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Scientists Build Wireless Bicycle Brakes

roalt Re:Works GREAT! (213 comments)

When the breaks gradually go into breaking mode when the battery dies, I see no problem (sorry for spoiling the fun).

about 3 years ago
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Red Hat Uncloaks 'Java Killer': the Ceylon Project

roalt Re:Java killer? (623 comments)

The new assignment operator ":="

Oh look, someone revived the Clipper dBASE compiler / Pascal syntax.

This is called the becomes operator. I think it was introduced by Dykstra, a well-known computer science professor. The idea is that it is mathematical more correct than the equals (=) operator, as you can do: x := 3; x := 4; Personally, it's not my favourite (I prefer =), but I do think that it leads to less if(a = b) { ... } mistakes than using the = and == operators from the C language

more than 3 years ago
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Why Linux Loses Out On Hardware Acceleration In Firefox

roalt The browser... (456 comments)

The browser is the computer...

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) Makes a First Appearance

roalt Re:Why .04? (179 comments)

...or the release numbers are:

% date +%y%d

more than 3 years ago
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Open-Source Social Network Diaspora Goes Live

roalt Re:Bloody idiots (266 comments)

You are absolutely right, but for Diaspora's case: Getting multiple browser support right takes time, getting IE support right even longer. (I admit that for a simple "join page" it wouldn't be that much extra time. During alpha development phase, you want to go forward, not stepping aside.

...and it's nice to let IE users experience the feeling others have for all those IE-only websites.

But very tactical, to promote your new website to new users? No...

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu Replaces F-Spot With Shotwell

roalt gthumb (361 comments)

I've been following developments of gthumb lately and I've seem a significant increase in improvements the last year. I'm pretty sure it's triggered by competition with F-Spot and possibly Shotwell. The main reason for me to use gthumb is the superior import facility for your digital photos. You can store them in your own hierarchy/folders in the way you like it.

more than 4 years ago
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Open Access To Exercise Data?

roalt Garmin forerunner 305 and linux (188 comments)

I've written some blog entries about my Garmin Forerunner 305. I also got it to work under linux: http://www.roalt.com/content/blogcategory/28/31/ Just one month ago, I also added a quick release fix and a Cadence meter, so I can use it both with running and with cycling. With the release kit it's also perfect if you want to do triathlon (although I'm not so sure it's swim-proof)...

about 5 years ago
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45% of Dutch Media-Buying Population Are "Pirates"

roalt in other news... (307 comments)

... studies found that people not interested in listening, playing or watching any media are not buying it, nor downloading it illegally.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Keeps His Blackberry (And Gets a Sectera)

roalt Not so idiotic story... (365 comments)

Not having e-mail and telephone lines directly available seems pretty technological dark aged to me. Staff needing to use their own (or their foreign country cell phone) and setting up personal gmail accounts in order to do some work isn't helping white house procedures to keep work safe and according to some presidential's disclosure acts. I think the 6-year old O.S. is indeed a bit out-of-place and doesn't prove the point that is made, but relative seen, it's looks pretty dark.

more than 5 years ago
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A "Bill of Lights" to Restrict LEDs on Gadgets?

roalt Useless as in "linux" (729 comments)

Yes, they are useless on the Dell XPS M1710, but only if you have linux running: I've been searching for a way to control them from my linux operating system and the only information I found that it was already damn hard to do it from Windows using some kind of Dell Windows API (see http://www.notebookforums.com/post840284.html#post 840284.

more than 7 years ago

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Help, a virus

roalt roalt writes  |  about 11 years ago Hi

For the first time in maybe 5 years I have been hit by a virus. It was probably one of those blaster variants. Using "stinger.exe" it identified as both "lovsan worm" as "nachi worm".

It probably happened when I was away with the laptop and connected it for the first time to internet via a dial-up account from hccnet ISP. It probably happened within some minutes because I didn't have ZoneAlarm running. When I started that up, it immediately blocked a lot of traffic, including "mslaugh.exe" which triggered my personal red alert.

Another thing what happened was that it crashed the "RPC" service from XP.

So why didn't I use linux in the first place? The d****d laptop only has a "softwin" modem.

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Welcome

roalt roalt writes  |  about 12 years ago Hi everyone, Please feel free to comment me here. I'm just using this message to check out my journal functionality...

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