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From the Isn't-it-Exciting? Dept
So I've basically finished my first E theme. Check out
My Enlightenment Page for a
screenshot. This bad boy uses all the cool stuff that the
rest of you will see when DR11 comes out (Soon! Stop asking!).
Check it out, and feel free to Drool... E really is the ultimate
WM... with each release, it gets closer to being fully featured.
Many people already use it as there primary interface.
And if you put in the work, it sure it pretty.
Air Force One
From the buy-now-at-harrison-ford Dept
So last night I saw the movie that last weekend set the record
for highest opening weekend net for a rated R movie.
I've read a lot of pretty good reviews, and seen very few negative
comments, so let me throw out a few: Harrison Ford was good (Duh!
The guys movies have collectively made like a billion dollars) and
he was fairly believable. That said, Glen Close was Annoying &
Cheesy (Aren't we all glad she stuck with the pres?) Oldman was
kinda cool, but how many buddies did he have with him? What
was with the evil Secret Service Agent? I never did figure out
what was going on with him.
Serious Problems: AF1 has an escape pod? Sheesh. Oh, and
Parachutes, enough weapons to destroy most third world nations,
the ability to dodge missles on auto pilot, about 600 rooms, enough
nooks and crannies to hide Jimmy Hoffa.
Nerd NoteThe CGI crash at the end was crap. Witha budget
like this films, it shouldn't have been that crappy. The SFX were
great, the sound fx were cool (Althoughd deafening at the theatre
I saw it at- Decibels do NOT = Clarity!). Note to the animators:
Splashes are not perfect, mathamatically exact parabola's. Ouch.
Anyway, See it if you've got a few bucks and a couple hours, but
suspend your sense of reason. A lot.
Fun with Internet Naming
From the NICd-myself-shaving Dept
NSI is sueing AlterNIC for hacking in and redirecting DNS to
their servers. Eugene Kashpureff admits he redirected .com,
.net and .org a few weeks back- some think he's a hero, and
NSI thinks he's a criminal.
This wasn't the right way to get people to use AlterNIC, but
don't we all want to be rid of NSI? If AlterNIC was a real
time mirror of NSI's TLD's, and then sold there own for 1/2
the cost NSI charges, I'd switch. After a year AlterNIC would
probably take over.
more at www.news.com
From the e-gads Dept
Ok so my Enlightenment page is now up.
It's sparse- but it does have my most recent DR11 screenshot of my
The screenshot shows off my iconbox, new root menus, and cool pager. I
am down to creating new a new icon bar, and it is ready... Next time
I have a few hours, I'll wrap it up, and hopefully by the time DR11
rolls out, ya'll can get your grubby mits on it!
Comment if you'd like...
Linux T-Shirt Tidbits
From the unix-you-can-wear Dept
For those who don't know, I'm planning on printing T-Shirts
with the Logo from my Linux Page. The
cost is going to be ~$15... Mail
me if you haven't already.
Here is the scoop- I've had over 150 e-mails, so we're gonna print
200 (That's the delay- I planned on only printing 20). A friend
of mine is handling it all, and he is going to put up a page with
the details (Where to mail checks etc).
This should all come down the pipe this week- so don't worry guys,
it's gonna happen! And if you want more shirts, feel free
to mail, we can still print more!
Trio of Titilating Linux Tidbits
From lame-alliteration-for-linux Dept
First of, I spent some time last night working on Enlighenment.
I actually submitted a tiny patch, on got about 50% of the way through my new theme. This
is an exciting Window Manager kids... DR11 (Not Out Yet!) Is finally usable (Keyboard shortcuts,
Virtual Desktops etc..
Second, a fellow Gimp-head put up a great new tutorial...
Jens has released a great Displacement Tutorial that
explains how he made His really cool Gimp logo... You owe it to yourself to check it out.
And Finally I finally updated my system to run with the 2.1.* kernels. It was fairly painless by starting with
a Redhat v4.2 system, and following the changes log
available at Linux HQ. I also updated my
LibC & GCC to the new Pentium Optmized Versions. I figured I
should do something to speed up my system, to counteract the drains that E causes .
From that-is-so-not-normal Dept
I got an interesting note to check out
Anchordesk for more info on Tamagotchi style programs for PC's. For
those of you who are new to my site, I wrote a
Short Story on the subject. (The story has recieved 1,000's of hits!)
Anyway, the article has links to several Windows (Ick!) based programs
that simplify the toy. None of these apps get even close to the
disturbing depths that my story predicted, but you still may be
interested enough to
check it out.
Kevin Smith & X-Files Scoops
From movies-we-want-to-come-out-tomorrow Dept
Harry Knowles has a cool scoop on the X-Files movie that is
currently filming. Even more interesting is a short interview with
Kevin Smith (The Writer/Director of Clerks). Seems that the dude who
played "Randall" will be back in Dogma... there also is a exciting
bit on what is coming after Dogma... You must visit Harry for the whole scoop!.
Netscape 4.0b7 for Unix?
From the Its-still-beta? Dept
Despite what we all wanted to see (4.0 final) Netscape has decided
to put out another beta. The rumour is from Browserwatch where we hear of an SGI version thats about.
All who miss the good old days when the Unix versions came first, raise your hand now...
Prequel Yoda Pictures!
From the Aren't-you-a-bit-early? Dept
Once again Harry Knowles catches the scoop on time with some great
pictures of the clay sculpture that will be digitized and used for
the CGI Yoda in the Prequels. Check it out at Aint-it-cool-News.
Definition: Windows 95: n.
From the Microsoft Bashing Dept.
32 bit extensions and a graphical shell for a 16 bit patch to an
8 bit operating system originally coded for a 4 bit microprocessor,
written by a 2 bit company, that can't stand 1 bit of competition.
Highly recommended humour mailing list... get more information at blackdown.org.
Not only do they house this list, but they also host the Linux JDK Port pages!
From the Odd-But-Legal Dept
Ready for scary experience? Check out www.muttonbone.com for
a chance to purchase the 'Love Ewe'- your own personal inflatable sheep.
Isn't it wonderful that this is legal? I suggest everyone purchase one and place it
somewhere where there parents can see it.
The Enlightened Binding
From the Xuality Dept
Our good friend Mandrake from #LinuxOS
has got keyboard support working in DR11 of Enlightenment (Not out yet).
We should all kneel before him as we can shave hours worth of wasted time off our days by not having
to reach for the friggin mouse every time you want to focus a different window!