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Posted in , , | Posted on 16 Jul 2012 16:30by somekool |

long awaited archlinux update overdue. will it pass?

(click read more to view list of packages) posted as a comments because it took too much space ;)

Posted in , , , | Posted on 14 Nov 2010 00:50by somekool |

Perl weirdness 2010#001

Perl keeps impressing me (negatively) with weird stuff such as implicit context and so on.... but that one is really out of the ordinary...
prompt~/ perl 
print "-------\n\n";
my $x = 'hostname1.foo.net';
$x->{'datacenter'} ||= '__';
use Data::Dumper; 
print Dumper $x;
print "x".$x->{'datacenter'}."x\n";
my $y = 'hostname1.foo.neT';
print "y".$y->{'datacenter'}."y\n";
my $z = 'hostname1.foo.net';
print "z".$z->{'datacenter'}."z\n";
-------

$VAR1 = 'hostname1.foo.net';
x__x
yy
z__z
prompt~/ 
first, I thought calling ->{} on a scalar/string would crash. to my surprise, my program passed. so I wrote this test only to learning something even crazier about perl. couldn't this be a security issue?

Posted in , , , , | Posted on 30 Mar 2010 14:11by somekool |

it feels good to get rid of useless stuff

real good
[somekool@rockinTV ~]$ sudo pacman -R gail libgnomecanvas ruby-gnomecanvas \
                                     libbonobouiruby-gnome2 libgnomeui nautilus-cd-burner \
                                     gnome-python gnome-media rhythmbox
checking dependencies...
( 1/10) removing rhythmbox                          [########################################] 100%
( 2/10) removing gnome-media                        [########################################] 100%
( 3/10) removing gnome-python                       [########################################] 100%
( 4/10) removing nautilus-cd-burner                 [########################################] 100%
( 5/10) removing ruby-gnome2                        [########################################] 100%
( 6/10) removing libgnomeui                         [########################################] 100%
( 7/10) removing libbonoboui                        [########################################] 100%
( 8/10) removing ruby-gnomecanvas                   [########################################] 100%
( 9/10) removing libgnomecanvas                     [########################################] 100%
(10/10) removing gail                               [########################################] 100%
[somekool@rockinTV ~]$

Posted in , , , | Posted on 26 Oct 2008 08:13by somekool |

Des passionnés des logiciels libres de la région de Québec (Journée porte ouverte Linux)

Le samedi 1er décembre prochain, le groupe [Linuq](http://www.linuq.org) organise une journée "Porte ouverte à Linux". Au cours de cette journée, ses membres feront des démonstrations des logiciels libres répondant à presque tous les besoins domestiques et démontreront qu'ils ne demandent pas plus d'expertise que les logiciels propriétaires classiques. Mieux, ils vous montreront que tous ces logiciels peuvent s'installer en quelques instants et gratuitement avec une distribution Linux. Il en existe de nombreuses, mais les plus facilement utilisables sont les distributions Mandriva, OpenSUSE et Ubuntu. Encore mieux, ils se proposent à vous aider à installer une de ces distributions dans votre ordinateur (inscription requise sur [www.linuq.org](http://www.linuq.org/index.php?id=104)). Les logiciels libres ont pris un essor extraordinaire depuis 15 ans dans tous les domaines, que ce soit Internet qui n'existerait tout simplement pas sans les logiciels libres (le contrôle du trafic est assuré par des logiciels libres, les centaines de milliers d'ordinateurs de Google fonctionnent avec du logiciel libre, les deux tiers des sites web utilisent essentiellement du logiciel libre, ...), plus près de nous, le plus puissant ordinateur du gouvernement du Québec fonctionne sous Linux. Les logiciels libres offrent de nombreux avantages: évidemment ils sont gratuits (sans piratage!), mais aussi ils sont très sécuritaires (à l'abri des virus), légers (pas besoin d'un ordinateur dernier cri), compatibles avec les formats de fichier habituels (texte, image ou son), faciles à utiliser, durables (ils ne vous forcent pas à changer quand vous n'en n'avez pas besoin), à la pointe de la technologie. Ils sont à nous tous, que nous ayons ou pas participé à leur écriture. Pourquoi organisent-ils cette journée? Ils le font pour diverses raisons, certains par fraternité, d'autres parce qu'ils aiment bricoler leurs logiciels et partager leur passion, mais tous parce qu'ils trouvent normal de « redonner un peu à la communauté ». La plupart d'entre eux n'utilisent que des logiciels libres, du moins quand ils ont le choix. La journée se déroule de 9 heures à 17 heures au locaux 2325 et 2327 du Pavillon Palasis-Prince de l'Université Laval. Il est à noter que le stationnement est gratuit la fin de semaine. Pour faire installer sur son ordinateur, une inscription est requise en remplissant le formulaire sur le site web [www.linuq.org](http://www.linuq.org/index.php?id=108).

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Posted in , | Posted on 24 Nov 2007 13:28by somekool |

reading ext2 and ext3 filesystem under microsoft windows xp

I just made a small discovery last night. I already knew about ext2fs but it was not really stable, rather incompatible and as far as I remember, read-only. So, rather useless. Now there is something I would call "new". [ext2IFS](http://www.fs-driver.org/). IFS for Installable FileSystem. it is simply wonderful. and for anyone using windows who needs access to their ext2/3 partitions, try this one out. As you already know. your data is the most important part of computing. and with all open source software, I recommend reading all the documentation. in this case, it is all shown during the install process. please read it or don't cry when something happen.

