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by xyzzy
Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: A-Levels '08
Replies: 64
Views: 5497

Re: A-Levels '08

Good to have my results at last. Basically 3As and a B in Maths... which although I know I can get that up to an A I'm slightly concerned Cambridge might not interview now. Does anyone have any ideas what it takes to not get an interview? Turns out the exam I was worried about was fine, as were mos...
by xyzzy
Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: The Asus Eee thread
Replies: 268
Views: 43370

Re: The Asus Eee thread

I'll be getting the 901 20G when I get the money, but I plan to replace Xandros. What are some recommended alternative distros? Go here , scroll down to the lists of distros. There's half a dozen or so built just for the Eee, and another bunch of instructions for installing most of the standard one...
by xyzzy
Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: A-Levels '08
Replies: 64
Views: 5497

Re: A-Levels '08

AS only so far, but I picked up 4 A's. It's good enough to be starting with.
by xyzzy
Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!"
Replies: 27
Views: 8014

Re: "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!"

That's another thing I never figured out: he mentions doing integrals that would otherwise require complex analysis by, what was it, differentiating under the integral sign? How does that work? He mentions the book he learned it from... Anyway, I rather enjoy reading Feynman's pieces. He has 'a ver...
by xyzzy
Sun Aug 10, 2008 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26096
Views: 2563053

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. Unfortunately, it's incompatible with every Operating System in existence.

I wish E17 was finally released.
by xyzzy
Sun Aug 10, 2008 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: The Asus Eee thread
Replies: 268
Views: 43370

Re: The Asus Eee thread

I'm afraid I have no idea about the advanced desktop. A friend of mine got it running, so I'll ask them about it if I see them online.* Debian was a breeze for me, following the instructions on the Debian wiki. I understand the 901 is more interesting to get the network working, and WPA apparently d...
by xyzzy
Thu Aug 07, 2008 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: The Asus Eee thread
Replies: 268
Views: 43370

Re: The Asus Eee thread

levicc00123 wrote:I just bought one today so it should be here either tomorrow or Friday, is there anything I should know?


The standard Linux distribution is limited, and not the nicest to work with. Debian is, IMO at least, a much better choice. It's also very easy to install.
by xyzzy
Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Browsers
Replies: 187
Views: 37673

Re: Browsers

I use Epiphany, a GNOME-native browser. Very small and very fast, yet it uses Gecko, so it renders perfectly. For certain values of perfectly. Fox generally unfortunately. Dillo on occasion, and w3m on occasion. For documentation on my computer, I read it in qemacs, which has a slick little html vi...
by xyzzy
Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: The Asus Eee thread
Replies: 268
Views: 43370

Re: The Asus Eee thread

Well, the screen being larger means things will be larger on screen and therefore easier to read--not an issue for me, but is for some people. Yeah, people saying that it's ONLY resolution and not screen size that matters is bullshit. I don't care if you have 100000000x40000000 resolution, if it's ...
by xyzzy
Sat Jun 21, 2008 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: GUI vs. CLI
Replies: 54
Views: 17452

Re: GUI vs. CLI

... Word processing, GUI especially if you are a little nuts about the type setting. ... No, if you're anywhere near nuts about the typesetting you'll be using LaTeX or plain TeX or something similar. If what you actually meant was "nuts about drawing your documents crudely on a low resolution...
by xyzzy
Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: [Poll] Who is your favourite of the 'Big Three'?
Replies: 60
Views: 8394

Re: [Poll] Who is your favourite of the 'Big Three'?

Asimov. Clarke is very good, but I prefer Asimov's writing and plots. Heinlein is also good --- The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is one of the best books I've read --- but the quality varies. He does produce good quotes though. I think the main reason is that Asimov's stories feel like the best, the hum...
by xyzzy
Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: The Asus Eee thread
Replies: 268
Views: 43370

Re: The Asus Eee thread

So how hard is it to get Ratpoison running on it? Like, would I be able to grab it from the repositories, or would I have to build from source or even put a different distro on it? It's fully compatible with Debian Stable, in my experience. So it'll run fine --- that's where I pulled wmii from, aft...
by xyzzy
Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: xkcd warhammer fantasy roleplay game
Replies: 50
Views: 8606

Re: xkcd warhammer fantasy roleplay game

I'll play. As I have none of the books or knowledge of the rules, I suspect you may need to create the characters.
by xyzzy
Sun Jun 15, 2008 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Why do you prefer [n] programming language?
Replies: 87
Views: 29901

Re: Why do you prefer [n] programming language?

