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Monday November 28, 2005
12:23 PM


Eric Sink says,

`The real experts in the field of software testing can speak
at great length about the many different kinds of testing.
There is unit testing, regression testing, integration
testing, system testing, black box testing, white box
testing, stress testing and that funky "Australian rules"
testing where you have to hit the bug with your fist.  These
guys can pick any one of these types of testing and write an
entire textbook on it.'

Please make sure you register your copy of soon. We'll be providing blow-in errata pages that cover Test::Australian.

Thursday November 17, 2005
08:59 PM


Color::Scheme has been released to the CPAN. It's a Perl implementation of the blisteringly-useful Color Scheme Generator 2, which generates fantastic sets of color harmony that are usually ready for immediate web use.

08:30 PM

magnatune music

I ordered two albums from Magnatune recently:

Both albums are freely available from Magnatune under the hope that one donates to the artist. I paid about $13 for each album in physical form, both of which arrived today.

Unfortunately, after seeing the Brad Sucks album on Amazon, I'm a little disappointed. I expected to get the CD in full retail form with cover art, CD artwork, maybe a lyric sheet, and thanks to Mom. Instead, I got a generic Magnatune CD and case—the only visual difference between the albums is the artist and album title.

It's okay. I've got the peace of mind knowing that half my money went right to the artists, and hopefully they'll have a beer on me. Rock on.

Monday November 14, 2005
11:28 AM


Someone mentioned certificates on the mailing list. If this thread grows to beyond 15 messages, I'll add a post, "When the last giant thread happened, I felt guilty for not contributing. To absolve myself of any future guilt due to the lack of a contribution to this thread, here's some useful information about alligators."

And then I'll paste some useful information about alligators.

Saturday November 12, 2005
09:50 PM

realistic deaths with BSOD

The BSOD ("Blue Screen of Death") screensaver that comes with xscreensaver is really creepy. The "Sorry, a system error occurred" dialog still produces that stomach-flipped-inside-out-and-is-eating-my-spleen feeling despite not seeing the real thing for years.

From a distance, the screensaver is quite convincing. Up close, however, there are a few details that need to be tweaked. First, the MacsBug screen needs to use the original Monaco 9pt font. Second, DOS and Linux screens need to use the 8x16 console font and use a dimmer color for the text.

BSOD has some undocumented, tweakable X resources that can be set, and the aforementioned fonts are freely available in PCF format. "ProFont for Linux/UNIX" can be downloaded from here and 8x16 is part of the "xfonts-konsole" package on Debian/Ubuntu. After installing them I added the following to my ".Xdefaults":

BSOD.Windows.font:         -*-console-*-*-*-*-16-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
BSOD.Windows.foreground:   Grey90
BSOD.Mac.font:             -*-profont-*-*-*-*-11-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
BSOD.MacsBug.font:         -*-profont-*-*-*-*-11-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
BSOD.macX.font:            -*-console-*-*-*-*-16-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
BSOD.Linux.font:           -*-console-*-*-*-*-16-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
BSOD.Linux.foreground:     Grey90
BSOD.SparcLinux.font:      -*-console-*-*-*-*-16-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
BSOD.SparcLinux.foreground: Grey90
BSOD.BSD.font:             -*-console-*-*-*-*-16-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
BSOD.MSDOS.font:           -*-console-*-*-*-*-16-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
BSOD.MSDOS.foreground:     Grey90

Until now, the shrieks of terror from the thought of losing all of my work have been quiet. I can assure you that they are now quite audible.

(If you're having trouble getting it working, leave a comment.)

Monday November 07, 2005
05:21 PM


What is the probability that, on the same day, I would discover that rxvt has a 400-column limit and find a use for the X11 "nil" font?

Friday November 04, 2005
11:57 AM

call for help

Subject: Replacement wrist wrests?
Date: 4 Nov 2005 10:14:44 -0500

I have a Kinesis Advantage keyboard, but the supplied wrist
wrests have already worn out after a few months of use. I am
not only looking for replacement adhesive wrist pads, but
I'm curious if I can purchase _thicker_ wrist pads -- I'm
thinking about 1/2-inch thick -- so that my wrists will be
even more correctly aligned. Do you sell such an item or
know where I can obtain them?

(time passes)

Subject: RE: Replacement wrist wrests?
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005 08:48:37 -0800

Hi Ian,

The only palm pads we sell for our keyboards are the ones
which came with the original keyboard. If you would like to
purchase additional pairs, please visit our web site at and click on "How to Buy" and follow the
link to our online store. The replacement palm pads sell for
$8 per pair.

Please let me know how I may further assist you.

In the mean time, maybe I can cut one of those silicon stress balls in half and stick 'em to the Advantage's wrist rests.

Thursday November 03, 2005
09:01 AM

p seen * terrorist oof Milk

Update: I meant to include a bit more useful information. I liked writing on the tablet, and the stylus' response seemed quicker than the last time I tried writing on a Tablet PC. The X series is also really, really light, and simply felt like I was holding a well-packed three-ring binder. I wish I had had one when I first started college as they would have been incredibly useful.

A friend just got a new IBM ThinkPad X series tablet. I got to try out its notetaking capabilities by copying down some notes from the whiteboard. This morning I was sent the translated results:

(original appearance)

Nissans Juan PPS
result em strong & INANES
But ousts
BWs sirdar Front
INF browse FI
stems 366
rewove y
Prompt PDE
-vermivo Thorns 13005005
upturns Fosse
-evil irks from Ps, If VDUS
astrals Wrote FP
-Desorbin- Nation morions
firs Jfk
news _ Missort we
"Seton F Nervous w/ blue sneers
p seen * terrorist oof Milk

Tuesday November 01, 2005
12:40 PM

flickr whacking

I seem to be the only result for photos tagged with "Tomb Raider" and "tattoo."

I haven't decided if that's a good thing.

Friday October 21, 2005
11:48 AM

fruit on the bottom

The problem with fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt is that I never know how much fruit and yogurt to mix with each bite. A spoon doesn't scoop equal proportions correctly, and eating yogurt with a fork is a luncheon faux pas. I need one of those spackle-applicator tools or a margin trowel to get a consistent fruit/yogurt distribution.

Please pretend that I have some witty analogy to relate this to programming.