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Entries from January 2008

Productivity tip: keep a handwritten log

January 31st, 2008 · 4 Comments

This is the best productivity tip I have received in a long time, and it is surprisingly simple:
Keep a handwritten, detailed log of your daily activities.

I have been using GTD for some time now, and my problem has always remained in the last step: actually doing the things in my actions list. I am easily [...]

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OpenSim on OSX… or: your own secondlife grid in 8 easy steps

January 31st, 2008 · 35 Comments

Following DrScofield’s instructions for setting up OpenSim , I thought I’d give it a try on my OSX laptop. The process is not quite as straightforward, but it works. Here’s what I did:

Download and install the Mono package for OSX from the Mono downloads page.
If you don’t have subversion, install it. I personally like the [...]

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Using launchd to immortalize Quicksilver (howto)

January 28th, 2008 · 5 Comments

I love Quicksilver, but the latest version crashes every once in a while. It’s not so frequent as to be really annoying, but the annoying part is that to re-launch it I have to go hunting in the Applications folder, or use Spotlight, none of which is an acceptable alternative being used to Quicksilver.
It occurred [...]

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YouTube – Commodore 64 – 25th Anniversary Celebration – The Commodore 64 25-anniversary event at the Computer History Museum. (tags: commodore c64 history video nostalgia )

Commodore 64 still loved after all these years – – The C64 was my first real exposure to computers (I had a TS/1000 before, but it was a very limited machine), so this article really brings some good memories. (tags: commodore nostalgia c64 computers cnn )

GEOS download files for C64/C128 – Back in its day, GEOS was a very capable graphical O.S., which managed to do amazing things on lowly 8-bit hardware. Now you can get the files for free, to play with in any of the available C64/C128 emulators (or on real hardware, if you still have it). (tags: c64 c128 software commodore geos nostalgia )

Supercataloger 128

January 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Now here’s a blast from the past: the article (my first publication!) and code for “Supercataloger 128″, a program I wrote for the Commodore 128 to keep a catalog of the content of your floppy disks, which I submitted to COMPUTE!’s Gazette . They accepted it, but at a whopping 282 lines of code (plus [...]

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Tags: · Commodore BASIC Program Lister – Decoder for converting files in Commodore Basic format to ASCII. (tags: commodore tools c64 c128 converter basic )

How to emulate Unix’ getent with MacOSX’s dscl

January 21st, 2008 · 1 Comment

The Unix getent command does not exist in OSX. Starting from 10.5 (Leopard), the administrative databases have changed from Netinfo to DirectoryService, and the main tool for looking things in DS is dscl (see also this article at
For example, to query a user by UID with getent, you would run:

getent passwd <uid>

With dscl, you [...]

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Pester alarm clock – Very simple, lightweight and free timer/alarm clock program for OSX. Allows setting multiple alarms and to use a system-wide key to quickly create new timers. (tags: clock software macosx tools time apple free mac osx opensource )