Sunday, December 31, 2006

Righteous Anger

Phillip, I'm sick and tired of how you are going on and on about Americans as if we're some homogeneous group. Not every American likes Bush or voted for him (I've voted against him twice now). We don't all like the war in Iraq, and not just because we're having trouble there now. We also are not universally for the death penalty.

You blame the government we "re-elected", but the government we just elected that is sweepingly different from the current one hasn't taken office yet (It will in January). I don't expect Bush will ever see the inside of a court room in the Hague, but he should be investigated, impeached and tried criminally here.

I can't speak for all of GNOME Planet's denizens, but probably a fair share of the Americans that belong here agree with your sentiment. I just hate how you're expressing it.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Financial Independence

After reading jamin's blog post with links to desperate measures to get out of debt, I had a discussion with one of my office mates about how one gets into that kind of trouble in the first place. It turns out it is really easy to make the mistakes that get you there. If you aren't there already, there are some things you can do to avoid it.

  • Pay off your credit cards in full every month. Making only the minimum payment will result in you paying for that geek gadget or shiny object long into the future.
  • Save for your big purchases. If you have been lusting over some new toy that you simply can't live without, set aside money every month until you can afford it. You've been living without it this far and will avoid interest charges when you do buy it. In fact if you put your savings in a high yield money market account such as ING Direct's (disclosure: I have been very happy with my account there.) you could actually make money on the deal.
  • Establish a safety cushion. Sock away at least 3 months worth of living expenses if you're single and more if you're not. If you have the cushion and hell breaks loose, you will be able to rely on savings instead of credit cards while you weather the storm.
There are plenty of more things you can do, but those are some of the biggies. Just remember that as the compound interest of the credit cards can work against you, if you have the money invested it can work for you.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Code of Conduct

I've been following the discussion concerning the Code of Conduct on the foundation-list and agreed with one poster that is concerned about "signing" something on a wiki. I have now signed the Code of Conduct and made sure there is no question about what exactly I was signing.

I invite my fellow Gnomies to do likewise using Seahorse's Epiphany plugin, panel applet or Gedit plugin or gnupg on the command line (If that's the way you roll).

Friday, November 17, 2006

Looking Back

... at this past rowing season it went rather well. In my first year rowing my single, I took 1st in the lightweight single at the Chattanooga Head Race, Head of the Tennessee and Head of of the South. At the Head of the Tennessee, my first place contributed to a Clemson Crew sweep of the lightweight men's events including the four and eight. At the Head of the South my roommate Matt and I beat our roommates, the Chris's, in the Champ Double event to take second in the maiden race of the team's new WinTech double (bragging rights are to be assumed). I'm a bit disappointed that racing season for me won't resume until Masters events begin in the summer, but have decided on training for a marathon in the meanwhile. Hopefully, I'll be able to increase my ability enough to feel comfortable entering next year's Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.

I'm proud of all of the club's rowers work this semester and look forward to seeing some fast times from everyone in the spring.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Seahorse 0.9.6

We kicked a new release of the Seahorse development branch out the door last night. This is the first release with our Epiphany plugin and management of gnome-keyring passwords. There were some usability fixes committed and several crashers fixed as well. You can read the full release notes here and grab the source from CVS or GNOME FTP. A Slackware package is already available in Dropline GNOME's 2.16.1 Pre-Release.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Good day Sir! I said Good Day!!

Today was indeed a good day. I confirmed results from code that computes radial and angular prolate spheroidal functions (fixing several bugs along the way) which moves me one step closer to performing computations. My new sculling oars from Concept II shipped today, a whole 12 days before the predicted ship date. That's the kind of thing that makes me have warm fuzzy feelings about a company. Never you mind that all oars ordered from them are custom made.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Food Science

Yesterday and today have been spent in the kitchen.

Yesterday I finally brewed up a batch of Raspberry Hefeweizen that I've been meaning to. The partial boil went swimmingly and the yeast started actually started this time, but fermentation was a bit slow to start. I can only assume I didn't get the temperature of the wort down to 70 degrees Fahrenheit quickly enough. The airlock was cheerfully bubbling away this morning though and the out gas smells good, so I'm hopeful for a good batch of beer in the end. I'll get around to posting pictures of my kegerator for homebrew at some point.

Today I decided to try my hand at pasta; specifically ravioli. So far the pasta and the filling are made (so far so good). I was going to serve them for dinner tonight, but a roommate asked me to switch dinner nights with him so they're on the menu for tomorrow night. I'll probably finish making the ravioli sometime this afternoon.

