Friday 15 September 2000

jdub mentioned the indifference we show towards people only metres away – that would be me. I can only hope I recognise his face when we meet…


Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn went gold (master cds prepared) today. A sadly significant event in the life of someone who hasn’t finished the original.

Watching bits and pieces of the Olympic Opening ceremony on TV whilst downloading Helix Gnome source so that everyone in my flat using different OSs can build it – maybe.

Site; Larval Hacking; Life/Uni/Student Politics


Well it’s now live at – thanks terral! I’ll do some PHP for it in the next couple of days, probably when I’m at home visiting my parents.

Larval Hacking

Well it’s holiday time at uni on Friday so hopefully I’ll have some time to add some features to various free software programs I use. I doubt I’ll even attempt to get them added to the actual project – it’s just some personal bloat I wish various things had.

Life/Uni/Student Politics

The election for our student newspaper is over. People take it very seriously of course, and of course it doesn’t matter. It’s only every so often you get called ‘liberal-independant scum’. I am always puzzled about how these people have such confidence in being right 🙂


Telsa introduced me to terral , who has offered me some webspace to move my bug site to. Their ulterior motive (I think) is to do research into the adequacy or otherwise of bug reporting, and find out why stuff is not happening that should be. In honour of the occasion I added some more links to it – am having a hard time tracking down SuSE’s bug reporting page or info.


Very busy at the moment trying to get my team elected to the uni newspaper editorship next year. Apparently we shouldn’t attend classes all week to facilitate our chances – I’ve missed too much maths as it is.

This is all requiring about 10% more energy than I possess. Hack-mode would cost me my health if indulged in in the next week 🙂

Life; Geeking; Linux; Games

Sick… head cold and tired. Concentration seriously shot.

Time to become a hardware geek and do hardware magic… or at least ethernet cable magic so my computer doesn’t fall off the house network.

Very seriously considering nuking SuSE in favour of Debian. Perhaps will get a potato CD burnt soon (update: well 2.2 now I guess. I don’t know. Potato is a cooler name).

Playing Baldur’s Gate and Quake 3 on and off – this is the very first time I’ve had a computer capable of playing games from the last three years. Consequently, this is the first time I’ve played games in 4 or 5 years.

Site; Stuff


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.


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


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 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?


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


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.


… 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 🙂 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 …)


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.