Monday, October 30, 2006

Communitary Week

As you few visitors noticed last week I didn't post any article, nor a link... nothing.
There is a very good reason for my absence from the Internet: the Communitaty Week I spent with some friends from the Youth Groups of Rho's parrishes.
It was a great experience to share Casa Betel on the top floor of Oratorio S.Carlo, which became actually our home for a week.
All begun exactly 7 days ago, on Monday evening from 10 pm, we gathered, we prayed and set up some thing about the organization.
On Tuesday everyone went to his occupations and we came back to have dinner together. In the evening we had a gather about the Language of Body and Gestures.
On Wednesday I stayed at home, I had a grocery shopping / craze with Ale and in the evening we attended a great gather with the amazing don Federico. We continued to talk about that for a while in the night.
On Thursday night we watched Fabio Volo's film, Casomai, it's a good film and offers many ideas about love.
On Friday night we had a meditation on the text who was the guideline for the week. I had some problem because I had a little temperature.
On Saturday there was an happy hour with jam session, we play with many people, there was also MacTeo with his girlfriend Jessica, from Como. It was a great night.
On Sunday we finish the week with a Mass at S.Paul's parrish, with new songs, it was a good thing: thank you Ale :-)
I'm very happy for this week, it was all good, intense, natural... with these guys I got along with them and it was offhand to share everyday life and to think together about the week's theme: Love.
I hope there will be another opportunity to live experciences like this next year because I grow up very much and I was able to focus better what I want from my life: the Style in which I want to live everyday.
Thanks to all my "brothers" for this beautiful week.
Thanks to Erica, my girlfriend, who let me to convince her.
Thanks to Luca, my brother, who didn't manage to get rid of me!
Thanks to don Emilio, who took with excitement this week, and who wanted strongly to be there.
Thanks to don Marco, who hosted us, and who let us feel to be at home.
Thank you Lord, you light our lives.
goodnite
Andy

Sunday, October 22, 2006

A great night...

... yeah it's 2 'o clock and I'm just back from Paolino's after his birthday party tonight! It was ages that I didn't go out with my friends and I enjoyed this night very much. I felt completely fit with them, I felt like at home, it was very-very good.
Tonight I learnt how to make smoke rings after many trials with the "narghilé"!
I enjoyed and relaxed at the same time: I needed a night like this...
Thank U very much to everybody,
goodnite,
Andy

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Matlab Symbolic Toolbox under Linux - How to fix GLIBC_2.0 issue

Aye! I was very happy for the 2 visit I made with the post about octave. These are very few but this is not a monograhpic blog about a specific matter so these were a good result for me.
Today I want to speak about a discovery I made on Matlab's Symbolic Toolbox under Kubuntu. Yesterday after a few curses I succeeded in configuring it.
Obviously we are talking about my neighbour's computer, which has installed Kubuntu with 2.6 kernel and Matlab with a legal license. He lets me use his Matlab for my homeworks. :-)
Good, yesterday I had absolutely the need to use Symbolic Toolbox for some operations, I already knew that it didn't work but I tried anyway.... Matlab as the previous trials responded me this:
Unable to load mex file: /usr/local/matlab7/toolbox/symbolic/maplemex.mexglx.
/usr/local/matlab7/bin/glnx86/libmaple.so: symbol errno, version GLIBC_2.0 not defined in file libc.so.6 with link time reference
??? Invalid MEX-file '/usr/local/matlab7/toolbox/symbolic/maplemex.mexglx': .

