Military absence 14.11-09.12.2011

Just a general notice that I'll be absent from 14.11 to 09.12.2011 because of military service.
If you want to get in contact with me, write me an e-mail, I'll try to check those at least daily, or, if it's really urgent, write me an SMS, just don't expect a reply right away.
I'll see you all in a month!

Posted by Luca Longinotti on 12 Nov 2011 at 21:04
Categories: Longi Comments

New blog based on Blogofile

As some of you may have noticed already, my blog suddenly looks very different.
I've abandoned Serendipity in favor of Blogofile, which is a Python-based static-site generator. This means I write posts as text-files, they get processed, merged with templates, HTML gets generated, and a fully static site is the result. In fact the only dynamic thing remaining are the comments, which are now powered by Disqus over JavaScript. This allowed me to ditch PHP and MySQL, and reduce the load on the server quite a bit. Search is powered by Google. I've also overhauled the template to look nicer and be fully XHTML 1.0 Strict compliant. Thanks to Free CSS Templates for the design!
I've also added a few more parts to the site, now it's not only a pure blog, there's a welcoming page, one about UZH and one about me. As well as a better media gallery. Everything is available via HTTPS, as usual. At the bottom I link to my projects, as well as interesting blogs I follow.
If you find anything not working, be it a link or post, please tell me right away, so I can fix it, thanks!

UPDATE: I've written an ebuild for Blogofile, you can get it from my overlay. It pulls in all required dependencies to run. For my own blog, I also needed dev-python/imaging for the gallery controller.

Posted by Luca Longinotti on 09 Nov 2011 at 20:00
Categories: Website, Gentoo Comments

Within Temptation concert and photos

As previously announced I went to the Within Temptation concert in Zürich at the Volkshaus.
A venue I've never been before, but it was very comfortable, all seated places.
The music and the band were great, being part of their "The Unforgiving" tour, they played most songs from their latest album, and mixed in some old classics like "What Have You Done". Great show, congratulations!
Only negative was the long wait till they started playing, 1:20 after the official beginning of the concert, about 45 minutes of which were taken up by the opening act, can't remember their name, didn't like them much, and found them wholly inappropriate given what came after, it was some kind of (kinda-hard) rock, as opening for a gothic metal band? Oh well, I was probably just anxious for WT to start playing. :)
I took two videos:

  • Faster (Removed because of file size limitations)
  • What Have You Done (Removed because of file size limitations)

as well as some photos. The quality is terrible, I forgot my camera and had to do with the cell.
While I was uploading these, I noticed a few older StreetParade 2011 photos too.

And, this time from the real camera, I added the photos from the Computer-Linguistik week-end in Flumserberg.
That was incredibly fun, got to know lots of new people, it was a really great idea.

And while we're talking about great music, take a look at "Nickelback - When We Stand Together", amazing song, great video, profound message. Waiting on the new album!

Posted by Luca Longinotti on 05 Nov 2011 at 19:24
Categories: Longi, UZH Comments

CUPS EvenDuplex

Another remind-myself blog-post.
If you've got a printer like mine, which accepts PCL6, and expects there to always be an even number of pages when doing duplex printing, CUPS has a very easy solution for you. Open-source software usually always has.

*cupsEvenDuplex: True

Add that to your PPD file, and voilà, enjoy duplex working also when submitting three pages for printing!

Posted by Luca Longinotti on 01 Nov 2011 at 18:04
Categories: Hardware, Software Comments

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