Yes I have been blogging


I have been blogging, but at another site. You may be interested in my latest blog entry which is a swipe at Bill 61 without mentioning Bill 61.

I would encourage everyone to speak out against the DRM aspects of this Bill.

This Bill may have been tabled before Summer Break so that we can make our thoughts known about it.

I also have a comment on the Globe and Mail website.

DRM is useless because most of us are spending money in different ways instead of records (CDs). Recent trips to the gas station alone has devoured a lot of discretionary spending dollars.



how to donate a computer

What are the current minimum requirements for the computer donations to The Working Centre and/or KWLUG?

Should one contact a person in charge before bringing an older computer?


The minimum for Computer Recycling is currently Pentium III or better.

You do want to contact Charles before making a donation: 519.743-1151x225

Presentation topic suggestion From DV Cam to DVD

Using a combination of open source software you can go from your digital video camera to a DVD, complete with titles, fading between scenes, and a variety of video and audio effects.

3 embedded Linux kernel developers needed in Kitchener

I was asked by an employment agent if I know any embedded Linux people willing to work in Kitchener. Here is the list of required skills:

* Ethernet Stacks

* TCP/IP Network

* Embedded Linux (Low Level-Kernel)

* C++

* C

The agent wrote that experience with Video Equipment/Image Processing (projectors,
displays, etc) would be a great addition.

The agent's address is

Kick off post

I've decided to start creating a log of my troubles, tribulations and successes with Linux.

In this blog I'll try to keep a history of what I've done to make something work under Linux. I'm expecting that sometimes those exercises will be simple, some other times It may take some tweaking.

Computer Recycling shop of The Working Centre

I noticed a photo of the computer recycling shop at The Working Centre in a February 23, 2008 issue of The Record.

New Life for Record Computers by Peter Lee, Record staff

The whole page.

I found the people at this facility knowledgeable. I could purchase a refurbished computer with a pre-installed Linux for my friend.



Currently downloading the net geubuntu distro from This distro combines Gnome and Enlightenment, their mainsite can be found at > There are also screenshots on their site so you can see what this distro looks like, would personally recommend the moonlite edition it has a nice dark theme to it, there is also a sunshine edition of this distro as well. I would also recommend that you use a bittorrent client to download this file!

Cheers ;-)

Notification email details

I couldn't figure out how to configure the Notification module to send out better subject headings, so I changed the module code. The file to change is in modules/notify/notify.module .

Here is the diff:

*** 427,433 ****
// Set up initial values for e-mail.
$from = variable_get('site_mail', ini_get('sendmail_from'));
$from_name = variable_get('site_name', 'Drupal');
! $subject = t('@sitename new content notification for @username', array('@username' => $user->name, '@sitename' => variable_get('site_name', 'Drupal')));

$body = t('Greetings @user,', array('@user' => $user->name)) ."\n\n". $body;

--- 427,435 ----
// Set up initial values for e-mail.
$from = variable_get('site_mail', ini_get('sendmail_from'));
$from_name = variable_get('site_name', 'Drupal');
! # This breaks internationalization (because the prompt changed)
! $subject = t('@sitename new content notification: @notifydate', array('@notifydate' => date("Y-m-d H:i"), '@sitename' => variable_get('site_name', 'Drupal')));

$body = t('Greetings @user,', array('@user' => $user->name)) ."\n\n". $body;

Note that in addition to adding the date I removed the username from the subject. Also note that this will break when the notify module is changed (perhaps with the next Drupal upgrade).

Content notifications title

This blog entry is intended to trigger a notification.

If you are one of the 11 people who signed up for notifications independently you may notice some problems. Unfortunately I am a terrible programmer, so I think the code I hacked to make the notification e-mail subject threadable has lots of bugs.


Asus $200.00 Laptop


I have sent an e-mail to the Asus company in Markham asking for more
info on the new Linux laptop. At this time they do not know when it
will arrive in Canada.

I asked them if I could borrow one to Demo at the KWLUG meting OR
would someone from Asus like to come to one of our meetings. They will have to get back
to me on that.

I am quite excited about this laptop as it has the potential to bring the Linux desktop to
thousands of new users.

more info:…



Most of LUG Library

At I've posted most of the books in the KWLUG Library that I have over in Computer Recycling at 66 Queen Street South. This list does not include books kept over at 43 Queen Street where we hold our meetings. There's at least one other box of books at 43 Queen Street.

RMS and Stroustrup to speak at UW

The Computer Science Club at the University of Waterloo is hosting two very big names in the computer science world next month:

- On Friday July 6 at 4:30pm, Richard M. Stallman (founder of the Free Software Foundation) will be speaking about "Copyright vs. Community in the Age of Computer Networks"

- On Tuesday July 17 at 7:00pm, Bjarne Stroustrup (creator of C++) will be speaking about "C++0x -- An Overview"

Both talks are being held in Room 116 of the Arts Lecture Hall at the University of Waterloo. Admission is free as in beer, I believe.

More information is available at the CSC website:

Nefarious Plan

If all goes well (?) people on the mailing list will see this post even if they never have visited the website in their lives. This increases the potential for spam, but it adds a level of communication that has been missing since the days of kwlug-forums.


Have you heard the radio ads for the CAAST? The Canadian Alliance Against Software Theft and the BSA (Business Software Alliance) are running threatening-sounding radio spots. They claim that if you take action to become "compliant" before a certain date, that you can do so "without penalty."

We must thank CAAST for their awesome campaign in favour of Free Software.

Users of proprietary software can fall victim to extra-legal, software license enforcement raids by the jack-booted minions of the same software monopolies that fund the BSA and CAAST. Nice.

    So things to do:

  • Use only Free Software, as licensed under the GPL and similar licenses
  • Use only Open Data Formats such as those in products
  • Help a friend, or your employer migrate away from proprietary software
  • Remember that in the minds of the BSA and CAAST the definition of "compliant" is "subservient"
  • And of course, only use software with license terms you can agree with