Ian Ward's email:
first name at this domain
wardi on OFTC, freenode and github
I stood up in front of a few hundred PyCon attendees in the afternoon of March 28 to deliver a short lightning talk on Urwid. I have now posted the "slides" from that talk in the urwid-contrib repository.
The video of my talk is available on the PyCon site if you don't mind waiting for the video to load half way (I couldn't get seeking to work from here). The video quality of the presentation is poor, however, so I would suggest running it yourself it you're interested.
This is how you can get it running on your computer:
hg clone https://excess.org/hg/urwid-contrib hg clone https://excess.org/hg/urwid ln -s ../urwid/urwid urwid-contrib urwid-contrib/pycon200903.py
The slides use Urwid's new 256-colour support and palette setting features. The latter is only supported by xterm, so for the full effect be sure to run it with xterm.
I will be giving an introductory Django talk at The Free and Open Source Software Learning Centre (FOSSLC) Summercamp/Geocamp 2009 Conference. The conference is taking place on May 13, 14, and 15 at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and early bird pricing is available until April 5.
The Ottawa Python Authors Group is having a meeting tomorrow (Monday) and Michael Soulier will be presenting talks on concurrency in Django, and an Introduction to Git. It has been a while since the last meeting and this promises to be a good one.
This release improves Django 1.0 integration with shortcuts for creating views, emulating templates, and displaying forms. The tutorial now includes Django examples, and new HTML markup functions were added.
I picked up an Asus EEE PC 900 a couple months ago, and it quickly became the most heavily used computer in my household. I have been running the included Xandros Linux OS and Firefox, Thunderbird, Skype (Beta for video conferencing) and Picasa (Linux Beta). Xandros makes a nice OS, and the EEE works very well in its default configuration. My only complaint is it that seems Xandros has abandoned the OS in favour of versions for the latest EEE models: there are few additional packages to install and fewer updates to the packages that are available.
The EEE community site has recommendations for adding external repositories, but that doesn't seem like a sustainable choice, with the steadily aging base Xandros packages. One of the biggest strength of Linux distributions is the constant improvements available and new software available from all over the world, something Xandros just wasn't going to provide. I use Ubuntu primarily on my other machines, so I gave Ubuntu Netbook Remix (NBR) a try.
The latest development version of Urwid's
raw_display module now supports 88 and 256-colour modes. Colour modes now also support
bold(separate from bright colours when available.)
The default high colour palettes include a colour cube (4x4x4 or 6x6x6) and a gray scale (8 or 24 values.) I made the assumption that most application developers won't care whether a user has 88 or 256 colours, just that they have more than the usual 16. This led me to the following naming scheme for high colours:
#ffffor colours in the colour-cube
g100for values in the gray scale (
h255for a precise colour
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