Andrew Channels Dexter Pinion

Wherein I write some stuff that you may like to read. Or not, its up to you really.

April 30, 2002

PythonCard Screenshots

Kevin has posted a Windows screen shot, Dan has posted a Macintosh one, here is a Linux shot of the Widget sample that ships with PythonCard;
Linux screen shot

How does it look to you?

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April 26, 2002

Apple Macintosh

wxPython is nearly working on the Macintosh. Dan Shafer is really rather excited about the whole deal.

I stopped using Macs when I left University. Over the past few years I've occasionally considered taking up the single button mouse again but was initially put off by the operating system (what no multi-tasking?). Now that OSX is here I actually went as far as to peruse Apple Australia's web site earlier this year. Which is where the trouble starts.

Essentially, to run BSD with a cool gui front end the nice people from Apple want to charge me double what I would have to pay for a commodity Wintel PC. Woops, that one isn't going to get past the financial committee.

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April 23, 2002

Oh Dear

Spotted on /., a link to this article about the closure of the AT&T labs in Cambridge. A sad day for all of us.

I've worked for large IT companies and seen their idea of research and development - essentially any commercial development - and this is not it, this is actual R and D and its a shame to see one of the best proponents of the art has to close. The world needs research labs like this but I can't see any organisation with enough guts to fund them at the moment, more is the pity.

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April 20, 2002

Dual Booting Traumas

I've spent the past day or so searching the web, courtesy of Google for a way to tell my laptop that the hardware clock is in local time and not UTC. I didn't get a lot of luck, apart from the interesting information in the clock mini-howto.

But, if you dual boot your machine with Windows and Linux (Debian) I have the answer to your prayers. By default Linux assumes that your hardware clock is in UTC but Windows throws a hissy fit if it is in anything but local time. The solution? Tell Linux that your clock is in local time.

Under Linux this is done by issuing hwclock --localtime followed by hwclock --systohc. On Debian, the easy way to achieve this is to edit the file /etc/default/rcS. Change the line which reads "UTC=yes" to "UTC=no". Reboot and Bob is your Aunties live in lover.

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April 19, 2002


I don't normally do one of those pointer type blogs. You know, the ones where Dave finds something he thinks is interesting and the links to it with a supposed witty comment, but every now and then the urge is overwhelming. Here are the offerings for today;

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April 16, 2002

Quote for the day

Quote for the day [from Diary of a start-up] and bear in mind that I have a degree in Management;

"Management has fallen into the same category as Psychiatrists and Lawyers; there are far too many of them, and not enough quality left in stock"

I should point out that this gem is in the comments at the bottom of the piece, but you should read the story anyway.

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