I have posted a version 0.2 of my attention monitoring software “Undistract”. This release features the following changes:
- Uses libnotify instead of xosd, which looks a lot better in GNOME
at least and should work fine cross-desktop.
- The most drastic action is now to minimize the distracting window
rather than change virtual desktops, which was quite specific to my
desktop usage. I have tried to manage the focus with this change too,
so that the user doesn’t inadvertently send key presses to a different
- Uses GTK event loop which makes monitoring a lot more efficient.
- More sophisticated usage of libwnck to determine which windows are
active at whether they belong to a distracting application.
- Simplified some of the code and tried to de-jargonize the config file.
You can download it at http://code.ultrahigh.org/undistract
I’ve been using the ever-so-useable WengoPhone VOIP software, and I wanted to see if there was a public SIP address that i could provide to people on other SIP networks. Well, it took me a while to figure out, but there is. Just enter sip:firstname.lastname@example.org into any SIP phone and you’ll be cooking on gas. I tested this from Ekiga running on another computer and Wengo received the call just like normal.
BTW my Wengo username is ‘werkshy’.
Since my last post on building ROOT packages for Ubuntu the resourceful Christian Holm Christensen has got the unofficial Debian/Ubuntu ROOT repository back online. One problem is that due to a dh_python bug in Ubuntu, the libroot-python-dev package (required for PyROOT) is broken for Gutsy (and probably Feisty too), since it depends on python < 2.5. I’ve hacked the ‘control’ file to remove that broken dependency and repacked the .deb file to make a package that is installable and doesn’t break apt.
Download it here:
Steps to create this:
- Get the libroot-python-dev package from the repository
- Unpack the .deb
ar -x libroot-python-dev_5.17.05-3_i386.deb
- Unpack the control data:
tar -zxf control.tar.gz
- Edit the file ‘control’ to fix the dependencies and bump the version number
- Repack control data:
tar -zcf control.tar.gz control md5sums postinst prerm
- Repack the .deb
ar -r libroot-python-dev_5.17.05-3-quickfix_i386.deb debian-binary control.tar.gz data.tar.gz
I hope to help fix the underlying issue soon but right I’ve got a ton of thesis-related work to plough through so this band-aid will have to do for now.
I spent a morning last week tracking down this ROOT Python bug. Turns out there was a file not being deleted during the ‘clean’ stage of the debian package creation which led to a dependency confusion with python versions. New source packages have been uploaded which fix this issue:
deb-src http://mirror.phy.bnl.gov/debian-root unstable main contrib
Binary packages should be up shortly.
Noticed a typo in the re-tarring command, now fixed.