Monday, August 31, 2009

Konsole numpad fix for KDE4

In /usr/share/kde4/apps/konsole/default.keytab, search for "Keypad keys with NumLock On". After that section is finished, add the following lines:

# Keypad keys with NumLock Off
key Up -Shift+Ansi+AppCuKeys+KeyPad : "\EOA"
key Down -Shift+Ansi+AppCuKeys+KeyPad : "\EOB"
key Right -Shift+Ansi+AppCuKeys+KeyPad : "\EOC"
key Left -Shift+Ansi+AppCuKeys+KeyPad : "\EOD"

key Up -Shift+Ansi-AppCuKeys+KeyPad : "\E[A"
key Down -Shift+Ansi-AppCuKeys+KeyPad : "\E[B"
key Right -Shift+Ansi-AppCuKeys+KeyPad : "\E[C"
key Left -Shift+Ansi-AppCuKeys+KeyPad : "\E[D"

key Home +AppCuKeys+KeyPad : "\EOH"
key End +AppCuKeys+KeyPad : "\EOF"
key Home -AppCuKeys+KeyPad : "\E[H"
key End -AppCuKeys+KeyPad : "\E[F"

key Insert +KeyPad : "\E[2~"
key Delete +KeyPad : "\E[3~"
key Prior -Shift+KeyPad : "\E[5~"
key Next -Shift+KeyPad : "\E[6~"

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Just installed KDE 4.2 over Mepis 8

It cost me a lot of effort and several misconfigurations, but it was worth it.

First of all, I needed to change my debian repository from Lenny to Squeeze. This is where problems started. I didn't like having all those new packages to upgrade, so I decided to upgrade most of them. The problem was that one of those packages overwrote my libglib, and suddenly I couldn't get any GTK applications to run. Like, you know... synaptic - the package manager.


I managed to reinstall the previous glib by switching repository back to Lenny, and doing some package juggling in aptitude (the commandline package manager).

Okay, we're safe again, I can boot up firefox.

But oh, no, another problem. The Squeeze version of Synaptic has a segfault problem on certain packages, so I had to update with the SID (experimental) version, where the bug had been fixed. This one gave me a lot of headaches.

After I managed to get it fixed, I updated most of all the applications (except those with CVS / SVN numbers in their versions).

So far, so good.

Finally, there was KDE. First I downloaded all the pertinent packages in synaptic by choosing "download packages only".

I backed up my ~/.kde3 directory...

And updated.

Most of my settings were saved - except the keyboard. And some autostart files that I had previously disabled also ran, so I had to remove them by hand (I forgot which file I edited).

Next, I realized that the settings weren't so easily found. I still can't find where the "start feedback bouncy icon stuff" is located.

I had to reboot because a game messed up my display (hint: Don't try to run KQ, it forces the full screen on you, and if you kill it, the screen keeps being messed up).

I also noticed that my numpad doesn't work so well in konsole. Why is that? I don't know. I guess I'll find out later.

Another setting that I had to reset was the shortcuts like "execute", the task manager and the "start menu" (the big "K" button).

After setting those correctly, I also realized that some settings in the System / System Settings are set to read-only, there's no way to run the program in root mode, I don't know how.

Another downside is that the quicklauncher widget is quite hard to set up, you can't just drag and drop like you did in KDE 3.5. You need to navigate through the right click menu.

The new Plasmoids are pretty cool. Unfortunately, there are too few of them. I guess KDE 4 is still seen with bad eyes by devs.

Another quirk (in my last reboot) is that you need to click twice on the quickstarter to actually see your apps. I hope this happens only in THIS boot.
Other than those quirks, I find the overall look-n-feel to be quite pleasing to the eye.

I think the upgrade was worth it. I was getting bored with my old kde 3.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Endless Eight: The aftermath

Have you ever heard of "Post traumatic stress disorder"? It's a kind of mental illness that affects people exposed to trauma. It has happened to rape victims, and to veteran soldiers. Even after the suffering is gone, the pain remains.

This is how I feel right now. Not to a great extent (it wasn't a real trauma), but i feel a huge disappointment at the second season of Haruhi.

