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Entries from November 2005

PAT2PDF : a very cool site where you enter a patent number, it downloads all the pages from the USPTO site, and gives you a PDF. In related news, is this patent for real? (1)

Speed reading

November 12th, 2005 · No Comments

Not too long ago, I took a speed reading class, which can be pretty much summarized by the advise given in this note. I suffer from the ever-growing-reading-list problem. My “to read” pile keeps getting bigger, even though I try to assign some time every week to read. But inevitably this time gets overrun by [...]

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Updating to modular xorg-x11 in Gentoo (Howto)

November 7th, 2005 · 4 Comments

I updated my xorg-x11 installation in my Gentoo machine to version xorg-x11-7.0.0_rc1, which uses the new “modular” architecture. It was mostly painless. Here are the steps:
1. Unmerge the old xorg-x11 (make a binary package in case you want to go back: quickpkg xorg-x11)
2. Copy the whole xorg-x11 section from /usr/portage/profiles/package.mask to /etc/portage/package.unmask
3. emerge -av [...]

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GoboLinux – the alternative Linux distribution

November 3rd, 2005 · No Comments

GoboLinux – the alternative Linux distribution:
An interesting new Linux distribution, which uses a directory structure similar to MacOSX, which while unusual from the Unix point of view, actually makes sense once you get used to it – particularly the every-application-in-its-own-directory concept, which makes it very easy to manage applications. This is actually an old concept [...]

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