Archive for the ‘programming’ Category

I’m installing the S60 SDK for Symbian and it is annoying me. When I click on the download link, it asks me to join Forum Nokia. I do not remember doing this the first time I downloaded the SDK; a quick search of my email inbox reveals I have no account confirmation emails from them. […]

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I’m feeling a little disappointed. I’ve been trying to write a script which requires extracting a gzip archive, using something like tarfile in the Python standard library but in Ruby instead. I first looked at zlib, but this was incapable of easily extracting a bunch of files to a directory. It seems to be more […]

I spent most of yesterday and part of the day before writing a screen scraper for Wikipedia with the Hpricot library. I just wrote it to learn Hpricot, as it seemed an interesting and useful library to know — and now, having completed the script, I am a bit stumped as to how to apply […]

I consider the errant arrival of individuals to this blog by way of Google searches like “pygtk error” and “vimperator slow” to be roughly analogous to dolphins being ensnared in a trawler’s net, to be canned along with tuna for the consumption of hungry and dolphin-loving children. Ok, poor analogy. But it sounded funny in […]

My wisdom tooth has stopped giving me grief, and I am pretty happy with myself after successfully writing a tiny script to do something I’ve been meaning to do in a while. I attempted this in Python previously and couldn’t get it to work, which makes Ruby quite impressive to me given I only picked […]

I was a bit surprised to find out that Nautilus is unable to undo its cut/copy/paste actions. It gave me an idea for implementing an undo command in fui. I got a bit bored with hacking fui, probably because my ideas for improving it had dried up. So far, I have added a logging function […]



Today’s incomprehensible post title is brought to you by the excruciating toothache that the author is currently experiencing due to his accursed wisdom tooth breaking out. For the past month the toothache has plagued him by appearing out of nowhere for one or two days and vanishing the day after. The dentist of the author, […]