I'm disappointed. Because I expected the best series on Earth, and a peak in the popularity of Suzumiya Haruhi. A new life to a myriad of fans crying for the airing of Disappearance, and much more exciting content to calm them down.

Alas, this has not happened. Like a war prisoner who has escaped his imprisonment, the free world seems suddenly void of meaning, and the pain of the times in prison keeps haunting him at night.

That is the feeling. Terrible boredom. "The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi" will never be the same after this disaster. The purity, the enjoyment, the happy times are now long gone. All that remains is a bleak image in a painting stained with blood and tears.

A crumbling monument to what once was the greatest anime series on Earth.

Re-reading the novels no longer feels "magical" or "special". It's just "more of the same".

If "The Sighs of Suzumiya Haruhi" had been aired as the third, fourth, even sixth episode of the new season, this would still feel great and we would all be waiting in hope for the airing of "The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi". We would be waiting for the new episodes. We would experience a newfound love for Nagato Yuki, seeing her blush and acquire emotions. We would see a boom in Haruhi fanfics and fanart.

But all of that is... gone. Like trying to hold a diamond that has now become sand. It's gone... slipping through our fingers... into the ground, to become nothing but dust. Instead, mediocre stories about schoolgirls founding a music club and having fun will become this year's fad.

And now, let's say farewell to The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, and make a toast. For what it could have been.

But then again...

Do the novels deserve this treatment? No. It's just that this feeling of hopelessness will be very hard to go away. It's a terrible aftertaste. I really don't know how to feel right now. Angry? Mad? Sad?

I'm too exhausted to get mad. Maybe this is what Kadokawa wanted. But why? Who cares! Fuck you Kadokawa! FUCK YOU!

Maybe we'll be able to enjoy the novels by reading them again. But don't expect to gain one cent of our money. You've gone too far this time.

Endless Eight finally ends!


(Image courtesy of 4chan)

After 8 horrifying and shameful repeats of practically the same episode, Endless Eight finally arrives to a conclusion!

(WARNING: Spoilers ahead)

How does it end? Well, Kyon finally gets the guts and yells that he hasn't finished his homework. In front of Haruhi, he asks the rest of the brigade if they haven't done theirs. He starts planning, and Haruhi gets upset at him taking the lead, so she helps them finish their homework (she already finished hers, so she got to play videogames with Kyon's sister).

(Sorry for the bad quality image, this snapshot was taken from a low-resolution raw).

After Haruhi was finally satisfied with the summer vacations, Kyon (and most important, Nagato) could finally wake up on September the 1st. Yay!

What's next? Disappearance?

The next question is whether we'll have only one Sighs episode (the making of the adventures of Asahina Mikuru) and then we can witness the long-awaited Disappearance Arc, with only four episodes left for the new season, or if we'll have to bear with 5 episodes for Sighs.

Whatever the result is, we can only be sure of one thing: Disappearance will have to be aired, AND have top-notch quality. Otherwise, heads will start rolling at Kadokawa.

Update: Continuity error? (in a time loop? HAH!)

I just spotted a continuity error. In previous episodes of Haruhi, Kyon's alarm clock RANG. With a bell. In this episode, Kyon's alarm clock BEEPED!

Maybe I'm the first one to spot this subtle difference?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Can't watch Disappearance? Make it, then!

Today I found a very pleasant video on youtube. After being trolled so much by Kadokawa and their evil KyoAni minions with Endless Eight, I wanted so much to see a blushing Nagato Yuki.

And behold - I found a video where she does blush!

This video was made in 2007, and is a reenactment of a scene from The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi.


In this scene, Kyon wakes up in a world without Espers, Aliens or time travelers. A normal world. And in this world, there is no Suzumiya Haruhi. At least, not in North High.

But there is a character whom he knows: Nagato Yuki. In this world, Nagato had met Kyon when he helped her get a library card. She was too timid to get a card herself, so he had helped her out of compassion.

When Kyon enters the literature club room, she recognizes him, but wonders why he keeps staring at her. Trying to hide her emotions, she goes back to reading her book. But he's still there, looking at her. Anxious, she starts blushing more and more, as Kyon enjoys the view.

I'm sure this fan-altered scene will please all the Nagatoists out there. Enjoy!

Update: Japanator accepted my submission, and made it into an official news story. Hurray!