Archive for January, 2006

"We Know Better"

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

xorg-redhat-die-ugly-pattern-die-die-die.patch is a perfect example
of a bad we-know-better attitude.

It removes the beautiful grey cross hatch stipple from X. Evidently
because someone knows better what other people like. How does one
get it back, short of tiling a bitmap? If it is anything like
SuSE’s similar patch, you don’t. At least not while the X server
is running.

In summary. Before: you could have a solid-colour background or you
could have a cross hatch background. Just you xsetroot.

After: you get what some monkey with poor eyesight though looked
nice. You cannot change it. After all, he knows better.

Incidentally, the default X pattern also serves to show the poor
state of flatscreen technology. It seems the pattern cannot be
shown over the whole screen without a certain amount of flicker.

Shoes

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

I was flying back from The Bahamas yesterday and airport security[*]
decided to check out my shoes three times. I know they
might be a bit smelly and big enough to hide a Hummer, but why
not just check them thoroughly once?

But I was good. I even resisted the temptation of handing over
my three-year old for them to hold while I took off my shoes.
Someone would have gotten kicked, slapped, clawed, and/or worse.
He is cute, but he takes no prisoners.

[*] The use of the term “security” to describe people in airports is not to
be taken as an indication that their presence or function improves
safety.