Defending myself from the wrath of the Chris

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Chris accuses my moderation robots of having failed him, which is hurtful given that I am said robot. The way comment spam detection works is currently like a moderated mailing list — all comments are treated as spam until I manually approve them, which I generally do about once a day. Therefore if you make a comment, it may take some time to appear (especially now that I live in a different timezone than most of my readers).

Fear now Chris, your comment did survive moderation and is visible…

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Compiling MythTV 0.19 for Ubuntu Dapper

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I’ve been finding that MythTV is really unreliable after dist-upgrading from Breezy to Dapper. In fact, it’s been crashing six or seven times a day, which has been really annoying. I figured I though therefore bight the bullet and upgrade to the latest stable version of MythTV. I was previously running a SVN snapshot because it fixed a couple of bugs I was having when I first installed Myth.

Installation was pretty easy. First, grab the one or two libraries you’re missing and that the configure script doesn’t necessarily detect the dependency for properly:

    sudo apt-get install mesa-common-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libglu1-mesa-dev \
    libqt3-mt-dev libqt4-dev mesa-common-dev qt3-apps-dev libglu1-mesa fftw3 \
    fftw3-dev libsdl1.2-dev festival festival-dev libdvdread3 libdvdread3-dev
    

And then the usual configure, make, make install in the mythtv and mythplugins directories.

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Netgear MP101, uPnP, gmediaserver and me

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I picked up a Netgear MP101 a while ago cheap from a guy at work. I haven’t got around to making it work until just now, and it was pretty easy to get MP3 streaming happening. The steps are:

Install gmediaserver. Start it. I used something like:

    gmediaserver --friendly-name="molokai.stillhq.com" -vvvv --profile=mp101 /data/mp3/symlinks/
    

I used the extreme verbosity because it takes quite a while for gmediaserver to start up with many MP3s, and I had originally thought that it had crashed.

So, now I can play albums and so forth — next steps are to get a streaming radio station happening (based off music preferences from people present or something?) and perhaps streaming audio from MythTV. Does anyone else have experience with this sort of thing that they would like to share before I reinvent the wheel?

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Don’t try getting Delonghi blender parts in the US

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I’ve given up after calling four places. All I want is a blade for my Delonghi blender, and it seems that no one in this country sells them. When I asked the people I called for a suggestion of someone who might sell the part, they were quite confused. I suspect I’ll be off to Frys to buy a new blender soon.

Meh. All I want is a Margarita. Is that too much to ask?

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More on comment spam

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What’s wrong with this picture?

    mikal@daedalus:~/blog-comments$ find . -type f -name "*.yes" -mtime -2 | wc -l
    1
    mikal@daedalus:~/blog-comments$ find . -type f -name "*.no" -mtime -2 | wc -l
    101
    

That’s 1 real comment (thanks Andrew) to 101 spam comments. Nice.

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The worst user interface I have seen in a long time

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Yesterday my wife told me about a user interface she actually experienced, and was surprised by the violence of my reaction. It’s simply the worst user interface I can think of for a scenario in question, and it comes from a major corporation with presumably UI experts and testers, and all of that fancy stuff.

So, what she was trying to do was transfer some money from the US to Australia. The user interface was a little bit like this:

So, you’re told how many US dollars you have in the account, and then asked how many Australian dollars you want to transfer. There is no select an amount in US dollars. Oh, and if you guess wrong and have to do another transfer, that will of course cost you another set of ten dollar fees.

In summary, this user interface:

  • Expects you to know what exchange rate Citibank is going to apply
  • How much the fees are
  • Perform the exchange rate maths in your head
  • Then enter a number

Ewwww.

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Modified bike commute down L’avineda Street

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I tweaked the bike commute this morning, and in return for spending the same amount of time on roads as before (but much busier roads), I pretty much cut the commute in half. It’s a bit of a shame really, because it no longer feels like a real ride because it’s too short. Now I need to decide if I go the long way or the short way.

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