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Posted by Tim Riley Mon, 28 Nov 2005 15:22:00 GMT

I have been reencoding some of my music into AAC since getting an iMac. Whenever I do this I am reminded about how awfully corrupt some of the CDDB/GraceNotes database is. For someone picky about his metadata, the misspellings, inconsistent capitalisation, and wrong track titles are terrible. I shared my true feelings with my friend Vidar:

Safari_Al: Using CDDB is like walking into a bar and saying, “Pour me a cheap beer into a used glass! And hey, throw some old needles in there while you’re at it!”

Vidar: “You want broken glass with that?”

Safari_Al: “Only if it’s bloodied.”

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Oh the humanity!

Posted by Tim Riley Wed, 19 Oct 2005 14:16:00 GMT

I cannot help but be impressed by Ubuntu. Breezy Badger is the most polished Linux release that I’ve used, and some of the new features they have included in this version really differentiate it from the other distros – like the OEM installation mode, the built-in thin client and NFS root functionality and, most impressively, it still ships on just one CD. The server CD is really cool in this respect too, allowing a wider range of server tools to be shipped, but still on just the one disc, with everything else still just an apt-get away.

This morning I also installed and had a quick play with Edubuntu, a derivative of Ubuntu tailored towards use in education. I’ve had some experience getting Linux into school classrooms, and rub my chest and call me vicks, I wish this was around 12 months ago! A colourful theme, good desktop defaults, an array of educational apps installed, and a thin client server right out of the box, it is hard not to be impressed!

This is definitely an exciting time to be using free software on the desktop!

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Events this week: Existentialism and Badgers

Posted by Tim Riley Sun, 09 Oct 2005 10:45:00 GMT

A couple of events this week. First up is something I found out about at the Barr Smith library today: Philosophy Jammm, “a forum for informal discussion, reflection and debate on life’s big questions.” This year they have a series on controversial philosphers, and on Tuesday night there will be a meeting on “Nietzsche & Kierkegaard: Following or Leading to Enlightenment?” presented by Dr Brodie Beales.

Free admission, Tuesday October 11th from 8-10pm at Jah’z Cafe & Lounge, 7 Cinema Place (off Rundle St).

I am not sure how much debate I will engage in, but I am sure it will be interesting to hear people’s opinions.

Second is the Ubuntu “Breezy Badger” 5.10 release party at the Belgian Beer Cafe! Details from the announcement:

Where: Belgian Beer Cafe, off Rundle St
When: Thursday, October 13th.  21:00 onwards.
Who: Anybody interested in Ubuntu.

See you around for some philosophy and beer in this exciting October week!

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Adelaide GNOME 2.12 release party!

Posted by Tim Riley Thu, 01 Sep 2005 17:33:00 GMT

Adelaide lovers of fine desktops are invited to gather next week to celebrate the GNOME 2.12 release. The announcement is below. Hopefully I will see you there!

The fair ship GNOME 2.12 sets sail this Wednesday 7th September, and though we cannot drop a bottle of champagne against her, the folk of Adelaide are called to gather and celebrate this latest GNOME release.

Any GNOME users, contributors, or lovers of free desktops are welcome to meet at the Belgian Beer Cafe from 7pm, this Wednesday 7th September.

The group shouldn’t be too hard to spot, and hopefully some people will be wearing GNOME or free software related shirts.

Please feel free to forward this announcement to any other interested groups.

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Upgraded to Typo 2.5

Posted by Tim Riley Sun, 21 Aug 2005 17:52:18 GMT

This new version of typo is very impressive! Lots of extra niceties in the administration interface, such as live drag & drop editing of the sidebar, which in particular allowed me to add links to other weblogs really easily (Hi Marco!).

There are a few exciting things afoot which I will write about as soon as they happen, but for tonight I am going to just settle for a few random entries that I have been putting off for some time.

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Posted by triley Thu, 21 Jul 2005 16:27:00 GMT

The '--color' argument for GNU grep is really cool. I only found out about it recently. I haven't made the commitment yet, but I am thinking about aliasing 'grep' to 'grep --color' pretty soon.

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