Site; Stuff

Site

Added some links and information provided by Laurel and Telsa. Maybe other people will discover it exists. Perhaps not until it is actually useful though.

Stuff

Became insane recently, so I went and bought tickets to the Olympics, which I thought I would never do. At least it’s not at Sterile Park (Homebush Bay).
As long as karma doesn’t require us to be evicted with no cause (requiring 60 days notice in NSW) in retaliation.

Computer; Code

Computer

Beginning to regret having done the default SuSE install, instead of taking time to handpick packages (no ssh was installed for instance). Also discovered the Mutt it was running was 1.0.1 and I couldn’t find a more recent RPM – am I navigating mirror.aarnet.edu.au wrong? So I compiled 1.2.5 but haven’t managed to get it to use colour.
Apparently 7.0 is out, I wonder how much has changed?

Code

C++-ed for uni for the first time. I haven’t C-ed since last year and I’d forgotten the niceness of pointers. Nice.

Monday 31 July 2000

Certifications

Re the article: I notice a lot of diary entires in the ‘most recent’ list are by Journeyers. A few weeks ago the entries were weighted towards Apprentices and Observers much more. Is this:

  • An abnormal sample?
  • Symptomatic of the fact that over the long term, people who post diaries to Advogato tend to be medium-level free software developers.
  • Symptomatic of Advogato moving away from a certification of free software development towards a certification of Advogatans – if you’re here a lot and talk about free software, and list a project on the projects page, you’re a Journeyer.

Hopefully it’s the second alternative.

New computer hassles – my life as a newbie sysadmin

Had a bad time trying to get Windows to ignore my extended parition (instead of mounting the first 2GB as E: since it couldn’t see any logical drives). Eventually changed the partition type to 85 (Linux extend) and it was happy.
Now trying to uninstall sendmail in favour of exim (oh the dependancy horror…). At the moment, I think the permissions and ownerships are buggered. I think the exim page is down, so I can’t RTFM right at the moment.
Update: That’s OK. It was bad permissions. But now I have to rewrite its init script for SuSE since I installed the Red Hat RPM.

Titus

… is my new computer. Named for Titus Groan, Earl of Gormenghast in the chronicles by Mervyn Peake.
Default SuSE install was fine. Not too concerned abiout open ports today due to machine being completely isolated πŸ™‚ Will eventually close off almost everything and especially the telnet port to annoy my ssh-wastes-bandwidth- won’t-install-it flatmate.
OK, so it’s a 566 Celeron, which isn’t top of the line these days, but KDE shouldn’t take that long to load. Will have to take that off. Yay for fvwm2!
Windows yet to go on, left a partition for it, plenty large enough for Baldurs Gate and BGII (and Quake and …)

WAP

If kannel looks any good when I get round to compling it, I’ll probably get the relevant bits and build a better testing environment around it. One where the gateway gives helpful error messages.

Computer

Andrew will probably burn a Linux distro for me tomorrow. Maybe SuSE. Hopefully he won’t sneakily install it, either because he’d be really interested (and he would be), and because I will stress if anything goes wrong (which I will). Neither is a valid reason to do an install without me present. And in control.

XHTML1.0; Certifications

XHTML1.0

Got my personal homepage to validate, which is… concerning. Now trying to sell stylesheets (as opposed to formatting with FONT tags and such like) to everyone.

Certifications

Have discovered I seem to have the power to pass along ‘Apprentice’ certs single-handedly. I discovered this by certifying Judith, due to her being a being documenter. I like documenters :). About to certify farrellj , because he certified me. And claiming to have coined the term ‘Slashdot effect’ deserves credit.

Tuesday 18 July 2000

Salon

Wow… I just beat the rush to join.

Diaries, certificates and certification

I notice an unusual number of diary entries today by Observers πŸ™‚ For a few days, I was one of maybe two Observer diary entires there – I guess they tend to get ‘trying hard’ Apprentice certs and blend in more nicely with the other colours.
But most of the diary entires seem to be by Journeyers. I wonder if:

  • Most of the Advogatos (?) are Journeyers or;
  • Most of the people who stay interested are Journeyers.

It does seem that Journeyer or Master is the level you’d settle at. Hacking doesn’t appear to me to be the sort of thing you just ‘dabble’ in every so often – it’s too much work – you either love it or go away and install it.

It would be interesting to know the number of all certificates on the site, and the levels of participation (measured by certification, certifying others, replying to articles, or diary entries) over various time frames by various groups, and the certification of the participants. This site is very much skewed, it appears to me, to the Journeyer level of participation. Is there flexibility to skew it towards the Apprentice level, or Master level? Are the certs pyramidrical, should they be, will they be?

It will be interesting to see what happens. I hope the diary entries don’t scroll too fast – it would stem the trickle of people saying ‘you want a project – here’s a project!’ to me – thanks guys!

Site

Now has a few projects, adding a couple a day.

Life

New computer being paid for today! I’m nearly convinced to use Debian.

Computer; Body

Computer

I am getting quotes for a computer, and might be machine-enabled by the end of the week.
Which OS? Do I do the Debian GNU/Linux thing with my partner, the FreeBSD thing with his flatmate, another *BSD, another Linux distro, Windows πŸ™‚ ?
Might have to dual-boot something and Windows to feed my baby RPG addiction.

Body

No longer sore! Fitness – here I come…