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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The unfurl Script

I am ashamed to say that I recently fell victim to a rickrolling prank, because the not-so-innocent URL was given to me by someone I know.

Then I came across the furl utility (easily installed on my systems using MacPorts), which gave me an idea.

From now on, when I see another such URL, I will just run a simple unfurl script to unroll it. The script simply does the following:
    furl http://tinyurl.com/n2o29e \
| grep -e "^Location"
There! Short and sweet.

Now if someone can come up with a system utility, iChat or browser plug-in that can unroll the URL for me, or perhaps if such a thing already exists, please let me know.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Freeciv Packaging Troubles

I have been having increasing issues in maintaining my Freeciv package.

Recently, when I upgraded my MacPorts installation along with all my ports (which I have neglected to do so for 12+ months), things have changed sufficiently to have broken my current process, beyond my ability to rectify.

This means until I figure out a way, there will not be any forthcoming Freeciv packages from me.

In the meantime, for those of you who have wrote me indicating interest in compiling Freeciv for yourselves, the easiest way to get going would be to install it using MacPorts .

Good luck!