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A return…

After many months of downtime, unintended – due to a server crash, this blog is back up.

Well, mostly.

Images were not backed up – though the originals I uploaded are likely to be findable. I just have to go and find them. Not yet done… but anyway, the important thing is… it’s back!



Grids. A story of 2001.

Back in 2000, a favourite geek/fan past time was Star Wars vs Star Trek. Who would win between the Enterprise-D and a Star Destroyer, and that kind of thing.

I eschewed that in favour of pure size comparisons. (there is no other kind of dick waving contest, right? ;) And created multiple images to handle multiple scales smoothly (something that many modern implementations of this idea, which whilst better in every other way, often fail to handle well).

My project faltered, in part from interest waning, and in part from difficulty in sourcing images and information in the 2001 internet.

However, I’ve dug up what I did, and presenting it for the first time in years…

Sci-Fi “Grids”


new $HOME, state of the files

So I’m calling it. I think my systems are back up to speed – indeed, I’ve not had a failure in weeks now. I’ve been running my desktop from a spare account for a little while, and I think I’ll migrate this setup to my primary account and let the file cruft begin solidly again!

My setup is… gnome2 (thanks linuxmint, debian edition) with pekwm as the windowmanager (that’s /desktop/gnome/session/required_components/windowmanager to you, gconftool), and xcompmgr to give me nifty compositing and real shadows on menus (so far, I’m toying with “xcompmgr -c -r 8 -l 1 -t 1 -o 0.6 -f -D 0.01 -I 0.1 -O 0.1″  :)

It’ll be nice to have my real $HOME as the foundation of my desktop again!