Loud ramblings of a Software Artisan

Friday 10 December 2004

Picture of the day, December 10th 2004

For month, not to say years, I wanted to have a photoblog. Since my Canon EOS 20D is gone for repairs, I cannot provide picture of the day. So I will rollback thru the archives, mostly film.

This picture has been taken in Boston, MA on September 1st 2001. This trip was generously sponsored by SMaL that wanted to meet me for a job interview. This is a reflection on the John Hancock tower. I wish I had been longer in that city. I actually spent 4 days... The sad thing is that I never worked for them after.

Google Suggest

Google Suggest is in beta. Impressive demo of JavaScript, but higly censored. Try the following word to seek suggestion for:

  • fu
  • erot
  • se
  • por

Okay, actually that should be kid safe.

AbiWord news room

Some articles about AbiWord:

  • MacGeneration follows MacNN by announcing AbiWord 2.2.1 for MacOS X. Again we (the AbiWord team) still haven't done any official announcement for Mac sites.
  • A few weeks ago PCWorld published an article about Open Source software at work. Abisource's free AbiWord word processor lets you create, open, and save files in Microsoft Word's .doc format, as well as in RTF, HTML, WordPerfect, and other standard formats. It includes a spell checker and supports more than 30 languages, including Hebrew and Arabic.. They link to the download page for 2.0.11 on Windows.
  • Framasoft (fr) updated their article (english version) about AbiWord. Framasoft is dedicated to migrating to Open Source and Free Software.

Wireless Hell

I'm sitting 2ft away from the access point and apparently I get no signal with my Airport card. Why ?

This card has worked at GUADEC. But I don't know about the AP, a Linksys Wifi router. Any clues ?

$ sudo /sbin/iwconfig eth1
eth1      IEEE 802.11-DS  ESSID:""  Nickname:"foo"
         Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.422 GHz  Access Point: 44:44:44:44:44:44
         Bit Rate:2 Mb/s   Tx-Power=15 dBm   Sensitivity:1/3
         Retry limit:4   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
         Power Management:off
         Link Quality=0/92  Signal level=134/153  Noise level=134/153
         Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
         Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

Update (Dec 10): I just tried with a BEFW11, the 802.11B only version, by just pluging it in, and I get link. In short my router is probably DOA.