Archive for August, 2008

Lots of videos

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

This Spanish page, being from a web forum, is a little too temporary for the archive, but it contains a lot of links to high-quality vintage computing and gaming-related videos in different languages downloadable from Megaupload,

MediaWiki Dead

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The MediaWiki database has died after a MySQL update, and I did not bother to restore it because I want to move the entire site to WordPress anyway. Could take a while, though. In the meantime, the front page redirects to the blog.

Search engine working again

Monday, August 11th, 2008

The search engine was broken due to a malformed annotations XML file. Should not happen again.

Encyclopaedia Britannica for Mediawiki

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Here is a Python script that I cooked up some time ago that feeds the articles from the Encyclopaedia Britannica 2008 Ultimate DVD into Mediawiki, which is a MUCH better interface than the one shipped on the DVD. It supports the Encyclopaedia Britannica proper, the Britannica Books of the Year, the Britannica Student Library, and the index, each of which goes to a separate namespace. To use it, you need to run it from the root of your Mediawiki installation, which you should set up to include some additional namespaces in LocalSettings.php:

$wgAllowExternalImages = true;
$wgExtraNamespaces[100] = 'IndexEntry';
$wgExtraNamespaces[102] = 'BookOfTheYear';
$wgExtraNamespaces[104] = 'YearInReview';
$wgExtraNamespaces[106] = 'Document';
$wgExtraNamespaces[108] = 'BSL';
$wgContentNamespaces[] = 102;
$wgContentNamespaces[] = 106;
$wgContentNamespaces[] = 108;
$wgCapitalLinks = false;

You will also need to change the path to your Britannica DVD at the top of the script. It takes several days to finish, but it can be interrupted at any time and will resume operation when started again. Make sure it is allowed to write the necessary data to your Mediawiki directory.

The script tries its best to transform the highly inconsistent Britannica HTML code to Mediawiki markup, including inline images and diagrams. It even adds additional links to the sparsely linked articles, yielding remarkable results. It is not perfect, however, and I’d like to hear of any improvements you can come up with.



Thursday, August 7th, 2008

I have taken over maintainership of the FuseCompress 0.9 branch. After two dozen bugfixes it looks really stable now. Check the Google Code page with the SVN repo.

Lecturer eBook reader for TomTom Go

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Something I came up with during HackWeek III: Lecturer, an eBook reader for TomTom Go 730 (and possibly 930) GPS navigation systems that can talk. It uses the text-to-speech system normally used to read out street names and incoming text messages and sounds surprisingly good. Apart from that it is a normal plain text eBook reader supporting variable margins and spacing as well as both UTF-8 and ISO 8859-1 encodings.

Play What?

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

If you don’t find at least a dozen really stupid mistakes in here, you are not reading this anyway. Relaunch

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Just look at the main page: all new stuff, fancy logo, Semantic MediaWiki and all. There is not that much new content yet, but I think it’s already a vast improvement over the rapidly decomposing MyThreads site. The “dossiers” should be pretty cool once I manage to write up enough of them to cover a broad range of topics.