Kurt Pfeifle has updated the klik://tellico-latest recipe for Tellico 1.1. Klik provides an easy way to download and use software for most major distributions. It works pretty well for me with Mandriva 2006. They have a lot of documentation about how it works. If you can’t find a package for your distribution, this is a great way to try out new software without hassle.

It looks like I’ll be the “recipe maintainer” for Tellico now, too. You can find more information about the Tellico bundle on the
tellico-latest recipe page.

Searching Hebrew with Tellico

I’m sure every programmer has those moments where you stress-test your code in some new way, and when it works right the first-time, there’s a certain feeling of satisfaction. I came across a mention of a z39.50 server that included Hebrew-language records, and so I thought I’d give it whirl in Tellico.

Now, the Qt library has excellent Unicode support, as does KDE. The yaz library supports utf-8, and the Israel Union List returns results in utf-8. So theoretically, the whole tool-chain should spit out the proper result.

[Tellico Hebrew]

I don’t know exactly what I’m looking at there, but as you can see, it appears that the Hebrew words came through correctly. Granted, my XSL stylesheet left-aligns everything, so that looks a bit weird, but it gives me a nice sense of satisfaction that it worked as intended.

Tellico 1.1 Released

Tellico 1.1 is available. After several pre-releases, I’m confident most of the major bugs were fixed. Heh. As always, I make no guarantees with this software. Use at your own risk, backup your data, and don’t mix ketchup and mayonnaise. Changes since 1.0.3 include:

  • Minimum versions bumped to KDE >=3.2 and QT >= 3.2.
  • Images can be written to the application folder, instead of the
    data file, which improves performance.
  • Added file catalog collection type for tracking CD/DVD
  • Existing entries can be updated automatically,
    allowing data from multiple sources to be combined.
  • New data sources, for Yahoo! Audio Search, SRU servers, IBS.it,
    and AnimeNfo.com, were added.
  • External scripts can now use various search criteria, not just
  • Table editing was improved, with a right-click menu and column
    labels. Maximum columns were increased to 10.
  • New and modified entries are color-coded in the list view for
    visual indication of their status.
  • Entries with no cover image now have a better icon.
  • Added GCfilms importer and exporter.
  • Audio CD importing now reads CD-Text.
  • Audio CD importing now reads track length.
  • Bibtex citations can be copied to the clipboard.
  • The z39.50 search can read MODS and GRS-1 formats.
  • Added cancel button in the status bar for long tasks, such as
    loading and importing.
  • Added drag-n-drop for images from Mozilla Firefox.
  • Added 3-column video report template.
  • Changed Bibtex exporter to not add braces around capital
  • Changed internet searching to allow custom fields to be added.
  • Limited support for inserting citations in OpenOffice.org was added.

Changes since 1.1pre3 include:

  • Documentation is now dual-licensed, under the GFDL and the FreeBSD Documentation License.
  • The track length is now read from the CDDB importer.
  • The MODS importer was relaxed slightly, to allow entries which might not have specified enough fields to qualify as a “book”.
  • The z39.50 importer can do a simple parse of GRS-1 formatted output.
  • External scripts can now output error messages to stderr which show up in a message box in Tellico.


Sci Fi Wire — The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel

Fox on Feb. 1 gave a green light to the SF drama pilot Beyond, from writer David Self (Road To Perdition), Variety reported.

Twentieth Century Fox TV and Imagine TV are behind the thriller, which takes place at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A global crisis helps launch a new race to space as the show opens, the trade paper reported.

Wow, let’s race to space! Although, if it’s a manned race-to-space, I’m not sure why JPL would be involved, but hey, better than nothing. Maybe we could get someone to say, “I’m not a rocket scientist, but I play one on TV!

The trouble with Oscar

James Bates: Behind the Screen

All you need to know about how hard it will be to get people to watch the Oscars is that a nominated documentary about penguins has been watched by more moviegoers than any of the five best picture contenders.

March of the Penguins was great. The only one of the Best Picture nominees I’ve seen is Crash, which I thought was engrossing, but perhaps not Best Picture quality.

Or that four out of five people — and sometimes fewer — tuning into the broadcast will not have seen any of those movies in a theater.

I don’t plan on watching the Oscars either.