Error in ==> maple at 104
[result,status] = maplemex(statement);

Error in ==> sym.maple at 85
[result,status] = maple(statement);

Error in ==> sym.plus at 22
X = maple(A(:),'+',B(:));
So I installed all the possible base libraries for C and C++ in every version but it didn't work. After a search with Google, I found a forum post by a guy who said to execute this command before starting Matlab:
you@Kubuntu$ export LD_ASSUME_KERNEL=2.4.1
Actually this command tells to the shell to consider every following command (in that bash session) as if there was a 2.4.1 kernel.
In this way Matlab's Symbolic Toolbox works completely.
If before you could define sym variables but you can't evaluate any expression due to the library issue, now you can use completely the toolbox.
Till now I haven't experienced any further issue of the kind.
To ease Matlab's start without the need to writing the export command every time I modified bash's profile by creating an alias in .bashrc file in my home directory in this way:
# Alias 4 Matlab
alias matlab-start='export LD_ASSUME_KERNEL=2.4.1; matlab -nosplash'
Personally I inserted these lines after the some other aliases block but they would work in every position in the bash configuration file.
Thanks to this alias, every time I write "matlab-start" the shell actually executes the two commands between the apices. Note that Matlab is called with the "nosplash" option which inhibits the matlab splash screen at startup, this thing speeds up Matlab's startup, if you want to reset the splash you need only to remove the "nosplash" option from the lines above when you write them into the .bashrc
That's all, I hope to have been quite plain in my explanation, I you have any problem you can comment and we'll see!
Good work with Matlab's Symbolic Toolbox and Kubuntu!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

title has to be chosen at the end...

... yeah because in posts like this you don't know where you arrive in the end...
Finally I'm enjoying in writing freely all of the things are now on my mind, or on its remainders! Today the wheather was good, fresh in the morning, warm in the afternoon and chilly in the evening and I discovered me to think again: "What a good month is this!" realizing that this is what I said in Semptember, in August, in July, June... so there are two possible explanations: or this is a very good year for weather, or I'm living fine all my time and because of this I'm able to feel every little "climatic pleasure" along the seasons' merry-go-round.
Oh yeah, Time, the Cosmic Ballet, everything is so woven to the sense of rythm we perceive in relation with our hearthbeat... music's vibrations that can get us when we are taken by a piece... all is due to inescapable and constant flowing of Time.

At this point I recall this beautiful song by Enya, "Only Time":

Who can say where the road goes,
Where the day flows, only time?
And who can say if your love grows,
As your hearth chose, only time?

Who can say why your heart sights,
As your live flies, only time?
And who can say why your heart cries
when your love lies, only time?

Who can say when the roads meet,
That love might be ,in your heart?
and who can say when the day sleeps,
and the night keeps all your heart?
Night keeps all your heart.....

Who can say if your love groves,
As your heart chose, only time?
And who can say where the road goes
Where the day flows, only time?

Who knows? Only time
Who knows? Only time

Wonderful thought on Time, is for this kind of vision of time that I was pushed to choose it as the topic of my high school final work. Since the end of time, exactly ;-P, we'll always have something to investigate about this "dimension" of life, of univers, of the four-dimension physical space in which we all live: everyone of the explanations, names, definitions, descriptions we could do change by the point of view we want to underlind or simply by the way we chose to pursue in our research.
Becoming fussy I could tell you that each one of the expression I previously used none is truly right bcause everyone implys Time. Infact is very difficult to see time dimension as part of the spacetime continuum, its nature has a particular issue that distiguishes it from the other three space dimensions: time can be got through only in one direction at a fixed speed changing depending on the observer system (as Relativity states).
And among this constant flowing depending on the system, but variable with speed and lightspeed ratio... that now after some lines I'm losing the train of thought of this post... because of the unknowing on these themes though I knew in broad terms the results of the Theory of Relativity. To understand these issues I need to study something like Ricci's Tensor, the Fundamental one, their mathematical principles, the four-dimensional metrics... so I can easily finish the post with the intention to know what and how Relativity states...
In the meantime let's think more about Time, about the time we use, about the one we waste, at the one is given to us and let's try to see it as one of the beauties of Creation instead an enemy to fight with as it's perceived by our society's common sense.
Our society is slave to Time and it's succubus of it.
Let's take the Time we need. Let's live with more peace: it's worth it.
goodnite

