I’m in Portland, Oregon this week for OSCON
Asheesh and I are
tomorrow on ccREL and
Things I’m hoping to see this week:
- lots of attention paid to identi.ca, not just
as an alternative to Twitter but as a first step towards truly open services,
- lots of discussion about how free software can enable user autonomy,
- corporate suit-types excoriated for not giving back (or for expecting
us to build our “open” systems on theirs (I’m looking at you,
[STRIKEOUT:Sourceforge 2.0] Atlassian).
So I’m probably just dreaming when it comes to the last one (maybe all
of them, particularly with my qualifier of lots), but for the first
time in a few years, there are actually talks I want to go to scheduled
against one another. Maybe I’ll have to revise Yergler’s Theorem of
But probably not.
|tags:||oscon, oscon2008, portland
I did a closet purge today and wound up with four garbage bags of
clothes to donate. Four bags of clothes I haven’t worn since moving to
San Francisco a year ago. My problems are obviously first world,
problems of luxury.
Yet another reminder of how fortunate I am.
|tags:||first world, problems
The Creative Commons licene engine has gone through several iterations,
the most recent being a Zope 3 / Grok application. This has actually
been a great implementation for
us_, but since the
day it was deployed there’s been a warning in
If you get a UnicodeDecodeError from the cc.engine (you’ll see this if it’srunning in the foreground) when you try to access the http://host:9080/license/then it’s likely that the install of python you are using is set to use ASCIIas it’s default output. You can change this to UTF-8 by creating the file/usr/lib/python<version>/sitecustomize.py and adding these lines:
This always struck me as a bit inelegant — having to muck with something
outside my application directory. After all, this belief that the
application should be self-contained is the reason I use
zc.buildout and share Jim’s
belief in the evil of the system Python. Like a lot of inelegant things,
though, it never rose quite to the level of annoyance needed to motivate
me to do it right.
Today I was working on moving the license engine to a different
server_ and ran
into this problem again. I decided to dig in and see if I could track it
down. In fact I did track down the initial problem — I was making a
between an encoded Unicode string and without specifying an explicit
codec to use for the decode. Unfortunately once I fixed that I found it
was turtles all the way
Turns out the default Zope 3 page template machinery uses
`StringIO <http://www.python.org/doc/lib/module-StringIO.html>`_ to
collect the output. StringIO uses, uh, strings — strings with the
default system encoding. Reading the module documentation, it would
appear that mixing String and Unicode input in your StringIO will cause
this sort of issue.
Andres suggested marking my templates as UTF-8 XML using something like:
< ?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
but even after doing this and fixing the resulting entity errors,
there’s still obviously some 8 bit Strings leaking into the output. In
conversations on IRC the question was then asked: “is there a reason you
don’t want a reasonable system wide encoding if your locale can support it?”
I guess not_.
UPDATE Martijn has a tangentially related
sheds some light on why Python does/should ship with ascii as the
default codec. At least people smarter than me have problems with this
sort of thing, too.
|tags:||cc, development, license engine, python, zope
Last year when Asus released the original Eee PC 7xx series, a
colleage and I made a lunch-time trek to Central Computers down the
street and each picked up a 701 with 4 GB SSD and Linux. The stock
distribution is Xandros based. That’s great since Xandros is Debian
based itself, but not so great since it seemed configured specifically
to resemble Windows in many ways. Progress, right?
Shortly after purchasing my Eee I installed
eeeXubuntu on it.
This configuration actually worked pretty well. Combined with an
additional 4 GB of storage in the form of an SD card I carried the Eee
with me as my sole computer for a week in Europe in January. Upon my
return, however, the Eee saw less and less usage. In retrospect I’m not
sure that the decline had anything to do with the Eee at all — all my
non-work computing declined dramatically during the first half of the
year. The small form factor of the Eee still called out for use, so I
dabbled with it periodically. One weekend I tried installing a Sugar
shell (successfully, for some definition of success, I guess). Another I
tried updating my eeeXubuntu installation from 7.10 to 8.04, without
success (disk space issues). When I saw Ubuntu Netbook
Remix, I decided I wanted to try
that on the Eee. The combination of a focused, single window user
interface and specialized launcher seemed like a good combination for
the space constrained display.
Today I successfully installed Ubuntu 8.04 and the Netbook Remix on my Eee.
The steps were actually pretty straight forward:
- I installed Ubuntu 8.04 using a USB
When it came time to select tasks, I didn’t select anything to get a
- Added the Array.org
repository and installed a
kernel with Eee-specific customizations.
- Added the Netbook Remix
repositories and fired up
aptitude. At this point I just picked my way through the packages
in the ubuntu-desktop task, picking those I wanted. In particular
I omitted things related to Bluetooth or CD support (since I have
hardware for neither).
- Installed the ume-launcher and other Netbook packages.
If these instructions seem a little thin it’s because I mostly just
followed the instructions of others, both found in the excellent Eee
I’m heading to OSCON next week so I’m going to play with the
installation this week to determine whether I can use it as my sole
machine for that trip.
|tags:||eee pc, netbook remix, ubuntu
Last seen here two years
just updated Readonly
Attachments for Thunderbird
still does pretty much exactly what the last
describes, bugs and all.
Right now I’m just releasing a
preview. At this point I’ve
only tested it with Thunderbird 220.127.116.11 on Mac OS X 10.5.3; I’ll test
tomorrow_ and if
all goes well I’ll update
at that point.
UPDATE: (2008-07-13) Things seem to work fine on Linux, so we’re
just waiting for it to clear the review queue at
|tags:||projects, readonly attachments, thunderbird