Mon, 22 Aug 2005

I hope she will forgive me

5 months ago, I switched my shell to GNU bash on my main workstation, and slowly that change trickled to all my other UNIX accounts where I could use zsh. Incidentally, I switched to bash on boxes just a few weeks ago, not knowing what was going on the zsh-workers mailing list.

The night I was preparing to leave to the Pyrenees, the news travelled fast on IRC: the zsh-beta package in Debian's incoming directory finally had UTF-8 support. I installed zsh-beta and switched to it, so I wouldn't forget about it when I came back, and finally switched off my desktop for a week.

Now, with the new zsh in action, I can try a few simple test. Incredible, deleting a "ç" only requires one backspace.

16631:jordi@nubol:~/ogg/R\M-C\M- bia positiva$ setopt printeightbit
16632:jordi@nubol:~/ogg/Ràbia positiva$

Still feels like black magic to me! Thanks Clint and whoever was involved in this. I hope zsh will forgive me for abandoning her during five months. I am glad to be back!

Back to the civilised world

Yesterday we walked down the Valle de Eriste on our way back to civilisation, after spending 6 days in the deep Pyrenees. It's been a fantastic and tough week. The bad weather and the sudden drop of temperatures in the area has made us suffer situations that are more appropriate for October instead of August, but it's been a lot of fun.

Among other things, we've climbed Posets, my first 3.000, during the only 3 hour window when the weather was reasonable enough to attempt it.

My group observes Ordesa and Monte Perdido from the top of Posets (3.375)

During 5 days we've been completely unable to communicate with people or get news of what was going on 10 kilometres away from our spot. Back in Benás, we learned about some Spanish soldiers dead in Afghanistan, which seems the big news this week. The other big news was that fire continues to consume Spain and Portugal.

After being in this high mountain paradise, watching the images of great forests in Galicia and Portugal burning were a lot more impacting than ever. I wonder what I would do if I had one of these pyromaniacs in front of me. Bastards.

I'll post some more about this week in the following days, along with some of the nearly 200 pictures I've taken.