Weekly tweets!

  • Off to the beer festival very shortly. Beer at a festival! #
  • If you have not yet registered for "faster broadband" do so. We might get 21st century connectivity http://t.co/x6K7ovNw #horningsea #
  • After procrastinating for like 20 years I joined CAMRA at the beer festival last night. Bargain as 15 months so two free Beer Festivals. #
  • A new version of coda is out soon. http://t.co/6SSzsKik Best HTML "tool" bar none. #
  • Very motivating commencement speech from the best living writer http://t.co/NY3mRsrr #
  • A spitfire just flew over! That's the second one I've seen in 2 weeks. I drove past Duxford last week and saw one. #
  • Been messing about all morning so far with my net connection only to find a switch with a dodgy psu. Let's start today again! #
  • Ok Ok, I get it's sunny everywhere else. It's not in bloody Cambridge. #
  • So much for sport bringing people together http://t.co/ALXqaB26 #
  • Phew, What a Scorcher!!! #
  • IMG_20120523_122832.jpg [pic] http://t.co/jezcRbKx #
  • If I was 4 years old when the Spaghetti Junction was built that makes me about 25, right? #
  • Coda 2 is out today. No upgrade price but $50 today only from the App Store. https://t.co/vjLb9Cwx #
  • Noooo. CAMRA membership so skipping beerfest queue only to queue for glass #
  • Gutted. Lost my hat at beer festival. #cambeerfest #
  • Zorro swimming lesson http://t.co/NZeMIXqV #

Weekly tweets!

  • Gutted. Raining again (although have some grass seed down so not too bad) and my Kindle has frozen. #
  • Twitter just sent me a "What's happening on Twitter" email. It's vaguely similar to what Prismatic are doing. Is this a direct response? #
  • trying to scp a 100MB file across my LAN. OSX > Linux. It always stalls after a few MB. No idea where to start figgering this out. #
  • Zorro no longer wants to sleep in my office. Sunshine! http://t.co/9sRnPwvg #
  • Can you buy a Kindle as a present preregistered to that person's Amazon account? #
  • "I feel love" #
  • Oh you are taking the piss. Not more rain? #
  • Need to legally purchase an key to activate a WinXP VM (given the legally activated copy to somebody). Any online places I can do this? #
  • The ultimate Mythtv frontend? http://t.co/wXtH1fOS An android USB stick sized unit. Mythfrontend already runs(ish) on Android… #
  • So https://t.co/g763xQ4G FAB, asking me to register before showing me your products does not make me curious, it makes me close your website #
  • Chuft, my back finally seems to have decided not to keep on hurting me. Weeding and gardening awaits. #
  • Pissing about with Mythmusic because of its lack of logging. Went back to command line abcde and flac/mp3 ripping at the same time. #
  • I think my phrase of the week is going to be "Stop being a knobber!". So useful and apt in 99% of social interactions. #

Weekly tweets!

  • finally got around to changing the fontsize on Mythtv recordings. On the way discovered some cool MythUI tricks (scrolling description!) #
  • Will Hollande be voted in before I get Mythtv to show me TV5Monde English subtitles? #
  • Is the Hollande convoy driving all the way to Paris? Gonna be a long night. #
  • Any recomendations for a switch for an 240v amplifier when it detects a signal on audio in? #
  • Don't say canine romance is dead. Zorro has taken his cushion to the rug in front of the wood burning stove before shagging it. #
  • There appears to be Roxette on the TV. My fault for blindly watching live music TV channels. #
  • Very disappointed in North Carolina. #
  • If you want "super fast broadband" register your interest http://t.co/x6KbW5WG #horningsea #
  • This is gonna be my saying of the year "Jubilee year, double-dip recession, what a start." I would also add the Olympics. #
  • Why is it so easy to accidentally unfollow people on the Twitter website? Or am I just an incompetent clicker? #
  • BBC News – Obama says same-sex couples should be able to marry http://t.co/abj1mUIJ #
  • Is Lion less annoying with the 10.7.4 update? I see that dammed "open everyfuckingwindow on restart" option is now not always enabled. #
  • Actually the entire OS X 10.7.4 update is worth it for that "open apps on restart" setting change alone. Backing up now #
  • What's that idiot Prince Charles doing on the TV? #
  • Pretty nasty. Badly injured cat dumped in wheely bin in March http://t.co/iLDqWQWi #
  • When the revolution comes and we put Buck Palace up for sale, Charley is gonna have to look elsewhere than the Met Office or TV for a job. #
  • finished Singularity Sky by Charles Stross. Good read. http://t.co/Vmu2ZOGc #Kindle #
  • A nice day to mow the grass but for bad back. Yes that makes me a whingeing git. But am resting for @abovebelowh20 birthday party as excuse #

