Archives February 2009

Kubuntu Limping around the Corner

Have almost finished the replacement of Gentoo on the server/workstation with Kubuntu Intrepid.  Reasonably straightforward install.  Keyboard seems to have been mis-identified, so I don't have a down-arrow, end or home key until I reconfigure the keyboard for each login.  I've seen one crash that appeared to be the nVidia drivers not wanting to go ...

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Dependency Heck

Our main workstation/server at home has been doing "Bad Things"(TM) recently, mostly having KDE crash on login, random KDE applications crash when they were clicked, and generally sucking.

Have spent almost the whole day trying to fix it.  This is a Gentoo box, and I'm afraid we just don't use it as a workstation much ...

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(Im)Practical iPhone Application: Biometrics hacking tool

Brief discussion at PyGTA about the potential for creating useful tools for the iPhone.  So given today's press release, here's a simple iPhone application to build...

  • allow taking a picture of an authenticated user (either directly or via file transfer)
  • provides a library of faces for brute-force attacks
  • do basic image processing to manipulate ...

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Expanding Micro-Tasks are Demotivators, Communicate your Strategy

Imagine you have to wait 2 minutes before you can do something you need to get done, it's otherwise wasted time so you decide to work on some trivial task, say sweeping the floor, or washing the two or three dishes in the sink.

You start washing dishes, and someone sees you doing it.  To ...

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Little tweaks all day

Been doing minor tweaks and fixes in response to bug-reports from people testing PyOpenGL.  So far mostly changes to the test suite.  Discovered that a bzr checkout on Vista wouldn't pick up the now-bundled GLE or GLUT DLLs due to access restrictions, hopefully have that fixed now.  Seeing a GLU NURBs failure on the PRoesch ...

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RunSnakeRun Beta1 is Out

Got some time on the train home today to work on RSR.  I'm going to consider it beta 1 now.  There are some packaging fixes needed (e.g. getting the dependencies declared), but it seems basically finished as far as the code is concerned.  With wxPython installed:

easy_install SquareMap
easy_install RunSnakeRun

which should, if all the ...

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PyOpenGL 3.0.0c1 Available for Testing

This baby has been cooking for way too long.  If there's no show-stoppers reported, PyOpenGL 3.0.0c1 should be the same as the final release.  The only big change from the last beta is that it now includes GLUT and GLE implementations packaged as data-files for Win32 deployments.

3.0.0 is a complete rewrite of PyOpenGL using ...

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Lazyweb: Best cell phone for Python hacking?

My cell phone's charger wound up left in St. Maarten, and since it was a piece of junk anyway I'm thinking I'll replace it with a reasonably "hackable" cell phone.  I'd particularly like something that can run Python, which I *think* limits me to Nokia S60-based devices.  So, what does the lazy-web suggest, what's the ...

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Sprinting at PyCon

Call for sprints at PyCon has gone out.  I'm wanting to spend the time on PyOpenGL/OpenGLContext and SimpleParse/TTFQuery/PyDispatcher and the related libraries.  However, what I'd like to do is sprint on something "demoish" or "game engine-ish", that is, I want PyOpenGL 3.0.0 final out and a new release of the various libraries out, but then ...

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