Pointless toys

So the GNOME guys are very proud of their new Nokia 770. After the initial ‘hey, that’s cool!’ wore off, though, I’m not. Why? It’s a pointless geek toy. I mean, really, really, really pointless. Sit down and ask yourself how many people you know will actually buy one of these and use it for […]


My HTPC now runs Freevo, and pretty much works. I’m quite proud of this. Here’s some tips. First of all, you need a TV card. One that works. My advice is to buy a cheap Hauppauge PCI card, WinTV branded. Not the PVR series, one of the ones with a Brooktree chip. These will work […]

Program of the day

AdamW’s program of the day: I just discovered ‘htop’. Have you ever been a bit frustrated at how top doesn’t do really, really, really obvious things, like scrolling when you press the arrow keys? You’re not alone. Get htop – it does all the stuff anyone with half a brain expects top to do the […]

GNOME idea of the day

I’ve been stewing on this one for a while, but here’s a constructive suggestion instead of a rant. Since around 2.6 or so, GNOME has started to suffer from Windows 98 disease. A GNOME desktop running a decent amount of modern GNOME-y apps tends to have a system tray (sorry, ‘notification area’) full of crap. […]


It’s good to know The Register’s skills in turning a phrase and knifing Kevin Warwick have not declined over the years… “[Kevin] Warwick is to cybernetic research what Hello Kitty is to animal husbandry…” From this story.

please stand by

Access might be a little intermittent right now, there’s a cable problem in our area. Stand by!


Upgraded the site to WordPress 1.5.1, went nice and smoothly. The bears are coming tomorrow. It’s a promise.

busy busy busy

Longer post still on its way, I promise! It’s all go around here. Both of my jobs are crazy busy and still busy showing the parents Vancouver at its finest, so haven’t had much time to spare. Of course, I picked up Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee for my PSP a few days ago and […]


My parents are here now – longer post with pictures of bears and so forth to come. However, a quick one – occasionally something happens that really demonstrates the point of open source. The soundcard in my desktop PC is a Chaintech AV-710, which I bought because it has excellent stereo output if you use […]

A quick guide to urpmi –parallel

The Mandriva package manager, urpmi, is woefully underappreciated, I always feel. So here’s a quick guide to one of its cooler features… urpmi parallel mode does what it sounds like; you run an urpmi command and it happens on many machines in parallel. In more detail – the machine you run the command on tests […]