Shallow and Pedantic

A person/tech/code blog of a coder/techie/person. Like calculus in a kiddie pool, the author of this blog is known to be quite shallow and pedantic.

Waiting for the bus

I’m going home for the weekend, as usual. Unfortunately, the first bus of my route comes by at highly unpredictable times - I’ve had it be an hour late on me once. There are plenty of Wi-fi networks around the station - either WPA, WEP or MAC-whitelisted… fortunately, someone was using the latter long enough for me to catch him with Kismet. Thank you, stranger! :) It’s a sad state of affairs that people go ahead and limit access to their wireless network.

3D effects for coders?

My new work desktop has a GeForce 4 MX, so I naturally installed Beryl on it. The graphics card has relatively little RAM, so it finds handling my 1280x1024 resolution difficult when additional texture memory is needed - so using something like Firefox really slows it down when Beryl is activated, making me keep it off most of the time. However, for coding, I’m finding that Beryl is very useful - it actually helps me that the code windows are transparent, so that I can see what’s underneath them, and the “Expose” effect still leaves text legible, which is great for reading off a lot of terminals at once.

Software Perfection - Lost in the details

Sometimes imperfections in Software drive me nuts. It’s what drove me away from Windows. It’s what keeps me switching back and forth between desktop environments. It’s what has me wasting a lot of time getting the software to do what I want, instead of getting anything done. I even have two particularily good examples. Firefox and Opera are my two favorite browsers. Opera is actually not as good, in my taste, as Firefox.

Alright, American Dad!

Just finished downloading an episode of American Dad off Bittorrent. TV has ancient episodes of Family Guy. Took about an hour though… I tells ya, I’d pay for this kind of service if it were faster… ;)

As for Python

Myself, I’m a Ruby hacker. I send everyone within earshot to TryRuby, code my sites using Rails, am surprised that I’m using a php-based blog… you get the picture. Ruby is sometimes called the Japanese Python, and comparisons are inevitable. I know very little about Python, but I do know that… It has a larger community More GUI applications are written in it More bindings are available for it Its interpreter is much faster Not a far inferior language Ruby certainly does have its advantages over it - trivial class expansion, extremely concise syntax, seemingly better-suited for heavy usage of closures, and Matz.