From the BBC's Ogg Vorbis#
Wed, 02 Oct 2002 15:34:43 +0000
From the BBC's Ogg Vorbis
Update (2002-09-24): Yay, the legal issues have been resolved. We now have rights to all the of the BBC's radio output. Hopefully we should start kicking off these streams soon.
The other week I talked to an Oracle support guy on the phone#
Fri, 04 Oct 2002 13:43:02 +0000
- The other week I talked to an Oracle support guy on the phone. He
was smart. We agreed that the configuration we're using is
unsupported by Oracle (third-party Apache modules in their web
server), but that it probably should work anyway, and he gave us a
reasonable workaround. Then we spent a few minutes talking about the
suboptimality involved in trying to force-fit a strictly hierarchical
model of the world onto a real world which is not even vaguely
hierarchical, which is a subject on which I have fairly strong
- Today I get this error message.
An error was encountered while loading page. Failed to initialize
configuration parameter ApacheMainServer.. Error in the input config
file. Attribute KeepAlive is a single value attribute.
How can the same company have smart tech support people like that and
apparently moronic programmers? Which input config file?
There are only about eight of the things - and in all cases where the
word KeepAlive is used in any of them, it is indeed followed
by a single value.
My tux didn't come back from the cleaners#
Sun, 20 Oct 2002 23:04:25 +0000
My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in
from out of town. Someone stole my car A
terrible flood It wasn't my fault!
Well, no. Actually I was in Greece, without computers or network
access. And it was fun, and it was relaxing, and it was warm (I got
slightly sunburnt; not seriously) and it's kind of nice to be back, in
a way, but the weather in England is not that way. So anyway, that's
why no diary entries for the past week and a bit (sure, you cared)
nor likely to be much retrospective writing. Oh, if you insist
Lay on beach.
Repeat as necessary.
Now I have the local food directory, entomotomy, a new
araneida/cliki release to package, some domain name registration stuff
to sort out, an ILC talk to do slides for, and a stack of washing, all
by Friday. And grand ideas for an annotating server thingy based on
cliki, which will probably end up being an example in the ILC talk.
ILISP is working again (maybe)#
Thu, 24 Oct 2002 01:11:52 +0000
ILISP is working again (maybe)
Trying to use detachtty as an inferior
lisp in ilisp. Superficially it
works, but had trouble deciding what state the lisp process is in
until I told it to "repair connection", after which I got the message
above. Seems better, anyway
Of course, running ilisp on a machine with no access to the sources
I actually want to edit is probably not such a really great idea
anyway. Oh well.
Favourite recently-bought CD: Supergrass, Life On Other#
Thu, 24 Oct 2002 20:59:31 +0000
Favourite recently-bought CD: Supergrass, Life On Other
Planets. I never really got into their previous stuff, perhaps
because I didn't have the albums, and saturation play of 'Alright' was
never really going to give me a balanced view. This one reminds me
of the Super Furry Animals - although less Welsh, obviously.
Least favourite recently-bought CD: Gary Moore, Blues and
Ballads (or something. A greatest hits collection of some kind).
I bought it in Athens airport on the strength of a vague 15-year-old
recollection of "Still Got The Blue" as having blues guitar of some
kind on it, and assumption that Mr Moore was therefore a blues player.
Oops. It's MOR, and it's derivative MOR with the most painfully
embarrassingly tedious lyrics I have ever seen an artist have the
temerity to print on the sleeve. Actually, to be strictly honest I've
only managed to listen to a track and a half so far; there's always
the possibility it gets better.
Most recently-bought CD: Rolling Stones, Forty Licks. There
is something extraordinarily powerful about the intro to `Gimme
Shelter': I don't know how much of it is intrinsic in the music and
how much is the anticipation from having heard it before and
recognising what happens next, but it really does rock.
I don't wear a watch (the strap fell off it about five years agon, and#
Sun, 27 Oct 2002 01:08:07 +0000
I don't wear a watch (the strap fell off it about five years agon, and
i never got around to getting it fixed). Instead I use my cellphone
to tell the time - I carry it basically everywhere and it's turned on
pretty much all the time, so really I'm only inconvenienced on planes
and in churches. Anyway, It's 2:09am according to said phone.
Confusingly, it's still light outside - local time is 18:09. Double
confusingly, it's 1:08am according to emacs, which obviously knows
more about the BST->GMT shift (that's the UK equivalent of daylight
savings time) than my cellphone does.
I can't believe that there's no UTC time signal on the GSM network
that cellphones could set themselves to. I suspect there is, and my
phone's inability to use it is just typical consumer electronics
So I'm in Starbucks. I wouldn't usually, but dim recollection
suggested that they had wireless access in most or all branches, and
indeed they do. For the knockdown rate of only $2.99/15 minutes - not
only is this about double what internet cafes cost in 1996, but back
then the cafes actually had to provide the hardware too. Do I feel
ripped off? Yes, but only for $2.99, as I now have some useful AP
detection tools installed which I am sure I can use to find a more
friendly service provider. On the standard friendliness scale that
has, say, "your dog" at one end and "your bank manager" at the other,
Starbucks is on current showing somewhere out in "loan shark
collection agent" territory, so this really should be Not Too Hard.
Sun, 27 Oct 2002 18:55:35 +0000
``I've now bound my aardvark to the result of this select''#
Mon, 28 Oct 2002 01:22:29 +0000
``I've now bound my aardvark to the result of this select''
-- Nick Levine on CommonSQL
If you're reading this at about the time I wrote it, some of the#
Thu, 31 Oct 2002 17:44:26 +0000
If you're reading this at about the time I wrote it, some of the
preceding (lexically following) diary entries are really rather short.
Apologies for that. I might go back and fill them in later, but in
the meantime: the URL was written down during Duane Rettig's
simple-streams tutorial, and should point to Paul Foley's
simple-streams implementation for CMUCL. The aardvark was an example
in Nick Levine's CommonSQL tutorial.
The conference (I'm at the ILC, if I'd forgotten
to mention it before) is now about 80% done. Noteworthy points