DVD copying

Yes, I duplicate my DVDs. All of them. Or at least I try to. I’m not talking about ISO images grabbed from the peer-to-peer repository du jour, but stuff I liked enough to buy. The round plastic disk distribution thingie has a very nasty side-effect: it fucks my laptop’s reader. It won’t happen immediately, but […]

How to concatenate several PDF files

Use Ghostscript. There is no Mac package, but a ./configure –without-x && make && sudo make install will do. Ghostscript offers a wealth of functions to generate or manipulate existing PDFs, check http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/doc/cvs/Use.htm#Options for details. So, to concatenate: gs -q -sPAPERSIZE=a4 -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=out.pdf in1.pdf in2.pdf …

The format wars have ended

Unfortunately, Sony won. Warner Bros., Wal-Mart and Netflix have chosen Blu-Ray, and – from an article in an American newspaper (Hollywood Reporter): “Immediately after the Warner announcement, the HD DVD North American Promotional Group canceled its Consumer Electronics Show presentation. The following week, data collected by the NPD Group revealed Blu-ray took in 93% of […]

How to subclass CSS properties?

You can’t. The HTML keyword ‘class’ might be misleading, but it has nothing to do with inheritance, encapsulation, etc. In CSS, any definition can overwrite anything else, no matter where it’s placed in the DOM, and to make things worse, all browsers accept a “quirks” rendering mode that tolerates syntax errors and tries to make […]

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