My first Arduino

Yesterday my wife decided to buy yet another sewing pattern book and I decided to tag along.  As a Kindle user, there’s usually very little for me to do at a bookstore.  I usually just look around the IT section of the magazine rack and thumb through the amazing Ubuntu magazine, or Nikkei Linux.  This […]

Announcing Better Mail

Better Mail for Android on AppBrain About a year ago I bought the first Android phone available in Japan for the sole reason of making apps. Unfortunately I’ve had very few itches that needed scratching. About a month ago that changed, because the built-in Gmail app has a fatal flaw. The Problem If you temporarily […]

How To Get etags Working in Emacs

You’ve been using Emacs for how long and you haven’t figured this out yet? Yup.  Up until now I’ve never really needed to actually get etags working in Emacs.  I remember trying to figure it out long ago as a newbie and giving up.  It’s initially difficult because it’s not as simple as just saying […]

Integrating Qt3 programs in Ubuntu

If you’re like me and have discovered a couple of kick-ass Qt applications and are wondering how to make Qt programs look more like the default Ubuntu Human theme, I present you with a quick cheat sheet. There’s luckily one KDE style available in the Ubuntu repositories that only depends on Qt, polymer. But the […]

Quote

I think Mark really hit the nail on the head with this sentence he used on a recent blog post on Inkscape changing to Launchpad for bug tracking. “We don’t have money on our side, but we do have the power of collaboration.” – Mark Shuttleworth I’ll definitely be using it in presentations and talks […]

Workrave

I learned about this program from Sacha Chua’s blog. Workrave is a cool time-to-take-a-break-reminder program that doesn’t just lock your screen (like the default typing break program in Ubuntu). It has micro-breaks which are great to remind me to get back to working on whatever I was supposed to be doing. I wonder how my […]

EMobile D01NE on Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn

The EM D01NE is a (I think) HSDPA PCMCIA card. The driver for the modem comes with Ubuntu 7.04 (Maybe before). I get about 2Mbps from it (max is 3.8). Getting this setup in Ubuntu is easier than getting it setup with Windows. The only gotcha is that you have to install Gnome-PPP first, since […]

Ubuntu 7.04 Installation Notes

I added a new page to my website with some of my notes on installing Ubuntu 7.04 “Feisty Fawn” on my iBook G4. Even though PowerPC computers are no longer supported by Canonical I’m impressed with how little I had to do this time to get it working. Kudos to the Debian and Ubuntu communities. […]

Ubuntu 06.10 Edgy Eft

I’ve upgraded Chiaki to Ubuntu 06.10.  I did a clean install this time because my 06.6 installation was pretty old, and had a good number of custom packages installed.  Luckily for me I found out that a lot of people have been having problems doing dist-upgrades.   I think 90% of those problems are because of […]

Wobbly windows in Dapper

There were a lot of upgrades today in Dapper. And it turns out compiz is one of them. So I installed it and xserver-xgl. Here’s how I got it running. First install the xserver-xgl and compiz packages using apt-get or synaptic (Originally taken from the instructions at http://doc.gwos.org/index.php/Installxgl) Then edit /etc/gdm/gdm.conf-custom and make the empty […]