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entries from September 2005

2005-09-27 17:57:44 +0200
¬°joder! three broken finger nails in two days. what's next?
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2005-09-27 01:16:07 +0200
helped a friend to mount his ntfs partition from within debian. & preached about the bright side of the power.
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2005-09-25 19:27:37 +0200
completed version 0.1.0 of nanobloggertrackback, an addon to integrate trackback functionality into nanoblogger.
it can be found on
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2005-09-24 22:44:35 +0200
changed my window manager from ion2 to ion3. and spent much time in customizing the status bar ;-)
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2005-09-21 11:43:59 +0200
nanoblogger, planet, and encodings
tried planet1.0 yesterday. the encoding problem persists, I guess that the blog feed itself is the problem in this case. update: problem found, it's a hard-coded "utf8" in nanoblogger's tidy plugin that shredders the feeds. cf. my bugreport and my article on this subject.
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2005-09-20 18:25:21 +0200
winter in september
norbert tretkowski [dead link removed] is not the only one suffering from the cold while going to work by bike - same here.
and playing the guitar is even more unpleasant, if not impossible with stiff fingers.
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2005-09-20 08:27:45 +0200
blog & planet news
  • yesterday the mails from the debian BTS told me that nanoblogger's version 3.2.3-2 fixes 3 bugs I've submitted. great!
  • planetplanet still has problems with encodings. at least the old 0.2 nightly build or our installation. I'll try the current 1.0 snapshot these days.
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2005-09-17 15:23:49 +0200
vienna guide
explained the route to the cab driver last night. showed the way to other tourists today in the city center.
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2005-09-15 18:34:37 +0200
gaim -> centericq
having used gaim for almost 9 months (and not being really satisfied with it) I looked around and decided to test centericq. and it basically looks (better: behaves) very nice, despite some minor glitches (hardcoded mozilla e.g.). let's see what happens if I really use it. update: after my first chat I have nothing to complain about.
only an external action is not working, and maybe I should fine tune the keybindings.
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2005-09-13 23:38:42 +0200
after reading the posts/mails by greg and albert I decided to try synergy, too. at home, with belanna and guinan. results & impressions:
  • the debian package is (half a year) old and only in stable: 1.2.2 vs. the current release: 1.2.4 at
  • the debian package is terrible (no man page, no conf in /etc, no runlevel scripts, ... )
  • synergy does (well - obviously and as stated in the program's requirements) not run without an xserver (and I was really curious ...)
  • though it doesn't run without X it can still be installed with xlibs only (did I mention that the debian package is terrible?).
  • I guess it's a waste of time to file bug reports regarding the condition of the package ...
oh well ...
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2005-09-12 17:54:06 +0200
nanoblogger archives links
today I was surprised not to see a link to last month's archive in my blog anymore. after some fiddling around I found the reason, "patched" the source and filed a bug report (go there for details).
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2005-09-12 15:16:40 +0200
the foot won
about a week ago I stepped on something hard, probably a tiny piece of broken glass. I didn't manage to tear the splinter out of my foot, so I decided to wait and see if my horny skin or the foreign substance is stronger. I think my foot won; I can hardly feel or see the sliver anymore.
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2005-09-11 23:43:56 +0200
the joys of unstable
upgrading gxine from 0.4.1-1 to 0.4.7-0.1. what happened can be read in the Debian BTS. grmpf. update: 3 1/2 hours (!) later on sunday night (!) upstream (!) writes: "I'm releasing 0.4.8 now...". update: soon afterwards the new package entered unstable.
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2005-09-09 17:44:52 +0200
nb and tb.cgi
added mail notification (on received new trackbacks) to tb.cgi (trackback script).
now I'm just waiting for a real trackback ping ;-) update: just tried it with a friend and it works (both trackback itself and the notification mail)
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2005-09-09 17:04:59 +0200
new songs
  • buck rag is a nice little piece
  • the girl from ipanema is what it is: beautiful but a little weird to play due to its rhythm & its demands to the fingers
  • maybelle sounds a bit like tyrolean folk music. hm.
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2005-09-09 00:58:43 +0200
nanoblogger and trackbacks
I've been experimenting with adding trackback functionality to nanoblogger. using tb-standalone (with some changes) and a little plugin I seem to have reached a first success ...
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2005-09-07 20:36:32 +0200
nanoblogger plugins
published two plugins for nanoblogger in our debian repository.
Package: nanobloggerplugins
Description: additional plugins for nanoblogger
 Collection of additional plugins for nanoblogger:
 . Generates a calendar table for the previous month.
 . Counts hits on blog from apache access logs.
both have already been active on this blog for some days.
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2005-09-07 19:17:17 +0200
after ferrara
the daily routine of practice has returned (more than a week ago ...). 'idaho potato' is rather tricky but to my own surprise I can play (not without mistakes though) 'snap a little owl' by heart. I'm curious to learn the new plans - if any :-) - of chrisu tomorrow.
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2005-09-03 16:41:11 +0200
smoke-free sillpark
smoking is forbidden in the whole sillpark (shopping center) except in some designated areas in the restaurant section since a few days ago. I would have expected people to ignore this rule without further enforcement; and when I came there today I saw several people standing around and smoking in the lobby despite the informational posters. but then some charming young yellow clad women appeared, approached the smokers, informed them about the new policy, and made them put out the cigarettes in their ash trays.
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2005-09-02 15:13:14 +0200
from now on the Release files in the ToastFreeware Debian repository are signed. the signing key is my personal one (0x00F3CFE4) which can be found on the usual keyservers or on my homepage.
if you are using packages from this repository you may want to add the key to your apt keyring: type (as root)

lynx -dump | apt-key add -
check with apt-key list and don't forget to do a apt-get update or aptitude update afterwards. update: and after the upgrade of apt from 0.6.40 to 0.6.41 I get errors on my sigs although I can successfully verify them manually. - wtf? update: the errors are gone, maybe 0.6.42 fixed the problem or some other magic happened. well.
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2005-09-01 20:41:49 +0200
nb plugins and jabref
nanoblogger plugins
when taking a look at my blog today (someone could have written something there - errr?!) I thought that the empty 'september' calendar doesn't look nice. so I decided to add a little plugin that shows the previous month.
maybe I should package this plugin and the one showing the total visits some day ... update: and I fixed it after thinking a little bit more about the number of days in months ... update: built a package, cf. this entry jabref
discovered jabref, a rather nice bibtex editor written in java that runs just by calling 'java -jar JabRef-1.8.jar'. - unfortunately the ITP for this software is rather old (over two years by the time of writing) ... update:built my own debian package.
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