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Wednesday, September 27, 2006
 sudon't know if I got a gun...


Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Find the solution to the 12 or 13 puzzle here. Thanks Sara for GIMPing.

(Update: Removed the image and linked to it.)

Monday, September 25, 2006
 PUZZLE: 12 or 13?

Found this today, not sure how widely it has been distributed in past. Anyway, it's awesome. Try it on if you've not before:

Is it 12 or 13? Wait until the group changes position.

Keep looking!!!

The coolest puzzle I've seen in a while.

Monday, September 18, 2006
 GNOME Vim Syntax Highlighting Macros

Awesome syntax highlighting package for various GNOME modules. My favorite feature is marking deprecated symbols as errors!

Thursday, September 14, 2006
 Weekend: Dan Bern and GNOME 2.16 Party!

So, no internet at home and too much work kept me from blogging the awesomest weekend that was last week.

Dan bern:
First, on Friday night, we (me, Sara, Alireza, Farhang) went to see Dan Bern live in El Mocambo on College & Spadina. What a great concert! So, nobody knows Dan Bern, right? To our advantage! We were literally by the stage for the entire event, Sara went on stage to sing God Said No with him!!! and we went backstage afterwards... Good stuff. Tour details.

(As a note for myself, my Dan Bern favorites in reverse chronological order:

GNOME 2.16 Party:
On Saturday it was GNOME 2.16 Party, Toronto Event! Sara, Hossein, and I cooked the best of Persian food plus some veggie stuff. The rest was too much fun to describe. Clare, Ryan, Ben, John, Andrew, YOU GUYS ROCK!

(interestingly, we had: WSOP student, SoC student, WSOP & SoC mentor, platform hacker, desktop hacker, bindings hacker, kernel hacker, third-party application developer, and GUADEC hacker!)


Monday, September 11, 2006
 Text Layout Summit

As part of Boston Summit: Text Layout Summit. Lets see what we can get done. Let us know if you are coming.

Friday, September 08, 2006
 QoTD: Alan Cox is a thousand GNOMEs

Note that nobody reads every post in linux-kernel. In fact, nobody who expects to have time left over to actually do any real kernel work will read even half. Except Alan Cox, but he's actually not human, but about a thousand gnomes working in under-ground caves in Swansea. None of the individual gnomes read all the postings either, they just work together really well.
Linus Torvalds (2000-05-02)
(emphasize added)

Thursday, September 07, 2006
 GNOME 2.16

Sunday, September 03, 2006
 GNOME 2.16 Release Party

(Come on baby, click on me!)

 Evolution, #4

Evo Tip of the Day:
alias killev="killall evolution evolution-data-server-1.6 spamd"

Update: Bug filed.

Friday, September 01, 2006
 !MS Quote Database

(Anti-)Microsoft Quote Database. Too good to not share.

The winner is:
Microsoft programs are generally bug-free. If you visit the Microsoft hotline, you'll literally have to wait weeks if not months until someone calls in with a bug in one of our programs. 99.99% of calls turn out to be user mistakes.... I know not a single less irrelevant reason for an update than bugfixes. The reasons for updates are to present more new features.
—Bill Gates