20 April 2000

The CDDB hash function has a high rate of collisions for
single track CDs. Using the freedb.org database, the
RH6.2 source cd comes up as In the corridor of
by Flacco and the Sandman.

On the dia list, we have been discussing writing a new
canvas for using in GTK/GNOME applications as a replacement
of GnomeCanvas. It will take all the good points of the
current Dia canvas (internal handling of multiple views,
abstract rendering interface meaning only a single draw()
routine is needed which can handle GDK, Libart, gnome-print,
etc backends) with the benefits of the GnomeCanvas (based on
GtkObject system, arbitrary transformations, etc).
Depending on how things turn out, we may submit it for
inclusion in GTK+. More info when we work out what we are
going to do.

17 April 2000

There is something weird about bug buddy or the gnome bug
system. I am getting unrelated bugs from different people
posted as followups for bug #3500. All
the followups have been posted with bug-buddy 0.6 or 0.7.
It is getting quite annoying (and yes I have reported the
problen: #8144)

got a message from someone wanting help installing
libglade, because he can’t install Unreal Tournament without
it 🙂

The GNOME mailing lists are really slow. There is
three days between sending a message and it getting posted
to the list.

I checked in a correct distance function for the
shape code. Now all the custom shapes in dia are actually
shaped with respect to selection (before they were all
rectangular as far as selection was concerned).

17 April 2000

They have an ask
story on slashdot at the moment that seems to
be asking the question:

There is some GPL’d code I really like and want to use in my
proprietary application. I know that the GPL says that I
should GPL my software if I want to use the code, but do I
really have to? How about if I put it in a DLL?

The comments range from incorrect opinions and
suggestions about how to get round the GPL to sensible
messages from people such as Bruce Perens. Slashdot is
definitely not what it once was (both that a story like this
would even be on the front page, and the comments people

I wonder how that peer press idea is comming along. It
has the potential to provide a good news service and make
sure crud like that doesn’t get propagated.

17 April 2000

Today is my 21st birthday. It looks like I am getting
some Lego Mindstorms stuff, which should be interesting.

The custom shape code in dia now has a proper distance
algorithm. This should get of the bugs where sometimes
clicking on one object causes another one close by (which
happens to be implemented with a custom shape) to be

16 April 2000

Had my 21st birthday party yesterday (the actual birthday
is tomorrow though). It was pretty good, although we ended
up with the same amount of swan gold as we started with (you
can’t even give that stuff away). Maybe this was also
because we had some good beer as well.

Thanks to everyone who came, as I had a great time.