McEs, A Hacker Life
GNOME Summit 3
Last year I got the invitation for GNOME Summit 2, but released that the first time I can allocate in the US councillor is way after the summit! Now I'm going to hit it this year. You may remember the US visa application I opened for IUC'25 in January 2004... Going to use that one for this!
Dear Mr. McEs,
This letter is to confirm GNOME Foundation's invitation for you to attend the upcoming GNOME Summit 3 at MIT in Cambdirge, Massachusetts from October 9-11th, 2004.
The GNOME Summit is a technical conferrence for core developers and maintainers of GNOME software.
Your work on GNOME software internationalization, Unicode, bidirectional and Arabic scripts has provided an important contribution to GNOME development. We look forward to your participation in the upcoming GNOME Summit at MIT.
For the last few weeks I've been working on FarsiTeX
again. After a few years of flirting with the project, I finally managed to master each and every byte of it; so rewrote almost all of them! Kidding; but I really did quite a lot of things. Some twenty Persian fonts integrated! The engine has been improved drastically too. A release is scheduled for next week, September 27th, but there's still a lot to do...
I read LaTeX Companion and reviewed The TeX book again. Read lots of LaTeX source. Learned more METAFONT. More important than the release itself is the new point of view I got from this all. So now I have a precise idea of what the ultimate clean FarsiTeX looks like. And I will implement that later.
I'm writing down a report on the process right now.
Around two hundred Persian blogs have renamed to "Emrooz", the Persian word for "Today", and the name of a recently shut down news site run by the Iranian reformists. The movement was started by Hoder
Lock picking has hit slashdot
a few days ago. I've planed to buy that book!
At almost the same time, the Kryptonite bike lock insecurity was brought up to public. Both the author of the lock picking book and one of the PR people of Krypotonite admit that computer hackers are the best to learn lock picking!
"Sometimes life is merely a matter of coffee and whatever intimacy a cup of coffee affords."
This is the beginning of the short story "Coffee" by Richard Brautigan. I really like it and translated it to Persian with Hamed some time ago. But today I just felt like the sentence...
Ok here is a story: Since I started this blog last year, I just wrote technical stuff here. All posts were technical, all but one: The one on alcohol consumption. And guess what? I received a comment on that! The comment itself is something worth writing on, but I don't go over that. It's either a horrible fake, or a horrible comment! But the point is that, I got quite a few lessons from this event. First and most important is: To get feedback, you have to be controversial!Update:
I decided to remove that post.