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How to survive a coffee cup - guide for laptop (and cat) owners

Yesterday my cat spilled a full cup of hot coffee on my 2k$+ laptop. Today, there is no trace of the incident and the laptop is working perfectly again. This is partially thanks to luck, partially to Dell laptop engineering and partially to my instinctive actions within first 10 seconds of the incident. I will recap it here so that if you happen to have a mishap of such kind you would know what to do to save your laptop.

Voting on emails?

What does it sound like when a commission is reinventing a wheel? Much like this. Guys, the technology you are looking for is called (*gasp*) a forum, with moderators and poster carma and such ...

Censorship is unacceptable

UK ISPs erect "Great Firewall of Britain" to censor Wikipedia

iPhone review from a free software guy

I got an iPhone on the very first day it was available officially in my country. I have used it every day since then and am now ready to decide how good it really is. Summary: it is a great piece of technology and the only tradeback is the locked down platform. I have abandoned my Palm and am not looking back.

Copyright infringement is like walking into a concert without a ticket

In light of Ted's post on copyright, it is clear that we are bogged down by a hostile terminology.

Slowfs

I have just encountered a bug in Gnome that is much more visible when the hard drive is slow or overloaded and responds slowly. This gave me an idea - how about a simple transparent FUSE filesystem that does nothing else than delay, slow down and possibly reorder filesystem requests? Such a filesystem would be very useful for debugging. We developers tend to have high-performance systems and that hides many bugs, but if we could have a slower system on-demand, it will give us the ability to debug our applications better.

Following the US finansial problems OR elections

Lately following the US elections (and lately the finance collapse) is an interesting thing, I have been watching the following (in the order of importance):


  1. NBC Nightly News

  2. NBC Meet the Press

  3. NBC Countdown

  4. The Daily Show/The Colbert Report

24th September as a day against software patents - Debian support?

According to the Slashdot article and the StopSoftwarePatents.org website itself and on Digg, the anti-software-patent activists are attempting a world-wide event on the 24th of September as a world-wide day against software patents. USA has them via a weird court ruling, Japan has them as well (not sure why), there have been efforts to force software patents on EU, India, Australia and many other countries either by Microsoft lobbies or even via US trade treaty pressure.

Paris Hilton

... I find that I am actually respecting her after this.

Better now!

As soon as my laptop came back from repairs, I started to feel better - being back with 1920x1200 resolution is great! NVidia is much more stable than ATi and Intel wireless is just great!

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