Thursday, September 21, 2006


After much drama with the FedEx man, I have finally received the CO2 regulator that was holding up completion of the kegerator I've been not-so-secretly building on my porch. I still require the ability to attach my second 5 gallon cornelius keg, but at the moment it's empty any way. Hopefully in a few days I shall sample the fruits of my labor with a freshly carbonated glass of birch beer. Cheers!!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Epiphany Goodness

Those of you paying attention to d-d-l would have noticed that Seahorse was proposed for inclusion in GNOME 2.18 recently. One of the concerns brought up was that it wasn't integrated enough and to that effect an Epiphany plugin should be created.

Such a plugin now exists! Jean-Fran├žois Rameau of #epiphany did the majority of the work by creating a framework for adding items to the context menu and handling mozembed calls to change the text in entry fields. After struggling a bit with build magic and sprinkling with libcryptui and dbus calls I checked it in this afternoon.

More work needs to be done but it's usable. Future work includes decrypting, verifying and signing the contents of text fields. At the moment the plugin works with the additional comments field on b.g.o but doesn't handle the message body field on GMail.

I've created an Epiphany component under Seahorse on b.g.o. Please file bugs there.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Welcome Seahorse Fans!

As those of you paying attention to g-a-l have seen Seahorse had two releases today, 0.9.2 followed quickly by Even with that slight hiccup, today's been a good day for the project. There were 17 CVS commits and 11 bugs were marked as fixed. Thanks goes out to slomo and chpe in #gnome-hackers for their patch contributions! :)

The release announcements are here and here for 0.9.2 and respectively.

Here's today's outrageous ChangeLog.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Gentle Giant

I'm glad to see Luis using Gentle Giant to move. They support the olympic dreams of rowers by giving them jobs while they train and Giants have won more olympic medals than Ireland.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Gaim Plugin Update

Since I've abandoned creating my own plugin and have been working with Bill Tompkins to add OpenPGP support to gaim-encryption there has been a good amount of progress. All of the functions have been completed but I'm still chasing some nigling little bugs. I've also been working to HIGify some more of g-e while I'm messing around with the internals. I'll release some code when I can start encrypting back and forth.

T-Mobile Eats Babies

Not really, but they have succeeded in making my trip to Albuquerque a real pain. Their hot spots charge $9.99/day for internet access, roughly 1/4 the cost of my connection at home per month. They only "provided" internet at two places I visited, but spent a substantial amount of time at. The following details where internet was and wasn't available.

  • Greenville/Spartanburg Airport (GSP): Free internet. Postage sized airport.
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW): T-Mobile Hotspot. Enormous sized airport.
  • Albuquerque Sunport (ABQ): Free Internet. Provided by the city of Albuquerque, that's how you roll out the welcome mat.
  • Hyatt Regency Hotel: T-Mobile Hotspot. This is a luxury hotel. All said, I paid $US 174 per night for a triple occupancy room. Every cheap hotel near the airport has free wifi, but the conference hotel for a conference of Electrical Engineers can't? I think there should be a rule that if you don't give away internet access, you can't answer the question "Do you have wireless internet?" in the affirmative or use WIFI as a marketing term on your hotel's website.
  • Albuquerque Conference Center: Free internet in public areas where you could get away from people spamming the spectrum with Ad Hoc networks and Ad Hoc phishing schemes.
  • Just about every restaurant and cafe in Albuquerque: Free internet, not that I sacrificed conversation with friends and colleagues to surf.
  • Grand Canyon National Park: A glorious dead zone without cell phones. You get one bar right up to the entrance of the park and then nothing. I hope the National Forest Service makes this possible at many more of their parks.
  • Holiday Inn Express: Free internet with login. Better than the Hyatt on this one.
The point being I'm a spoiled kid who likes his body permeated by 2.45 GHz waves providing free internet.

The rest of the conference ...

