Open Source

Crap that’s happening in the open source world.

I was always a fan of version control, even for binaries like word file for homework. This helps keep a history of stuff that may get deleted or changed, and helps a lot for working using multiple computers. But I’ve never version controlled a website. Mostly because I never had one I was doing serious …

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I am the first to admit that I’m almost completely incapable of making something look good. I’m reasonably good at making things functional and easy to use, but when it comes to looks.. not me. At first I thought I would start with just plain black and white PHP output, but I felt that was …

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I have a long list of ideas. Why have I chosen OSTD? Well – it had to be something I was passionate about, and I am always proud to tell people that my software is translated into 40 languages. I would love to be able to say that with my help hundreds of other software …

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OSTD, the Open Source Translation Database – that’s the best I could come up with. The name and the acronym has to be unique enough that I can get to the top of search engine results relatively easily. But there’s so much more to the name. At first I wanted to get the website a …

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Lat week I got a fancy new printer. I was trying to find something that will work for years and years so I shopped around for a couple of days. The shopping experience was pretty painful. It’s very difficult to find whether a printer is actually supported in Linux before buying it and trying it …

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Today I wanted to make some yummy apple puff pastry, so I turned my laptop on to put up a recipe and.. the screen blipped and went off. This machine (an IBM x40) was so old that I wasn’t at all surprised. The laptop went with me through school (when I rode bicycles and buses …

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Do you remember the first time someone told you about fork()/exec() for Linux? Do you remember beeing completely confused? I do, and it’s an ongoing pain in the ass for me – every time I want to call something simple without blocking and without worrying about pipes or the structure of exec()/execl()/execlp() parameters, or the …

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Check this out: andrew@littlesvr:~$ uptime 00:20:16 up 730 days, 15:13,  1 user,  load average: 0.57, 0.22, 0.11 At 4AM this morning it was 730 days, that’s exactly two years! The server would have been up for about 6 years if I didn’t decide once to upgrade the hardware, once to upgrade Slackware, and once to …

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just finished my master’s so I’m allowed to quote Wikipedia again :) In 2008 WorldDMB adopted APNG as a backward compatible extension to enable animation as part of the MOT SlideShow user application for Digital Radio. “APNG 1.0 Specification – Animated Portable Network Graphics” is included as normative Annex A in the ETSI standard TS …

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