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by der_bAUer
Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Life Imitates XKCD: [citation needed]
Replies: 7
Views: 2456

Life Imitates XKCD: [citation needed]

You all know Comic 285 . http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/wikipedian_protester.png You see, the german minister of defense, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, has apparently plagiarised his Doktorarbeit (PhD Thesis), yet he refuses to step down. Today, there has been a small demonstration in Berlin because of t...
by der_bAUer
Sat Nov 22, 2008 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Middle Click Scrolls Horizontally In Linux?
Replies: 15
Views: 1852

Re: Middle Click Scrolls Horizontally In Linux?

oops, the site I am referring to is not the manpage, although it is the first google hit for "man xvkbd" (didn't have it installed on my system). This site claims that the escape sequence for mouse buttons is \m n , where n is the button number, so you'd do something like "/usr/bin/xv...
by der_bAUer
Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Middle Click Scrolls Horizontally In Linux?
Replies: 15
Views: 1852

Re: Middle Click Scrolls Horizontally In Linux?

Apparently, xmodmap does not support assigning the same function to several buttons. You might be able to adapt this solution from the Arch Linux wiki . They show how to configure the extra buttons on a MX1000 mouse. Because your mouse does not have more than 7 buttons, you can ignore the "evde...
by der_bAUer
Sat Nov 22, 2008 9:06 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Anyone know how to 'reset' Vista's Superfetch?
Replies: 3
Views: 1621

Re: Anyone know how to 'reset' Vista's Superfetch?

With 4 GB ram, it might be reasonable to consider disabling swap completely.
by der_bAUer
Sat Nov 22, 2008 9:02 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Bla(n/c)k Startup Screen
Replies: 7
Views: 952

Re: Bla(n/c)k Startup Screen

If it's not even displaying the Toshiba logo, you won't have to bother with a live cd. Either the computer does not even boot, so it's the motherboard, RAM or processor, or it does boot and the graphics adapter or the display are faulty. Since you managed to get to the login of Vista, I assume that ...
by der_bAUer
Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:43 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Middle Click Scrolls Horizontally In Linux?
Replies: 15
Views: 1852

Re: Middle Click Scrolls Horizontally In Linux?

Maybe the approach is correct, but the mapping is still wrong? Try the following: open a terminal and execute the following commands: echo "pointer = default" | xmodmap - xev The first command resets the button map to default values, so we get the real numbers that the mouse sends in the n...
by der_bAUer
Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Middle Click Scrolls Horizontally In Linux?
Replies: 15
Views: 1852

Re: Middle Click Scrolls Horizontally In Linux?

You will have to specify the button mappings manually. I once had to do this myself, too, but with a different Linux install than the one I am using now. The following web page seems to do exactly what you need, although you may have to somehow figure out the correct mapping for your mouse yourself:...
by der_bAUer
Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:31 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: PC can't find harddrive
Replies: 16
Views: 1464

Re: PC can't find harddrive

Activating windows online will be fine. I assume that they only mark keys as 'pirated' when they can be sure that the version is used by lots of people (think dozens of activations per day or something similar) or when they notice through Windows Update that it's installed and used on more than one ...
by der_bAUer
Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: PC can't find harddrive
Replies: 16
Views: 1464

Re: PC can't find harddrive

I've heard that hard drives tend to fail either within the first few months (due to manufacturing defects) or last a couple of years - it is not that unusual to see a drive fail within the first months of usage. Also, hard drives especially tend to fail at times where no sufficiently current backup ...
by der_bAUer
Sat Nov 08, 2008 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: PC can't find harddrive
Replies: 16
Views: 1464

Re: PC can't find harddrive

Can you hear the hdd (trying to) spin up? You could try if it still works when you rotate it by 90 degrees (just put the case horizontally on the floor), that sometimes helps (I speak from my own experience here). I'd recommend that before you try to use the hdd again, have an external drive ready t...
by der_bAUer
Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Copy bootable CD to bootable usb pen drive
Replies: 4
Views: 8116

Re: Copy bootable CD to bootable usb pen drive

I do not know exactly how booting from USB drives works, but it might be similar to booting from a normal hard drive (for example, it is AFAIK possible to install and boot Windows or Linux to/from USB drives.) Booting from CD works very different: when booting from a bootable CD, your computer loads...
by der_bAUer
Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: My computer..is stuck in two different languages
Replies: 3
Views: 1021

Re: My computer..is stuck in two different languages

Some more information would help. What operating system do you use? (I assume it's Vista, because of the "sidebar thing" you mentioned - unfortunately, I have no experience with that OS at all as I am still using XP) Why can't you switch it back? I assume this is because you cannot read/un...
by der_bAUer
Fri Oct 31, 2008 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: DNS nightmare
Replies: 3
Views: 1007

Re: DNS nightmare

Well, I can't help with your particular problem, but you might want to check out http://www.nearlyfreespeech.net . I have an account there now for about a year and my configuration is similar to yours, so I am sure it will work. Their interface allows you to give "aliases" to the site. You...
by der_bAUer
Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0492: "Scrabble"
Replies: 171
Views: 47813

Re: "Scrabble" Discussion

btw, when we play scrabble, the board is put on a wooden, rotatable plate (those onto which normal people put cheese), so the board can be easily rotated for the next player.
by der_bAUer
Sat Oct 04, 2008 7:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nostalgia time! What was your first Linux distro?
Replies: 60
Views: 8961

Re: Nostalgia time! What was your first Linux distro?