My presentation was last Tuesday morning in a session with the rest of the MURI group we work with. The day before I attended a session with some gents from Sweden who were doing similar work testing GPS receivers against a wideband magnetron source (*drool* I use a heavily modified microwave oven). They were pumping a maximum of 700 V/m from their source. The oven was rated at 1300 W which gave me a maximum in the 10's of V/m. Magnetron envy aside, my presentation went well. I received a lot of positive feed back and collected some business cards as lovely parting gifts. Wednesday a professor from JMU presented similar work performed by undergrads with a less heavily modified microwave oven than mine. Bottom line: Beware your electronics are subject to testing by intentional EMI if you leave them lying around. :)

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Warp Whistle

Instead of implementing my own Gaim plug-in as I had planned, I've been concentrating on implementing a D-BUS based crypt protocol for the gaim-encryption plug-in. I have 2 or 4 functions yet to implement then I'll put it through some testing before leaving for Albuquerque tomorrow.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Grocery Shopping the Way It Should Be

Today I had one of the best grocery store experiences ever. Food Lion has opened 2 new stores, called Bloom, in my area. Today I visited their new Seneca store. If you like self checkout, hold on to your hat!

Bloom's "bonus card" allows you to check out a handheld UPC scanner at the front of the store. This scanner and a hanger of bags (available at the same location as the scanner) allow you to wander the store scanning your items and bagging them as you shop. When you complete your shopping, at any of the self checkout kiosks you scan an end trip barcode, your "bonus card", your order is automagically loaded into the register and you then pay. The techno-dweeb inside of me jumps for joy with the introduction of Bloom. Also, who doesn't like wandering the aisles pretending to be a gun slinger with your scanner?

<Clint Eastwood>Do you like shopping? eh? Do ya punk?</Clint>

In the produce section, the scale prints a sticker ready to be scanned with the weight and price of your selection. Discounts are tabulated directly on the scanner, where you can check prices, scan the list of items already in your cart, and see the total damage of your current trip. I must report that very few people, if any, over the age of 30 appeared to be using the scanners and "traditional" checkout is available. Given the looseness of scanning and checking out your own items, the ToS specifiy they will randomly spot check 1:10 carts and verify that some of the items in your cart are listed on your receipt. I found this out in response to wondering about the lack of omnipresent CCTV cameras.

While overall the experience was positive, there are some "corporate practices" that unnerve me a little. For instance the following was over heard on the PA system, "Attention All Associates, Cuddle Time in the Produce Section." This was followed by several associates converging on the aforementioned section for what appeared like a cross between a staff meeting and an evangelical tent revivial complete with staff members cheering as data was reported by the managers. Later in that same section, the "Chicken Dance" song was played. I cannot report whether spontaneous dancing then occured. At times the atomosphere seemed a bit too much touchy-feely for a grocery store. I can only surmise that a focus group of "target shoppers" told Bloom they wanted to be close personal friends with their local grocery store employees.

Beep Beep Beep - Go ahead and dump it

I've finally posted some the code so far for the Seahorse Gaim plugin as 2 Bugzilla attachments. It doesn't do any thing terribly useful so far but hopefully will soon.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Off with his head

P.G.O seems to have lost my hacker-gotchi. Here it is again:

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

More tortoise than hare

Slowly but surely I'm making progress on Seahorse's Gaim plugin. At the moment it loads and has working preferences. I fixed a memory corruption bug on loading and unloading the plugin multiple times. It seems the plugin_destroy method was getting called instead of the plugin_unload method so a private structure wasn't being cleaned up properly. Crisis averted.

I'll move on to adding the necessary UI to the conversation window next. This might get delayed because instead of holding my prof's hand through MATLAB for our third paper at the upcoming APS/URSI International Symposium I'll be doing the interfacing from MATLAB to FORTRAN and back myself. <deity> bless reusable code.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


I'm finally getting around to implementing the fabled Seahorse plugin for Gaim. Things have moved far enough along that Seahorse now has an easy to use DBUS interface for handling keys(OpenPGP and SSH) and crypto operations as well as a separate library for providing consistant UI (libcryptui) across multiple applications that I can start without pulling our internal library (libseahorse) into the fray.

A year ago I touched base with Alan Humpherys of the Fire project to make sure that our implementations would be compatible. He provided this handy dandy reference via the way back machine. At the moment, very little is complete except for the build magic and plugin bits required by Gaim. I have chronicled my thoughts so far on l.g.o. I hope to make some progress between now and the second week of July when I will be attending the APS/URSI/AMEREM International Symposium.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Dear Lazy Web ....

What's the "proper" way to request the network status from NetworkManager? dus_g_proxy_*? nm-glib? Some combination of the two?

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Novell and Clemson

This week's Novell Open Audio Show is really good. Not only is there a really good debunking of the sandal and pony tail set comment, there's some good news on the new Novell Client for Linux. Because Clemson University is a large Novell install this is a big deal for Linux users on campus.

