Tag: Information Technology

NZ #1: Wellington (with no mention of Wellington)

By: | Post date: December 28, 2009 | Comments: 10 Comments
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I salute you, those of my readers who have not already wiped me from their RSS feeds. A couple of months of radio silence have passed: once again Your Correspondent has fallen off the blogging bandwagon, as has happened before and may well happen again. With the benefit of paranoid introspection, I can even venture […]

Summer Glau’s Uncanny Valley

By: | Post date: September 25, 2009 | Comments: 2 Comments
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No, I’m not referring to a TV actress’ cleavage. In truth, I don’t even know whether Summer Glau has a cleavage. No, I’m talking about the robot she portrayed on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. (A post on a TV show?! Well, this is the personal blog, not the linguistics one.) I don’t much watch […]

Spokesblogger for a Nation

By: | Post date: August 26, 2009 | Comments: 2 Comments
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Montreal airport has the same Canadiana as Toronto airport. Airports sell humorous quirky takes on the local culture to inform the curious tourist—The Undutchables was all over Amsterdam airport. Toronto surtitled its Canadiana “Like Maple Syrup for the soul”. Montreal surtitled it “Comme sirop d’érable pour l’âme”. But it was the same English-language Canadiana in […]

The Ibycus mainframe

By: | Post date: May 20, 2009 | Comments: 5 Comments
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In re: TLG: Ibycus The Ibycus computer was what Thesaurus Linguae Graecae data crunching got done on throughout the 1980s and 1990s. It was the stuff of legend, an HP 1000 customised in David Packard Jr.‘s garage, with spelling and format checkers and text editors in assembler, that crunched through tens of millions of words […]

Death of the Library as I knew it

By: | Post date: April 26, 2009 | Comments: 1 Comment
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Extended radio silence, dear readers, has been in part because I was putting some work into my Greek linguistics blog, including finally getting round to typing in the various redactions of the Greek verses of Rumi and Sultan Walad. In part, it was because I spent some library time with theologians (unrelated to the preceding […]

[GEEK]: eeePC travails #4: Polytonic eeePC

By: | Post date: March 29, 2009 | Comments: 1 Comment
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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

By: | Post date: March 29, 2009 | Comments: No Comments
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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

By: | Post date: March 29, 2009 | Comments: No Comments
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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

By: | Post date: March 29, 2009 | Comments: No Comments
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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

By: | Post date: March 29, 2009 | Comments: No Comments
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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 […]

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