gnome-terminal titles

May 9, 2008

This finally annoyed me enough to find a solution.

If I set a title on a gnome-terminal tab, then it gets forgotten next time I log in. Aside from the GNOME default to not save your session (whuh?), the problem is this: on Fedora, /etc/bashrc forces PROMPT_COMMAND to set the xterm title.

This wouldn’t really be a problem, if I could disable setting of dynamic titles in gnome-terminal preferences. However, gnome-terminal thinks that a manually-set (Terminal->Set Title) title is somehow “dynamic”, so if you do that, you can never set the title to anything else.

Seeing as I use the tab titles to work what machine I’m on, that’s quite annoying.

The “solution” was to just edit /etc/bashrc so it doesn’t force a PROMPT_COMMAND I don’t want.

Dear Software Authors

May 8, 2008

Another request for sanity please. If I’m running a Linux distribution less than 6 months old, it should be feasible to install your software without installing random -svn versions of your dependencies.

If it’s not, I’m not going to bother trying out your software. That means I definitely won’t be fixing any of your bugs, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. That means you lose out.

Yes, this means you, Review Board. Is it really so essential that you use a version of Django that isn’t released anywhere?


May 7, 2008

I really don’t understand why, but AMD’s current problems are upsetting me. It really does make me feel bad. I have no idea why I care. RSS feed

May 7, 2008
For reasons beyond my ken, doesn't actually list an RSS feed anywhere I can find, but it's at

Update:: it's now grown an RSS icon. Thanks!

Kraken Botnet Infiltration

May 7, 2008

If you had the ability to cleanse 25,000 infected zombie home computers, would you?


May 5, 2008

Google have released rietveld, inspired by their internal code-review tool. The video
about Mondrian made it look pretty (i.e. incredibly) useful for code review. The released
version already looks pretty nifty. webrev works great for my day job, but it would be
awfully nice to be able to store comments too. I’d love to see rietveld get adopted, though
there’s some tweaks I’d like to see…

Tyler, rejecting Jesus means you'll go to hell!

May 4, 2008

“That’s stupid! He can’t put me in hell, because I’m a god, just like Jesus!

What do Java and Neil Young have in common?

May 1, 2008

They’re both at JavaOne. It makes me want to go.

Skynet is cute

Apr 29, 2008


A tale of 3 consoles

Apr 29, 2008

The big three consoles, scaled according to how much hardware oomph they pack:

And now in terms of 2007 sales:

Yays for Nintendo.