the relentless march of progress

From various channels, early this morning:

* bryner is really disturbed by redhat's gcc 3.3.3 (fc2) generating worse code than their 3.3.2 in fc1

< vlad> vladimir@tornado[1099]% rpm -q gcc34
< vlad> gcc34-3.4.0-1
< vlad> who needs 3.3.3?

< shaver> use gcc34?
< bryner> it's even worse

eve of the handover

Best. Federal Election. Ever.

(I am eligible as a write-in candidate in your riding, remember.)

bow down before the one you serve

I fancy myself a bit of a JavaScript wiz, but this thing is humbling.

inside out

Nat‘s right, the TCPA’s agenda sucks. I wonder if his position as an executive at a company that holds membership in the TCPA will let him do some good. That would be pretty awesome.


I had a hard time getting the network from the Ximian/Novell offices to play nicely with the Oracle VPN, but I did manage to fix two bugs that were threatening to slip the Mozilla 1.7 release. It’s good to be back!

swinging both ways

Havoc posts some interesting thoughts about dependency evolution in Linux distributions, but I think he misrepresents the state of Mozilla installation:

The big previously-proprietary apps such as and Mozilla have a very different attitude and tend to assume end users will install the app themselves. Which is both true and untrue on Linux; some will try the app themselves, and some will get it with their distribution.

Mozilla (and Firefox and Thunderbird, even in their pre-1.0 states) will work just fine if you just untar it in your home directory to test a new version, and it’ll work just fine if you have your admin install an RPM of it. We even now support adding most kinds of extensions and browser plugins on either a per-user or system-wide basis, if you find — as many do — that you want to add something beyond what’s in the usual packages.

Installing a new version of GNOME to test it is much, much harder — or to develop against it, should you want to listen to people crying for better GNOME integration in your multi-million-user desktop app, just to pick an example at random. Harder than I can often manage, and I have a bit of a reputation in these parts for knowing my way around software.

I guess that’s

correct for a desktop platform

though. *wink*

In almost-unrelated news, bryner is waging a hero’s battle against broken GTK theming implementations (in both themes and the GTK core, as I understand it) to deliver pixel-perfect native control rendering for GTK in upcoming Firefox releases. In your honour, my good man, I raise a glass.

(I’ll leave the “previously-proprietary” comment, mostly, but there is virtually nothing about the Mozilla build or install system that’s left over from its life as a closed-source app, so I’m not sure how he intends that to relate to this issue.)

not so fast

ITNews and MacDailyNews seem quite enthused about the prospects opened up by Apple shipping the Safari WebKit as part of iTunes on Windows. Just one problem: it’s not true.

As Hyatt comments in the MacDailyNews, iTunes just ships QuickTime, and there’s no WebKit in it at all. Nice thought, though!

(Also, Safari, while nice, is definitely not the most standards-compliant browser out there. If it’s not Mozilla, it’s Opera.)


Hoye got some good mileage the other day out ofthe relative inferiority of the vehicle-based Voltron series, and I was tempted to embellish upon his reflections with my own wandering thoughts — please find attached, elsewhere, sometime, perhaps, the virtues and pains of flatter organizational charts, and the productivity gains associated with allowing bright people to despecialize from time to time.

Instead, though, there is something more pressing. Somebody out there just might have M.A.S.K. episodes in some format that I could fetch with terrifying alacricity. These 30kbps RealVideo things are not exactly stuffing my MASK-hole, if you will. Little help? I am overwhelmed with nostalgia here.

oooh, pretty

Some things that made me smile today, not including any out-of-work librarians:

  • Spacebloom: a real book about fictitious space-faring flora, including some rather attractive images and just-kooky-enough faux history. I think I may purchase the book, if Tyla consents. (The actual construction of the book looks amazing, too.)
  • Leo Villareal’s light-architecture-art projects: I dunno what it is about these, but I found them quite pleasing to mine eyes.

In other news, Sandia is building a scene from Half Life or something. (The link to the large Z machine picture is nice, but since it’s a 1.8MB image your browser may become petulant.)

connecting (housekeeping)

There’s a kind gentleman here right now setting me up with one of his spare TiVos, along with a small pile of software so that I can pretend to be the TiVo guide service, and use the zap2it channel data as my back-end. It’s been an adventure, but it’ll be all worth it

Especially tomorrow, when I have an ultimate game that will bump into Game 5. Sweet, sweet buffer.

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