The university is making some good strides in the use of Open Source. The web servers have been running RH for years, but this past summer they employed the newly elected president of CLUG to develop a Ubuntu dual boot disk image for install on the mandated freshman laptops.

A belated congratulations to all of the new officers, especially Barend (He's succeeding me).

Monday, April 03, 2006

Seahorse Update

Seahorse has recently aquired new Tangofied icons, including a new main icon. Here they are:

Encryption Key Manager

Key Type Icons

Encryption Applet

Clipboard Contents Icons

The ability to add any GDK supported image format as a Photo ID on a OpenPGP key has landed, as well as, autoresizing Photo IDs that are too large. Checkout Seahorse HEAD for all the latest goodies!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Hackergotchi Received

I received a really great head from Aaron 'abock' Bockover.
Karel 'scapor' Demeyer also submitted some excellent heads. My thanks go out to both of you.

Hackergotchi Request

I have a couple of source images if someone would be kind enough to make me a hackergotchi. Thanks.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Go Forth and Popt No More!

In the spirit of the GNOME Goals, I have created a patch to transition Seahorse to GOption.

This weekend was crazy with the rents and the twin visiting for Clemson Sprints. The races went well on Saturday with Clemson earning the Men's Points trophy for the second year in a row! The alumni party last night was wild as we were all drinking from our trophy.

LUG Pimpage: Next weekend CLUG is sponsoring TigerLAN, the biggest LAN party in the upstate of South Carolina. If you're in the area, admission is $10 until Wednesday night at midnight or $15 at the door.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Signing Blog Posts

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Some people have been wondering why I've been GPG signing some of my blog posts. I'm attempting to demo the Encryption Applet present in Seahorse HEAD. It GPG encrypts, decrypts, signs, verifies and imports the contents of both the select/middle click and ctrl-c/v clipboards. It was created to provide some friends who use web mail an easy way to use GPG. The reason that some posts are signed and others aren't is because signing a text block strips fancy formatting and reinserting the formatting after signing the text destroys the validity of the signature.
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GnuPG Glossary

This first installment of GnuPG Glossary comes straight from sunny Cocoa Beach, FL. There are two versions of the same term that always give me and sometimes other developers that work very closely with GPG considerable consternation. The term trust is often used to both describe believing a key to belong to who it says it does as well as believing that person to be capable of verifying other's identities properly. More correctly, one should say that the key is valid and the owner is trusted for each of the respective concepts. Here's a reference with an example of each.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Free at last Free at Last

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After the week from hell studying almost non-stop, I have successfully completed the two exams ghoulishly planned for the week before spring break. I am now officially finished with school for a solid week. I am off to Cocoa Beach, FL to row with the manatees and porpoises.

I also lucked out by finding out last night I didn't have to be in the driver's seat for 9 hours. If you don't hear from me, assume I've passed on to a much better place.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

New House and Exams

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My roommates and I signed a lease this morning for a farm house 15 minutes from campus. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and high speed internet. What more could one ask for? The yard is enormous and I'll attempt to post pictures at some point. It's great to get that taken care of. We move in May 1st.

In the wind down into spring break, I have two big exams. One is this afternoon and the other is tomorrow morning. I've been studying nonstop for the past week and will officially be on break after tomorrow. *whew*
Version: GnuPG v1.4.3rc2 (GNU/Linux)


Sunday, March 12, 2006

Fight in the Dog: NCAA Championships for Men Must Die!

Fight in the Dog: NCAA Championships for Men Must Die!

Even though this blog focuses on LWT women, who definitely deserve more than the two sentences recently written in Rowing News, as a LWT man I must agree. I think the NCAA has hurt women's rowing as much as Title IX has helped it. I'd hate to see men's rowing share the same fate.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Patches Patches Everywhere

Reworked a patch for respecting proxy preferences. Wrote a patch to allow the cache reminder in the notification area to be disabled.

I also received my new WinTech 1x today. I had a great row and many more are expected. : ) I'll make an attempt to post pictures later.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

You can't foo everyone all the time

I made a couple of quick changes to window icons in seahorse-daemon and seahorse-applet. The about dialog now displays the snazzy new icon Nate whipped up.

I posted a patch so that our HKP key fetching respects the GNOME proxy. Hopefully, I'll find some time to create a patch to hide the passphrase cache icon in the notification area soon.

