The reasons for the switch-over are numerous:
index.cgion Kirsle.net was sucking up so much memory. ;)
I named the new project Rophako, because I was sitting at the Github "new repository" screen for a half hour trying to think of a name, and ended up just making use of my Azulian Translator to come up with a name. So, Rophako is Azulian for "Website." I'm a clever genius, I know. ;)
You can check out Rophako on Github: https://github.com/kirsle/rophako. The "default website" that comes with it isn't very polished yet; I literally just finished writing the code to support Kirsle.net. So, sometime later I'll tidy up the default website and have a working copy of it running on some subdomain like rophako.kirsle.net.
Anyway, this is the new CMS. I ported over all my old blog posts, comments, comment subscriptions, and things of the sort. All the old URLs should work too, due to my kirsle_legacy.py module in Rophako. If anybody finds any broken links or issues with the site, let me know. :)
I've polished up Rophako's default site and have an example running here: http://rophako.kirsle.net/
That's the site you'd get if you download and install Rophako (minus the blog posts and photos ;) ). So... the project is officially in "beta" status now and is usable!
That's right, the Windows Live Messenger protocol is still perfectly alive and well today. A while back, I booted my Windows OS on my PC where I still had Pidgin set up to sign me into MSN, and surprisingly it still worked. One of my Skype contacts sent me a message over Pidgin, and their "MSN e-mail address" had an "@SkypeDomain.fakedomain" domain part. It seems that now, though, while the MSN servers are still up, they at least block non-Chinese users from authenticating (Pidgin says "invalid response from server").
The Skype/MSN merger was done in a pretty half-assed way by Microsoft:
I don't get why Microsoft doesn't just pull the plug on MSNP completely, and force everyone to get a Skype name if they don't already have one linked with their MSN accounts.
My Minecraft servers are being rearranged as well. This new machine has 5 IPv4 addresses, and each of my MC servers will get its own IP and hostname instead of having to juggle port numbers.
If anyone's interested, I wrote a Perl script that downloads and installs Firefox Nightly on a Unix-like operating system.
By default, it installs the application into
/opt/firefox-nightly, with a link to run it at
/usr/bin/firefox-nightly. This way, it doesn't conflict with your already-installed version of Firefox. Furthermore, it will put a launcher item in your Applications/Internet menu.
You can get it from here: http://sh.kirsle.net/ffnightly
$ mkdir ~/bin $ wget http://sh.kirsle.net/ffnightly -O bin/ffnightly $ chmod +x bin/ffnightly $ ffnightly
This command will turn off the monitor on a Linux box from the command line (sorta like what happens when you have your power saving options configured to do this automatically after a length of time):
xset dpms force offThe monitor turns off until you hit a keyboard button or move the mouse. With this info you could set up a keyboard shortcut to run this command and have something like a "lock screen button" on your netbook, to turn off the display on command and conserve battery life for a little bit longer than usual.
For a "lock screen button" that also locks the screen in addition to turning it off, a pair of commands like this may be handy:
xset dpms force off; xscreensaver-command --lock
It is now running on the same code that Siikir runs on. I did this for a few reasons:
/blog.html?u=kirsle&id=114you get nicer looking URLs like
All the old links to old pages on kirsle.net will now automatically redirect to their new locations.
Back when I was about 16 or 17 years old, I created a gay social networking site named RainbowBoi. I later rebranded it to XYBois before losing interest in it entirely, and now it's called Siikir. Anyway, I decided to dig up my old backups of this site to dig up the picture of the guy I think I'm talking to. It was him.
But poking around at the user profile data for the old sites, I got the idea to try dusting the code off and get it running again on my local web server... just for nostalgia's sake. Get the site up, dos2unix convert all its data files so that I can log into it, and just click around and see how the site used to be back in its day, back from 2005-06.
Throughout this blog post, all the small screenshot thumbnails can be clicked to view the full size.
This version of the site was in the middle of being rebranded. The Perl source code that powers the site is also the same code I had written for my old AiChaos site, which you can see here on my archive subdomain. The code is ugly to look at, because I was relatively new to programming.
But newbie as I was, I was apparently quite ambitious. This site was very featureful: it had social networking features (including photo comments and private messaging and search and friend lists), it had helpful articles to read about coming out of the closet and topics like that, it had some public photo albums which were surely pretty popular, it had a "straight-acting" quiz. It even had a chat room, where I had programmed my own chat protocol, client program and server from scratch.
It even had used Image::Magick to scale the user photos down, and calculated ages based on birthdates, and syndicated RSS feeds for display on the site. I definitely knew my stuff back then, even if I didn't have a good coding style down yet.
I miss the days when I used to have this kind of free time on my hands. Whenever I dust off my old projects and play around with them, I keep seeing really ambitious ideas. The code may not be pretty, but it is featureful. I don't create anything nearly this cool nowadays. I just don't have the free time or the motivation to do it.
Maybe this is the consequence of doing what you love as a job. As a software developer, I spend all day long writing code to get paid and by the time I'm done, I don't feel like writing any more code for the day. And then on the weekends I just wanna relax and try to have a social life, or else just watch TV and play videogames.
Here are 6 more screenshots of the old RainbowBoi/XYBois.
It would basically be a miniature PC that resembles an Android phone, but which isn't a phone, but which you can just install Skype on if you really need to make a phone call, since it could still get cellular data service.
And, being like a miniature PC, it would be as open to operating systems as a real PC; it would be just as easy to install and reinstall Android firmwares (or any compatible OS) to it as it would reinstalling your operating system on your laptop.
I imagine Dell would be a good manufacturer for such a device; they would market it just like they market netbooks, as being just a mini PC that happens to run Android (preferably the stock vanilla Android as Google intended it, but being open you could flash any version of Android you want).
If such a device existed I would buy it as soon as it came out. I'm quite sick of the way phone carriers abuse the Android OS and wish there could just be a seriously open device.
It's available at http://www.kirsle.net/rss.cgi.