Archive for April, 2004


Thursday, April 29th, 2004

Life’s too good and I find myself playing nethack again. First I tried looking for it in my FreeBSD VM, I thought they used to distribute it in the default installation… nevermind I found Rogue and was playing it for a while. Then I went to download the windows version of nethack so I can play it without having to fire up VMWare.

I’m now using the IBMGraphics option, which looks pretty darn good! I’ve also managed to get PuTTy to display the IBM line drawing characters properly by going to the “Translation” item, select “CP437″ under Character set translation and select “Use font in both ANSI and OEM modes”. Also, I needed to use “Courier New” or “Lucida Console” fonts with the “Central European” script to make it look right.

I’m back!

Tuesday, April 27th, 2004

.. after a long period of silence. During this time, Bubble has flown back to Singapore, and we have settled into our new rented apartment in Guildford. Today, the technician finally came to install our phone line and we can get on the Internet via 56k modem! Being offline for 2 weeks is utterly painful, but at the same time kind of therapeutic. I almost failed the online course for not participating for too long.

We snapped some photos of the new place, will post them up once they are developed. Getting used to Guildford and the surrounding areas. We are quite far from the Sydney city centre by the standards of most international students, but we have Parramatta, which is only two stations away.


Tuesday, April 13th, 2004

Moving time. V busy. Go away.

Popping Y! Mail

Friday, April 9th, 2004

Tried out both YahooPOPs 0.5 and MrPostman to download my mails to my Mozilla Mail. After much difficulties, I finally managed to do it, and have decided to stick to MrPostman.

My experience with YahooPOPs was less than satisfactory (due in part to the fact that I tried to download 1000 messages all at once and the speed of download seems to have triggered a temporary block from Yahoo, giving me corrupted messages), so I moved on in search of a better alternative.

At first, I refused to try MrPostman based purely on the fact that it is a Java app. To this end, I must applaud the MrPostman team for making the installation so seamless – it’s a true-blue installer, no need to copy the Jar file somewhere and setup your own ugly shortcut to run java on it! It feels almost like a native Windows app.