Caboodle 0.5

There's now a new version, 0.5, of Caboodle available. Caboodle is a Planarity knock-off for GNOME. No changes beyond making it work again in Ubuntu Edgy (seems the Cairo — or at least cairo-ocaml — API has changed a bit during the last year.)

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Edgy's install a bit too edgy

I think this was my first complete (well, not counting the cruft in the home directory) reinstall since Debian 0.93, but now I'm running a fresh Edgy installation. The experience was less than pleasant; the installer tried constantly to use a display mode my monitor couldn't handle (ANALOG OUT OF RANGE 81.3 kHz / 65 Hz) with the result that I had to burn the alternate install CD to get the text-mode installer. Which worked well enough, except for the fact that it configured my X again with the mode that didn't work. Oh well. Good thing I had my old X configuration around and knew how to use virtual consoles.

Also, the installer could have shown me the time when it asked if the hardware clock was in UTC or the local time. I guessed wrong.

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Noise

A bit over a week to us moving (back closer to the center of Helsinki, yay) and my computer's power supply decided it had had enough. Every time I switched it on, it blew a fuse (a big thank you to whoever invented the kind of fuse where you don't have to put in a new ceramic thingy everytime it goes.) I was seriously considering just going out and buying a new computer, especially as I wasn't quite sure if it was the PSU or some other part, but decided that we're going to have quite enough other things to spend money on in the coming few weeks. So I settled on getting myself a new PSU, and oh boy, the beast lives again.

Because I wasn't quite sure what was the source of the problem and I was sort of planning on getting myself a new computer anyway in a few months, I got the cheapest power supply in the store. And you can tell. I've never been too impressed with the Antec Sonata's much-hyped quietness, but this feels like sitting next to a blow dryer.

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Audio format conversion

Music management applications don't always do what you want when you convert audio, even if they do support it some way, and nautilus-audio-convert can be a bit of a PITA with all those windows popping up. AudioFormat's supposed to be a simple, definitely not in your face, way to convert audio files from Nautilus. It uses GStreamer and the audio profiles you have defined. There's still rough bits, mainly due to me starting from zero with gst, but it'll get better. You'll need PyGTK, GStreamer 0.10 and python-nautilus. Probably newish versions of the Python stuff. And there's no automatic installation yet.

Screenshots behind the AudioFormat link too.

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