If this post finds it's way to p.g.o, hello to everyone!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Seahorse Development Release

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Hot on the heels of 0.8.1 is our first development release 0.9.0. This is from HEAD in cvs, soon to be svn. Here are the highlights from the release notes:

* Major Changes between 0.8 and 0.9:

* Simple management of SSH keys
* Panel applet for clipboard encryption [Adam Schreiber]
* Better HIG in dialogs [chpe, Jim Pharis]
* Display keys and key properties in a simpler manner.
* Uses libnotify to display signature notifications.
* Key sharing on local network via DNS-SD
* Better help documentation [Adam Schreiber]
* Display photo IDs on OpenPGP keys [Adam Schreiber]
* Tons of other smaller UI enhancements and bug fixes
[MD5 sum: 43f84868090b1c41d82ef8d5e9165481]
Version: GnuPG v1.4.3rc1 (GNU/Linux)


Sunday, March 05, 2006

New Stable Seahorse Release

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Seahorse 0.8.1 Has just been released with some fixes and updated/new
translations. 0.9.0 can't be long now, so get ready to be blown away by
the changes between the two. The release notes follow.

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A stable release

* About Seahorse:

Seahorse is a GNOME application for managing PGP keys. It also
integrates with nautilus, gedit and other places for encryption,
decryption and other operations. Seahorse is based on GPG and GPGME.

This release implements most 'PGP type' functionality and should be
useful for anyone familiar with OpenPGP.

Current work on seahorse is going into making encryption easier for end
users to use and (where needed) comprehend. The 0.9.x releases will
reflect this.

* Changes between 0.8 and 0.8.1:

* Better HKP support for strange key servers.
* Updated gedit plugin to work with gedit 2.14
* Fixed signing of keys with GPG 1.4.2 [Daniel Rodriguez Garcia]
* Fixed some minor packaging and build problems.
* Many smaller bug fixes.

Updated Translations:

* Alexander Shopov (bg)
* Miloslav Trmac (cs)
* Manual Borchers (de)
* Adam Weinberger (en_CA)
* Francisco Javier F. Serrador (es)
* Ilkka Tuohela (fi)
* Gabor Kelemen (hu)
* Takeshi AIHANA (ja)
* Tino Meinen (nl)


Source code:
[MD5 sum: 1f16678e465f20758aff293676e7e291]

Seahorse 0.8.1 requires GPGME 1.0 or later and GPG 1.2.x or 1.4.x:


* The website and other online resources haven't been updated to
reflect the new release. This will occur shortly.
* Bug reports are appreciated should be filed in the GNOME Bugzilla.
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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Sickness and Slackware

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I'm feeling much better today after fighting with a sinus infection for
the past half week. I managed to get Network Manager 0.5.0 installed and
working yesterday after seeing Bill Moss give a presentation at the
Clemson Linux User Group meeting this past Thursday. Buoyed by that
success, I wanted to get 0.6.0 working and set out to find out how
Dropline GNOME built it. I ended up creating a patch against
src/backends/NetworkManagerSlackware.c that tests for the presence and
executability of rc.howl, and rc.avahidaemon and restarts the
appropriate one. Hopefully in the near future the latest hal and dbus
will be available from DLG and 0.6.0 will build.

I recently ordered a new racing shell from Wintech Racing and found out
it will be delivered this week. I'm very excited to get back out on the
water again.
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Sunday, February 26, 2006

More Applet Commits

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Today, Nate committed some more stuff to the applet component of
seahorse. He's created a bevy of new icons that change based on the
contents of the clipboard. Also the preferences dialog has been
reinstated. There are a couple of bugs that were introduced, #332655
and #332654. Neither bug affects the core functionality, just some
things that need polish.
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Friday, February 24, 2006


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I figured out that my tendency to put two spaces after a period was
causing the verification of signed blog posts to fail. This was because
when Blogspot converts emails to to html for presentation increased
white space is ignored changing 2 spaces to 1. That was annoying. Back
to emag related things so I can travel with the crew team to scrimmage
GA Tech in Atlanta tomorrow.
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Seahorse 0.9.0 Approaches

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Yesterday saw a couple of big improvements to my GNOME panel applet for
performing encryption operations on the clipboard. The applet was
conceived after several of my friends told me they couldn't use GPG
because they use web mail. It also provides a poor man's encryption
integration with all applications you can copy and paste with, both
traditional select and middle click and ctrl-C/V methods are supported.

Checkout seahorse HEAD out of GNOME CVS and verify the signature on
this post.
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Email Test

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Take 3 on the email.
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