Building notes, projects, and ocasional rants


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The new powerbooks

As I mentioned previously, I would like to upgrade my TiBook that I’m using for almost 4 years now. And this seems the last chance to do it before the switch to Intel processors. According to the roadmap, a Intel Powerbook is not expected until the second half of 2006. So the question is: can I wait to upgrade my main work computer, that I use everyday, and that is starting to show it’s age?

webcast app

I saw the Oct 12 webcast (the URL will go away soon, I supose) some days ago, but only today I got some time to post it. Of course the news of the day is the new Aperture software (and not being a photographer like João Pedro, Rui or Delfim, I can’t value it properly), and the new hardware, powermacs and powerbooks. I’ll write some comments about the last ones later.

Google Talk in other clients

From the Gaim site: I (Sean) have been hired by Google, moved to Seattle, and have been working on the Google Talk team for about a month and a half. The goal of Google Talk is to make real-time communication as open as possible, and in that regard, I’ve been working to offer all of Google Talk’s features into other clients. Currently, I’m working on making it as easy as possible for other clients to use Google Talk’s voice features.

I'm off to bed now

I was waiting for Oct 12 to see if my current laptop would get a decent facelift. It’s not he is no longer sexy, it just that I’m no longer as patient as I once was, and waiting for some functions is getting to be a drag. So when I saw that we only get TV shows in the US (as in not available anywhere else for now, nor any idea about when that might change), an iPod with a bigger screen and video decoding but resolutions that will not cut it for video out, and a desktop computer that is nice but still a desktop computer… well… it’s all pretty and nice, but that’s it.

I like to have the same sidebar on the right of my pages, both in the main page and in the individual article pages. With MT, I always edited the templates to add the same sidebar on both the main index template and in the individual archive template. Today, I tried something new. I added a new index template, sidebar.html, and copied the sidebar from the main index template. Then I removed that content from the main index template and replaced it with a include of the new template.

Big forest fire near my house

I live in Condados de Taverede, on the south slope of the Serra da Boa Viagem near Figueira da Foz. Right now, we have a big forest fire coming down towards figueira da foz. Started at 15:30. I can see the flames from my house, 500mts or so away. My neighbor to the north had his home touched by the fire. Right now I’m watering the roof tops, while planes loaded with water cruise be at low altitude.

Sometimes you need to run some script or program that will take a long time. What I usually do is opening a new window, start the script, and then minimize or send to the back that terminal, leaving a small corner visible to serve as a status. I could glance to the visible corner and look for the prompt to see if had ended. Now, I use this little super simple script (could also be a bash alias, probably):


Looking though my backpack (and those who know me personally know that I’m talking about the 10kg behemoth) I found my passport. I think I always carry my passport with me. I don’t know if it is wishful thinking, just wanting to get called somewhere where I actually will need it, or a hidden feeling of being somewhere else far away. I really don’t believe any of these, though. But I’m sure there is a meaning somewhere.

The state of the Onion

As usual, a must read. The State of the Onion n. 9 is here. Favorite quotes: Wu-Li isn’t actually Chinese. He only thinks he’s Chinese because when he was young his parents told him that every third child born into the world was Chinese, and he was a third child. and another: As I was thinking about the intelligence community and its recent obvious failures, it kinda put a new spin onto the phrase, “Information wants to be free,” or my own version of it, which is that “Information wants to be useful.

Darcs, Trac, SVK

I’ve been using darcs for quite some time now, and I’m generally happy with it. It’s reliable, simple to use and doesn’t get in the way, nor does it force me naming conventions, coding styles or directory organizations. The most useful feature it has for me is the interactive commit: I’m hacking away on some feature, I found some other bug, I fix the bug, and then I can commit just the bug fix, and keep on hacking.