You could do the same in lisp, with a few functions extra to handle it. So a matrix multiplied by it's inverse would be: (matmult ((1 2) (3 4)) (matinv ((1 2) (3 4)))) For suitable functions matmult and matinv. And if you don't like the parens, there's a scheme srfi that implements I-expressions , w...
by xyzzy
Sun Jun 08, 2008 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Should we all use plain text for email?
Replies: 29
Views: 7018

Re: Should we all use plain text for email?

You see, that's the sort of thing I would have written up as a TeX document instead, and sent that around, with a note on the email saying something like "contained is the analysis of X, please respond with comments." Anyway, I use mutt. That should answer your questions. And at the PTTP t...
by xyzzy
Mon May 26, 2008 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best lightweight window manager
Replies: 29
Views: 16385

Re: Best lightweight window manager

My Eee is running wmii, for ... The wmiirc file is a shell script. What you do is make yourself a .wmii directory, copy... I was just reading up on wmii, and thought to myself; "Wow, that system sounds really powerful, and really confusing. How do people work with that?" Then I realised, ...
by xyzzy
Mon May 26, 2008 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best lightweight window manager
Replies: 29
Views: 16385

Re: Best lightweight window manager

My Eee is running wmii, for minimal load and smooth operation. And the wonderful customizability. Zenten (or other who are interested). The wmiirc file is a shell script. What you do is make yourself a .wmii directory, copy the systemwide ones in tehre, then customise. There's a line a short way do...
by xyzzy
Mon May 26, 2008 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best lightweight window manager
Replies: 29
Views: 16385

Re: Best lightweight window manager

My Eee is running wmii, for minimal load and smooth operation. And the wonderful customizability. Zenten (or other who are interested). The wmiirc file is a shell script. What you do is make yourself a .wmii directory, copy the systemwide ones in tehre, then customise. There's a line a short way dow...
by xyzzy
Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Tesseract Game?
Replies: 67
Views: 20091

Re: Tesseract Game?

Go read Heinlein's short story "And he built a crooked house". It's set in a tesseract. The premise, roughly, is that a house is built in California in the shape of an unfolded tesseract. One earthquake later, and it's folded up into the full shape. Might be some good ideas in there.
by xyzzy
Sun Apr 27, 2008 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: best terminal emulator
Replies: 47
Views: 10036

Re: best terminal emulator

Yeah, I know. However, nesting screen sessions is irritating, especially if you're then running nano or Emacs in the interior one. So there is a terminal with everything local in screen. A terminal connected to my desktop running screen on there. And a terminal connected to my server running screen ...
by xyzzy
Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: best terminal emulator
Replies: 47
Views: 10036

Re: best terminal emulator

True. But I very rarely need to be viewing multiple terminals, and on this screen it's nearly impossible. So it's really a 'to each their own' thing here. I have three terminals atm, two of them connected to other machines, and one running everything in screen. But only one on screen at a time, due ...
by xyzzy
Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: best terminal emulator
Replies: 47
Views: 10036

Re: best terminal emulator

No, I mean being able to attach a session from multiple places. For even more points, I want to be able to transfer them between machines.
by xyzzy
Sun Apr 20, 2008 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: best terminal emulator
Replies: 47
Views: 10036

Re: best terminal emulator

Are you serious? A couple of IRC sessions, a man page, a remote and local terminal you are switching between (it helps to have the other visible if you are doing related work). There are heaps more reasons like w3m, music players, bit torrent, etc. This is why screen exists. You never need more ter...
by xyzzy
Sat Apr 12, 2008 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 217423

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

Hm. I lean towards the Kel-Tec P2000. Pistol caliber carbine, plenty of different options for size, lightweight, fairly accurate at short to medium ranges, and folds down for compact storage. Yes, it's not perfect when compared to a proper battle rifle, nor is it as good at point blank range as a pi...
by xyzzy
Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 217423

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

Which is why it's designed to be fairly low recoil. It was, however, not a serious suggestion.

