No spam for me, thank you

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

I’d just like to mention that wordpress.com has a great spam filter. I’ve been blogging here for just over a year now, and out of 1680 messages identified as spam, only two messages proved to be false positives. We are very pleased ;-)

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Screenshot to illustrate fonts

Friday, 6 July 2007

In order to illustrate how good you can make Microsoft fonts look on a GNU/Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu in this case, I have uploaded a screenshot of my desktop. See also my recent post on configuring Ubuntu to use Microsoft fonts, for an example of how you can achieve similar results. I should have uploaded it when I submitted that previous blog entry, but I forgot. So here you have it.

A screenshot


The new solution to the blogging crisis

Saturday, 9 June 2007

I’ve decided on a better solution: Henceforth, all posts on this blog will be written in English again, whereas the posts on my blogspot weblog will be in Dutch. I see no reason why they should not be able to coexist.

P.S.

I’ve also updated the layout, although the color in the title may have changed slightly. I think it still retains some of the elegant simplicity of the old layout.


Google reclames op WordPress

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Ik heb mijn oude account bij Blogger.com maar weer geactiveerd. Vandaag kwam ik erachter dat, afhankelijk van de zoekresultaten in Google, sommige berichten op mijn blog hier op WordPress voorzien worden van stuitende reclameboodschappen, voor GSM’s en dergelijke.

Ik heb hierover meer geschreven op mijn oude blog, dus dat ga ik hier niet nogmaals uiteen zetten. Of ik definitief over zal stappen weet ik nog niet zeker, maar het is wel erg waarschijnlijk.

We zullen zien.


Changed the language

Monday, 21 May 2007

I’ve been seeing a steady decline in readers of my blog entries, probably due to the fact that I don’t keep adding new material on a regular basis. Fair enough, perhaps it’s time for a change then.

I think part of the reason for my declining output is that English isn’t my native tongue. I like to think that my mastery of the English composition is such, that I do not easily get misunderstood by native speakers of the language. But beyond the technical GNU/Linux mumbo-jumbo, I still find that I am unable to express myself with the same eloquence as when writing in Dutch.

And now, after having given the problem some thought, I have decided to make Dutch the main language here. Posts that will contain Linux commands, such as a how-to for example, will still be in English. Anything else will be in Dutch. Since I intend the “anything else” part to dominate the entries, I have adjusted the language options of this blog accordingly.

Let’s see if that changes anything.


HOWTO: Ubuntu, Ogg Vorbis and the aoTuV patch

Saturday, 14 April 2007

NOTE: As I am trying to learn LaTeX, I have produced this how-to entirely with LaTeX and Kile. As a result, the document is compiled in the ubiquitous pdf format. Another reason is that WordPress doesn’t understand the meaning of verbatim: when I use code tags, I don’t expect anything in there to be interpreted by wordpress, but to displayed *literally as I have written it*! But this is not what happens. A good example is the less-than symbol “<“: you can’t just hit the less-than symbol on your keyboard and be done, instead you have to use a special code. It’s ridiculous!

Anyway, here is the pdf: Vorbis-aoTuVBeta5

EDIT:
Recently, I have been experiencing problems with the upload feature here on WordPress. But when I checked the pdf link this morning, it appeared to have fixed itself for some reason. Maybe it was a temporary problem? Only time will tell.


Tempus fugit

Saturday, 12 August 2006

How time flies! Or as the pedantics say: tempus fugit! I haven’t been able to post as much as I would have liked, but still. It has been one month today since I started this blog, and my blog has received a good deal more visitors than I was expecting. Over 1230 hits to date, which may not be a lot for big internet sites, but for a nobody like myself seems quite a lot. I was expecting about three hits per month, just to put things into perspective. According to the statistics, it’s all mostly thanks to the Fedora wireless howto I posted (I think with the right search string, it’s even the top search result in google!), which confirms my observation that setup information for wireless networks is still quite difficult to find for Fedora users. Anyway, I hope it helped someone, but of course I also hope that the next release of Fedora will fix the problems I had.

By the way, I do realise I have posted quite a lot of technical GNU/Linux stuff, but rest assured I will be posting on just about every subject I find interesting (such as maple syrup). I may even post howtos involving Microsoft’s Windows XP *gasp* and Apple’s OS X! (And yes, it’s “Windows”, not “Micro$uck$”, “Window$”, “Winblow$”, “M$” or what have you. Such childishness, I think.)
I just thought I’d mention this, just in case some people are reading my stuff under the misapprehension that they are dealing with a technical GNU/Linux blog or something.

In any case, here’s to the next month!

[EDIT]
With regards to the “fugit” in the Latin phrase “tempus fugit”, it actually means “flees” instead of “flies”, which I suppose makes sense when you investigate the etymology of the word “fugitive”.