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Month: January 2010

Terminal Color

For the last ten years I have used the color #E3BF70#fddc8e (hex) as my terminal background color. It’s a darkish amber color that is very easy on the eyes. I’m recording it here because every year or so I have to set up a new system and always have to eyeball the settings till I get something close to what I am used to.

Update: 26 Jan 2009 Here’s my .Xdefaults file for my xterm under X11 on OS X.

XTerm*background: #fddc8e
XTerm*foreground: black
XTerm*faceName: monaco
XTerm*faceSize: 10
XTerm*saveLines: 10000
XTerm*scrollBar: true
XTerm*rightScrollBar: true
XTerm*jumpScroll: true


Contextual Query Language is defined by the Library of Congress. I discovered it via CQL::Parser. Brian Cassidy is involved, so it must be good.

I immediately thought “oh shit. Now my new Search::Query module feels late-to-the-party.” But on further reading, I think a CQL dialect in Search::Query makes some sense.

Search::Query is a SQL::Translator-like module for free-text search. I coded it up this week after brewing the idea for some many months. I’m imagining it now as a next-generation Search::QueryParser::SQL, for contexts beyond SQL. Example: I have a query string that works with Xapian and want to convert it to one that works with Swish-e 2.x or KinoSearch. Just parse it with Search::Query::Parser and assign it a target dialect and then call $query->stringify to get the translated version out.

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