For travelling kit, a long handled hammer, and if a firearm is required, a short carbine, as that combines the best features of a pistol and a rifle. Plus food, etc.
by xyzzy
Sat Apr 12, 2008 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Track Pads vs Track Ball vs Mouse
Replies: 49
Views: 18964

Re: Track Pads vs Track Ball vs Mouse

They move too fast for my liking --- the cursor tends to dart all over the place. Let me go weigh the current mouse on my desktop for a moment. 120g. That one strikes me as just about right for general use. I like to have the sensitivity fairly high, and I find it a lot easier to control the heavier...
by xyzzy
Sat Apr 12, 2008 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 217423

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

jjaro: Great informative post. Incidentally, what do people think of the use of a pistol caliber carbine instead of the more traditional rifle/shotgun and handgun? Kel-Tec do a model that folds down for compact storage, fires your choice of common pistol ammo. The main advantage I could think of wou...
by xyzzy
Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Track Pads vs Track Ball vs Mouse
Replies: 49
Views: 18964

Re: Track Pads vs Track Ball vs Mouse

Generally a mouse, but it has to have some weight to it. So either a rollerball mouse, or wireless so it has batteries, or weighted down with bits of lead. I cannot stand too light a mouse. On large laptops I prefer to have a trackpoint --- faster to use, but my Eee is quite usable with a touchpad.
by xyzzy
Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Why do you prefer [n] programming language?
Replies: 87
Views: 29901

Re: Why do you prefer [n] programming language?

Haskell would probably do it, something about lazy evaluation.
by xyzzy
Wed Apr 09, 2008 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Tom Lehrer vs. Peter Schickele
Replies: 17
Views: 3329

Re: Tom Lehrer vs. Peter Schickele

On some investigation, a better comparison to Mr Schickele strikes me as being Victor Borge, as both fit into a similar mold.
by xyzzy
Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Burning Man
Replies: 32
Views: 32511

Re: Burning Man

I've never been yet. I should be going to Burning Man or Nowhere in 2009 though. (Nowhere is the European regional burn, held in Spain).
by xyzzy
Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: best terminal emulator
Replies: 47
Views: 10036

Re: best terminal emulator

It's irritating for handling lots of windows, because without a window manager you obviously don't get any iconification or the like. Which means that windows won't disappear when selected. Apart from that, it's a nice way of handling just a few.
by xyzzy
Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: best terminal emulator
Replies: 47
Views: 10036

Re: best terminal emulator

And ideally screen as well... Seconded. ...which means I only need to keep one around. This I really do not understand. I have always been under the impression that the reason to run X is so that you can display multiple VTs simultaneously. How do all you people survive with your single/tabbed term...
by xyzzy
Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: best terminal emulator
Replies: 47
Views: 10036

Re: best terminal emulator

Uxterm. Simple, fast, always installed.

And ideally screen as well, which means I only need to keep one around. Otherwise it's bound to a nice keyboard shortcut.
by xyzzy
Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever
Replies: 243
Views: 49475

Re: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever

I like my apps to look like they came from 1991 with an updated skin. Generally, those apps are also lighter weight and less bloated. Although that doesn't apply to Gnome, unfortunately. As far as the heavy shiny ones go, I haven't yet found something that can beat E17 on that front. Lean, minimali...
by xyzzy
Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever
Replies: 243
Views: 49475

Re: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever

I like my apps to look like they came from 1991 with an updated skin. Generally, those apps are also lighter weight and less bloated. Although that doesn't apply to Gnome, unfortunately.

As far as the heavy shiny ones go, I haven't yet found something that can beat E17 on that front.
by xyzzy
Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Cthulhu! (Well, Lovecraft in general)
Replies: 69
Views: 17712

Re: Cthulhu! (Well, Lovecraft in general)

I actually quite like Lovecraft's writing style, but to each their own. No idea about favourite story though.
by xyzzy
Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Note-taking
Replies: 34
Views: 9856

Re: Note-taking

http://ctan.org/ is your friend. What, in particular, do you want to be able to do? Try searching for chem* in package descriptions or the like. Anyway, TikZ is a very powerful drawing package, the various AMS packages will do nearly everything you need to do with math, and I favour Beamer for prese...
by xyzzy
Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Note-taking
Replies: 34
Views: 9856

Re: Note-taking

There are TeX modes for Chemistry diagrams and everything like that you're likely to do. My method is to pick my packages. I'll learn one, and learn it good. So there's half a dozen various presentation systems, but I use Beamer. I imagine the same could be applied to chemistry and the like. Also, T...
by xyzzy
Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best lightweight window manager
Replies: 29
Views: 16385

Re: Best lightweight window manager

Well, first thing to do is to get rid of Nautilus. My personal choice is Worker. Anyway, for lightweight window managers. I'm partial to Quark and Lwm, the second of which I'm running currently. The tiniest out there is TinyWM, but you're going to need some extra apps to make it reasonably usable. Y...

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