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Month: March 2009

Late-Night Work Bender

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The past few days at work, I’ve been doing one of my favourite work things (information modelling) under my least favourite work circumstances (four-day deadline for what was truly a four-month job)—with all the back history and negotiations and frustrations and blinding insights and occasional outbursts of singing that authoring by committee brings with it. […]

I’m not a nerd, I just play one in real life

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Via Vanessa’s blog, I ended up at Peter’s blog, and via Peter’s blog, I ended up at the Nerd Test site. Now, I may have a day job in IT, but it involves diagrams and bullet points rather than code, and I no longer read all that much, so surely my nerd credentials have been […]

[GEEK]: eeePC travails #4: Polytonic eeePC

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Ooh boy. This took a while. There is a built in Greek keyboard on the eeePC Xandros distro. Just as well, given that Xandros is named after X Windows and the Greek island of Andros. (There’s a Bahaman island of Andros too: who knew…) The built in Greek keyboard was not difficult to install; and […]

[GEEK]: eeePC travails #3: Getting a Real Desktop

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It became apparent that the out-of-the-box “easy” desktop that comes with the eeePC was concealing stuff from me. The text editor for starters. It was clear that if I was to do anything more than click and drool, I should get access to the full desktop. Not that there’s anything wrong with click and drool. […]

[GEEK]: eeePC travails #2: Going Online

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Next up, going online with a netbook. At home, not a problem. The home wireless has gone perversely slow and erratic since I hooked up with it on the eeePC; I’m trusting the eeePC does not expel daemons onto the wireless router, but who can tell, it’s Linux. The University of Melbourne, bless its corporate […]

[GEEK]: eeePC travails #1: Macintoshification

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Sitting on the floor outside the duty free shop, oh so long ago (two weeks ago, in fact), I paid my £4 wireless access to find out whether a Linux eeePC could network with a Mac. Instead, I found that a Linux eeePC could be transmogrified into a Mac, with what seemed like not much […]

[GEEK]: eeePC travails #0

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Loyal readers, I take this opportunity to ignore you completely, and address myself to the Long Tail of Teh Google. I will resume normal frivolities shortly, and will flag these abnormal posts as [GEEK]. I have just come into possession of an eeePC, as regular readers will know­­—after a protracted period of temptation. I’m typing […]

Orahovac

By: | Post date: March 29, 2009 | Comments: 4 Comments
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I had a highly Croatian day yesterday (visit chez Nick of my friend Marija cum familiā; visit of Nick chez Andy and Reena cum familiā). At the end of the day, I had a dwarf lime tree, to complement the dwarf orange tree and compact lemon tree; and I had a bottle of Orahovac, to […]

Animadversions on the Dutch and the Greek National Anthems

By: | Post date: March 27, 2009 | Comments: 8 Comments
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George asks me in comments whether the Greek suburb of Oakleigh put on any kind of a big deal for Greek Independence Day, on the 25th—or whether moving to a Greek suburb was all in vain. Well like I said, the point of moving to Oakleigh wasn’t that it was Greek, but that it was […]

Late March Distractions

By: | Post date: March 26, 2009 | Comments: No Comments
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Life has run away with me. Which is normally a preamble to me suspending operations on this blog. chaq qaS, ‘a wej qaS. Maybe, but not yet. (That’s for the couple of you that expected more Klingon out of me. It’s all you’re getting this posting.) Life has run away with me in lots of […]

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