the beatings will continue until morale improves

I really wish I didn't have to send out an email like this every couple of months. Dear morons: stop being morons. Thanks. Also, "xscreensaver" is not a good subject line.

Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 21:55:58 -0400
From: The Latest Monkey
Subject: xscreensaver

I've been looking through all the xscreensaver documentation, but cannot seem to find a way to over-ride the checking of ~/.xscreensaver. We want to set one system-wide default for all users and not allow them to have their own custom prefs saved. We want this to ensure everyone has the screensaver enabled after x minutes with locking enabled. Do you know of a solution to this issue?

Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 19:10:49 -0700
From: Jamie Zawinski <>
To: Monkeyboy
Subject: Re: xscreensaver

> We want to set one system-wide default for all users

You can do that by editing the global app-defaults/XScreenSaver file.

> and not allow them to have their own custom prefs saved.

That's impossible. Even if you were to modify xscreensaver, you can't stop them from downloading their own copy of xscreensaver from my web site unless you only give them computers that are bolted down, locked shut, not connected to the internet, and don't have CD drives or USB ports. You also can't stop them from simply not running it in the first place.

> Do you know of a solution to this issue?

Yes. Treat your co-workers as co-workers instead of as criminals or children. Set the policy and expect your colleagues to follow it because it is their job to do so, and not because of some halfassed technical impediment.

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why must iMovie suck so much?

Dear Lazyweb,

I have a 45 minute MPEG file. Audio and video play fine in Quicktime Player. "Movie Info" says "MPEG1 Muxed, 29.97 FPS, 320x240".

I want to burn it onto a normal video DVD (not a data DVD that happens to have an MPEG file on it, not some DivX nonsense, a "real" DVD-R.)

I've tried importing it into iMovie in a few different ways, and each time, it imports video but leaves out the audio.

When I go into "Export" in Quicktime Player Pro, the output options that say anything about audio (e.g., MPEG-4) say "Audio: No audio track in source movie". And yet, I can hear it.

So how do I turn this into a DVD with sound?

Update: ffmpegX was able to convert it to a DV and retain the sound, and iMovie was able to import that.

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I'm still waiting for Tropical Storm Rectal Fury

Weather Underground: Tropical Storm Longwang

(A, B.)

Katamari 2

We Love Katamari is great fun, but it's basically the same game as the original. Pretty much it's just a new set of levels: it's more like an "expansion pack" than a sequel. But if you reached the end of the first one and didn't want it to be over yet (that's me) then it's well worth buying.

The music is not nearly as good as in the original.

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