Sunday, October 15, 2006

KuBuntu MacOS like - New Layout for KuBook

Again we'll talk about Linux (Kubuntu) and about my desktop on KuBook, my amazing notebook you can admire in the picture!
I have been quite misled by MacTeo's proposals concerning graphic interface's Mac-ization; he convinced me to put the MenuBar shared by applications to save space since now I've a dock which is working... (you can check this out on this post about KoolDock).
So with few mouse clicks, I discovered this feature to be native in KDE, it means that MenuBar isn't part of some strange GUI modification packet, so I was brought to complete this transformation!
To obtain the final result, as in the photo, you simply have to activate the MenuBar in Mac-OS style from KControl, in "Desktop" section, on the record "Behaviour" as you can see in the picture below.



Once you have done this you can reorganize your desktop changing completely the main panel, that you can't remove but you can configure as an hidable panel with utilities like the garbage bin and the Desktop Pager.
On the top bar, now you can put elements like System Tray, KMenu, Clock and perhaps the RunCommand applet, remembering "Spotlight" despite it's a little uglier :-P
And what about the TaskBar? If you don't want to get used to press continously ALT+TAB or the central mouse key on a free desktop area (either of these key combinations will visualize a list of opened windows), you can activate the TaskBar from the options of KoolDock that you have installed for sure :-P !
Once all of these will be completed you have an OSX-like very confortable to use, now there is much more space on the desktop since the MenuBar is shorter than KDE default bar, and for KoolDock's automatic hiding (because if it wouldn't hide it will be quite irritating).


Last things only for the most excited Mac fans... execute from command line (ALT+F2) "bab" and "dcop kicker default restart", in this way, only if you have installed kwin-baghira you will be able to choose the MenuBar style like the one of MacOSX versions (Jaguar,Panther,Tiger) and to round out the top corners of the screen like on Mac, though the result is quite rough.
You can also change MenuBar's background by panel options choosing an image in Mac style, a good idea is to create a picture from a real-Mac screenshot to clone the same colors.
Have fun with Linux and Opensource.
see ya!

Friday, October 13, 2006

BiteBlues Loop

This my first loop upload to iCompositions (made with Matteo).. in the near future I'm going to open the music section, for the moment here's the link if you wanna give it a listening! ByteBlues Loop

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Many nice browsers...

Today in breaks while programming Palamessenger, I helped my friend MacTeo to set-up the graphics of his new blog's template. I worked for him as a browser tester... because I'm very interested in the differences between them, so I've installed many of them for these visualization trials!
I've tried Konqueror, Firefox 1.5 and Opera 9 on Linux and Firefox 1.5, Firefox2, Opera 9 and obviously IE on Winsozz.
In this mess of browsers I was very impressed to see the features of Opera 9.
On Windows, Opera's impact is really devastating: there isn't a compare with the others except the good SeaMonkey from Mozilla.
These two programs are, I think, the future of browsers, they are a little more heavy than others, but on computers not excessively old you can't notice the difference.
These few megabytes of disk and ram needed are entirely justified by very interesting features: in SeaMonkey and Opera is bundled a mail client fully integrated in the browser, Opera features also a BitTorrent client.
From the coming of RSSfeeds every modern browser of the above, has an integrated RSS reader, the one in the shape of a local web page generated by the RSS sources, the other (as Firefox) with LiveBookmarks... the only browser that hasn't this feature is IE but I prefer not to talk about it. Infact is well known that if you try to open a site wholly respectin W3C web standards, with IE, you have to prepare yourself to very funny sight among the pages: a pixel exlposion, the elements of the page totally bring from a place to another.... if you succeed to see something...
Coming back to the post theme... I think that future browsers won't have to display "well" the interesting page, but they will also support all the kinds of new services and protocols to give to the user a full web experience in one window. For this feeling Opera 9 is the best.
Let's choose your favourite browser, it's important to take a look to all the choices available, because there are so many different browsers that there is also the one perfect for everyone of us.
For this matter, now I'll post you some links to check out:

Mozilla Firefox 1.5
Mozilla Firefox 2
Mozilla SeaMonkey
Konqueror (only for linux)
Flock (...it rembers IE7... Microsoft copied another time)
Opera
Camino (solo per Mac)
Safari (solo per Mac)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

too cool for Bill

By now this image appeard on my blog. It's style reminds the one of the famous "TooCoolForIE", I've created a customized image to have some laughing...
Here it is in jpg format, so it can be posted well:If you need the png with trasparency you can find it at this address on ImageShack.us
Have fun!

