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8 September 2005

Worldclock with gdesklets

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Working with people around the world, I often ask myself what time is it where X is? How long Y will be available? Until when Z will be pestering me? Although there are plenty of web sites that give you that information (I particularly like the worldclock from time and date.com), this kind of information is something I want directly available on my desktop, especially when I’m using IRC – our primary mode of instant communication in W3C.

So, using a Gnome desktop, I installed a set of 4 clocks on my desktop set on the timezones of the people I work the most often with… Et voilà !

7 January 2005

copy/pasting between Emacs and other apps

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Finally, a good solution to make Emacs behave reasonably well within my Gnome Desktop with copy & paste operation.

One of these terrible “un-break me” configuration options, where the user is left to wonder why this was broken in the first place…

27 September 2004

New laptop

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Friday, I got a new laptop, a Dell Latitude D600, to replace my Compac Evo N400c; using the new Debian installer for Sarge, it took less than 20 minutes to get a working environment, with Gnome 2.6 and most of the hardware functionalities working… Quite a big improvement since the last time I used the Debian installer!

The main piece that didn’t quite work as is, is the ACPI configuration; fortunately, other people than me have gone through this, and following these Dell D600 tips for Linux, I think I got the remaining bits working; a few notes to other Debian users with regard to the notes linked above:

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Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux (dom@w3.org) is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Staff; his interests cover a number of Web technologies, as well as the usage of open source software in a distributed work environment.