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My New Fravorite...
Date: 22/6/2005
...band: Muse (listening now)
...case: Lian-Li v1000 (ordered)
...fans + PSU's: SilenX (ordered)
...CPU: AMD Dual Core 4200+ (saving for)
...car: Liberty 2.5i Safety (seen one to many fatal accidents lately)
...scooter: esr750 (unfortunately illegal here, but I'm working on that)
...guitar: Quicksilver (on wishlist)
...guitar pickups: Kinman
...leak detector: Visual Leak Detector (using)
...graphics library: libCairo (playing with)
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Dubious Use Of HTML Entites
Date: 16/6/2005
I have no idea if this is legal or not but I have a HTML page that is using HTML entities inside a font tag to encode characters in a particular charset. Or at least that is what I think it's doing. My HTML control of course barfs on it and I'm interested in fixing it to cope.

Firstly the font tag is:
<font face="&iuml;&frac14;&shy;&iuml;&frac14;&sup3; &iuml;&frac14;.$B!k.(B&atilde;&#130;.$B!-.(B&atilde;&#130;&middot;&atilde;&#131;&#131;&atilde;&#130;&macr;">
And the meta tag in the head of the html document is says charset=ISO-2022-JP so that font face should decode to a usable Japanese font name.

The question is how?

My understanding of entities is that they decode to utf-32 which you then ram into the output text stream as raw unicode. And the bits between entities get decoded in the documents character set declared in the meta tag at the top of the document.

This doesn't appear to be the case in this document. I think what it might be doing is encoding the utf-8 font face in entities. But the problem with that is that in the general case you can have entities that decode to utf-32 values greater than 256 and thus are not valid for the document charset or utf-8.

Ok my brain hurts. Does anyone know what is going on here?
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The Ultimate Land Line
Date: 16/6/2005
After our land line cordless phone died I've been looking around for a replacement part, not really sure that anything I get is going to be any more robust that the horrible Doro thing we used to have.

Then I found this little jem which allows you to seemlessly use your landline and Skype VOIP with just one cordless handset. No more holding a mic in front of the computer! How frickin cool is that?

If you havn't used Skype yet then your missing out, it's pretty amazing, the sound quality is better than a local call and the lag is usually pretty easy to deal with. And it's free. Which is an important consideration in the light of the spiralling phone call costs that phone providers are charging.

The way I see it, people can get this thing and use it get on the VOIP bandwagon without sacrificing connectivity to people not yet connected to skype. The more friends you convert over to skype, the more money you save. And somewhat less importantly the less money going into phone companies coffers (muhahaha). About half my friends are on broadband, but most of my family are not (although I'm trying hard to get my parents on broadband - it's cheaper too!).

Now my only issue is scraping together A$200 to get one ;)
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Car
Date: 15/6/2005
Our recently aquired 2nd car has really been in the wars this weekend. Firstly on friday night I was about to fill it with some petrol and I dropped the fuel cap, and before it had come to a stop on the ground a car had run it over it and smashed it.

Then while we were away over the long weekend the car was parked outside our friends place in Killara (a very upper class suburb) and it got broken into. The theives smashed a small pane on the back passenger door and took our digital camera and the spare tire. The spare was later found a block away but the camera, an old 2.1mp Canon IXUS is gone. The annoying thing is that it's not worth anything on the market being so old and all but it's still really handy to us. So it's not even going to be worth selling (you'd be lucky to get A$50 for it). I didn't even know the camera was in the car when I left it, or I would have taken it with me.

Then to add insult to injury this morning when we picked the car up the battery was stone cold dead, presumably because the internal light was left on, and I had to jump start it.

Update: I've had some luck with the spares, getting the fuel cap and replacement glass for A$65. I'll fit the glass myself as it seems to be just screwed into place. As for the camera, I was a little on the cheap side, they are going for A$91 on ebay. But it seems like a good time to go shopping for a better camera. I'm thinking a Powershot Pro1 would do nicely ;)
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Bits And Pieces
Date: 8/6/2005
Marty (my 1yr old) said his first word today "eight", as I was counting with Maya AND after I got to seven. Nice...
I changed my car's front brake pads for the first time this morning. Took 2 1/2 hrs and a lot of hard work. But I'm glad I did it, I like to know how to do the simpler stuff on cars.
I'm looking around for a Quicksilver PowerMac (with keyboard, mouse and 512mb of RAM) for about A$500 (although I'll consider any G4 over 500mhz). So far the ones on ebay are still a bit over that, round the 630-700 mark. Am I dreaming? This is for porting Lgi (and thus Scribe) to OS X, if you want to help you can

This windows XP hack makes working with large avi files in explorer MUCH less painful. Windows can be really dumb sometimes. (Sometimes!?!)
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Howl's Moving Castle [Finally]
Date: 8/6/2005
Madman have updated their coming soon page with a real date for Howl's Moving Castle: September 22nd.

FYI There is a showing on the closing night (June 25) of the Sydney Film Festival but at A$31.60 it's not cheap. I'd rather wait a few more months and see it with my friends.
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