Testing Blogging Apps: Drivel

I have to say that I basically hate inputting blog posts over WordPress web interface, especially since I don’t have stable internet access, which makes it much harder to use.
So today I decided to test another blogging app: Drivel from Gnome, version 2.0.3.

Well, it certainly lacks some features, and might not win against weblogger.el It can be used with WordPress by setting MovableType interface, however, there
is nothing for uploading images or setting tags. Also, posts can be only in one category.

Looks like I’ll have to write a client and a supporting it EmacsLisp interface anyway, so I’ll have muse/org-mode/whatever support ^_^”

Drivel managed to doublepost because of net error… I need something that is more reliable. Maybe QTM?

Weird Spam

I found one interesting thing about the spam blocked from my blog.

It looks like ‘unya’ gets spanish-or-portugese spam to my blog….

At least Akismet works good :-)

Google recruitment

I decided not to write about it before either getting the job or not.

Around August 1st, I found an email from google.com in my inbox, titled google engineering. I thought it was some kind of notification from Google or some kind of phishing. Imagine my surprise when I found it to be a recruitment offer.

Well, I replied and said that I am interested. Being still in High School, I could not go further with the recruitment. Yet I got response which stated that I have “impressive cv for someone my age” :-). I was also told that there are internships waiting as soon as I enter university….

Status update

I have been a little quiet lately. This is due to me trying to get Aegisub to work under Linux.

Unfortunately, both libASA and Aegisub proved to have wacky configure scripts. In case of libasa, there’s probably little work regarding NLS. In case of Aegisub…. I think a complete rewrite is the best thing. Preferably without using Autotools. (a.k.a. WTF-IS-THAT-DIRECTORY-STRUCTURE!?)

During that, I had to recompile a big amount of code, thanks to libasa requesting libexpat >=2.0.0 (which after that proved to be fake – it’s required by fontconfig which libasa uses. And which was already installed and working in valid version with the old libexpat -_-“).

Another thing is that I started to translate Sola from Japanese/English to Polish (THX to sola redist. package from Doremi – Thank you guys!). However you could say that this project is mainly to gather know-how and experience in fansubbing — don’t expect me making quick releases…. :>

Are all Windows firewalls retarded!?

Yes, I’ve got pissed by another piece of windows shi^Wsoftware.

This time, it was outpost firewall. In fact, I’ve been pissed by it a long time ago, and it’s getting worse. Since it’s installed on someone else’s computer, I can’t kick it out, I have to live with it.

Imagine a firewall that can’t understand that IPv4 hosts support something called forwarding, and that DNS replies aren’t portscans. Imagine software that automatically sits on every possible connection, aggresively blocking anything that doesn’t look *right* to it, without asking you about it. Why? Because it works silently in the background, and until you force it to show itself, you won’t even know it’s still working.

The last time it pissed me was when we were setting up my uncle’s newly-bought PDA. For over 2 hours we were looking WTF was wrong with ActiveSync connection. Until it dawned on me that it’s either Outpost Firewall or somebody put APIPA address range into PeerGuardian block list…. I forced Outpost to admit that connection with PDA was “trusted LAN” and it worked.

If it put any info that it blocked something we might have not lost so much time about it….

Anyway, it looks like the only firewall that I’m still willing to try is NT built-in packet filter, which in Vista Ultimate (at least, I’m not sure about other) finally has a good settings manager, which kicks ass out of that old windows firewall thing in XP.

And one last word:

No, Firewalls are not about asking you if “this and that can access internet”. A good firewall sits on every packet and checks it for validity, with the former thing being handled by Acess Authorization routines in OS (or some kind of add-on module).

I should start a page about shitty soft………

Gaijin in Japanese Parliament

After Tokyo by Night (in Polish):

Marutei Tsurunen is the first westerner in japanese parliament, since 2002. Since this blog is in English, instead of quoting his profile page, I’ll just give you a link: Marutei Tsurunen profile .

I have to say, that I consider this guy awesome to reach such a position. And it looks like he is more sensible than most of polish politicians, although this may not be true – After all, I don’t know too much about him…

What happens when you are bored?

In my case, I do quizzes/tests :-)

You are .ogg Even though many people consider you cool and happening, a lot still find that you're a bit too weird to hang out with.
Which File Extension are You?

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Geek Code:
Version: 3.1
GU/O d-@s: !a C++(++++)>$ U++>++++$ P+(P—) L++>++++$ E W++(–) N+ o! K! w V>+++$ PS+ PE Y+ PGP t+@
5++ X- R !tv b+(++++) DI+ D+ G e>++++ h! !r z–(*)

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