November 2016


1983

This is what happened after I watched Turbo Kid on Netflix. That movie was perfect in every way someone born in the 80s could ask it to be, polished with modern production. It left me with some weird hybrid nostalgia that left me thinking of space shooter arcade games I played in the 90s and […]


The Dumpster Fire That Is MonoDevelop in Gentoo

Per a request from Freenode IRC user daedreth, I attempted to install MonoDevelop on my Gentoo system and was both surprised and amused by the difficulty of doing so. To a certain point, I can understand why. Mono, and subsequently MonoDevlop, isn’t at the head of the pack of bleeding-edge technology anymore. I’m surprised it’s […]


Stop Calling It “Stable” and “Unstable!”

We, as an industry and a community, really need to part ways with this idea that software is stable just because it’s a release version and development versions are unstable. I would estimate at least 50% of the time, development versions of the software I use are more reliable than their so-called stable release counterparts. […]


Bleeding on the Edge: Kernel 4.9-rc5 vs. app-emulation/virtualbox-modules

Sometimes the Linux kernel source can be like the inside of one of those Powerball lottery machines. Things change names seemingly at random. Today it’s fetch_things(), tomorrow it’s things_to_fetch(). Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. It’ll be a sad day when the kernel stops evolving, but I can understand why the nvidia developers can’t […]


Connecting WordPress Jetpack to an Ubuntu DigitalOcean Droplet

If you so happen to have a DigitalOcean droplet (if you don’t, you should!) and are seeing this <sarcasm>helpful</sarcasm> little error message below… Error Details: The Jetpack server was unable to communicate with your site [HTTP 500]. Ask your web host if they allow connections from WordPress.com. If you need further assistance, contact Jetpack Support: […]


Slightly Busted: dev-qt/qtwebengine-5.7.0 Suddenly Can’t Build

Yikes, the portage tree has been in a sloppy state lately. But you’ll have that from time to time in gentoo, especially when running “unstable” via the ~amd64 keyword. I do enjoy the pleasure of scanning the bug tracker, finding the related bug, and getting to say to myself, “Yay! It wasn’t my fault it […]


Slightly Busted: dev-libs/glib-2.50.2 vs. sys-apps/util-linux

Yup, it’s broken. If you happen to have the abi_x86_32 use flag on dev-libs/glib and are trying to install the ~amd64 verison of it, you just might find it barking about libmount like so: /usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/6.2.0/../../../../x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/bin/ld: warning: skipping incompatible /usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/6.2.0/../../../libmount.so while searching for mount /usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/6.2.0/../../../../x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/bin/ld: warning: skipping incompatible /usr/lib/libmount.so while searching for mount /usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/6.2.0/../../../../x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/bin/ld: error: cannot […]


QtWebKit From the Ashes

Rise, WebKit, Rise! I was originally going name this “QtWebKit Bridge and QWebChannel Are Not the Same.” Then it changed to “Please, Please, Please Bring Back QtWebKit.” It turns out I don’t have to write that either because QtWebKit is making a comeback, and thank goodness for that! Why is this good new? Because when […]


Highlighting Dates on a WPF Calendar Control

Any time I’m using GUI frameworks, I run into a control that I thought for sure the developers would have put a little more thought into. We’ve all experienced it, that one control that we just can’t customize as much as we would like. In my world, for WinForms, it was the hideous TabControl. For […]