Lets start off with New Years resolutions: Keep my desk cleaner. Eat better. Try modified diets to deal with health issues. But in general, I should really stop eating so much sugary and bready foods. Take more photos. Speak Japanese to Kaio. This is, for some reason, harder than I expected. I think part of […]
Ha! There are already half as many iPhone users as there are Linux users. Let me be the first and last to suggest that 2009 is the year of Linux!
Don’t know how they do it, but smooth scrolling in the Windows version of Safari is ridiculously smooth. Is it this way on OS X as well? Did I just never see it because I only ever ran it on a shitty CPU or GPU?
I’ve always been annoyed that distros don’t do their package management using VCS systems. I mean, how hard is it, really? You import tarballs. Maintain local patches. Build packages from your source tree. Yes, sometimes you might have to translate between upstream VCS’s and your VCS of choice, but still, the benefits seem to far […]
This patch modifies freetype to look for a “FT_FITLER_PARAMS” environment variable, and then dynamically generate a FIR filter matrix from those parameters. Patch file here. It applies against freetype 2.3.7 from the ubuntu repository (though it should apply just fine to upstream 2.3.7. FT_FITLER_PARAMS should have two floating point numbers separated by a space. Each number […]
More hacking. I wrote a patch so that freetype will optionally generate the FIR filter it used during subpixel rendering on-the-fly based on an environment variable. I’ll put the patch and packages up shortly. Here’s another shot of the “hello” google search. Look better than the last one? I dunno. It’s certainly less fringy to […]
So I finally got around to hacking freetype yesterday. All I did was modify the FIR filter weights that are used for the “lcddefault”-style filtering. Where as they use to be a [1, 4, 7, 4, 1] weighting (relative), I tried a [1, 3, 4, 3, 1]. To my eyes, it results in a lot […]
The Ubuntu folks seem to change around their default font settings every release. Whatever that’s fine. But it is worth nothing that the default “subpixel” setting in the gnome appearance dialog now means “subpixel + slight hinting” whereas previously it meant “subpixel + full hinting” Since 8.04, though, they’ve committed a crime, IMHO. There’s some […]
No, not that itch. I’m referring to the fact that I am now in the part of my 2-year circadian cycle where I want to buy a Mac again. It’s been a long time since I had the Powerbook, and there have been several developments since then that make me think things will be a […]
Nothing special really, but there are a few fedora-isms. Install the rpm package from the tools dvd that gets automounted. Install the kernel-devel package that matches your processor type, which you can find out by looking at the kernel name obtained from uname -a. It appears that fedora doesn’t create the /usr/src/linux symlink for you, […]