Author: Rowan Rodrik
My sister was so fond of the RSS feature that came with Google Desktop's sidebar that she kept it permanently visible at the right side of her screen. (What a news junkie!) Now that I got her stuck with Linux, she misses her precious Google Desktop and I'm trying to figure out an alternative for her.
By Rowan Rodrik, 7 years ago, on November 27, 2008, at 21:11 |
My mom bought a new laptop because of a broken screen on the old Linux machine that she had inherited from me (which wasn't wasn't a laptop, so I'm sure that the Golden Arrow of Consumption can explain why she didn't just replace the screen, although the new boyfriend who is kind of Windows-but-not-Linux-literate qualifies as a more probable reason for getting a laptop that is needlessly dragged down by Vista).
By Rowan Rodrik, 7 years ago, on November 27, 2008, at 00:11 |
Wiebe was looking over my shoulder while I was running df to check the disk space that was still available on my Lenovo ThinkPad:
By Rowan Rodrik, 7 years ago, on September 15, 2008, at 22:09 |
Even though, strictly speaking, I should be using favicons in anything but Windows' ICO format and refer to them from a <link>-tag at any location other than /favicon.ico, I sometimes like to help Microsoft break the web by putting an ICO file at the location that they reserved for it (/favicon.ico).
By Rowan Rodrik, 7 years ago, on September 04, 2008, at 00:09 |
Just a quick one-liner I used to download a bunch of MIDI files from an on-line listing of Chopin MIDIs:
By Rowan Rodrik, 7 years ago, on August 27, 2008, at 23:08 |
The MediaWiki developers use tabs instead of spaces for indentation. This can be annoying for someone like me who has configured VIM to work with spaces by default—annoying because I don't want to enter something like :set tabstop=4 noexpandtab shiftwidth=4 every time that I open a file. Adding different conditions for each project to my .vimrc is probably possible but not much fun.
By Rowan Rodrik, 7 years ago, on August 21, 2008, at 20:08 |
I like pair programming. So much, in fact, that I want to do it even if I can't look over the other person's shoulder due to some geographical offset. Since I'm a real command-line freak, I can get what I want easily by using GNU Screen.
By Rowan Rodrik, 7 years ago, on July 23, 2008, at 18:07 |
Before the company was forced by the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) to seize most of its activities, Sicirec had always used it website to provide teak investors with a somewhat independent view of the hardwood investment market. It has to be said that Sicirec's critical view on the management of various teak plantation made the company a little unpopular with said managers (such as Ebe Huizinga of Flor y Fauna fame).
By Rowan Rodrik, 7 years ago, on July 16, 2008, at 01:07 |
With me mostly posting about computer stuff on this weblog, it might surprise you that, until May this year, I hadn't owned a personal computer in years while the last one that I did own was a slow pig grown from some old parts of an even slower pig and some second-hand replacements. So, you can image my joy when I got a shiny, new Lenovo Thinkpad 61 this spring.
By Rowan Rodrik, 7 years ago, on July 15, 2008, at 12:07 |
The HL-DT-ST CD-RW/DVD drive in my Lenovo T61 laptop, has a certain peculiarity. I was burning an ISO image, wich exceeded the supported size of a standard 80 minute CD by 7 MB. (The image was 707 MB.) Using cdrecord with the -overburn option seemed to work, until I tried to mount the CD-ROM. It would inevitably—
By Rowan Rodrik, 7 years ago, on July 14, 2008, at 18:07 |