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Archive for January, 2009

LaTeX packages in home directory

I finally figured out how to get downloaded LaTeX packages working from my home directory: Create ~/texmf! I’d actually known that first step since long ago, but it didn’t work after a few tries, so I gave up. Anyhow, it works now, and (for example) I can put a custom bst file in ~/texmf/bibtex/bst without […]

KDE 4.2 — The Answer

(I’d already been using the release candidate, but…) KDE 4.2 is now official!

Wisdom teeth

I was at the dentist’s yesterday. It had been a few months since my bottom wisdom teeth started to erupt (I’m only 16!), and an X-ray showed that both were impacted—the left one diagonally, and the right nearly horizontally. I’m having them extracted on Feb. 12 (after the AMC). I’m not expecting much: (That’s not […]

Colemak, the superior alternative to QWERTY and Dvorak

Please read this page for a detailed description of why we need to start using a better keyboard layout than the one most of the U.S. population is using right now, one that has stuck around needlessly for more than a century. In short, the QWERTY keyboard layout was designed in the 1870s to slow […]

I’m learning C++!

I thought it’d be nice to learn C++ alongside Python, so I submitted the same algorithm for SPOJ project code TEST in C++: #include <iostream> #include <cstdlib> using namespace std; int main () { int num; num = 0; while (num != 42) { cin >> num; if (num == 42) { return 0; } […]

SPOJ — programming exercises

The Sphere Online Judge has thousands of programming exercises you can try (submit your code and see if it’s correct!) in lots of different languages. I’m only a (extremely) novice python programmer; here is my first submission to exercise 1 (code TEST): #!/usr/bin/env python n = 0 while n != 42: n = input() if […]

Firefox still trumps Konqueror

KDE! I love integration, and KDE 4 is awesome at it. I switched from Thunderbird to KMail/aKregator a while ago and love it. Firefox was left as my only non-KDE app (okay, and OO.o, but I use Kile much more often). Hmm. Since it was taking up so much RAM anyway (250 MB and up?!), […]


Anki is a flashcard program written in PyQT. I found it about two weeks (?) ago mentioned on PlanetKDE, and it’s helped a lot with my Japanese. Apparently, Anki (which, by the way, means “memorization” in Japanese) is a “spaced repetition system,” and it schedules my cards intelligently. For example, if it shows me a […]

Happy New Year

Yeah. Now that I have this blog running, let’s see how long it survives.. Happy New Year!