Weekly tweets!

  • Nice walk on the other side of the Cam to the house. Although got back before the sun came out properly. Still better than the rain! #
  • IMAG1399.jpg [pic] http://t.co/rrwAcxbQ #
  • The Cam is higher than it was yesterday! There's a pretty strong current. I want to get my white water kayak out! #
  • Downside of much less hands on Linux – Bluetooth keyboard stopped working and not much idea where to look. #
  • Fancy a red phone box in your garden? http://t.co/3tFIxFDw #
  • A few days of heavy rain does not make up for a few years of little rain. Is that not obvious? #
  • Funky. iterm2 for OSX gives you a split pane terminal http://t.co/JCDpWKNp #
  • Nobody told me about this DEVTMPFS shennanigans with UDEV 1.8.1! No wonder I lost bluetooth keyboard with the TV. No telly watching tonight #
  • My bluetooth keyboard issue was due to a fairly major udev upgrade. http://t.co/R61HEhGS Been a while since I messed with Linux in that way #
  • All you wanted to know about converting SeqID (e.g. Genbank accession) between formats. Biostar rocks http://t.co/K7mzDtx0 via Openhelix.eu #
  • hey @viewranger your shop sends me my username and password in plain text email. Secure? #
  • My back is killing me. So I'm gonna lay on the sofa, watch rubbish TV and aim for inbox zero. #
  • Kids need to learn cooking. Let's replace RE in the curriculum with cooking. Reduce obesity, strengthen the nation's moral framework. Sorted #

Restoring C-A-backspace to Xorg server

Recent versions of Xorg have removed the old stalwart key combination of pressing CTRL-ALT-BKSPACE to kill the X server. I’m not sure why this was removed. I can only guess that such a drastic way of exiting your X session, without of course asking if you need to save any of your documents, was regarded as a non-desktop way of doing things. Although I like this key combo I can see this reasoning only too well.

If, like me, you like this behaviour to be restored then there are a few ways of doing so.

  • If you use .xinitrc or .xsession to manage your X session, then simply run this command from there:

    setxkbmap -option terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp

    On Gentoo (the distro I use) you’ll need to emerge the following package:

  • If you use HAL to manage input devices, copy the following few lines into the fdi file from /etc/hal/fdi/policy/ which you use to control your keyboard.

    Incidentally HAL was deprecated as of x.org 1.8 in favour of udev. So if your distro uses Xorg.18 or higher you’ll need to find a different way

     <merge key="input.xkb.options" type="string">terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp</merge> 

    (If you do not have any custom keyboard rules, you can copy and adapt rules from /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/10-x11-input.fdi)

  • Finally you can edit xorg.conf with the following code to your keyboard’s InputDevice section :

     Option "XkbOptions" "terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp".




    manually running mythfilldatabase needs new options for Mythtv 0.25

    I download my French TV listings from a great website called Kazer.

    I download these using wget then insert the listings manually using mythfilldatabase run using cron ever few days.

    With Mythtv 0.25 this has changed and there are new options for Mythfilldatabase:

    $ mythfilldatabase --file --sourceid  --xmlfile belgium.xml

    Previously it was:

    $ mythfilldatabase --file  belgium.xml

    I strongly recommend Kazer if you need French listings. It’s free although every other year I donate 20 Euros or so.