Keyboard shortcut for changing search engine in Firefox 1

If you want to change the Firefox search engine from the keyboard here is what you do. Ctrl + k --gets you to the search box Ctrl + Up or Down --switches the search engine. Now my life is complete.

God Save Net Neutrality 1

Slashdot has and interesting post about Net Neutrality. It deals with one pro and one con article published by NPR. The con article is written by Scott Cleland of NETCompetition.org, a telecom-funded org. Astroturfing comes to mine. The pro article is from Craig Newmark, creator of craigslist.org. The first question I ask myself before reading ...

In search of the perfect vimrc

I’ve been using Vim for the last couple years on and off. Over the last few months (since the Vim 7 release) I’ve been forcing myself to use it exclusively. To make working with Vim more intuitive for me, I’ve been trying to get my vimrc just right. Of course, this will probably be a ...

Tracking Ubuntu Adjectives

Ubuntu‘s quite known for its {obscure adjective} {animal} release names. I though it might be interesting to see how the Ubuntu release cycle affected the {obscure adjective}s’ search volume. I turned to Google Trends and did a query for each of the {obscure adjective}s. The results were quite interesting. Warty wasn’t even on the chart ...

Blog Grammar

I just read an article about common grammar mistakes that occur in blogs. I hope a lot of bloggers read it and it has a positive affect on blog grammar. Its always been one of my pet peaves. If your interested in improving your grammar, then their are many sites on the web to help ...

Django Nicities

I’ve been working on a project using Django for the last couple days and am falling in love with it. There are so many nice features that make the life of the developer much more enjoyable. The nicest thing is the automatic administration panel. For many projects it’s enough to define a model and activate ...

The Dapperness of the Drake 5

This was originally going to be a response to a comment on my last post but it got a bit long. I’ve been using Ubuntu Dapper Drake since Febuary and often forget about the improvements I noticed upon first upgrading. For me, Nautilus has finally become a pleasure to use instead of the pain it ...

Recovering from Ubuntu Dapper Release Party 3

Last night I went to the Berlin Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) release party at Danial Holbach‘s (dholbach) place. It was nice to meet other ubuntu lovers. I arrived at 8pm and left at ~4:30am. By then the sun was already on the rise and by the time I arrived home it had already become completely ...

Setting Up Django on Dreamhost

Jeff Croft has a nice tutorial on how to set up Django, a python web framework, on Dreamhost. If you want to use the sweetness that is Python to do web development, are a Dreamhost customer and would like to be able to avoid this in the future, I propose that you vote to have ...

Blogging Boxes and Python for Artists

A friend of mine just finished up his Masters of Arts thesis project. Basically the project consists of two moody boxes, Otto and Ada, blogging about how they feel. So you ask, “How do the know how they feel?” Otto and Ada have built in sensors that detect changes in their environment. They then express ...