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Sat, 31 Jul 2004

AcceptLang blosxom plugin

It's finished! I have done another plugin for the blog software of my choice. This time I can present you AcceptLang which allows people to blog in multiple languages, but displays to the users only the language they want to read. My entries will be available in German and English from now on. My blog will parse the Accept-Language header directly, and if you want to request either english or german directly just add the parameter lang=en or lang=de to the URL. This especially works for the syndicated feeds. Documentation will be added soon. For now, UTSL.

Some might ask why. Quite easy: planet gnome-de is a collection of blogs for German language support in GNOME. Thus it was quite obvious that the blogs there should be in German language, too. So during the discussion I suggested to do this plugin so people can read them in the language they prefer. There you are. Of course I've set the default language to english, to the syndicators so far are not irritated.

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The Punisher, Traumschiff Surprise

Quite some time passed since I last blogged. Went to cinema twice in between. First we saw "The Punisher" last week, and I must say I didn't really like it. It was too much violence, and it did glorify it. But well, that's what the comic was, too.

On tuesday we watched "TRaumschiff Sursprise". This was a nice evening in contrary. It had enourmous references to different other films and stuff, like "Shrek 2", and it is interesting to see how the trivia section on imdb.com for it is slowly growing.

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Thu, 15 Jul 2004

Debian-Installer tried, Fillets NG, djb

Some days ago I tried the new debian-installer. I like it. It's straight forward and has some quite interesting features that were often requested before. The default user doesn't have the realname preset with "Debian User" anymore, so I hope people will more likely put something sensible in. And: It will be put into the hardware groups for audio, video and such so there is need anymore to do that by hand. Great work, pals!
Only some small things I'd like to notice: It doesn't warn you setting stupid (or even not so obvious) flags for some harddisk partitions. I stumbled over that because I thought: "Hey, nice feature, I guess I'll set /tmp to noexec..." but that didn't work out because the shell after the reboot seems to be put into /tmp. There is already a warning message if you put / on a LVM volume that tells you that it can't boot afterwards (but it would be nice to have that before doing that work...). So I don't think a warning message about those mount options would be a bad idea.

lefant asked me to sponsor Fillets NG. I guess I'll do it, once I solved that "Plants on the Stairs" level. He will be on vacation for some time now so I have noone behind me who wants me to upload it RSN. Great! If you like to give it a try, use this lines in your sources.list:

# fillets ng
deb http://lefant.net/debian ./

Due to some question in #debian.de I was once again browsing the homepage of D.J. Bernstein. Although I can't agree less with him on the (hidden) license of qmail (heck, he could take it from the page and you won't have anything left which allows you to use it), he has a point on his Software user's rights page. The only problem is: It is US centric, and he doesn't seem to care about the rest of the world. Tough luck that the US is only a small part with respect to the rest of the world...

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Wed, 14 Jul 2004

Mambo italiano

Yesterday we watched "Mambo italiano". It was true fun. Somehow the daughter reminded me of Cher, and Nino was a real ass — but Luke was sooo sweet, and honest throughout the whole film. Its worth it, give it a try.

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Mon, 12 Jul 2004

Shrek 2, Spiderman 2

On tuesday it was our sequel evening. We watched both "Shrek 2" and "Spiderman 2". Both have been part of the Cineplexx unlimted ticket, and we even saw "Spiderman 2" before its official start the next day.

"Shrek 2" was really great. Especially the cute look of Puss in Boots was as great as it has been seen already in the trailers. But all the references to other films and things were great: The Street Fighter game from the good old Super Nintendo, Starbucks and even Ghostbusters. You simply got to love the load of references in this film. And the best thing is: "Shrek 3" and even "Shrek 4" are already sealed. Wooohoooo!!!

"Spiderman 2" was also great. And unlike the other real life comic movies I guess its not that far from the books (although I must admit that I didn't read it that intensively). I think they show quite well that Peter isn't that comfortable with being Spiderman yet... And for what it's worth, "Spiderman 3" is announced, too.

