Sunday, March 21, 2004

Computer woes

I've been trying to do some things with my computer. Always a mistake. I wanted to install the GNOME windowmanager so Louise could use my computer with the digital camera. Actually I tried to use Windowmaker at first, but that was too hard and un-Mac-like. So I thought I'd try GNOME. Something is broken with Nautilus, the GNOME filemanager, so I installed KDE. This worked great (though still too unixy for Louise, so recompiled kernel to talk AppleShare and installed netatalk to make my computer serve files to a Mac. Now she can use the camera on her computer and store the files on her home directory on my computer where I can easily back them up, put them on the website etc.) But so anyway. KDE worked great for her, but for some reason, I couldn't get anti-aliased fonts to work on _my_ account. Worked on hers. Worked on the root account. But not mine.


I think it has something to do with permissions, but I couldn't figure out what. So I decided to rebuild my home directory. This made the anti-aliased fonts work, but it broke the already-despised Writebacks on this weblog. So not only can you not _format_ your posts now, you can't make the posts to begin with. So if you have something to say before I get this fixed, please send me an email.




  1. Imported on behalf of: Lee Is Victorious

    I think I got this working now. It was more permissions problems.

    You see, it gets complicated when you want to store stuff for the web in your home directory. Keep it in mind kids.


  2. Imported on behalf of: Dan
    **live and learn**

    Hooray for fixing stuff! Does this mean more pictures?! Of course, I haven't updated my baby pictures since 3/1, so I really can't complain. I've been fixing stuff, too. I learned the hard way that you can't get the results you expect from an SQL outer join if you're using the outer joined table in the WHERE clause. Unfortunately, it took me all day Friday to figure that out. Saturday morning, I woke up and said, "duh!" Today, I fixed it in about 2 minutes. My next problem is that I just bought a DVD recorder, and though it records just fine, it keeps failing at the end. It says it can't finish the disc-at-once end-of-disc write process. There's no option for track-at-once on the DVD recorder! Of course, this was under XP. I have yet to try it in Linux. If it works in Linux with K3b and not in XP with Nero, that may be the final straw...

  3. Imported on behalf of: Dan
    **Oh yeah, almost forgot...**

    I bet the bars on Franklin St. are going to be crowded with both the men's and women's teams having to watch the remainder of the tournaments from there. Let's hope Wake will continue the trend of upending #1 seeds, and that Illinois does not.

  4. Imported on behalf of: Lee
    **Well . . .**

    Almost fixed. You'll notice the time stamp on all my previous entries got set to yesterday, so all the old entries are out of order. I may just live with it.

  5. Imported on behalf of: Dan
    **I'm torn**

    I updated firmeware in my brand new DVD-RW drive to try to get it to work, and luckily it didn't hose it. The last time I updated firmware on a drive, it stopped being able to write. Anyway, that didn't do a damn thing, so I booted into Linux. K3b burned a backup of all the music I recorded in 2002, and most of 2003. Hooray!! However, it rendered my computer unusable for the duration. In XP, using Nero, I could at least surf around and do other stuff. While writing under Linux, it was a painful experience. Obviously, the drive isn't at fault here. I guess I'm going to have to see about an update for Nero. Hopefully, the test for that won't result in a brand new coaster. A botched DVD is a bit more of a pain (> $1) than a botched CD (< 10 cents). I'm also going to try some different software, but I really like Nero. Luckily Emily has finally started going to sleep at a reasonable hour and only getting up once, maybe twice in a night.

  6. Imported on behalf of: Lee

    KDE is a resource hog. I'm probably going to switch back to Windowmaker because it's slowed things down so much. I'd say the same thing to you. I'm sure k3b is pretty, but maybe kill your X server and burn you dvd's from the command line. You can also nice down (up? see 'man nice') the program to let you do other things if you want, but it'll probably take longer. I wish I'd read a man page before I copied over all the files for this weblog. I could easily have preserved the time and date stamps by passing 'cd' the -p switch. Oh, well. Too late now.

  7. Imported on behalf of: Lee

    Hey, I did have those timestamps preserved after all. The weblog is back in fighting shape. Now I gotta fix the writebacks so that we can do a little formatting, right?

  8. Imported on behalf of: Dan
    but I love my dead gay gui.

  9. Imported on behalf of: Lee
    **Point and click**

    That gui is making you \_weak\_ Taylor! Those commies have us right where they want us, pointing and clicking and dragging like the bunch of fat cats we are. Or something.

  10. Imported on behalf of: Dan
    **I am so ashamed**

    I'm not afraid of the command line, I'm just trying to do my part in the war on terror. I'm too broke to buy a hummer.