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csv: Assuming you're tracking testing or unstable, that usually means you should be using upgrade instead of dist-upgrade. Then examine what's left over and use apt-get install to upgrade whatever looks sensible, leaving gimp-data or whatever until the matching binary package is available.

I believe aptitude's dependency-resolution can work this sort of thing out by itself and present you with proposed solutions, but I'm too old and set in my ways to change now, so I use the above technique.

ncm: You will need to install some WAD files to use Doom. Tetris is available as a plugin called "rockblox".
25 Apr 2007 (updated 25 Apr 2007 at 23:08 UTC) »
vicious: fyi, 403 on the pdf.

and gj on the phd!

svu: I am not a heavy consumer of YouTube-hosted content, but I find that keepvid.com and an FLV-capable video player (mplayer or Totem as the mood strikes) do the job.
prozac: the software is named mod_virgule, and should be easy to find.
24 Apr 2006 (updated 24 Apr 2006 at 13:48 UTC) »

Six weeks ago I quit my job of five years, and three weeks ago I moved to Melbourne, both big steps for someone of my disposition. But then, only a fool looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart.

In between looking for contract work — since self-promotion is not a strong point of mine, this is going slowly — I have gone to a bunch of music and comedy shows, eaten out, sampled some fine antipodean beers, and joined the library. (A visit to the Mountain Goat brewery is indeed on my list.) The Guinness is not great, but I was not expecting it to be and so there is no problem.

free software

Aside from random elisp hacks and a patch to the git SCM that was committed (under my real name), I haven't done much beyond boot current Linux kernels on my PowerBook and complain bitterly when they break. It sure is nice to have support for the wireless adapter now!


I brought a few books from my Shelf Of Shame, most merely unfinished, but some unread. So far no book's status has changed. It seems I can only learn new languages when I have a project in mind.

19 Dec 2005 (updated 19 Dec 2005 at 15:33 UTC) »
salmoni, orique: It's an alleged feature of Firefox's that visits the top result on Google. (For example, McDonald's is the top result for "s".) Check out the "keyword" items in about:config.
28 Sep 2005 (updated 28 Sep 2005 at 11:19 UTC) »
Re: Terminals

pcolijn: there's a utility shipped with XFree86/Xorg that should take care of that, at least for xterm. Just do eval $(resize) in the affected window.

This used to happen to me a lot, and I think the reason it doesn't anymore is that I keep frames sized to take an 80x30 terminal, and specify that geometry in ~/.Xdefaults.

15 Jun 2002 (updated 31 Jan 2003 at 23:32 UTC) »
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23 Dec 2001 (updated 16 Feb 2002 at 23:09 UTC) »

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