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Scribe Final (Really)
Date: 13/12/2004
Well we're counting down to that magical stable Scribe release (yes I know Christmas IS comming) and the translators are passing in their last edits. It's likely it'll be out by the 20th. Just in time to pop it under the tree of your Outlook stricken family members! ;)

I've also fixed one last crash bug and updated the GnuPG plugins as well.

But we're really just watching and waiting for things to settle and for people to have a last chance for feedback before it's finally really actually final.

We will be taking a break over the Christmas / New Year starting around the 23rd through to the 7th. So don't expect much in the way of response from us then. PayPal purchases of InScribe will still get immediate key and download information but Kagi purchasers may have to wait a little longer than normal for their key.

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The Sky IS Actually Falling
Date: 8/12/2004
A good chunk of the tree in our back yard got tired and fell off last night. We didn't hear a thing, just woke up to a yard full of leaves. Man what a mess to clean up!

You can see this huge hole left in the foliage, although it's less apparent in the image than in person. This is the second major branch to come down in the last 12 months. We are beginning to wonder if the tree is sick. The branch that broke this time didn't appear to be damaged and their wasn't any wind to speak of last night. Really weird.

In other news I made my first video DVD this week with my brand spanking new dual layer DVD burner; A video mail to a buddy overseas. Man DVD authoring software sucks. Maya was sick 2 nights ago keeping us up from 2am on, so we're like walking zombies right now. My brother, Ben, took a trip up the coast on a yacht (40ft) which almost got sunk by a storm. So in light of more severe weather in the forecast we sent him some money to catch the train home instead of getting the same boat back.

Also I've been thinking of updating my development machine to something a little less flakey than my current Althon 1.4ghz. And the option of going back to a dual CPU config is very tempting. While doing my research into the AMD64 platform it seems that AMD have deliberately made the cost divide between the socket 939 (single CPU only) and socket 940 (possibly dual CPU) systems unfairly large. So to get a dual AMD64 system up and running you have to fork out way more than the cost of the extra CPU. The motherboard is more than twice as much, the RAM is ECC so twice as much and then you have to buy 2 CPU's as well. So the segment of the market looking for some dual action is going to be stuck with 2 slowish opteron's that are running on slower ECC ram instead of 2 faster clocked Althon FX's running on cheap commodity DDR400. I think there is a huge hole in the market for cheap dual CPU systems that AMD is ignoring. Unless there is some way of running socket 939 CPU's in dual format that I don't know about? Not likely.

I'm not really interested in the Intel line, as their foot dragging on 64bit has left them out of the game. I know they finally caved on AMD64 support and joined AMD instead of flogging their dead horse but too little too late I think.
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gethostbyname_r Buglet
Date: 3/12/2004
I've been getting reports for Damn Small Linux users that Scribe can't connect to servers because the call to gethostbyname_r fails.

There is a topic here about the issue on the DSL forums if you want to post suggestions, information, test results, slander or pictures of your pets.

The relevant code in Lgi is in src/common/INet/INet.cpp on line 500 or so:
Host = NEW(HostEnt);
if (Host)
	memset(Host, 0, sizeof(*Host));
	HostEnt *Result = 0;
	int Err = 0;
	if (gethostbyname_r(HostAddr, Host, Buf, sizeof(Buf), &Result, &Err))
		char *ErrStr = GetErrorName(Err);
		printf("%s:%i - gethostbyname_r('%s') failed (%i - %s)",
			__FILE__, __LINE__,
			HostAddr, Err, ErrStr);
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New Clothes For Scribe
Date: 30/11/2004
Some new goodness for the about window and the title page. All written in nice configurable HTML that you could, if you wanted to, change to something else I guess.
Is it hot or not?

And for those of you with an eye for detail, what other feature is visible (not) in the first screenshot?
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Are We There Yet?
Date: 29/11/2004
It sounds simple I know but I don't know if it can be done. What I want is to be able to have 2 people using windows at the same time, 2 graphical logins at once. I've heard about fast user switching on XP and I would like to know if somehow that could be retasked with liberal use of SSH and TightVNC to allow a second simultaneous (remote) user to access their own desktop, separate from the local user?

I know it's a little out of Windows league but I thought it might just be possible now days.

And before you suggest linux / X windows:
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I Hate Web Browsers
Date: 19/11/2004
Imagine your proofing some HTML with images on your hard disk before putting them online. Seems like a reasonable thing to do right? And you want to use images in your HTML, still all good. So you put the images in the same directory as the HTML and try some code like this:
<img src='image.jpg'>
But it doesn't work does it. Noooooooo.
<img src='./image.jpg'>
<img src='file:///image.jpg'>
Nah mate.
<img src='file:///./image.jpg'>
<img src='file:image.jpg'>
Wrong again.


Yes both IE and Firefox fail this simplest of tests. Truely I am amazed. How did this happen?
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