January 5th, 2008



Reinstalled my desktop machine today. I've spent the last hour or so getting the machine back in exactly the same state I had it in 4 years ago in my second year of college.

Things that this means I'm running, in no particular order:
* evilwm (yay)
* xbindkeys
* xmms (though that was actually replaced by gnump3d when I realized I didn't have sound on the machine in question -- which is actually working quite nicely.)
* Logjam!

I'm sure more things will come to me as the process wears on, and I'm also not deliberately trying to make the system unusable by anyone else, so at the moment, it's still just this session configuration. Still, it is somewhat nice to be back in a state that I was actually reasonably productive in way back when. Simply having reasonable window snapping without all the crap that macs tend to stick on top of it is nice in and of itself.

I should really see if I can work out how to make this be my user profile without breaking everything else that goes along with it -- for example, I'm quite happy to have things like ssh-agent started for me automatically, which I don't want to break.

I suppose if I knew more about gdm, I could probably figure this out, but seeing as I don't...

Sadly, this monitor is going, and it does make using the machine somewhat hard. Additionally, the redrawing is painfully slow in many cases. And since I'm using Ubuntu, I'm hardly being as supportive of the whole Free Software movement as I could be -- but I suppose it can't get much worse than using a Mac :)

I really do like Logjam. All the clients for OS X are too clunky feeling -- too many buttons and knobs. Logjam's got almost nothing -- and I like it like that :)