My first experience was about five years ago with some version of SuSE Linux (7.x or something?). The installation (dual-booting with Win98) went without problems, but I couldn't get the USB IDSN Card working, so I ended up going back to windows only. Fast forward a few years, I try Ubuntu (Dapper D...
by der_bAUer
Sat Oct 04, 2008 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Python exercises
Replies: 18
Views: 2498

Re: Python exercises

(A side note-programming does not come naturally to me at all, so the advice that I've received from my two computer-nerd friends, "Just start messing around, do cool stuff" has not been helpful at all. I do much better with structured stuff like you would get in a academic course). In my...
by der_bAUer
Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: MS Windows "Shell Hook" as a Python Extension
Replies: 2
Views: 3821

Re: MS Windows "Shell Hook" as a Python Extension

I did not figure this out in time, so I did end up skipping that functionality. This was for a project work at school which we had to do and which replaced a class test. After I could not do mine in physics (planned to build a barcode reader), I had to do it in computer science. Because my motivatio...
by der_bAUer
Sun Sep 14, 2008 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How do editors typically deal with files?
Replies: 5
Views: 1118

Re: How do editors typically deal with files?

I think that even for large files, it might be better to let the operating system worry about when to access the disk and what to keep in memory, so you'd use memory-mapped files or something. (Disclaimer: I have never used memory-mapped files or programmed something which worked with files greater ...
by der_bAUer
Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0456: "Cautionary"
Replies: 160
Views: 26378

Re: "Cautionary" Discussion

Ezbez wrote:That problem just sort of... went away, though.


meaning you are too embarrassed to admit that it took you three hours reading documentation and twerking things to fix? and that it was fun to fix it? and that you would do it again?

It's too late for you!
by der_bAUer
Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Over-engineering Things
Replies: 26
Views: 3903

Re: Over-engineering Things

For the last three years or so, I have programmed about six to eight different databases for time-management/note-taking/GTD. I am not content with any of them so far. My current project is intended to be the final solution. Some things I want to eventually include in that database: ⋅  GTD...
by der_bAUer
Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0456: "Cautionary"
Replies: 160
Views: 26378

Re: "Cautionary" Discussion

is very nifty, I wouldn't give it up for Debian. Gentoo maybe, but not Debian. I admit that's just a personal preference, though. Now that I couldn't get DVB-S to play along with kaffeine, I won't, either. But at least I learned to set up a system in a chroot in the process :mrgreen: (Also, I reali...
by der_bAUer
Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0456: "Cautionary"
Replies: 160
Views: 26378

Re: "Cautionary" Discussion

After I restored from my hd image yesterday after a messed up debian install, I can't believe that I am seriously considering to try again to give up my now perfectly working Arch installation (a system upgrade fixed that OOo crash). What would I get? A Debian stable system, which would not be broke...
by der_bAUer
Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0456: "Cautionary"
Replies: 160
Views: 26378

Re: "Cautionary" Discussion

Whoa! Get out of my head! I am in the process of switching from Arch Linux to Debian. Planned to install Debian stable and backport the few packages of which I really need a current version myself. # apt-get build-dep kaffeine Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree... Done E: Build-D...
by der_bAUer
Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: An idea in search of somone to make it real
Replies: 8
Views: 2035

Re: An idea in search of somone to make it real

I am sorry to report that I have made no progress whatsoever on the re-design so far due to excess temperatures. If it were not for my desk fan, I would be asleep now... However, this project will stay on my projects list until I either have some results to publish or I am sure that I won't find any...
by der_bAUer
Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Automating tasks in windows
Replies: 7
Views: 1304

Re: Automating tasks in windows

Duh! How could I forget VBS? :oops: (I mean, that was, like, the first 'real' programming language I learned after I got my feet wet with batch files under DOS...) However, for testing Word might be better because you can just place the Internet Explorer active X control on a UserForm and visually s...
by der_bAUer
Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: An idea in search of somone to make it real
Replies: 8
Views: 2035

Re: An idea in search of somone to make it real

That's a good point! After combining the first 9x9 tiles from 3x3 ones, I guess that the program has to give the users some means to create symmetric images. That may mean that you are allowed to use each tile in the deck up to three times, and/or that you can rotate and flip the tiles in the deck. ...
by der_bAUer
Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Teaming Up (a.k.a. Randomization problem)
Replies: 25
Views: 3377

Re: Teaming Up (a.k.a. Randomization problem)

If you want to have more options for your server-side programming language, I can recommend http://www.nearlyfreespeech.net as a webhost. There's no monthly fee, you only pay for what you use - even $1.00 gets you a long way. They support multiple languages for CGI scripts. However, Prolog is not in...
by der_bAUer
Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Automating tasks in windows
Replies: 7
Views: 1304

