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Quote from some unknown person that struck a nerve at the time read When did the userbase of linux go so wrong? When did it start? Those of us that have been around for quite a while have watched the rockstar rise and subsequent plummet in the communities surrounding it. 10+ years ago you could […]

No clue how this is done, waiting for helpful comments below. Errata: found out how – check this video example

DVD copying

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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 […]

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 …

Those of you old enough to remember standing in lines at 4 AM hoping to buy just one liter of vegetable oil or some sorry-ass starved chickens we called “the rockets” due to their filiform shape wil rejoice at the thought that another Communist dictator has bitten the dust (almost): Google News reports that “Ailing […]

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 […]

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 […]

No clue so far. MC’s “Learn Keys” didn’t help. Using Ctrl+F11 for now. Random posts over at macoshints.com suggest the ‘Help’ key or ‘0’ on the numpad. The MacBook has neither.

I don’t see how people do it. Where do they get the urge and ability to sit at the end of the day and examine with a cold eye the extraordinary or sad doings of the close ones. Blogs being always about others and the influence they have on the one who writes, the scarce […]

Doesn’t work. Don’t try it. Just back up the guest somehow and restore it in the new emulator. Now that we’ve established that, a few hints: 1. VMWare has a free “Converter” tool. Which requires MSXML4, although you might have a newer one installed (v.6 at the time of this writing). You can get v.4 […]

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