Monday, October 9, 2006

Kooldock... a very Coool Dock for KDE!

Oh well! Finally I'm back to write about Linux, and in particular about how to customize in cool mood my favourite distro: Kubuntu.
After I modified also the remaining icons on my desktop to obtain on my desktop an ISS-like view (as you can see in the picture on the side), today I want to suggest you to install KoolDock.

What's
kooldock: a dock to link your favorite applications. It's just a dock, but instead of kxdocker IT WORKS!

Its configuration utility is very user-friendly and more stable than kxdocker one
so I can easily say that although some stange blinking of the dock when it attempts to englarge icons, this little toy works very well.

Without a surprise you will find it easily in ubuntu repositories so to install it you don't have to do nothing more than find it on Synaptic and select it for installation.

After the installation you won't find KoolDock in Kmenu
, if you don't want to start it from a konsole, I suggest you to use the embedded command line simply pressing ALT+F2 when you are on the desktop.
To open the "Run Command" dialog you can also click right on the desktop and choosing "Run Command" in this dialog you only need to write kooldock to start it.



Once KoolDock is started simply doesn't happen anythinig because this dock is quite discreet and starts hidden by default. It's not so bad you can open the context menu for the configuration just by clicking right on the dock once it's opened.

A little bug I've noticed is a blinking in some cases.

To eliminate this blinking these isn't a standard procedure: you can simply try the different options either the ones to change dock's look, either the ones about his behaviour.
You will see that in some cases you'll find a combination in which it doesn't blink.

For most demanding people there is a tip to have better font edges: they aren't smooth due to shadowing options... you need to work on those options I you want better font edges.

A last suggestion if during your trials with the option you activate the "Xinerama support" you won't find the dock in the usual position. This options infact, as I understood, is used to make the dock compatible with multiple screens, so this option brings the dock on the left side of the screen (or the right but this never happened to me).
You will need to click right on the bottom left side of the screen to be able to open again the configuration ulility to fix that.

It's noticeable that the links for the dock are inside the folder: /home/your_name/.kde/share/apps/kooldock so for any problem you will act by there too for reset or customize the icons and the links to the applications.

At the end I can state: KoolDock is a dock for KDE that works, and with some customizations is possible to limitate the little bugs it has being able to use it happily.

Let's enjoy with KoolDock!

see ya!

Friday, October 6, 2006

A Quality Shoe

This post could be ugly, perhaps smelly and probably it's both of these.
In simple words, my favorite shoes came to an end: after years I've found the worthy substitutes and I've bought two pairs of those. Of course...
First of all you have to know that I'm not a trash fan nor a person devoted to things, but this story I really had to tell you because these shoes have lived every madness.
Yeah, who knows how many kilometers they have walked, how many leaps, how many falls, how many climbs, or football kicks. Only now after 5 years I succeded in finding something similar albeit not identical.
I advise cleanliness fans and people with heart sickness, not to zoom these images, and I assure you can feel you lucky that smells can't be digitalized and sent among the web.
After all don't you think that for 5 years I put on only these shoes :-P, I don't come at this point, but... yeah I tried to keep them good because I liked them so they survived my mum's most terrible cleaning and garbage campaigns, always with a different pretext.
Now unfortunately am I to accept that they are too old and too worn so I salute them with this epitaph!
And like a Mark Knofler song from the LP "The Ragpickers" reminds me... it's good to have a Quality Shoe!
Be easy with this poor mad guy ;-)!
goodnite
Andy

