Wednesday, March 22, 2006

DIE DIE DIE Insert-mode!

I may finally be able to put my foot down and consider myself an emacs user. I'm sick and tired of being in insert-mode and not being able to navigate around the document I'm editing at the same time! This discussion was started by someone in a maths lecture today, and all it's done is put me off of vim.. maybe even for good. In emacs, there is *NO* insert-mode.. at least not specifically. I can insert text anywhere I want and still have the ability to move around freely and to be frank, easily. Emacs is the way forward!

Also, found this article which made me laugh

The Ten Commandments for C Programmers (Annotated Edition).

Good for a giggle.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Learning python, 2nd Ed.

My my, I have been productive today. Just finished a copy of 'Learning Python', one of the oreilly books on python. I have to admit, it's a very good book, one of the best programming language books I've read in a long time.

All the information is easy to digest and I've found that I've actually breezed through it pretty quick, even when I thought that I was taking large amounts of time out from reading. This book will have a permanent place on my bookshelf.

Anyone that's thinking of learning python, i can whole-heartedly recommend this book.

Oh, and on a side note, I've started playing Star Wars - Empire At War :D

Completed HL2

I've finally found some free time on my hands as of late, and I've just completed Half-Life 2 at 12:00pm this afternoon. I've been playing it since December of last year :S

Damn good game, would definately play that again...

Oh well, back to my Xbox 360 now for months on end..

Thursday, March 16, 2006

LaTeX pseudocode package

This is the first time I've had to write pseudocode for a paper for university in LaTeX so I took to searching google for a list of such packages. I quickly stumbled upon this web page which contains
the LaTeX package used by the infamous CLRS team to write "Introduction To Algorithms". Seeing as I own a copy of this text book I decided it might be a good idea to use their pseudocode style, as I've always found it very readable.

Anyway, just wanted to mention that I was very happy with the package, the documentation that is contained on the web site got my writing my pseudocode real quickly. If you're looking for a LaTeX pseudocode pacakge, I'd definately recommend this one.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Python 3000 branch

Woo! Guido Van Rossum just created a python 3000 branch on the SVN trunk and copied over revision r43029 from the 2.5a0 trunk. Wonder if we'll see people working on this soon?

Saturday, March 11, 2006

At it again

Basically the machine I'm running my web server on at the moment will not handle running MySQL so I can't host my own blog. Incidentally I've returned to using this blog hosted at to store my ramblings.

I actually find it quite strange that not being able to post blogs for a few days whilst I was battling with my computers was somewhat disconcerting. I didnt' think that I really enjoyed bloggin that much, but appears as though it's become a way of life... scary.

Anywho, it's back and better than ever (well probably not), it's Matt's Sanctuary!

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