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Thu, 08 Jul 2004

lapvi in NEW queue

I've uploaded ldapvi into the pool yesterday. A great tool which helps immensly maintaining ldap databases, or even just for a quick query. And I noticed that there doesn't seem to be a ldif.vim in sarge yet. Can't wait for vim 6.3 in sarge. I guess I'll have to request from upstream to name the temporary file data.ldif or such.... It is now sitting in the NEW queue, and if you can't wait for it to make it into the pool you can find preliminary packages (built on a sarge system, though; not the version I uploaded) on my website like I do for most of the packages I am working on.

Received some funny spam today, might cheer up your day, so I am going to share the intersting parts with you:

To: Alfie <alfie@debian.org>
From: Sfrost <sfrost@debian.org>

[-- Attachment #2: You_are_dismissed.com --]

And another one:

While surfing your site, I discovered that your site theme matches ....

Our link information:
Title: MCSE Certification

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Watched "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" on tuesday. I guess I love this film, although it made me cry. Last film that managed that was "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (the part with the poem "Funeral Blues" of W. H. Auden). It's a really sad film — be warned. The soundtrack is cool, too.

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Wed, 07 Jul 2004

Back from LinuxTag

Have been to LinuxTag this year. Drove there with maxx by train. I got a great price reduction for my ticket because I was a co-driver. Funnily I paid less without any additional reduction ticket, which he had. I didn't know where to sleep until I came there, where I was told that there has been logistic problems with some hotel booking, so I was able to sleep at the hotel. Was quite a walk there, though.

The not funny part was that my wife was getting ill the same day, but she said I should at least stay the next day for my talk so I didn't go there for nothing. I tried to help Ganneff and Tolimar with the booth as good as I could, to make up for my early leave. Met quite some people, both for keysigning and a short talk, both old pals and new faces (most interesting to me was Sven Herzberg from GNOME Germany — quite charming guy!). Even had a short discussion with Georg Greve from FSF Europe about some short topics, but I guess he wasn't really sure where to put me. The only talk I really watched was the one from Andreas Tille about "Custom Debian Distributions" — really interesting visions and future coming up. I need to grab his magicpoint sources though, he had some quite interesting things in it that I tried to achieve myself too but didn't manage yet. At the evening there was the software patent demo, and after a short stay at the AKK I went back home again. We had some MMTW there too, some picutres are in my gallery. Was quite fun.

I've shot some pictures and they are available already. Like with the pictures from the Linuxwochen they are still unsorted and not rotated. Please don't link them directly but rather just the directory.

Being back I managed to do an upload for rungetty again. Somehow a group sticky bit managed to hit the .orig.tar.gz of it and some people could have problems building it (although the build daemons are not in that range). Also I now adopted the idea that I should call initgroups(3), I don't know why I didn't like the idea originally.

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Mon, 05 Jul 2004

Alternative email address

I was a bit in a hurry before and forgot to mention alternative addresses where you can reach me. You can reach me both through my address at work (@sil.at) and through my alternative email address on my own domain (@gwendoline.at) — those go to different mailboxes and thus don't have the problem my Debian and ist.org address (and the various forwards to there, like all the @alfie.ist.org addresses) are encountering currently. I will add the gwendoline address eventually to my gnupg key as a hint for future problems.

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554 Relay access denied

Sorry, pals. Yes, I know, my mails are blocked currently. Unfortunately there is nothing I can do about it currently. Usually I have sudo access on the host and am able to fix the problems on my own, but this time its differently: The server moved to a different hardware architecture and thus some things were harder to setup for the main admin of the host. Unfortunately I have found out about the mail server breakage after me phoning him — and now it's too late to phone him tonight. I will try to get back with him as soon as possible tomorrow and hope that I'm not unsubscribed automagically from too many lists in the meantime.

Very sorry for the inconvenience.

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Thu, 01 Jul 2004

Der Wixxer

Because I split up my blog it is easier for me now to write shorter snippets and thus on a more regular basis. Before I always wanted to put some Debian related stuff in. This hindered me from posting that I watched "Der Wixxer" last week. Now that I have this cinema section I no longer feel the need to also put some Debian related stuff in.

"Der Wixxer" is a German production so I guess there won't be any English version, but if you have the chance I suggest you to go and watch it. Its really worth it. The German commedy elite (Bastian Pastewka, Anke Engelke, Olli Dittrich, Oliver Kalkove and others) is in it, and if you like their style it is worth it.

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