Replace your terminal emulator with Emacs + multi-term
November 13, 2013 at 2:21 am EDT

Lately, I have been a big fan of using multi-term in Emacs. Enough so that I’ve essentially replaced gnome-terminal/terminator/konsole/etc. with it. I suppose it’s in nature as there seems to be a progression for most Emacs newbies toward trying to do everything in Emacs. Anyway, the reason I use `multi-term` instead of, for instance `shell` or `term` is because it seems to play more nicely with zsh, my long-time preferred shell, as well as the ability to easily open up new buffers. On the computer I am typing this from (and primarily configuring stuff right now), I am running XFCE… Read More »

Download Many Images in One Line
January 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm EDT

I wanted to download all of these wallpapers because quite frankly, it’s an awesome car. The fact of the matter is though, 45 images is quite a few. I used this one liner in Ruby to download all of them using wget: 1.upto(45) { |x| `wget{“%02d” % x}-mclaren-p1-paris.jpg -O #{“%02d” % x}-mclaren-p1.jpg` } Easy huh?  The “%02d” % x is used to pad ‘x’ with the correct number of 0’s.  This sort of thing can be applied to a lot of other pages given there is some kind of simple pattern like there was in this one.

[Tutorial] Quick and Easy LaTeX to PDF using pdflatex
September 22, 2012 at 3:08 pm EDT

I didn’t see any super simple example around, so here is my attempt.  For advanced use, look elsewhere, but here’s the quick and simple way of converting LaTeX to PDF.  First, install pdfTeX.  It is part of many TeX distributions so you probably already have it.  Then, run the following command: [kota@archdesktop Downloads]$ pdflatex <insert filename here> A PDF file with the appropriate name should appear in the directory.

First Look at ImageTable
September 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm EDT

Image viewers can be a pretty big problem when looking at reference images.  Therefore, I decided to rethink the idea of an image viewer. What makes ImageTable different (so far): While you can open images directly with it, you can paste images into it from a web browser or some other source instead A minimap allows for quick navigation of the image You can see the initial preview version here: These are the features I hope to add before I release it: Handle multiple images Add sliding animations to the navigation window Drag and drop support Make sure it works… Read More »

Location of Temporary Java Files in Processing in Linux
August 22, 2012 at 9:47 am EDT

So, this is just a quick one. For runtime errors in Processing, the given line number is only useful if you have the generated .java file. The question is, where is that located in Linux? Just go to /tmp/ and there should be a few folders whose names start with the name of your sketch followed by a long string of numbers. Do a quick `ls -t /tmp/*/.java` and the first item listed is the one that you are looking for!

Wolfire’s Game ‘Receiver’ Under Linux
July 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm EDT

Receiver is a game that Wolfire made for the 7DFPS challenge.  Built using the Unity3d engine, it mostly works in Wine, but it has one major problem: the mouse doesn’t work.  As such, I had given up on this the moment I tried it, and after I had seen other people state the same result.   Almost by chance, I came across a post on Linux Game Cast talking about how to install the horror game Slender under Linux.  I took a look at the forums it pointed to, and glanced at the script.  After a bit of digging to find what… Read More »

Converting TTF to EOT in Linux
July 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm EDT

One of the things I hate most about the internet today is having to deal with web browser compatibility.  For custom fonts on a website, it is necessary to use the font-face src tag in CSS3.  The problem here though, is that some browsers, like Internet Explorer, don’t support the TrueType font format.  As such, most methods of enabling this feature require using the Embedded OpenType format.  That also means we need to convert our .ttf files to .eot and host both up on our websites. So, how do we convert from TTF to EOT under Linux? First, download and… Read More »

Simplicity Wallpaper Pack 2 – Radiance
June 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm EDT

The second set in the pack, this time called Radiance.  These wallpapers focus on minimalism and simplicity.  Download the pack below!  Also, if you haven’t checked it out yet, give the first pack, Gray, a look! Download now!

Simplicity Wallpaper Pack 1 – Gray
June 29, 2012 at 4:03 am EDT

A set of four wallpapers which I created over the years that focus on gray scale imagery.  This forms the first pack in a group of “Simplicity Packs”, which are minimalist wallpaper collections.  A preview is below:   Download here

Is the Linux Desktop Really Ready for the Masses?
June 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm EDT

With Canonical working hard on trying to popularize their flagship Linux distribution, Ubuntu, and all the major Linux desktop environments recently having gone heavy changes, desktop Linux has become a much smoother experience than ever before.  Once reserved only for the nerdiest of us, I can say things have come a long way, to the point where even my dear mother (a pianist, by no means at all tech savvy) uses Linux for her day to day web browsing and email.  That said, is our beloved penguin operating system really ready for the average Joe?  Unfortunately, I have to say, not… Read More »