Playing at Oscar's

Wonderful, tonight finally I enojoyed after these exams:
we played at Oscar's home with "20lati latitanti"... what a name!
On sunday night unfortunately I won't play because I will be busy with "Scuola della Parola" for youth, that will be in Cornaredo, near Rho.
Perhaps I will be back in time for the final jam session, and I'm going to bring with me how many people I could obviously!
Tonight we have tried some songs for sunday's "concert", some were almost completed, the other were only sketched... but with a change in the formation, and only one trial available we had done the best was possible!
After the trial I spent almost an hour with the two "Tei"... thank you guys for that wonderful time we had tonight.
Now I'll go to bed very glad!
goodnite,
Andy

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Baldur's Gate & Tales of the Sword Coast

Here we are, after a good day spent on Palamede.
I'm back and I've seen that the torrent of Tales of the Sword Coast was completed... I've tried it on the fly!
There was a little thing to say: I had to uninstall Baldur's Gate to intall that... luckily the uninstall kept savegame and the charachters, but I had done a backup copy because I didn't know it!
As an expansion of the good title from Black Isle
this pack gives you new areas and above all new quests and aventures... to be able to follow the path of the new adventures without the mix with the Baldur's Gate ones is adviceable to begin to play from the savegame called "Mission Pak" that is already installed... because of this I didn't want to re-play Baldur's Gate in english, and I considered that at the end I wouldn't have understood if I had played the adventures of Tales of the Sword Coast of the Baldur's ones... so I uninstalled the expansion e put again Baldur's Gate in Italian to complete it...
At the end of that campaing I will import my last save in the expansion's installation and from that I will play the expansion's adventures!
Tomorrow, in the afternoon I will go on with the developement of Palamessenger... good!
Now I'll finish the quest of Nashkell's Guard's Commander Brage and I will go to sleep.
Good nigth!
Andy - Faelar

Monday, October 2, 2006

Palamede is on the road again!

Today I recover my know-how and the ideas fot continue to work efficiently on Palamede.
For the projectual laboratory we had to write the telecommunication software and now we are at the end of it with the creation of the main program and the tests.
After these important steps we will complete work writing the thesis.
I liked this projectual lab, the problems we faced off were very interesting and the opportunity to get involved in a real project and give a little contribution was very exciting, because I've got the feeling that anything will happen our work won't be useless...
for sure I wasn't useless for us, but I've the hope that other people will take advantage of our work, and I like to think that would be so.
Tomorrow will be a day in the lab for a massive bugfix and for the developement in actual code, of the main program.
Today I've written the main program in pseudo-code.
I will keep you informed, in the meantime... tomorrow I will enjoy the day in the lab.
Goodnight,
Andy

How beautiful are my icons...

... and how humble I am!!!
For sure: with the story that in Kubuntu ... and with KDE in general any png image can be used as an icon... I'm enjoyed with my "space" links!
This is the result: -->
Noticeable is that NasaTV link was a realplayer .ram file... to be able to change the icon only at that file and not at the others of the same type, I needed to save the .ram file on a folder, and to create on the desktop a link to that.
So I can pesonalize the icon of that link as I want and I could put on that the png of the Shuttle I created with The Gimp 2.2 from an hi-quality jpeg found at NASA.gov
What can I say? Always the same... Kubuntu is many steps forward Microsoft.
see ya!

PS: the other good icons you can see are simply from nuvoX0.3 theme.
On kde-look.org is available the new versione of this thame (0.4) at this link :enjoy!

...need to sleep...

I'm so tired, I'm late in the night because I help my dad to migrate data from the old to the newer notebook he had for work... the result: I can't use Windows anymore!
After this night I've got the full evidence that the more the version goes ahead, the worse the system goes.
In the meantime, visiting the web, while USB keys are working copying large amount of data... I've found this cool post by my dear friend MacTeo... so he succeded in transform his "Poddolo" (iPod Nano) into a GameBoy Color, what can I say? Unbelievable!
I'll let you read this how to and I'm go to bed because I'm collapsing...
goodnite