Posted in Computers on Monday 7th June 2004 at 8:48pm

The world is changing - my Mother and Father are recommending hardware to me!

They just purchased an Olympus C-160 digital camera and got the first set of prints. By all accounts they were excellent. The camera is small, light and neat, and shares the same style as the Olympus camera a friend of mine brought back from Canada some years back which just worked well for me. I seriously thought of buying an Olympus back then, but then decided on my Kodak DC215 digital which has given excellent service.

I'm a bit confused by the Linux support, but it seems I will be able to access it as a USB mass-storage device at worst, which should be OK. Should arrive for collection next Monday. Thanks Mum and Dad!

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Posted in Computers on Wednesday 12th May 2004 at 7:51am

I've just rebooted the server machine here after 115 days of unattended and painless uptime. I only did so today because I had a couple of updates which I needed to apply.

Most remarkable of all is that this is the machine cobbled together from the old Duron box which was originally going to be sold. The buyer disappeared, and I ended up getting a very reliable little box it seems!


Posted in Computers on Monday 22nd March 2004 at 11:07pm

Over the weekend I assisted a fellow #lemming to build GNOME via jhbuild. In fact, very little assistance was needed - aside from a few quirks which seem to relate to different packages being built with a variety of autotools setups, which are soon fixed.

Perhaps the most impressive bit came later, when after experiencing some strangeness, he ditched his .gconf and .gnome2 directories, switching effectively to a 'default' GNOME 2.6 installation. The defaults made sense, and were experienced as an improvement over the existing set-up.

While much bilge has been talked about the reduction in options exposed immediately to the user in GNOME 2.x, this just goes to show - sane defaults are the key. Here's to a leaner, meaner set of preferences in 2.8....



Posted in Computers on Saturday 28th February 2004 at 3:07pm

Built GNOME from CVS, as I do less often nowadays. This is 2.5.90, and I have to say its one of those releases where you think "yes - this is great". Lots of tiny annoyances seem to have been ironed out, and things are 'just working'. Recent further improvements to the GTK+ filechooser are welcome too.

I think GNOME 2.6 is going to be one of those releases that I urge non-GNOME people to try out.

I'm also really beginning to wonder how I lived without Muine. I'm a bit conservative when it comes to music players, and whilst I see the value of things like Rhythmbox I really just want a little box which lists all my songs, and lets me play them in the order of my choice. Muine does this in a very simple, rather neat way. The album cover grabbing thing is also nice!

Since the link above is currently out of action, I'll add a little screenshot of my own:



I've had a home on the web for more years than I care to remember, and a few kind souls persuade me it's worth persisting with keeping it updated. This current incarnation of the site is centred around the blog posts which began back in 1999 as 'the daylog' and continued through my travels and tribulations during the following years.

I don't get out and about nearly as much these days, but I do try to record significant events and trips for posterity. You may also have arrived here by following the trail to my former music blog Songs Heard On Fast Trains. That content is preserved here too.

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