Lyrics Manager 0.2.12

July 20, 2009
Amarok plugin

The new release of Lyrics Manager brings a relative path support for the filename template. This means that you can keep your lyrics files together with your music files but in the separate directory. For example, if your template is 'lyrics/%a - %t.txt' and you have chosen to place lyrics with your songs than lyrics for '/path/to/music/Aqua - Turn Back Time.mp3' will be stored at '/path/to/music/lyrics/Aqua - Turn Back Time.txt'. If lyrics directory is missing it will be created.

You can download Lyrics Manager from the project page.

Nikita Melnichenko.

Colored diagram blocks

July 24, 2009
DokuWiki plugin

Starting today you are allowed to set your own border and background colors of diagram blocks that are constructed by Diagram plugin. To see an example and to download the latest version visit the homepage.

Nikita Melnichenko.

New style options for diagram blocks

August 11, 2009
DokuWiki plugin

Diagram plugin has been updated. There was added support for text alignment within a block and for internal indent of a text. To see examples and to download the latest version visit the homepage.

Nikita Melnichenko.

UNIX-way: temperature monitor in 5 minutes

September 6, 2009

«Unix is simple. It just takes a genius to understand its simplicity.»
Dennis Ritchie.

The UNIX philosophy is not just a set of rules. It is ideology that is used everyday 'cause it's really useful and simple. Sometimes it's hard to explain the concept but I'll try to do it with the real example — the problem I have to solve recently.

I needed to keep my eye on temperature of processor and graphics card. The temperature applet that is bundled with KDE didn't show me anything. I've spent some time trying to breathe new life into it but hadn't succeeded. Well, it's not a problem, let's «cook» a new applet! Actually I know how to find out the current temperature of different devices so I only need to show this information on a desktop.

Nikita Melnichenko.

Lyrics Manager, a new try

September 17, 2009
Amarok plugin

Sometimes I receive messages that Lyrics Manager can't find files in Amarok collection. There is no way to process requests without database search since the module reads tags and lyrics from it. I can't reproduce this bug by myself, maybe it is concerned with a special mount point configuration or file systems used. Recently I received email from Max, who uses Amarok with LVM. His database investigations made collection search algorithm more flexible. Let's say thanks to Max! He wasn't lazy and wrote a letter about problem and possible solution to the author.

If you see errors that file does not belong to collection while it does, you should try to update plugin to the most recent version from the project homepage.

Nikita Melnichenko.

Gentoo, list installed packages with USE flags

November 15, 2009

Saving of operating system state could be very important sometimes. If you ever faced with a problem that you needed to find out which updated component caused a strange behaviour of some program then you know what I mean. Over the last few years I've been using my own backup program that creates reserve copies from different data sources. It also stores the system state as a set of config files and reports. History of changes is tracked by a version control system so each change is described by a system administrator. My program is not ready for publication yet since it should be improved in order to be used by other people. But I will share some of its components periodically. Today I'll tell you about report that contains list of all packages installed on Gentoo GNU/Linux including their USE flags.

Nikita Melnichenko.