Ian Ward's email:
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wardi on OFTC, freenode and github
Just adding my voice to the chorus of people praising Manufactoria.
I played through a earlier version months ago, but had to come back and try it again. The latest versions let you flip parts and easily move and rotate sections of your machines. And the new "Malevolance engine" jumps straight to your flaws or validates your designs almost instantly. If you like writing software, you must try this little game.
Many hard drives available today have 4K physical sectors instead of the old standard 512-byte sectors. The larger sectors allow the manufacturers to save space required for error correction, so they can save money, and in turn we get cheaper hard drives. Which is great, except that if a drive is using 4K sectors the drive must report it to the operating system or performance may suffer.
I recently purchased two WD HDDs: one 1.5TB and one 2TB, both "EARS" models. The 1.5TB drive happily reports that it has 4K physical sectors:
fdisk -l /dev/sdc Disk /dev/sdc: 1500.3 GB, 1500301910016 bytes ... Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
But the 2TB drive claimed to have 512 byte sectors.
fdisk -l /dev/sdd Disk /dev/sdd: 2000.4 GB, 2000398934016 bytes ... Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
"That's strange", I thought. So I ran a quick test to see if the 2TB drive was lying.
This release works well with light, dark or transparent backgrounds. It can display in monochrome mode and now has 88/256-color mode support (with a solid background color). There is also a new option to exit once a monitored file download completes.
Speedometer 2.7 requires Urwid 0.9.9.1 (Speedometer 2.6 was compatible with ancient versions of Urwid) it now uses
MainLoop and the updated
Pile widget. Otherwise the features and code structure are largely unchanged.
I will be giving a talk at the September meeting of the Ottawa Python Authors Group covering some documentation work I have done recently using Sphinx domains and a custom Pygments lexer.
I am working on an embedded device for a client that includes a proprietary text command language. Sphinx supports documenting many common languages like C, Python and Ruby, but with the 1.0 release it now allows adding "domains" for new languages. I have used this feature to create a domain for this command language.
Sphinx uses Pygments to provide syntax hilighting for source code examples. None of the available options fit this command language so I also created a custom lexer for this command language in just a few lines of code.
My talk will cover creating these extensions for Sphinx and Pygments.
This is the text from the Nontrivial Django Forms talk I gave last Tuesday at the April meeting of the Ottawa Python Authors Group.
This talk starts where the Django forms documentation leaves off.
Bellingham, WA, April 24-25 (Exact time TBD)
Using Urwid and Python Console Applications
O'Reilly's Open Source Convention (OSCON)
Portland, OR, July 22 (Thursday, 1:40pm)
Great User Interfaces in the Terminal Window
The development version of Urwid now has support for display and input on a Crystalfontz 635 LCD panel. These are small LCD screens that fit in a PC's 5¼" drive bay. They have six buttons, four red/green LEDs and a 20x4 character display with an adjustable backlight.
Something that has annoyed me for some time now (but not enough to google it, apparently) is Thunderbird's reply header. The default reply header has no date and time. Turning it on turns out to be pretty simple, it just hasn't been added to the configuration dialogs it seems. I need to do this on all the systems I check mail from so I'm documenting it here.
This release includes many new features developed since the last major release. Urwid now supports 256 and 88 color terminals. A new MainLoop class has been introduced to tie together widgets, user input, screen display and an event loop. Twisted and GLib-based event loops are now supported directly. A new AttrMap class now allows mapping any attribute to any other attribute. Most of the code base has been cleaned up and now has better documentation and testing. Lots of other improvements are listed in the changelog.
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