Using Pidgin to access Google Talk behind a Proxy requiring Authentication

There are many posts referring to accessing Google Talk from Pidgin, though I had some trouble accessing it from behind a proxy in addition to that. After finally getting it working, here is what I had to do. Continue Reading »

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Blogging from OpenOffice

One of the qualms I have had with updating my blog is that writing articles, especially lengthy ones with illustrations, is just too cumbersome. Having to log in through the website, and especially the process of separately uploading and inserting images is just too much work. So I decided to see if there are any options for publishing from OpenOffice, and as it turns out, there are some.

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To Detail … Fanatical Attention

I took my car in for a service yesterday, and because there was nothing to read and because I was told I would have to wait an hour for the driver to take me to work, I took to reading the signs around me. This one was so good that I had to take a picture. Continue Reading »

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Pit your programming language against the rest!

While looking around for benchmarks on the languages I like best (which already tell you that benchmarks are a farce, right?), I came across two interesting websites. So interesting in fact, I’m going to share them with you.

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Chat around the (open) fire

The client where I am currently working does not provide instant messaging (IM). That is a pity, because IM is a great way to collaborate with fellow workers. While many companies fear that providing their employees with this ability will waste endless working hours and grind production to a halt, being able to do so is definitely a productivity enhancer, at least in some departments.
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A long absence

This Monday I returned to work after nearly one-and-a-half weeks of leave following the birth of our lovely daughter. Now we have a family of four. Her brother is very sweet with her, strokes her gently and always talks about his sister. We are really blessed with him being so loving to her, especially with me back at work and my wife looking after both children and not having as much time to dote on our son as before. Continue Reading »

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A problem for this decade

How will this decade be referred to in twenty years’ time? It’s fine to talk about anything from the 20s to the 90s, but the first two decades of a century are problematic. We look at something today and say: “Man, that’s so 80s!” or “I like the music of the 70s”. But what will the children and teens refer to in years to come when talking about this decade and the next? “I’m a child of the units” or “That dress is so 10s!”. It just doesn’t have the same effect.

I wonder, was this problem prevalent in the 1900s and centuries before that as well or did we only start referring to decades in this way recently?

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Slide guitar by Hannes Coetzee – you’ve got to see this!

While searching YouTube for videos of slide guitar (because I own a metal slide and have never known how to use it), I came across this amazing video of South African Hannes Coetzee, playing the guitar, using a spoon in his mouth for the slide! Continue Reading »

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More on piano lessons, and a new job

Two posts ago, I was talking about piano lessons on YouTube. Since then, I have started taking piano lessons at a nearby music school. This was just what I needed. You can only get so far on your own; then you need someone to guide you along and challenge you. I must thank my brother-in-law though, because although I’ve been talking about taking lessons for a while, he urged me to do it, having taken guitar lessons himself. I’m glad he did. All I needed was a gentle kick up the butt.

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Moving House

Not really. I’m simply about to reinstall Windows. But as I was about to go “Start -> Turn Off Computer” on this installation, it suddenly felt very final. I was not going to see this installation again. I had another look around to make sure that I had backed everything up, that everything was packed and ready to go. I was a bit nervous about whether my backups would end up OK on the other side. Continue Reading »

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