If you’re an Arch user, be sure to add yourself to the Google Earth ArchMap list! 2 easy steps:

  1. Find your address in Google Maps and right click on it. Select the “What’s Here” option and, in the address bar for Google Maps, you’ll see your decimal coordinates. Copy these.
  2. Edit the ArchMap/List wiki page and add those coordinates at the bottom. That’s it!



Because I had way too much else I was supposed to do, I decided to do none of it, and look into a way of aggregating all the blogs found here on into a “planet”-type page. On this page I wanted to show the latest posts from all the blogs here on

Searching the AUR on “rss” lead me to rawdog. A little long in the tooth, but there were a couple of options in the config that led me to believe it should work. But alas, the two “planet” options didn’t seem to do anything.

So I just happened to notice today that there is already a Planet Arch – did you know there was one? There’s a link on the right sidebar of the Arch Linux homepage for it. A little uneccessary spelunking (as there’s a Colophon section) by looking at the source code led me to the Planet Venus code. Actually, the Colophon is wrong, because Planet Arch doesn’t use the Planet Planet aggregator. The Planet Venus aggregator is a fork of the Planet 2.0 code. So I think I’m glad I just looked at the code for the page and found this at the top of the html:

<meta name="generator" content="" />

So here’s the result: Planet ArchLinux.Me

There’s very little tweaking of the asf theme, but hey, it’s a start. I sent along a note to Crouse to see if maybe he can run this off of the server, but in the meantime, I’ll just update the above page by hand for now.

Hey, you other bloggers – get busy already!

Last Week in Arch

My latest post in the Rolling Release wiki is up, wherein I list some “interesting” things going on in the Arch Linux world:

Last Week in Arch – Feb. 20, 2011.


Mime handling is always confusing, esp. in regards to file associations. I currently have a couple broken ones, like the fact that launchy opens all my desktop shortcuts in emacs :( If I click on them in my file manager (Thunar), they open fine.

Anyway, the prolific Xyne has a new package called ‘mimeo’ that offers to help. I’m going to give it a try.


Yapan – Yet Another Package mAnager Notifier

I installed Yapan the other day and have been really happy with it. It sits in the notifier area of my tint2 window in my Openbox window manager and periodically checks to see if any packages have been updated. I’m pretty good about running my update once a day, but this is kind of fun too.

I set it up to use my package manager of choice, bauerbill, thusly:

Synchonize: sudo bauerbill -Sy
Packages to update: bauerbill -Qu
Update: sudo bauerbill -Su

Because bauerbill is a command-compatible with pacman, it works like a charm and includes checking the AUR for updates too.

otsug / Yapan / wiki / Home – Bitbucket.

Yet Another Blog

I couldn’t resist. Thanks to crouse I have stated another blog. My love of writing combines with my Arch Linux fanboi tendencies to make having an blog too irresistable.

I’m not really sure what I’m going to do here. It will certainly be Arch Linux focused, but I’m not exactly sure how it will differ from my other blogs. I already have a “technical” blog (Daemon Dancing In The Dark) which I don’t update nearly enough. I have a Linux Tumblr (JD’s Linux Love) where I post little web snippets, because Tumblr’s bookmarklet is really powerful. I’ll probably at least funnel those posts to here.

Otherwise, I’ll keep it Arch focused here. Maybe I’ll post links to interesting forum topics, wiki pages, new software, announcements and the like. Consider it my Arch Linux messy drawer. You know, that drawer in your kitchen that seems to attract all manner of junk, that you keep meaning to clean out, yet always seems to have what you are looking for.