Sans-Serif Fonts in Texinfo

Brett Hutley, in a post on TeX, LaTeX and Texinfo mentioned that he likes setting his documents in a Sans-serif font in Texinfo.

This intrigued me, but I could not get it to work at all. Until I actually read the Texinfo log message, of course.

Just in case I ever forget how I did it, here it is:

@c %**start Sans-Serif
@c Sans-Serif does not work too well yet. Drat. Needs some work...
@c @set SANSSERIF

@ifset SANSSERIF
@tex
@sf
@setfont@secrm@sfbshape{11}{@magstep1}@endcsname
@setfont@chaprm@sfbshape{11}{@magstep2}@endcsname
@setfont@titlerm@sfbshape{11}{@magstep3}@endcsname
@setfont@ssecrm@sfbshape{11}{@magstephalf}@endcsname
@end tex
@end ifset
@c %**end Sans-serif Fonts

This is currently commented out, since it breaks all kinds of headings, indexes and other miscellaneous mark-up rather badly, but it is a beginning…

And hopefully this saves someone else a bit of frustration as well…

Unix-vs-Windows analogy for the masses…

Unix [is] like the old Legos. Each piece might be a different size or shape, but the bottom of one snaps onto the top of another and the ordering and number of pieces used is left as an exercise for the reader. With experience, anything can be built with the pieces, and yet each piece is simple and easy to understand.

Windows is like the new Lego sets. You get specialised pre-molded parts suitable for one specific task, plus two or three additional add-on pieces that give the illusion of being fully configurable for any task. You can build anything you want with the new Legos, as long as you only want to build what is on the cover of the package.

Thanks to Slashdot and Tsiangkun for this…

Who shall categorise the categories?

metaWeblog.getCategories

It sure doesn’t sound like much, does it? What it is, however, is the API which allows the discovery of all the categories on compliant ‘blogs.

Which means it should be quite easy to hack into gnome-blog-poster’s MetaWeblog.py protocol library doesn’t it?

Well, yes, it probably does if you’re a real programmer. I, however, am a systems jock; which, traditionally, certainly doesn’t mean I cannot program my way out of a for loop — even we have heard of exits, you know — but it does mean that when I program I do it on my terms.

And my terms never before required me to do pyGTK programming, okay. So stop the whining already… I’ll get to it. That’s the lovely thing about being a *nix systems geek. We get to program stuff on our term to scratch our itches. You want somebody to program off a spec? Go hire a professional.

On a — even more — positive note, I enabled (it was way too easy to be called hacking it in) spell-checking in the applet version of “gnome-blog-poster”. In all, quite elegantly done, Mr Nickell

I am also considering disabling the HTML-ifying of posts by gnome-blog-poster; at least as a posting-time option. No, I haven’t lost what little is left of my senses; I just really like Markdown

Proddin’ till it breaks…

Sometimes I think I should just leave well enough alone. Not that that’s ever going to happen, of course, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking that I should.

While I’m potificating, I think I have found my worst part of Gnome Blog (better known as “My current pet peeve”). Besides the lack of a spell checker, I mean. No categories. Which was initially quite disappointing.

That was until I found that Bryan Clark is busy tinkering on something called Monkey Journal. It looks promising, supporting most of the Blog posting APIs and using the gtkhtml widget. It also supports categories.

I try it out… Time will tell.

Boring updates to prove I’m alive…

I’ve finally got myself into the new Fedora Core cycle. And I’ll admit to having been spoilt being able to “apt-get” just about whatever I wished on my FC3 installation… Time to get back to the basics, I suppose.

FC4 test 2, which I updated to, has managed to impress me quite a bit so far. ‘cepting that I had to compile Galeon, my preferred browser, a couple of times — FC4 is still a moving target, so that’s to be expected — most of my apps are either in extras or installed easily from FC3.

I’ve also installed the Blog GNOME applet, so hopefully that will encourage/ drive/ allow me to update the blog more frequently. It’s supposed to be my journal dammit. Journals mean absolutely squat if you don’t use them…

And while I’m on the topic (“Which one?” I hear you snigger…) Fedora Extras rock! Of course, I’d think they rock even more if they had Galeon in the repository, but I’m supposed to be a geek, so I surmise they thought I had to do something on my own.

Using your iPod under Linux

I’ve started on a page to detail using an iPod under Linux.

It’s currently very much in an Alpha state and will be expanded upon as I think of more things to add and as I am requested to supply more detail.

I think I’ve managed to cover most of the bear (with a nod in the direction of “The Jungle Book”) necessities and basic requirements.

Anyone finding this: Enjoy!

I’m a Copyleft Commie

Curiously, it would seem that I’m a commie. More specifically, It would appear that I’m a “Copyleft Commie”…

Now what is really surprising about it is that I’m one of the least Fascist people I know. I like owning toys, dammit! I’m a geek, I cannot but help liking owning toys.

But then, I suppose the person stating this should know what constitutes communism. After all, it’s the same person who claimed in the same interview that IE is the best browser in the world… I mean, how can one argue with insight like that?

Beware the Commies!

In case you are wondering what in hell I’m all about, this is in reference to Bill Gates’ interview on CNet News.com; as commented on by Dan Gillmor and on Boing Boing

While I’m amused at the gormlessness more than anything else, I also felt like thumbing my nose a bit at Microsoft as well. In honour of this, then, I’ve prepared the little image you see with this entry as wallpaper. It is, of course, in PNG format which means it might look poor on Windows. No, I most certainly don’t care if it does. I wouldn’t be much of a commie if I did, now would I?