Re: Automating tasks in windows

Of course, there are a myriad of different ways you could automate tasks, but here are some approaches from the top of my head. (I am assuming that all interactions required are web-based. If you have to push buttons in a GUI program, the options 1 and 3 might do that for you.) ⋅  use some...
by der_bAUer
Mon Jul 21, 2008 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: An idea in search of somone to make it real
Replies: 8
Views: 2035

Re: An idea in search of somone to make it real

digory, I really really like that idea. I am currently struggling to come up with a decent database layout for the note-taking program I am writing for myself anyway, so this is a very welcome diversion. I'll start hacking away at something in python now. There is nothing else I absolutely must do t...
by der_bAUer
Sat Jul 05, 2008 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Multiple Clients, one computer, simultaneous
Replies: 23
Views: 2396

Re: Multiple Clients, one computer, simultaneous

Sounds like an interesting idea! I think if the game uses Direct Input, you are out of luck. AFAIK, sending fake keystrokes to an application which uses Direct Input requires you to write a wrapper around direct input, then make the application use that wrapper. However, if you can send input to the...
by der_bAUer
Fri May 16, 2008 9:59 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Accessing UDF in an .iso on XP
Replies: 2
Views: 966

Re: Accessing UDF in an .iso on XP

I can confirm that Daemon Tools does the job (I used that when I last installed VS Express because I didn't want to waste a CD-R, but the internet install didn't work). btw, this is completely unrelated to UDF, which is a format for rewritable CDs that lets you use them like any other removeable med...
by der_bAUer
Fri May 16, 2008 9:49 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Full Screen Applications Are Disrupting Wireless, Sanity
Replies: 14
Views: 2697

Re: Full Screen Applications Are Disrupting Wireless, Sanity

RALink RT61 wireless card (never heard of 'em) in a PCI slot, tucked between the two GeForces on the motherboard. Maybe the gfx cards influence the WLan when they have got more work to do? I could imagine that the cards are not fully utilized in windowed mode (might be because some crazy vista thin...
by der_bAUer
Wed May 14, 2008 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: webhosting: more bandwidth or storage?
Replies: 5
Views: 1172

Re: webhosting: more bandwidth or storage?

I can highly recommend http://www.nearlyfreespeech.net There are no bandwidth or storage limits, you just pay for what you use. It's all pre-paid, so you cannot go over budget. Even if you decide not to stick with them (which I can't imagine), you will then have a better estimate of what your site a...
by der_bAUer
Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Ubuntu Processes and Threads
Replies: 2
Views: 2577

Re: Ubuntu Processes and Threads

The "UNIX and Internet Fundamentals HOWTO" has a short, but easy to understand overview about how threading works:
(check the section "How does my Computer do several things at once"
http://en.tldp.org/HOWTO/Unix-and-Internet-Fundamentals-HOWTO
by der_bAUer
Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: My life as a program.
Replies: 12
Views: 3746

Re: My life as a program.

After I had read David Allen's book "Getting Things Done", I went through at least five attempts to program something which would digitally implement his methodology, and I thought a lot about time management in the process. Finally, I have something which seems to work: I use a custom tex...
by der_bAUer
Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:45 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Advice for Starting a Webcomic
Replies: 2
Views: 1305

Re: Advice for Starting a Webcomic

One option is to learn HTML and code the site yourself, it's really not that difficult. Another would be to use a CMS, or maybe a blogging system. Or you could make your site with a WYSIWYG-Editor like Dreamweaver. Do you already know how you want to host your site? For a blog, there are some free s...
by der_bAUer
Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:36 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Broken Windows Networking?
Replies: 8
Views: 1396

Re: Broken Windows Networking?

I find out that I may need to reinstall Windows. This presents a problem: I don't have the full install media to do this. Do you have a recovery CD which came with your PC? What version of Windows are you running? If it's Vista, you can order an "Anytime Upgrade" DVD from Microsoft for a ...
by der_bAUer
Fri Feb 08, 2008 6:13 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Setting up a Linux E-Mail subsystem to use alpine with
Replies: 0
Views: 848

Setting up a Linux E-Mail subsystem to use alpine with

I really want to use alpine as my e-mail client instead of Thunderbird, because I feel that the command line might be a superior user interface for the mail handling I usually do. However, alpine relies on a working mail system. I connect to the Internet via dial-up. I figured that I need to do the ...
by der_bAUer
Wed Feb 06, 2008 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90172
Views: 9102084

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Is my life a waste? If so, what can I do to recapture that lost sense of meaning? I like to think that the whole world is just one huge chemical reaction (deterministic or not, you choose!). Therefore, there is no "meaning of life" which is inherent in life. You can only recapture a lost ...
by der_bAUer
Sat Jan 26, 2008 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: python and php problem, also the horrors of unicode
Replies: 5
Views: 2081

Re: python and php problem, also the horrors of unicode

Since python can handle unicode, PHP doesn't even need to. I would read the data into python unicode strings, then encode it in utf-16 and send it to the server. The PHP script just treats the incoming data as bytes and appends them to the page. Then let the PHP script set the appropriate header to ...

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