xscreensaver hacking help wanted

Hey, want to help out with some xscreensaver hacking?

Recent-ish Linux systems have made it so that when you add or remove monitors (e.g., docking a laptop) the system is actually aware that this has happened (shocking, I know) and dynamically changes the size, position, and number of screens.

Based on the email complaints I'm getting, it would appear that xscreensaver handles this... poorly.

However, I don't have access to any Linux machines capaple of doing this new Xrandr junk, so I can't really debug it.

I would like someone who does have access to such a machine to A) figure out what cases don't work, and B) send me a patch. You'll need one (preferably two) external monitors to experiment with. Probably better if the machine is a laptop.

Is this person you?

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Current Music: Bohemian Carnival sound check

Shirley Manson Terminator

"Shirley Manson, lead singer of the pop band Garbage, has taken a regular role next season on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. She will play the chief executive of a cutting-edge high-tech company."

Prototype Mansonbot:

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how transgressive

Why is it that the Fillmore and Warfield are always filled with giant clouds of pot smoke, regardless of musical genre, but this doesn't happen at other venues, even sold out shows in other under-21 rooms?

Is it because with less than 1200 people, there's some minimum number of fratboy meatheads that is missing?


Indiana Jones and the Broken Condom

In case there was any doubt, let me assure you that the new Indy movie is made of FAIL. Not the kind of "takes a runny shit on your hopes and dreams" fail of which Temple of Doom was made, but some pretty heroic FAIL nonetheless.

This movie felt like Indiana Jones / Stargate SG-1 fanfic, except that every episode of SG-1 ever made was better. And didn't include the walking dishrag of a sidekick they apparently intend to hang the franchise on now.


diagnosis: fashion crime

The thin, glittery rollerdisco headband appears to have metastasized into the Body Hipster. I've been seeing it for about a year, but as of the last month or so, the problem appears to be chronic. I recommend radiation, and lots of it.

Also Datarock suck.


cell phone in microwave


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mixtape 032

Oh hey, look, it's Monday already. I almost forgot! Please enjoy jwz mixtape 032.
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Oh look, /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Los_Angeles is zero length with a write date of 1970. Oh look, so is /etc/named.conf. This is going to be a long day.
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Now that's what I call wasabi

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nagios time sync check?

Dear Lazyweb,

How do I get Nagios to check whether the time is set correctly on a remote machine? (Where "correctly" is defined as "within a few seconds of the time on the Nagios server".)

The problem I keep running into is that for whatever reason, the time becomes wrong on one of my servers (because it rebooted while the ntp server was unreachable, or who knows what). Generally I only discover this days later when something has gone annoyingly wrong, like tickets are still on sale after doors.

I don't see an easy way to write such a Nagios plugin, though. Does such a thing already exist?

(Just checking whether an ntpd process is running is not enough. I want to do something like: string-compare the textual output of a pair of "date" commands.)

Update: Ok, I guess 'check_ntp -H ntp-server' is pretty close to what I want... though it won't detect the timezone going wonky.

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