Lars Wirzenius: December, 2005


Friday, December 30, 2005

Debian: Low threshold NMU page

I set up the Low Threshold NMU wiki page. The goal is to test whether enough people participate and whether this then has enough of an impact on the quality that changes to the default NMU rules should be made.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Enemies of Carlotta: Version 1.2 out

I finally got out release 1.2 of Enemies of Carlotta. Just a few minutes later I got out release 1.2.1 as well, to fix an embarrassing error in a code path that I hadn't bothered to write a unit test for. That should teach me to trust myself to not be stupid.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Random hacks: deb-from-bzr

I wrote a little script to help me maintain packages using bzr (bazaar-ng). It builds source and binary packages and tests them with lintian, linda, and piuparts.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Personal life: Programmer survival skills

I have a talk today at the Jyväskylä university about programmer survival skills. My talks page has the original Finnish slides, the link in this log entry is to the quick translation to English I made.

Note that when I make slides for a talk, they don't always contain the entire presentation. For example, there is no indication in the slides that I removed my tie after the first non-title slide, or that that slide was presented in a very monotonous voice, because I wanted to create an effect. If the slides don't make sense, it might be because they're missing something important.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Debian: Debconf7?

It has been brought to my attention that there is already scheming going on about the location of Debconf7, the one after Mexico. I know that people in Edinburgh have often expressed their desire to host Debconf, and I for one think it would be a swell location. We must have at least one Debconf where it rains, after all. Also, the last time I was offered, I was too much of a chicken to eat haggis. I'd further like to have the opportunity to view Scottish mountains through a really small window on a light-proof box.

So, Scots, if you want it, you'll have to fight for it. According to Andreas, the main organizer, one of the best ways to fight is to participate in the organization of the preceding conference. This helps the organizers get some understanding of what is involved, andwill make things go more smoothly.

Debconf7 in Ediburgh: because rain is wet!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Review: The Yepp revisited

This is an update to the initial review of the Samsung Yepp YP-T music playing device I bought in September. On the whole, it has been a very nice device, but there are a couple of problems.

First, it only saves its settings, such as play mode and current track and location in track, when it is shut down normally. If you run out of batter, it doesn't save. Usually this is not a problem, but if you're listening to, say, an hour long interview, it's annoying to have to get to the right place manually after replacing the battery.

Second, the device has trouble with long audio files, at least those of the vorbis persuasion. After I finally reached the end of the hour-long interview, the device froze. Rebooting sort-of worked, but it would freeze again at the end of the file or whenever I tried to use the menus. This continued until I removed the file manually via USB.

Other than that, I'm not complaining.