Feeling yourself disintegrate

life: In the past 24 hours I’ve had:

  • a bad cold
  • a sore throat
  • some lines of fever
  • water spilled on my laptop’s keyboard
  • thus, a broken Ctrl key that would not disengage itself
  • and, finally, a broken Ctrl key that would not work anymore

The last problem was solved by switching Caps Lock and Ctrl (thanks to the Gnome keyboard capplet; but I’d prefer to be able to use the windows key as a replacement, as it’s nearer to the original key), as my finger memory could not adapt to using the right Ctrl key for stuff like workspace navigation.

doap: like all the cool kids, I’m too working on a way for handling DOAP streams, except that I’m doing it in Perl and not in fancy Python (I’m using the Redland library, though). Unfortunately, there’s no such Perl module for basic handling FOAF and DOAP data – so I’ll need to create them first, then work on a nice authoring interface.

perl: also, I’ve been working on Perl bindings for the Maemo libraries, as one of the goals for the 2.0 version of the platform is having language bindings working. From inside the scratchbox (version 0.9.8.5 comes with perl 5.8.4), I downloaded the GLib and Gtk2 modules from CPAN, and even with some failures, they basically worked out of the box; then I began binding stuff (hildon-lgpl, hildon-libs and hildon-fm for starters, libosso will be next, as it needs the DBus perl bindings), and in less than twenty minutes I had my own nice little hello world application written (sorry, no screenshot at the moment).

Now Listening: Led Zeppelin, Stairway to heaven

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8 Responses to Feeling yourself disintegrate

  1. I’d expect to read “Now Listening: The Flaming Lips, Feeling yourself disintegrate” there :-D

    (If you don’t know this beautiful song, you can listen to it on http://www.flaminglips.com, flash required)

  2. ebassi says:

    reinout: I was listening just at that song on last-exit when I was about to write this blog; but then it ended and stairway to heaven started. talk about randomness :-)

  3. Keith Veleba says:

    Here’s my .Xmodmap file that turns the left windows key and caps lock keys into a control key.

    Enjoy!
    –CUT HERE–

    clear lock
    add control = Caps_Lock
    clear mod4
    add control = Super_L

  4. ebassi says:

    keith: thanks a bunch. I’d still like for xkb to be able to do that, so that the keyboard capplet can show a check box, instead of having to write stuff in a file.

  5. Nick says:

    I was just about to start on this… How did thoe perl/maemo bindings come out? Can I find them anywhere? :)

  6. ebassi says:

    nick: not yet – I’ll push them as soon as I’m cleared by The Powers That Be ;-)

  7. michael says:

    Ciao Emmanuele,

    I am desperately looking for some code that uses Net::DBus, as I am having big problems using it. Can you send me something (fragments, snippets, ANYTHING) that uses Net::DBus? Unfortunately the docs are very, very … “concise”.

    Grazie mille!

  8. Nick says:

    Any luck with the powers that be? ;)

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