Simple iPaq Familiar file transfers

By Ghost on Tuesday 27 January 2009 23:17 - Comments (4)
Category: Linux, Views: 10.040

As a developer, you sometimes get slapped with a solution to a nagging problem, only to be left wondering how you ever could have missed such an obvious clue. I had an epiphany like that recently while I was using my pda.

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Eetlijst.nl vanaf de cli nl

Door Ghost op zondag 11 januari 2009 18:56 - Reacties (8)
Categorie: General tricks, Views: 5.539

In ons studentenhuis gebruiken we de website eetlijst.nl om de administratie rondom het eten bij te houden. Op een dood moment besloot ik mijn python-vaardigheden wat op te vijzelen en heb een script gebouwd om vanaf de cli dit overzicht op te vragen.

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Oh lovely, a RRoD (update)

By Ghost on Wednesday 5 November 2008 20:25 - Comments (18)
Category: Personal, Views: 8.220

This is just great. Yesterday, in a weekend I need the thing the most, my Xbox 360 decided to show the Red Ring of Death. I do not know how Microsoft's Customer Support has evolved since last year, but I have found reports posted in summer 2007 of Xboxes being in repair for several weeks. So, apart from not having my favourite distraction for this weekend, I risk missing out on Fallout 3's launch day.

I guess that the only thing I can do is call Customer Support and get myself a box or sticker or whatever is needed to ship my game console back for repair. Well... at least it is free. A few months later and I would have had to pay for a brand new one.

Update: Hurray, the device is back. In fact, it has been back for almost a week now. And guess what? I got it right on Fallout 3's launch date :D. In total, the console was away for about ten days (give or take), and all expenses were paid by Microsoft. I even got a Xbox Live Gold membership for a month.

Quick and dirty wallpaper concatenation

By Ghost on Wednesday 15 October 2008 20:42 - Comments (3)
Category: Linux, Views: 25.600

It took me a while, but I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a larger, 22-inch screen. Although my brother still beats me in screen estate, I feel confident I can settle for an additional 22" for the next four or five years.

I want to use both my monitors together and to do that, I have used Nvidia's TwinView setting. This setting merges the screen estate of both monitors into one large virtual desktop with a resolution of 2960x1050. This is a problem for some wallpapers, though, especially the ones that are designed for one specific resolution. The best way to use these is by combining them in one large image using an image manipulation tool.

Of course I could use the GIMP for such an occasion, but it is way too much work aligning both wallpapers by hand. And why should I when tools like ImageMagick are at my disposal?

montage wallpaper_1280.jpg wallpaper_1680.jpg \
             -tile 2x1 -geometry "1680x1050+0+0" \
             -mode concatenate wallpaper.jpg


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Fallout 3 trailer pondering

By Ghost on Monday 1 September 2008 15:40 - Comments (3)
Category: Personal, Views: 9.499

During my biweekly stroll through the new trailers present on gaming website Gametrailers, I noticed that Bethesda Softworks had released a play-through of two of the first quests an exploring Vault dweller encounters in Fallout 3. I decided to test my reservations about this new title and loaded the clips.

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