Ubuntu For Human Beings

I was checking the mail room in my work place daily for the past two months waiting for my Ubuntu CDs. They arrived!
They arrived very late and mushed. But who could complain about something they didn’t pay for?
Installing Ubuntu Breezy is sooo painless it picks up all the weird hardware and just works well.

Ubuntu For Human Beings

flickrlib 0.5

This is a Python library that works with the Flickr API. There are a few other ones out there, like Beej’s and FlickrClient. I used both to come up with my own. Unlike the other libraries this one uses XML-RPC, that’s not necessarily good but I just thought it fit better in to Python since XML-RPC is part of the standard python library. The format that the API functions return is a nested dictionary, it might change later to something more palatable.
Other features include a streamlined authentication process and an integrated upload method.
The library currently lacks a custom error class and it is not thread safe, and when I say that I mean it will do crazy stuff if you don’t put mutex locks around calls to this library.
Anyway, this whole library came to be because I am working on a Flickr client that I will be releasing shortly. Here is how it works:

>>> agent = flickrlib.FlickrAgent(flickr_api_key,flickr_ssecret)
>>> agent.flickr.people.findByUsername(username='amanda')
{u'id': u'35237103548@N01',
 u'nsid': u'35237103548@N01',
 u'text': u'',
 u'type': u'user',
 u'username': [{u'text': u'Amanda', u'type': u'username'}]}

You could get it here.

flickrlib 0.5

The world stops

Xbox Fountain Yesterday and today were quiet days here on the Microsoft campus. It might be because of Thanksgiving, but I think all those geeks are at home playing with their new X-Box. It took me a while to understand that the green dye in the water fountains on campus was not a prank.

Added a movie to my list: The Jerk

The world stops

פרץ

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×× ×™ קצת תמים.

פרץ

First Post!

It took me a while to like blogs. I first thought that it is where people could publicly park their ego, but slowly I started reading other people’s blogs, and liking it, and then I noticed that there are people around me that I respect with blogs, finally I remembered that my family in Israel is always trying to drill information about my daily life here, so I figure this is a good way to communicate, be expressive, and polish my writing skills.
I will admit that this is not my first personal web site, when the web and I were young I constructed a personal shrine in the form of Eitan’s Slime Pit. Since I had no photo of myself in digital form I used a picture of Schwarzenegger in his early days. It was fun, but at some point it didn’t feel very tasteful anymore, so I took it off.
Welcome to Monotonous.org, yes mom, I know what monotonous means, it’s an adjective that I like. I’ll admit that until Friday I didn’t know how to pronounce it, Jon helped me out with that, and it took some practice.
I should thank Jeremy for hosting this site and helping me out. It is weird to use a computer without root access, it brings back Unix to it’s early terminal use.

First Post!