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We fight, or, The Four Nuts

Return of the King, Platinum Series Special Extended Edition DVD
04:10 of total King-returning goodness. What did you expect?
Review to appear here soon.

Did I not remember Aragorn's whining from the theatrical edition or did he say "What say you?" a couple more times on the SEE DVD?
If I forgot... well, let's just say I see what gondhir means by "Go back to Arnor, you pansy elf boy!"


In other news: The following things are driving me nuts.

  • LiveJournal style configuration. Again I ask - does anyone know how to increase the number of links allowed in the link list (not just allocating another 5, but going beyond, say, the 30 in the S2 Component style)?

  • Trillian Pro v3. I still hate AIM, though. I know, I know DeadAIM. I just have a very specific preference for log formats. I'll give DeadAIM a try. But I'm nuking AIM altogether if it doesn't produce logs the way Trillian Pro v2 used to! Actually, it still does; I'm just having contact list problems and log access problems at the moment.

  • Linux installation. Anyone installed Debian on a COMPAQ before? I still want to go to Gentoo afterwards. twinofhugin, thanks for the offer of help. What's a good time to discuss this?

  • DeCSS. (OK, this one is just my lethargy, but once I get to warp I'll be fine. hempknight, hayulp! Please? I'm on MSN, yo ho.)


Watch this space for a severe rant on the degradation of the practice of software maintenance. It seems the concepts of legacy code, downward version compatibility, and feature/API/GUI maintenance have gradually vanished from the modern coder's vernacular. Everything from Windows itself to web interfaces seems to be having this problem! zengeneral seems to think that the proliferation of open source has something to do with it, though ironically, I haven't seen Cygwin and GAIM affected all that much. How is it with you users of Dropline, GNOME (especially Ximian) and the like? Has it been the case that each generation of software has been a nearly total rewrite from scratch, with features shuffled, the API broken in subtle ways, and essentially only the name of the program unchanged? (Wow. That mini-rant lasted longer than I expected!)

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Banazir

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discoflamingo
Jan. 7th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
I'm curious as to why you want to install Debian before you install Gentoo.
banazir
Jan. 7th, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC)
The Sindarin Solution
I'm curious as to why you want to install Debian before you install Gentoo.

I have WinXP Home on there right now, and it's the COMPAQ factory-loaded (i.e., spyware-laden) installation. Debian is at least Linux.

Ever read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion?
It's the difference between Avarin elves (the unwilling, the refusers) and the Silvan and Sindarin elves (the Moriquendi who at least started on the journey to Valinor, even if they didn't quite make it to Aman).

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Banazir
discoflamingo
Jan. 7th, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
Re: The Sindarin Solution
I like the analogy, even if I am not familiar with the Silmarillion (it's on my "to-read" list in slot #4). I was more curious about the reason for Debian before Gentoo - do you see Gentoo as being more difficult than Debian? Do you want to try them both before you settle on one?

I'm very familiar with the Gentoo installation process (it's not as hard as it seems), and not very much with Debian (probably easier than it was in 1998). I have been using Gentoo since I gave up Slackware in late 2001 - I understand the desire to use Linux :-)
banazir
Jan. 7th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
Gentoo vs. Debian on a COMPAQ Presario SR1010NX
I like the analogy, even if I am not familiar with the Silmarillion (it's on my "to-read" list in slot #4).
It's my favorite work of fiction.

I was more curious about the reason for Debian before Gentoo - do you see Gentoo as being more difficult than Debian?
I tried. Ohh, man, did I try. Ask zengeneral and masaga - they came over to help for a couple of hours. I worked on it for a day before and a day after.

If you look online, there are a ton of reported issues re: booting a Gentoo Universal LiveCD on a COMPAQ Presario (this model is an SR1010NX, 2.8GHz Celeron/256Mb RAM/40Gb HD).

Do you want to try them both before you settle on one?
Yes, but I have other computers for that.
I really want Gentoo on this system, but the folks in gentoo recommend booting something else first, and I thought I would hedge my bet. OS installs are excruciatingly slow for me (as in weeks, and I only have about 2 weeks per year when I have time for this, so if I can't get it in another 3 days, it's "try again in 2006").

