FreeBSD is really pissing me off. Check out this portupgrade output:

** Listing the failed packages (*:skipped / !:failed)
! www/mnogosearch (mnogosearch-3.1.21_1) (unknown build error)
! multimedia/libxine (libxine-1.0.1) (bad C++ code)
* multimedia/xine_artsplugin (kdemultimedia-xine_artsplugin-3.4.2)
* multimedia/kdemultimedia3 (kdemultimedia-3.4.2)
---> Packages processed: 32 done, 294 ignored, 2 skipped and 2 failed

Could it be that the libxine contributers/developers wrote bad code and slipped it past the FreeBSD maintainers? That proposition sounds rediculously embarassing to me, even though it is all free. I could be to blame; I am still running FreeBSD 4.10-RELEASE, but it's not that old, and I have done my "portupgrade -a". I am going to put the latest production release of FreeBSD 5 into Spiral...


Ontario's Worst Roads

Check out the web-site, http://worstroads.ca/, and put in a vote!

You also get the options to send your comments to the mayor (I did not go that far), and fill out a questionnaire (I did not do that either, because it did not allow me to put something like "unsure" for too many questions).

One item of interest to me, is the Worst Road Rankings for the City of St. Catharines; some of the comments are pretty funny. Lastly, a supplemental link to my vote for Glendale (East of Merritt).


Uptime for Windows

Subject:Windows uptime
Date:Wed, 21 Sep 2005 00:16:00 -0400
Mailer:Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2900.2670

Does XP PRO come with uptime.exe ? if not goto http://www.microsoft.com     /ntserver/nts/downloads/management/uptime/default.asp
its a pretty nifty util, run it with the /s option
copy it into your c:\windows\ directory and run it from CMD


Butchering Microsoft Windows

Around this time last year, I was rebuilding a computer system for one of the companies I was involved with. It was a working system, with Microsoft Windows NT or 2000 on it, which was to be redeployed as a FreeBSD machine. Before installing FreeBSD, I thought it would be fun to delete system files while the system was running, instead of simply wiping out the existing hard disk data/partition(s). The experiment left me with a couple amusing screen captures to show:

The first is a funny dialog box stating "Insert your now." and the second shows a mutilated Windows Explorer window.



Streets of Wonderland makes it's rounds

A high-school acquaintance, Carey Lewis, has chosen movie/video production as his career of choice. His latest film, Streets of Wonderland, in which I appear briefly, is showing at multiple film and video festivals. So far, it is doing quite well, winning several awards. Check out the trailer/teaser and more information on the web-site of BacklotRebels.