LaTeX, KDE 4-5 Transition and TeXstudio

When I’m at the computer, a great deal of my writing activity happens not precisely in a word processor (such as MS Word, or LibreOffice Writer), but on a text editor, preparing source code for a document typesetting and preparation system known as LaTeX (Wikipedia entry). This system is easy, powerful and beautiful, allowing me […]

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Leslie Lamport wins the Turing Award

Leslie Lamport, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, was awarded the 2013 Turing Award of the Association for Computing Machinery, for his contributions to distributed computing. The citation reads: For fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of distributed and concurrent systems, notably the invention of concepts such as causality and logical clocks, safety and liveness, […]

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Venturing into the Dark Side ;)

(Click on the image for a much larger version) It’s been a while. I’ve been busy as usual, with really hectic days. My Christmas was nice, but January was a difficult month. I had to face several challenges, including several (and expensive) repairs to the car. I’m still sitting tight, but meanwhile there are news. […]

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Wikileaks and the “Dissent Tax”

First things first: Merry Christmas! A Christmas post is imminent. Stay tuned And second: It’s been a looong time! I know, I know… but work and law school conspired to make regular posting impossible. However, I have several writings maturing, so hopefully there’s going to be something for you in these days. With that being […]

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The Least Common of the Senses in Computing

If you forgive me the obviousness, you may have already heard that somewhere else that “common sense is the least common of all senses”. As far as popular wisdom goes, this saying is usually right; but there are two special corollaries: Proposition is specially true in all commercial/business environments; and Proposition is uniquely true in […]

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Software: KDE and assorted stuff

Time goes on, and with it, new software releases come and go. So, I think it is appropriate to comment on some software I use. Let’s see: My GNU/Linux distribution: Slackware. After all these years, I am still a Slackware user. If anything has taught me on Linux distributions during this time, is that Slackware’s […]

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The Web Ads Question

Tim, in a recent blog post, has tackled a subject that touches a sensitive area of Web surfing: ads, and the ethical validity of blocking them. The issue is that an increasing number of Web surfers are taking advantage of ad blocking techniques. For Firefox and Seamonkey there is the well-known Ad Block Plus extension. […]

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Bilbo Blogger!

I just discovered a great blogging app: Bilbo Blogger, a blogging app for KDE4. I set it up in its simple config dialog, and presto! it retrieved all my last posts, and automagically set itself up. So far, it looks very promising. We’ll see. Until then, it surely looks like a winner. For Tim: I […]

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Wireless? Yeah!

There’s a story with sombragris, the trusty laptop that my brother, friend and namesake Ed Hurst graciously gave me. Sombragris is a Dell Latitude D505, and works great with Linux. Great, that is, with the exception of wireless networking, which is furnished by a Broadcom chipset, that never worked, not even in Windows. Now, whenever […]

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KDE 4.2: Oh. My. Goodness…

Yep. That darned thing left me breathless. After roughly 14-15 h of compiling (that is excluding dependencies, such as Qt which alone took > 4h, and KOffice and Kdevelop as well), I am finally using KDE 4.2. I’m typing this on KDE 4.2, using Konqueror. After KDE 4.1 I was expecting something good, but, honestly, […]

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Akismet enabled

I finally caved in and enabled the Akismet web service to stop comment spam. I was getting between 250-300+ comments per day, all of them spam. So far, it seems to work well… and whoa! what a relief! Meanwhile, I’m spending the day at home, doing some errands and pampering my wife, who caught the […]

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Slackware 12.1 on phoenix

I upgraded “phoenix”, my PIII-450 desktop workstation, to Slackware 12.1 over the last weekend. My workstation had Slackware 12.0 running smoothly, and I did the upgrade using the procedure described in the Slackware documentation. Thankfully, the upgrade went well, and now I have 12.1 running on phoenix. Overall it feels really good, and even faster. […]

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KDE 4.1 released

Reading several Internet news media, it is apparent that KDE has gotten a lot of heat recently from several quarters. The main issue seems to be the KDE 4 release and its buggy-incomplete quality, and the fact that several distributions rushed to place KDE 4.0.x as a replacement of KDE 3.5.10, something which clearly was […]

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Internet Censorship in Paraguay

This is a sad story of how a state-owned monopoly can hinder the flow of information to the public even in a supposedly free country. The state-owned Paraguayan Communications Company (COPACO) has a firm grip on the Internet connectivity of most Paraguayans. This is because COPACO acts at two levels: (1) at the “provider” level, […]

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WordPress 2.3… yay!

I managed to upgrade to WordPress 2.3. This is a pretty serious upgrade, and for the first time it comes with native tag support! Because of this I also decided to change theme. After years of using the excellent and sober Blue Theme 1.0 by Alex King, I am tentatively switching to the Unnamed theme […]

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A Challenging Week, Upgrades…

This has been a challenging week. Things are not going as well as I would have wished in the financial front; but we are holding on. But the most difficult problem is a delicate situation that must be overcome by my local church. Our senior pastor unexpectedly passed away last week, and the outlook for […]

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Writing projects

Right now I am immersed in two small writing projects for OfB.biz: A review of the Unicomp Model M keyboard: This is basically an expansion of this post, with more details concerning the acquisition process. The Unicomp keyboard is really outstanding, and I think the public deserves to know the existence of such a keyboard, […]

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Serious Fun Ahead ;)

I’m in for some serious fun of the best kind. I just learned that Patrick Volkerding released Slackware 12.0 yesterday. The changes from 11.0 are deep and significant; among the ones worth mentioning are the inclusion of a kernel 2.6.x by default, X11 version 7.2, and support for HAL. These updates prompt Patrick to make […]

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Way to go Fred!

Browsing over LXer, the GNU/Linux news site edited by my brother and friend Don Parris, I found this interview with Fred Miller. Fred is an old friend, back from several years ago. I met him at the CS-FSLUG mail list, and I found really nice to learn more from him and to have him featured […]

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A Round of Upgrades

Last week I was busy downloading and installing a fairly comprehensive round of upgrades: WordPress 2.2: I upgraded all of my WordPress sites to version 2.2. Version 2.2 offers a number of improvements, such as support for widgets and full Atom support; but the changes I cared for the most were the speed improvements. KDE […]

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Weird Samba Problem

I was asked by my church to set up a GNU/Linux box to be used as a Samba file server. The hardware is a rather nice Dell PowerEdge SC440 server with a Xeon processor. They asked me because they knew I have experience with GNU/Linux… but the problem is, I have never ever touched Samba […]

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Slax is priceless

I am growing more and more fond of Slax. Slax is a “live” (as in “live CD”) GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware that is simple, fast, powerful, and flexible. Its worth was evident to me right from the beginning. As of now, I do not have internet access on phoenix, my new home desktop system. […]

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sombragris: RIP, 2000-2006

Updated Dec. 26, 2006: minor corrections. The title tells you all about my lack of recent posting. On November 21, 2006, sombragris, my trusty old Compaq Presario 1200XL-118 laptop, refused to boot. The problem was compounded due to the fact that said refusal happened during a meeting where I was supposed to show a work […]

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