March 12, 2006 at 11:05 AM | categories: Photography | View Comments

Kate loves plants. This means we tend to have a fair number of them around which means that I end up taking pictures of them. I buy her flowers every now and then and have taken to picking ones that I think will photograph well.

These mums are from Valentines day. They are potted so they have lasted a while. I took this picture last weekend using the sunlight streaming through our porch door. This weekend it looks like the plant isn't going to last much longer.

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Making Windows Usable

March 11, 2006 at 01:40 PM | categories: Programming | View Comments

I previously talked about build environments in Windows and promised to do some more testing of the reliability of certain tools. I turns out that the only set of tools which actually works as expected are the ones provided by Cygwin. I could not get the AT&T UWIN tools to install and they are just as heavy weight as Cygwin, which at least provides BASH. I thought the GNUWin32 tools had promise, but unfortunately they have problems with quoting, and don't provide make. I have also determined that MSys has similar quoting problems and a very outdated make.

There are a handful of other options, but Cygwin just seems to be the best. The real downside to Cygwin is that its setup tool that has a UI more suited to torturing its users than letting them install packages. Luckily someone realized that Debian got the model mostly right and created an apt like tool for Cygwin.

The site I linked to above suggests installing rxvt. The command they give to replace the Cygwin Bash shell link needs some help try adding -e /bin/bash --login -i to the end of it.

The comments over here also provide some potential terminal emulator and shell alternatives for Windows.

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