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Banazir
discoflamingo
Jan. 7th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Gentoo vs. Debian on a COMPAQ Presario SR1010NX
All I can say is "ouch" and "I feel your pain" - I was one of the beta testers for Gentoo on PPC, and I ended up having to sell my TiBook because of the frustration that rose up in me every time I saw it, mocking me with its beady little eyes . . .

Here's hoping you can kick it's ass, in a binary sense, of course.
hempknight
Jan. 7th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Gentoo vs. Debian on a COMPAQ Presario SR1010NX
Silmarillion (it's on my "to-read" list in slot #4).
It's my favorite work of fiction.


Mine is the Bible.

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Big Jim Slade
hempknight
Jan. 7th, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC)
hayulp! Please?

No time now, me very sorry. Will try to get on later. Whatever you do, don't panic!!!

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Big Jim Slade
banazir
Jan. 7th, 2005 07:09 pm (UTC)
Don't Panic
*PANICS*

IM me when you're on, lpease.

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Banazir
maegwen
Jan. 7th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
I have a vague memory of MadMax taking a fling with Debian before installing Gentoo. He doesn't spend much time (if any) on TORn's server any longer, but if you put his girlfriend Sherlock on your notify list, she'd be happy to point you his way. If this vine-swinging contact approach appeals to you, I'll let her know to keep an eye out for you.

You can add morelinks to your S2-style here: http://www.livejournal.com/manage/links.bml
maegwen
Jan. 7th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, looks like you figured that out... Well, it's possible to modify your sidebar, or to add a third column like mine -- if that would help you.
banazir
Jan. 7th, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
Hi and thanks!
Heyas, Maegs!
Have a good New Year?

I have a vague memory of MadMax taking a fling with Debian before installing Gentoo.
LOL, that sounds vaguely naughty... like "sowing one's wild Linux oats".

He doesn't spend much time (if any) on TORn's server any longer, but if you put his girlfriend Sherlock on your notify list, she'd be happy to point you his way.
Sure thing!
Just "Sherlock"?
(And how does one put someone on an IRC notify list?)

If this vine-swinging contact approach appeals to you, I'll let her know to keep an eye out for you.
Sure, thanks.

You can add morelinks to your S2-style here: http://www.livejournal.com/manage/links.bml
Oh, looks like you figured that out... Well, it's possible to modify your sidebar, or to add a third column like mine -- if that would help you.

Sure! All I need is 30 links somewhere, somehow... any pointer to online docs (or sample config code) would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Banazir
f00dave
Jan. 7th, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)
... it's driving me nuts!
A pirate walks into a bar, holding a ship's steering wheel in front of him. The bartender asks, "What's with the steering wheel?" The pirate replies, "Arr, I dunno, but ..."
banazir
Jan. 7th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
Re: ... it's driving me nuts!
Hey, Dave! Long time, no see!

*ponders joke*
*thinks harder*
I don't get it.

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Banazir
f00dave
Jan. 7th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
Re: ... it's driving me nuts!
I've been here, I just don't post anywhere much, these days. Too busy, mainly. ;-)

Think of the joke as being a sed replacement on the elipsis. Got it yet? *evil*
scottharmon
Jan. 8th, 2005 05:06 am (UTC)
API, ABI, EFG
I was actually quite surpised how much stayed compatable (ABI-wise) while compiling new gnome packages... (I am now maintaining part of dropline gnome). That being said, API, changes are even less frequent...with open source, if you have lot of people all over the place using different bits of software, the API needs to be fairly stable. Usually the libraries are backward compatable, but programs compilied for new libraries are not always backward (ABI) compatable with the old libraries...comprehendo?
chaosinaskirt
Jan. 10th, 2005 07:31 am (UTC)
LiveJournal style configuration. Again I ask - does anyone know how to increase the number of links allowed in the link list (not just allocating another 5, but going beyond, say, the 30 in the S2 Component style)?

that is a server configuration. paid members get 30 links, free members get 5. from the 'features by account' page
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