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Posted in , | Posted on 05 Sep 2007 14:47by somekool |

That is a lot of reading ...

To follow my last post. Here is the list of interesting articles I fall upon today. As I already said. Today has been a very rewarding day for finding interesting articles. So, here it comes. I will not place them in order of preference but instead I will try to place them in order of accessibility (less geek to the geekiest) [The police to start analyzing our urine through the sewers](http://science.slashdot.org/science/07/08/22/2225225.shtml). That's the cherry on the sundae. If they bring their sample extraction device all the way to our houses. Not only they will be able to know who use what drugs but also what other consumer products we use. Then use the data for marketing purposes. That's the beginning of real privacy violation. And people worry about computers? [Get Rich Slowly](http://www.foldedspace.org/weblog/2005/04/get_rich_slowly.html). No comments, excellent reading. And this article really makes me believe again that [justbudget](http://justbudget.com) is totally appropriate and does help in financial Independence. Plasma VS LCD HTTV [comparison](http://apcmag.com/hdtv) Computing article ... lots of good points. last page is Linux Kernel stuff only, kinda technical. But the first two pages are interesting to anyone curious about computer history. [It brings a fresh point of view on the truth](http://apcmag.com/node/6735/). Linux lovers be careful. I knew XOrg had great optimization needs but this article simply make me wish I had something better than Linux to run [my favorite desktop environment](http://kde.org/). Call me ignorant but I don't even understand how a project like a free browser might need a CEO. This article explains it all. How is Mozilla Firefox making $US55million a year? [(and much more...)](http://apcmag.com/6054/firefox_ceo_speaks_out) [More Linux related articles](http://apcmag.com/kernelknowledge) from [apcmag](http://apcmag.com). I think today was the first time I was visiting their site and one of the reason I am blogging about it today is to make sure I will visit them again. And finally the article that brought me to their site. The [Linus Torvalds Interview on Linux 3.0](http://apcmag.com/7012/linus_torvalds_talks_about).

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Posted in , , , | Posted on 23 Aug 2007 03:13by somekool |

How to not being forced to XOrg 7.1 on Gentoo

If you are like me, you like system that works and you care much more about the latest version of KDE than the latest version of XOrg. especially when updating KDE is pain-less and bug-free while XOrg means talking with God, backup-ing your Mother and what not. So I wanted to be able to run
emerge -avUNt world
like everyone else, while staying on XOrg 6.9 Like you might know, the recent portage are not forcing us to do the update. you cannot run 'emerge world' without upgrading. and upgrading is far from being easy. While preventing portage from forcing is not as easy as it sound. It is not that hard. thanks to /etc/portage system. here is how to do it. * first add the following lines in **/etc/portage/package.mask**

### I dont want to update X
>=x11-base/xorg-x11-7.0
>=app-doc/doxygen-1.4.5
>=media-gfx/imagemagick-6.2.5.6
>=x11-libs/qt-4.1.4-r1
>=media-gfx/graphviz-1.16-r2
>=app-office/openoffice-bin-2.0.3
>=media-libs/libsdl-1.2.8-r2
x11-libs/libXScrnSaver
### END
* then add the following line in **/etc/portage/package.unmask**
<x11-base/xorg-x11-7.0
after that you might get 1 or 2 more problem. I remember I also had to modify an ebuild and remove a useless dependency on a package. if it does not work for you. please comment below. I'm gonna help you to go through it and I'll update this post for a more accurate information. have a nice day.

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Posted in , , , | Posted on 17 Nov 2006 07:20by somekool |

Le logiciel libre au gouvernement du quebec

Apparemment il y aurait des efforts de la part du Gouvernement du Quebec en regards avec l'OpenSource. C'est dure de dire a qu'elle point ils sont serieux et jusqu'ou il se renderont. Mais deja, cest un debut. Et tres apprecier, du moins en ce qui me concerne. Idealement, nous verrons de plus en plus de projet de ce genre et plus d'aide sera apporter au monde du logiciel libre. Lequel a son tour aidera le monde entier, encore plus que deja. [reference](http://www.logiciel-libre.gouv.qc.ca/index.php?id=2)

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Posted in , , | Posted on 23 Oct 2006 05:10by somekool |

KDE has turned 10, lets celebrate

[KDE](http://kde.org), the world famous open source desktop environment is now [10 years](http://events.kde.org/10years/) old. WOW. [Matthias Ettrich's 14th October 1996 announcement](http://www.kde.org/announcements/announcement.php) [original post](http://groups.google.com/group/de.comp.os.linux.misc/msg/cb4b2d67ffc3ffce) It's the great moment for KDE right now, KDE 3.5.5 just got released. The most powerful and stable release ever. and KDE 4 is just around the corner. [KDE4 Beta Packages already available for Mac OS X](http://ranger.users.finkproject.org/kde/index.php/Home) and for [Linux](http://dot.kde.org/1158239585/) I think its a great time to watch [screenshots](http://www.kde.org/screenshots/) and try it out ([Kubuntu](http://kubuntu.org/), [Sabayon](http://www.sabayonlinux.org/)) and [get](http://www-devel.kde.org/getinvolved/) [involved](http://www.kde.org/jobs/) KDE Happy 10 years and we wish you another good 10 years. omedeto & gambatte

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Posted in , , , | Posted on 13 Oct 2006 22:25by somekool |

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