Archives week 7 of 2009

Feb. 16, 2009 - Feb. 22, 2009

PyCon Registration Done

If you're planning on going to PyCon and want to take advantage of the early-bird rates you need to get moving.  Corporate rate is just $450 now, rising to $650 at the door.  Hobbyists can register for $250 and students for just $150.

Still need to plan the plane trip and room-sharing.

[Update] Okay, have ...

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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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