Category Archives: Geekery

Stuff of geek interest. Mostly about computers, sometimes straying into other classic geek topics.

Staggering news

I’ve changed my main programming font from Bitstream Vera Sans Mono to Inconsolata. The latter is slightly neater and more compact than the former, but I will always retain fond memories of Vera.

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Forgive me, Linode!

Recently I’ve opened a new account with Linode in anticipation of moving a server across to them. So far they’ve been pretty good. My current provider is Slicehost, who are also excellent and whose reliability has been utterly flawless — … Continue reading

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NeoAxis: Some Whinging

One of my final semester units at UWA is Game Design & Multimedia. The engine used for this course is NeoAxis, which is a sort of franken-framework built in a lab out of parts of opensource code. For instance, it … Continue reading

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Fuggedaboudit

A much easier way to install LuaSQL, on Ubuntu at least, is to use aptitude. I wasn’t using aptitude because I didn’t see the driver for PostgreSQL in aptitude. But it’s there if I upgrade to a later version of … Continue reading

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LuaSQL is not installer-friendly.

Lua is a nifty little language that I am putting to work in a personal project. Unfortunately it is lacking in some departments — while it has a library distribution framework in LuaRocks, it doesn’t have momentum enough for this … Continue reading

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A fix for cat2email in WordPress 2.1 and above

Club Troppo, a site that I administer, relies on the cat2email plugin to post certain categories to interested users (there are lots). When I upgraded to WP 2.1, a lot of users began to complain that they were getting improperly … Continue reading

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Uber Ubuntu Mailman Madness

A petty annoyance on Ubuntu is getting all the bits of mailman to talk to each other: the mailman software itself, and in my case Postfix as the MTA and Apache as the host server. Putting aside my complete failure … Continue reading

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On a particular pecl failure

The symptoms are like so: bash: ./configure: /bin/sh: bad interpreter: Permission denied Which has nothing whatever to do with the root cause. The actual problem is that pecl downloads files to /tmp and does its work there. If /tmp is … Continue reading

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Cats & Laser Mice Don't Mix

Do you have a fancy laser mouse like I do? Isn’t it cool? Don’t all your friends admire it? I know mine do! Wondering why it’s acting funny? Cursor moving too fast or too slow? Cast an unfriendly glare at … Continue reading

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Note about CEAN Erlang

The CEAN distribution of Erlang is fairly useful for OS X dwellers like myself, but note that there is a small “gotcha” to be aware of. It doesn’t come with the c() function – ie the compiler – installed! You … Continue reading

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