Debianart using Smarty... soon

I have started rewriting to use the Smarty template engine. I gives me better overview of the coding and it also provides me with tools which helps me create a better website. Although I have already encountered a few quirks with it. I had trouble concating smarty variables with smarty variables and text strings with smarty variables within a smarty function. I use the Smarty plugin: PNG image with Alpha Transparency to display PNG images with transparency in IE.

Here is my ugly workaround. Notice the ‘src’ and ‘extra’ parameter:

{* It have to be possible to do this better... but for now it will suffice *}
{* It seems to impossible to call modifiers / functions from within a function
   and at the same time concat with a string, with default modifies / functions *}
{* concat is a custom plugin *}
{assign var="thumb_title" value=$submission.file_size|filesizeSize}
{png_image src="`$thumb_path``$submission.thumb`" Height="0" width="0"
 alt="Thumb for `$submission.file_name`"
 extra='class=\"thumb" title="File size '|concat:$thumb_title|concat:'"'}

GAIM notifications

I found a promising GAIM plugin, Guifications recommended by a friend. It displays buddy states similar to MSN with a popup box in the cornor of the screen, which disappears after a few seconds.

It comes in Debian packages too :)

Debian Sarge on IBM X40 howto - Part 8: Wireless (Take 3)

I wanted to update my kernel to the 2.6.8 kernel but I had some troubles compiling the Madwifi source code because a change in the kernel source code. I found a patch for the 2.6.8 kernel (only) and a Howto for applying the patch.

In my search around the net for info on my laptop, I found out how to enable the led that indicates activity on the wireless card. Before compiling the driver you have to set an environmental variable:


Now that I recompiled the driver anyway I enabled the variable and BINGO… now my led lights up as soon the driver is loaded. And thats just the half of it… sometimes it also blinks ;) Though I havn’t testet it under heavy load (to test if the blinking increases under heavy traffic). HURRAY… I have an extra led blinking on my laptop.

Hanging in there

The limited number of posts the last month is evidence that work have been taking too much of my time lately. Now I’m really looking forward to my vacation. I’m going to look closer on the code for and see if I can reuse it for

Heavy traffic on

The last two days traffic have increased heavily on Debianart. Downloads have doubled the last days. After investigating the log files I found that a Spanish Debian news site had a link to my site. Cool :-) I have now installed Webalizer to keep track on the traffic.