl. Also, I've recently switched from Apache to Lighttpd due to the lack of a good FastCGI implementation on Apache (something that is probably going to change).

WMV for Quicktime

If you need to see WMV files on Mac OS X, until recently you had to use the Windows Media for Mac. If you knew that and used it, you know that it wasn't that good. Recently, there where some mentions about Flip4Mac on Mac OS X Hints, and this week, Microsoft said that it would stop developing the Media Player, and made and agreement with Flip4Mac to distribute their WMV Quicktime plugin and standalone player software for free.

Project X

One of the tools I miss in my day-to-day work is a good project management tool for Mac OS X. There are some attempts out there, but never I saw a application that integrates with the rest of the system. This might be about to change. Project X (I just hate flash intros…) seems to fit the bill quite well, but at $199 is a bit more that the usual software I purchase.


Saft is a plugin for Safari. Some days it seems the other way around. Safari is an Saft extension because Saft adds more useful features to Safari than the other way around. I was wondering what feature I find the most useful, the most "I can't live without this". Its not the way it allows you to reorder tabs, and not even the type-ahed search (similar to the Firefox incremental search).

The flickr group of the day

The Flickr group of the day is this: Stick Figures in Peril. Amazing stuff. For example: Already joined. You should do to. Technorati Tags: flickr