The Liberal Media at Work… NOT!

31 08 2004

This page just showed up on MSNBC. The poll question just boggles the mind. I bet some news site will happily use these results, no matter what the outcome. “62% of those polled said that Guiliani’s speech reassured them in the upcoming election!”

Nifty little tool – X2X

31 08 2004

I’m working at my desk int he office for the first time in a while, mostly because I need the open desk space, and need to build pu the new server for CONGO. Since I’ve been doing most of my work on my laptop, using a desktop machine again has been a little tricky, mostly because I have everything tuned ‘just so’ on the laptop.
What I wanted was a way to attach my laptop and my desktop screen together. I knew it was possible using X2VNC, but that required VNC on the target machine- something not yet possible with X (or actually, I think it may be working now, but reqiures some fiddling).
Enter X2X a little tool that simply forwards keyboard and mouse motions to a second X server. Now, with the mere command of ‘x2x -to -west’, I can slide my mouse off my primary desktop onto my laptop screen, just to the left of me. X-Selections work, mouse motions are working, yay!
For those who want to try this, there’s a hidden trick. If you’re running GDM (which most folks do), it is configured to, by default, not allow remote TCP connections to the X server. Edit the file /etc/gdm/gdm.conf, and look for the line ‘DisallowTCP=true’. Change that to ‘DisallowTCP=false’ and restart gdm (cd /etc/init.d; ./gdm restart). After logging in, make sure you have external connections enabled (I used ‘xhost +’ but that’s fairly insecure. man xhost for details on allowing individual remote hosts)
Now all I need is a way to slide a full window from one screen to another. Ahhahahah!

The County Fair

29 08 2004

Well it seems to be the season for fairs, so in a show of comraderie with my sister, (and, okay, because it was a beautiful Sunday up in Maine), Zach and I went to the Acton Fair today.

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Neato weather station thingy

28 08 2004

At the MIT Swapfest a couple weeks ago, I chanced upon a GE Weather Station. This little toy has a wireless sensor you mount outside, and a display to sit on the shelf inside that displays inside/outside temperature, humidity, time, high/low temps since last reset, etc etc.
The best part of tihs is that I picked it up at the flea for a mere $9, rather than the $44 I see it online for. It’s sort of neat to note that this technology has gotten so common that it shows up in flea markets (new in packaging!) for basically pocket change.

Canadian Legislator tells it like it is.

26 08 2004

Canadian Member of Parliament Carolyn Parrish had said she hated “damned Americans” and called them bastards in the run-up to the Iraq war. She found a new moniker, idiots, on Wednesday in discussing the planned U.S. missile defense system.
“We are not joining the coalition of the idiots. We are joining the coalition of the wise,” the Liberal legislator told a small group of demonstrators.
Full story on Yahoo news

Fourth Amendment totebag!

24 08 2004

This has been all over Livejournal, but folks in the blogger world should definately check this out.
Tired of your civil rights being trampled? At least let people know there -IS- a constitutional law that bans the types of illegal searches going on nowadays in New York and in Boston.
Pick yourself up a Fourth Amendmend Totebag from!

Gaming Bliss – Robotron:2084!

23 08 2004

I’ve been a big fan of classic arcade games for ages – I mean, if you were a kid between 1975 and 1990, IMHO the ‘golden era’ of video games, how could you not? Starting with simple Pong-like games and graduating up through offerings from Williams, Atari, Sega, et al – there were some true gems in there.

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