Missing the point

This is a perfect example of being too close to a problem. Some users of the FlipStart compact PC were having trouble pressing the tiny keys for Ctrl-Alt-Del to login or reboot Windows. Unfortunately, the hardware vendor decided that instead of fixing the operating system so it wasn’t necessary to press Ctrl-Alt-Del on the tiny keyboard, they would just add a special Ctrl-Alt-Del button. Go figure.

Converting Python source to HTML

For my PyMOTW series, I have found that I want to convert a lot of python source code to HTML. In a perfect world it would be easy for me to produce pretty XML/HTML and use CSS, but it is not obvious how to use CSS from Blogger. Instead, I am using a CLI app based on this ASPN recipe which produces HTML snippets that I can paste directly into a new blog post.

PyMOTW: fileinput

To start this series, let’s take a look at the fileinput module, a very useful module for creating command line programs for processing text files in a filter-ish manner. For example, the m3utorss app I recently wrote for my friend Patrick to convert some of his demo recordings into a podcastable format. Read more at pymotw.com: fileinput

PyMOTW: Python Module of the Week

I am starting a new series of posts today that I am calling “Python Module of the Week” (PyMOTW). I have two goals for this: to work my way though the standard library and learn something about each module to get into the habit of posting to the blog more regularly I will cheat a little, and start out with some modules that I already know something about. Hopefully that will give me enough of a head-start that I can keep up a fairly regular flow.

What is the matter with people?

Or, more specifically, New Mexico state representatives? I don’t know where to start. You can’t legislate science? Pluto isn’t ever “over” New Mexico?

Distributing django applications

I had a report that version 1.2 of my codehosting package did not include all of the required files. It turns out I messed up the setup.py file and left out the templates, images, and CSS files. Oops. In the process of trying to fix the setup file, I discovered that distutils does not include package data in sdist. Not a big deal, since I just created a MANIFEST.in file to get around it.

Things to Do

In no particular order: Cull my Google Reader subscriptions. 364 is too many. Finish reading Dreaming in Code. Add tagging support to codehosting. Verify all of the domains under my control with Google Web Master tools. Create a Trac plugin for code reviews based on the process we use at work. Change the monitor feeds on CastSampler.com so they do not include items without enclosures. Enhance BlogBackup to save enclosures and images linked from blog posts.

Archiving mail on IMAP server

Version 1.4 of MailArchiveByDate now supports archiving to IMAP folders. It works exactly as expected for me, but some users have reported problems with the script not creating new mailboxes. If the mailbox exists, the messages are moved. I have not been able to reproduce the problem myself using dovecot on Fedora Core 4 or Scalix (which is supposed to look like an Exchange server).

User interface research

This research by Jeff Han at New York University is very cool. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of those drafting tables!

How NOT to Backup a Blogger Blog

Over at the Google Operating System blog, they offer a way to “backup” your blog. It is mostly a manual hack to load the entire blog into one page in a web browser, then save the resulting HTML, though a similar technique is offered for saving the contents of your XML feed. There are a few problems with this technique: It depends on knowing how many posts are in the blog, up front.