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Wednesday, July 23, 2003
 Welcome To The Matrix

Geeks everywhere. Hackers everywhere. This is the great Ottawa Linux Symposium. I entered at 9:50, and was around, when I found someone calling me. It was the great Orna Agmon, both from the linux-il list. Great to meet them.

I attended the talk on Linux kernel testing, but spent my time reading the bash_completion code. It is teasing my mind for a few days: I want to write some hacks so that the bash would complete the GNU style long options of the command line programs. I found some package named bash_completion from the fedora package repository which uses the new bash programmable completion to implement such a system statically. I would use it to extract programs' options by overriding getopt calls, and feed the bash_completion system on a per-user basis. That would be great. Some time tonight.

I jumped out to by a Wireless LAN card, but couldn't find a Linux compatible one. I should ask for some help from some expert here. I'm going to ask someone to setup my laptop's apm too. It's so frustrating to shutdown and boot up to same the battery for a quarter. I found some support for both the VAIO, and the Mustek webcam in the kernel. They are in sonypi and ov511 modules, but I couldn't make them work myself.

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