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Decision time

Today was a very useful day. I've done everything I wanted to do this morning, I have done nothing I wanted this afternoon and evening, but still useful stuff. But anyway, I felt like making decisions today, and the "Afstudeersteun" money I got this week (which I found out today) helped with that.

For a while now I've been wanting to buy a notebook. Since I'm never really impulsive, I've been sitting on this idea for half a year, even a year perhaps. That is, from the point that I thought: "Hmm, it might be useful to get a notebook" until the point "Now, which notebook shall I get". That point was about a month ago and after some browsing around I settled for the MSI S270. I really wanted a 12" notebook, because even at 15" notebooks are not as portable as I want them.

This fairly limited my choices: Most big notebook vendors do sell one or two 12" models, but in the € 1600 - € 2500 price range. Not my price range. The MSI notebook was nicely different. Being priced at only &euro 1100, this seemed like a nice 12" notebook. On top of that, it was the first (and only) notebook I could find housing the new AMD Turion processor. I'm an AMD fan, so even though it might not be as power efficient as the Intel's Pentium M, it comes fairly close. And it is 64bit, so yay! Now, I just have to wait 2 more weeks for the goodies to arrive...

The other decision I made tonight (after thinking about it the past month ;-p) was to drop my current IRC nick, "blathijs" and go back to using "matthijs". I have made the opposite switch a few years back because of tab-completion-collision (yes, I know that is not a word). It kinda stuck around, but I thought it was enough. But, no such luck. By now, there are two other people with the nick "matthijs" on EFNet and Undernet. So, I'm stuck with blathijs for now... Better suggestions?

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#blosxom and its bot

In the last week I've been searching for "the" blosxom IRC channel. Turned out there was none. Open source projects without irc channels, what the hell? Anyway, I dug a little and found out there used to be one on Freenode. It's even still registered (I still need to find a "real" blosxom dev that wants to register me as group contact for blosxom, but that's for later), but the channel owner hasn't been around for 2 years :-)

I decided to just hang around the channel as I do with my other dozen channels and see what happens. To improve my chances, I've posted a message to the mailing list stating my intent. By now, there are already 5 people in the channel, maybe some more will join soon. Quickly I understood that the first thing everybody wants to do was see eachother blogs, so urls keep flying around. To facilitate that, I wrote a small (plugin for an) IRC bot that saves everyones urls. This IRC bot is called "blogbot" for now due to lack of inspiration and supports a few simple commands:

  • #setblog <url> - Sets the url to you blog.
  • #blog [<nick>] - Gets the url of the specified nick, or your own if no nick is there.
  • #bloglist - Lists all the blogs the bot knows about. I might kill this command in the future, if the list gets longer...

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