Friday, January 25, 2013

NRA/Right wing crazies on Jon Stewart

Another brilliant Jon Stewart Daily Show calling out NRA bullshit. I know it's been all over the net, but the claims made are just so outrageous, it's unbelievable anyone can utter them without cracking up. Also Jon Stewart is just awesome.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Find messages in skypes new database format

The db changed from that custom format similar to Kazaa to sqlite3, so to find stuff you now just write sql (sqlite3 flavour is a bit weird though). See this example and use .help, if you are stuck.

select author, body_xml from messages where strftime('%Y-%m-%d', timestamp, 'unixepoch') == '2013-01-18' and author == 'user';

Monday, January 14, 2013

Gnome, Ubuntu Idiocy

I just found this post on superuser and it triggered all my buttons at the same time.

It has to be the ultimate negative example. It shows what's wrong with gnome, ubuntu and superuser (I love most of the other sites from the stackoverflow family although they all have their problems, just not superuser ). This post shall remind me to stay away from these areas.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

When the \TeX gods get bored.

Every \@@par you take, \everypar you make, every risk you take, it's your own fate, TeX'll be watching you.              

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Google firefox plugins for the ten fingered beings

Some people call me reactionary, but I don't believe in accepting progress just for the sake of it and I must say, the almighty oracle's layout and way of working used to work better for me a couple of years ago. I finally got annoyed enough by it, that i searched out a couple of plugins. I should add that i use pentadactyl, which may cause peculiar semantics, but is too good to give up.
  • The most important one is google link fixer if you just want the real URLs. I see why google wants to track, what you clicked on, but not being able to copy the link is really freaking me out.
  • Also useful in this context may be the google url shortener, since most of the time i just want to copy it into irc where the short url is even more helpful in anyway.
  • I found bread crumb navigation to really help with the URL not fully showing on the google result page. If you are also using pentadactyl you should combine this with the less chrome add on, since you likely don't have a navigation bar. Please note that in this case you need to reenable the bar and let less chrome hide it!
  • I find google customizer quite helpful, but at least at the moment you need to fudge the compatibility and disable updates for it to install and work after the first restart.This also provides a way to disable the link foo google does, if you are willing to put up with an unsupported plugin, that is partially broken or outdated, but otherwise has lots of useful features.
  • To enable mac'ish (among others of course) "Don't close window on closing last tab"(d), use
    :set! browser.tabs.closeWindowWithLastTab=false
  • In order to get back the old cache functionality without the bar use gcache+, it seems to be the most convenient plugin for this purpose albeit still annoying.