About a week ago, I blindly (and in retrospect, foolishly) agreed to an automatic update to the kernel on my OpenSUSE 10.2 box. After this update, it appears that my LIRC installation no longer works, meaning my Remote Control is not currently functioning in Linux. From what I can tell, others have had similar problems in the past, having to do with lirc modules that are no longer compatible with the kernel or something. It looks like I might have to uninstall, then download the source, build the modules myself and try to install that way. Ugh… Does anybody have any pointers? Read the rest of this entry …

§346 · March 13, 2007 · Linux, Software, Technology · Comments Off on Lack of Control ·


I’ve been working on making my OpenSUSE 10.2 box my permanent home computing environment for a few months now, I’ve got it set up for web browsing, development, media catching. I tried recently to open a rather large personal finance-related spreadsheet in OpenOffice Calc and was appalled. Read the rest of this entry …

§345 · March 13, 2007 · Linux, Software, Technology · 6 comments ·


My mother-in-law and sister-in-law were visiting for the weekend to celebrate the twins third birthday. My sister-in-law brought over a bunch of “Best of Muppet Show” DVDs and we had a blast tonight watching a couple episodes. See, though they have never watched any of the movies, my boys have become fascinated with Star Wars characters thanks to a gift of some Pez Dispensers last Christmas (“Daddy, can I play with Emperor Palpatine?”), so Jacob and Joshua went total ape-shit over the Mark Hammill / “Stars of Star Wars” episode. And I found out that I’ve had a little crush on Carol Burnett for a couple decades thanks to those airings our family used to watch on the CBC…

§344 · March 11, 2007 · Entertainment, Kids, Life, Television · Comments Off on Muppet Memories ·


I’ve complained before about Firefox not supporting split view and encouraged readers to vote for Bug 231156. I just learned from the bug this morning that Firefox has a few extensions to give you this very thing. The one that I like the best is Split Browser, which took the approach that the “split” should be at the browser level (across all tabs) rather than at the per-tab/document level (which I would have originally preferred). I think the choice makes some sense, because that way you can compare two different documents as well as two regions of the same document.

I also wish it had the little scroll-bar splitter that is present in so many Microsoft Office applications. But right-clicking and choosing Split isn’t so bad for those rare cases where I want to compare two sections of a loooong web page. All in all, I’m pretty happy with Split Browser though…

§343 · March 10, 2007 · Life · 1 comment ·


Orinoco has put up a couple more SVG games that you can play inside your browser (either Firefox 1.5+ or Opera 9+). Read the rest of this entry …

§342 · March 9, 2007 · Entertainment, Games, QuickLinks, Software, SVG, Technology, Web · Comments Off on And Still More SVG Games ·