Hate Unity? How to get gnome classic back

December 19, 2013

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

After that, logout; while logging back in, use “Gnome Classic” session.

Limiting the bandwidth that apt-get uses

November 26, 2013

sudo apt-get -o Acquire::http::Dl-Limit=25 install <package>
The above would limit the bandwidth used to 25 kBps.

Charles Darwin’s 200th Anniversary

February 3, 2009

This year we celebrate two anniversaries related to Charles Darwin. He was born on 12th February 1809, which makes this his bicentennial year and On the origin of species was published on 24th November 1859 which makes this year its 150th Anniversary.

Obligatory wikipedia link

4 part Darwin special of In Our Time, a BBC Radio 4 programme

Generalist or specialist?

November 4, 2008

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Robert A. Heinlein (1907 – 1988) , author, 7 time Hugo award winner and Grandmaster of Science Fiction

The Rain It Raineth

October 15, 2008

The rain it raineth on the just
And also on the unjust fella;
But chiefly on the just, because
The unjust steals the just’s umbrella.
Charles Synge Christopher Bowen (1835–1894).

Of those who say nothing …

September 18, 2008

Of those who say nothing, few are silent.
– Thomas Neill

Diesel Sweeties comics for free

March 11, 2008

Diesel Sweeties is giving away their comics for free. Here is their blog post announcing this.

10 Ads that can’t be published now

January 10, 2008


Prodigal 1337

December 12, 2007

1337: Part 1
1337: Part 2
1337: Part 3
1337: Part 4
1337: Part 5

Stars Donald Knuth, Adrian Lamo, Lawrence Lessig, Steve Jobs, the RIAA, Richard Stallman and Cory Doctorow.

Poem about a Haircut

December 6, 2007

“Have it compose a poem–a poem about a haircut! But lofty, noble, tragic, timeless, full of love, treachery, retribution, quiet heroism and in the face of certain doom! Six lines, cleverly rhymed, and every word beginning with the letter s!!”

“And why not throw in a full exposition of the general theory of nonlinear automata while you’re at it?” growled Trurl. “You can’t give it such idiotic–”

But he didn’t finish. A melodious voice filled the hall with the following:

Seduced, shaggy Samson snored.
She scissored short. Sorely shorn,
Soon shackled slave, Samson sighed.
Silently scheming,
Sightlessly seeking
Some savage, spectacular suicide.
– from The Cyberiad by Stanisław Lem, originally written in Polish and translated by Michael Kandel into English


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