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/Trackballs/

/Trackballs/ is a Marble Madness or Gyroscope clone. Gyroscope was the first C64 disk game I ever had. I was given it by someone but I don’t remember who now.. hmm. must download this tomorrow!

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Approaches to a Linux PVR

She likes soaps, you like sci fi. She wants to watch East Enders but you want to watch Alias. Problem eh? This could be handy then.

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Linux

KDE vs Gnome

Right, this is a completely personal observation. On my redhat 8 box here at work, KDE just kicks the ass off Gnome 2 for speed. I don’t use the file manager of either environment much, so this is simply and observation on how using Galeon, Gnome Multi-terminal, xchat and Kmail work. They just work faster!

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System Administration Made Difficult

This site is a great source of useful information, despite what the title says!

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Linux

Unix: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

While searching using a popular search engine for Bash help I found a few goodies:

  1. Unix: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly – short article on the short-comings of Unix, from a user-friendly perspective. While I agree that “info” is horrendous, the much more useful “pinfo” is much better. Instead of using arcane key combinations to navigate you can use your cursor keys to move about. Of course, in Gnome, you can (or used to be able to) view helpfiles through their help system. I’m sure the same exists in the KDE world. There is already a searchable database of commands. You access it through the “apropos” command, although I never use it so that might indicate how useful it is.
  2. Shell scripts in 20 pagesA guide to writing shell scripts for C/C++/Java and unix programmers which is a good summary of shell scripting when you’re already familiar with programming in other languages. Recommended!
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General

The Linux Kernel's Next Incarn …

The Linux Kernel’s Next Incarnation – I think it’s probably mostly speculation though, but it’s a nice “fluff” piece.

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Linux

On Qmail:Valen had admitted to …

On Qmail:
Valen had admitted to having hacked QMail to support Oracle DB Backend while working for a prominent Irish company..
<Valen> Why do I get the shit jobs ? I think I preferred cleaning autopsy tables more than hacking qmail.

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Linux

mcblue – very nice theme for M …

mcblue – very nice theme for Metacity.

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Linux

How to loop over filenames wit …

How to loop over filenames with spaces – I knew this, but it had disappeared in the recesses of my brain.

> for f in `cat /pathtolist/mp3.txt` do cp "$f" /newdirectory done

You didn't say exactly how the file is organised, so I'm going to
guess one filename per line.  (Note that a filename is allowed
to contain the newline character; I'm just hoping that none of
your files do!)

Others have already pointed out that spaces can be tricky.  I'm
going to show you that there really is no problem.  Rather than
iterate using for, use while and read:

while read filename; do cp "$filename" /newdirectory; done < mp3.txt

Voila.

Weather’s been bad for the past few days. No real opportunities for photography. Bah! At least I have 99% of my Christmas shopping done. Meanwhile, Mark has an entertaining piece on “The One Toy”.

Oh yes, If you’re over 20, buy RETRO, a (one off?) mag from games mag, Edge. It has great interviews with old Zzap64! staffers, bits on games of old (Elite anyone?) and other great stuff! If you’re under 20, you probably don’t know what I’m talking about. Hmm, scratch that, if you’re under 24 you probably don’t know what I’m talking about! Getting old ..

Edit in 2019: replaced dead links with archive.org links and copied content of the email from the first link.

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Having just spent the last hal …

Having just spent the last half hour working in Word I’m not going to rant about Open Office. Word works better than Open Office from what I can see. It’s the small things.
Like when you have a bullet list and you tab indented text below the bullet. In Word, that text aligns with the text above. In Word, when you create a number list there’s plenty of whitespace around each number, not so in Open Office (by default, is that configurable, should I RTFM?)
And finally, I hate word processors of all types. Every time I go near one I end up spending half my time arranging bullet lists in some way, or maybe a number list doesn’t start at 1 for some arcane reason, or text in a paragraph looks like it’s slowly leaning in one direction..
Programming is a walk in the park compared to that. At least that’s got some logic, and I can usually explain what’s going on. Give me HTML and CSS any day.