2009-03-17 21:10

Translations coming

The spanish translations of most sessions of "PyQt by Example" are almost done, thanks to several volunteers.

Tomorrow I will upload at least one.

If anyone wants to translate them to other languages, I will be happy to include those too.

2009-03-16 20:40

Grrr... I want one of these. I just need a reason.

I just saw this post about the SheevaPlug. I need one. First I need a reason to need it.

  • Backup server? Add a USB disk enclosure, put everything in a metal box, install bacula and-or rdiff-backup?
  • Same hardware, Home MPD server?
  • Idem, home SAN?
  • Portable demo server? I could install some solutions on SD cards and show them for clients with this and my netbook.

Suggestions accepted...

2009-03-16 10:02

Qt 4.5

Doing a routine update in my desktop, I was surprised to see Qt 4.5 is now in extra! Way to go Arch!

I had a bad start, because all fonts were broken, but after running fc-cache -fv as root and my user it looks ok again.

In fact, it fixes a bug that has been annoying me for a year.

Performance seems to be snappier. That may be a bit subjective, but things like the animations in krunner now are really quick and smooth while before they were jumpy.

And... I can try to make flash work in uRSSus! Yay!

UPDATE: it just started working:


2009-03-14 23:16

Shareware has always seemed weird to me

Anyone actually buying Tree?

Because I just have to wonder: I am pretty sure I could clone it in a weekend.

It's very basic, only for Mac...

And yet the author asks for $40 for the full version. Tell you what, readers, pledge me $400 (american dollars, that is ;-) and I promise I can deliver:

  • An app of similar features
  • Open Source
  • Multiplatform (Mac/Win/Linux at least)

In one week. While doing my job and taking care of my boy.

In fact, I don't expect it to take more than one full day of coding, and 400 bucks is more than my usual rate anyway.

If I don't release it, don't give me the money and keep the code anyway, which would be in a public repo for progress monitoring.

2009-03-12 22:10

Outlook, IMAP and Exchange

Ok, I will post this just in case some poor soul needs to try doing it. You tell me if it makes any sense.

  • When installing Outlook 2000, you can choose support for "Groupware only", "Internet only" or "both".
  • Internet Only lets you create IMAP or POP3 accounts, but no Exchange accounts.
  • Groupware Only lets you use Exchange, but no IMAP or POP3.
  • Both gives you only Exchange and POP3, but no IMAP.

Here is how you can have Exchange and IMAP at the same time:

  1. Close Outlook.
  2. Go to control panel.
  3. There you have a "Mail" icon that was installed by Office.
  4. Use that icon to create the IMAP account.

And some people dare say windows is easy to manage :-P

Yes, I know, old software, whatever. It's not my fault if upgrading the freaking mail client costs so much money they won't do it becaue they have to upgrade the whole puddlejumping office suite.

PS: Thanks to the guy that told me how it's done ;-)

PS2: How to make Outlook show more than 100 results from LDAP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/262848

2009-03-12 21:08

My kid and xkcd

xkcd 0xFF:


See this strip at xkcd, the gretest comic... ever!

Real life (he is not even 2 years old yet):

I need to find a really tall one in the next 4 years.

2009-03-12 00:59

Session 5 is slightly delayed

I planned to have it ready for today, but my current consulting job (migrating a firm from Exchange to FLOSS) is getting a bit gnarly (mostly because of Outlook 2000) (Yes, I know).

It may be done this saturday, maybe next tuesday, I just don't know yet.

2009-03-08 21:07

I believe there is a problem

Yesterday I was spammed by a new age portal called Portalmico. The name is strange, since in spanish (their language) it means "Monkey Portal", but that the heck, after adding me to the Facebook group they wanted me to join, posting they are spammers, then leaving, I started to think...

What exactly bothers me about these guys? And decided to enter their portal and see what was awaiting me behind the gates.

Apparently these guys are heavily into 2012. However, they don't expect the end of the world, but a "cosmic awakening" and they call this event "important to the whole galaxy". This seems to be caused because of a peculiarity of the mayan calendar. Whoa. And I thought the guys at Stop, unix time! were overdoing it.

One would be tempted to ask, if mayans were so awesome, how come their civilization was such a mess? [1]

But that's not it. That's not what bothers me. Brainless adoration of poor people who did their best to live their lives 600 years ago is not such a terrible thing, (even if it is not the smartest thing ever). What bothers me is the credulity.

Let's see...

You will be hard pressed to find a post there that's scored less than 8 in a 1/10 scale, so almost everyone seems to agree that all these things exist/ are true.

In fact, the only thing that came to mind that noone there seems to believe in is hidden messages in the Torah and bigfoot, but maybe I just didn't look correctly.

So, I think I now know what bothers me. The lack of taste. If you believe everything, you believe nothing in particular. If you accept everything, you are not looking for truth. If you hold all things equal, nothing is special.

I find the perspective of a world where everything can be true, everything has the same value, everything is the same... desperate.

These people sound desperate. They sound like they are adrift at sea and try to hold to any passing twig, be it a crystal, a drowned continent, or a charlatan.

Dear fellows at portalmico: the only thing that make life worth living is people. Yes, people. Not god, not mayan prophecies, not angels. People.

Go out, meet someone, have a nice life. What happens after that, if it is to happen at all, will do so anyway. Be good to people, and trust that god (if he exists) is worth anything and will welcome you to his best condo, because if he doesn't... well, he was not really worth adoring anyway.

So, I think I come out of this diving into nonsense with a clearer, if a bit sadder mind. Yes, they are spammers. Yes, they believe childish fantasies. I hope they get better.

[1] Come on, 80% of skeletons showing signs of severe anemia? That's bad! See here
[2] "This process allows us to bypass the illusion of our tridimensional reality..."
[3] "... the lemurians lived in a frequency matching the Fifth Dimension (5D)..."
[4] "...cleansing and clearing can include memories and traumas from previous reincarnations..."
[5] From the dictionary: "belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact." . At least I think they mean that definition of faith. I surely hope they are not saying they have "confidence" in god?

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