Wednesday, January 24, 2007

My Bad

A last minute change of mine caused glChess to fail in Gnome Games. Whoops... I must get put some unit tests in for the PGN code.

What would be great in the future is to have these unit tests showing up in Damned Lies about Gnome. Python has such a great test framework and this would be so useful.

Unfortunately my time is currently traded off between new features (FICS support is coming along in the version and will aim to have it in Gnome 2.18.1), and refactoring and testing.

Click 'N Run for major Linux distributions

Linspires' Click 'N Run service will soon be available for multiple distributions. I think this is going to be really really good for Linux. Ubuntu has already mostly solved this with "Add/remove" in the Gnome menus but this is going to make life simple for the "average" user. Only good things can come of this.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Better Bash Autocomplete

Found a positing on how to stop bash autocompleting all the hidden files. This had been bugging me for a while...

Simply edit ~/.inputrc and add:
set match-hidden-files Off

Hidden files are only matched if you explicitly type in the period.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Why is Gmail search so crap?

Why is Gmail search so crap? I can never find anything with it... For example today I was looking for my sisters phone number which is in an email conversation that is fairly unambiguous. So I search for "sarah phone", "sarah number", "sarah phone number" etc. These all come up with a few or no results but not the conversation that actually has the number. Finally I found it with "sarah's phone number".

I really expect Google to be a lot smarter with search - an apostrophe shouldn't stop it from matching a word! And ideally the search would be fuzzy so I could at least look through a list of conversations to find this one (thus training their search algorithm). I would even expect GMail to know/learn that "phone" and "number" should match conversations with long numbers in them. Perhaps the GMail team needs some of the core search guys to really spice things up.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007


glChess has broken the top 100 in! Looks like it may be another glChess new years?

There's been a lot of polishing progress in the last month. There seems to be enough people using it and generating a constant amount of feedback. Should be a lot more when Gnome 2.18 is released in March.