Do you know jack?

Yesterday I committed a port of JACK, the Jack audio connection kit. It is a low-latency audio server, used by several Linux Audio applications. Unfortunately it is based on ALSA so it was not available on FreeBSD for a long time. But now it has an output driver for portaudio, which is available on FreeBSD. After some bug fixinig i think it should work now. Unfortunatly I was not able to test much, because of university. There is still a lot to do:
* The port does not install its documentation
* It probably does not work on FreeBSD alpha 4.x
* The Jack-OSS driver does not work yet
* Other ports that support jack need a dependency on jack

pkgsrcCon Vienna

A BSD conference in Vienna, and I am not even involved. Although pkgsrcCon is NetBSD-focused I will try to attend.
I think the FreeBSD-ports are worth a conference too, but no one has tried yet to transfer a significant number of ports committers to one place.

Why do “Morning shows” make my ear hurt?

My girlfriend used to wake up with the “ö3 Wecker” and Harry Reithofer. Everytime I hear him, I immediately feel the need to scream. I usually prefer FM4, because it plays better music, but in the morning they have a “Shower contest”, where people have to phone in and sing popsongs with shower background. *AAAAAAAAh*, if i want to listen to people unable to sing, I can switch to ö3 or “Radio Wien” instead. So why are they doing this? It is _not_ funny. Do I now have to get up before 6 o’clock, so that I can avoid all those morning shows on the radio?

Brute Force

I have a Kensington Combination Lock for my Laptop. I have not used it for two months, and when I wanted to use it yesterday, i couldn’t remember the combination. While I was travelling on the Subway or listening to boring courses on university I tried a Brute Force Attack, since the lock was too expensive to throw it away. At around 7:55am this morning i found the right combination after having tried more than 900 of the 1000 possible combinations.
Brute Force Attacks are boring but effective :).

Verifying distfiles with PGP signatures

Traditionally the integrity of third party software downloaded from the Internet has been verified with MD5. The MD5 sums are stored in the FreeBSD CVS Repository. This had been useful for discovering Trojans. A lot of Software vendors like e.g. Werner Koch of GnuPG sign their software with their PGP-key. Should the FreeBSD ports collection support automatic verification of these signatures?

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