hookup is the shit!

June 6th, 2011

This is simply amazing:

$ g pull
Already up-to-date.

$ g co edge
Switched to branch 'edge'
==  AddFileTypeToSong: migrating ==============================================
-- add_column(:songs, :file_type, :string)
   -> 0.0048s
==  AddFileTypeToSong: migrated (0.1380s) =====================================

$ g rebase master
Current branch edge is up to date.

$ g co master
Switched to branch 'master'
==  AddFileTypeToSong: reverting ==============================================
-- remove_column(:songs, :file_type)
   -> 0.1674s
==  AddFileTypeToSong: reverted (0.1679s) =========================

Oh, and it will bundle automatically for you as well, so don’t hesitate and hookup your Rails project!

Movies I've watched recently:

  • Artifact (2012) 3.5/5

    2015-07-26 23:49
    * * * +

    Decent look at the struggle that 30 seconds to Mars had to go through.

    0.3
  • Twice Born (2012) 4.5/5

    2015-07-25 23:15
    * * * * +

    Incredible story...

    0.3
  • Home (2015) 2.5/5

    2015-07-25 18:31
    * * +

    So-so. It's watchable, but not that much enjoyable.

    0.3
  • Copenhagen (2014) 5/5

    2015-07-24 23:44
    * * * * *

    Wow, such a simple story but it has struck just the right chords...

    0.3
  • Obywatel (2014) 5/5

    2015-07-23 23:37
    * * * * *

    Wow, what a treat! Awesome look at Poland and what it is to be Polish. Had a great laugh.

    0.3
  • Frag (2008) 4.5/5

    2015-07-21 23:58
    * * * * +

    It's been 7 years to late for me to watch this movie, but it was good trip down the memory lane. The doc itself is not that good, but its content is very close to my heart (I was playing videogames "almost" professionally - winning at some local tournaments - at times of celebrities like Thresh or Fatal1ty).

    0.3

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Dual Core systems

March 20th, 2011

Back at the day I used to recommend dual core processors to my friends precisely becase of one reason:

Since there are not that many applications at the moment utilizing the power of two cores, the best use case for them is this: when your application hangs up it sometimes eats up to 100% of your CPU and you you cannot even move your mouse or click anywhere simply because there is not enough processing power left. Now with two cores, when your application hangs up like that, you still have that second core sitting idle in the background and you can quickly bring up task manager and kill the misbehaving app.

Nowadays, when by far the most used and abused application is the web browser, and when each tab is its own process, from time to time I see all of my cores – two, to be exact – being fully utilized up to a point that typing or switching to another application becomes almost impossible. Even mouse movement becomes shattered (and I’m on a Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz). I feel like being back at the single core times. Four cores might behave a little better, but maybe eight is the target to reach? I’m worried that the browser will just eat them up, no matter how many you’ll have.

Applications utilizing multiple cores are actually very appreciated, it’s just too bad, that this model has some drawbacks.

I find it quite amusing

March 4th, 2011

That nowadays you’re considered oldschool or even worse, traditionalist if you use Firefox instead of Chrome or Safari.

When cleartype goes bad

February 21st, 2011

Cleartype gone bad

See all those green ‘f’s?

It’s just a plain old Arial at 14px. Apparently cleartype does not like this font very much. There are similar artifacts at other sizes too. And, of course, it’s nothing new. Only today I’ve stumbled upon a so clearly visible example.

And one more thing – I *love* cleartype. It just hurts to see when it goes bad.

On Heroku

February 21st, 2011

While Heroku is nice and all, it suffers from the same disease as every other hosted-for-you solution:

$ git push heroku
(...)
-----> Gemfile detected, running Bundler version 1.0.7
(...)

$ bundle --version
Bundler version 1.0.10

It’s a whole three patch versions behind! Now I don’t really know (and maybe don’t even really want to know) what has changed between .7 and .10, but I can easily imagine things braking precisely because those minor inconsistencies in Bundler versions.

And sure, I could downgrade to .7, but to do that just because of Heroku? Thank you, but no. I want to ride the latest.

You can quote me on that

October 25th, 2010

What every software project accumulates the most over the years is its ever-growing TODO list.

WP Movie Ratings v1.6 released

October 14th, 2010

This is just a bugfix release updating the compatibility issues with WordPress versions higher than 2.6. It works nicely with the newest 3.0.1 too.

Here’s the changelog for this version:

  • full compatibility with WordPress 2.7.*, 2.8.*, 2.9.* and 3.0.*.
  • fixed: when ‘only_rated’ or ‘only_unrated’ option was used the ‘count’ argument the for wp_movie_ratings_show() function was ignored.
  • removed automatic pingerati.net pinging (pingerati.net is AWOL).
  • fixed: fetching movie title from IMDb (after IMDb has changed their website).

And here’s the download link.

William Blake FTW

May 28th, 2010

First, there was Schiller and their track Lost (collaboration with Odette Di Maio). Not fully understanding the lyrics (my English being not perfect, etc.), I googled for them. And so I listen. And read. And listen. And there I am thinking omg those are surely some beautiful lyrics!

Lost again
Lyca’s parents go away
Over the valleys deep

They are lost again
Arm in arm for seven days
They traced the desert ways

They are lost again
Seven nights they sleep and dream
They see their child
Captured in the desert wild

Lost again
Till before their way
a couching lion lay

Follow me, he said
Please weep not for the maid
In my palace deep
Your Lyca lies deep asleep

They looked in his eyes
His eyes filled with deep surprise
And wondering behold
A spirit armed in gold
(…)

And another google away and it’s all clear. It’s William Blake and his poem The Little Girl Found. Really beautiful. And it has a prequel too, The Little Girl Lost. Marvellous.

2009 achievements

December 31st, 2009

In no particular order:

  • finally learned how to type properly with all of my 10 fingers (instead of just 5-6 begore). I’m at 25 wpm right now and that kind of blows, still, it was well worth it, although the learning curve was quite steep. And I’m still not pressing all the right keys with all the right fingers.
  • learned vim. The learning curve was even steeper than the typing one. Literally hundreds of shortcuts to remember… Vim is the best editor out there, no doubt about it and I’m very grateful to have finally found out about it.
  • first trip in my life to the west (west of Eastern Europe or Poland, my home country). Italy. Snowboard.
  • built my own custom stereo speakers system. Top class monitors based on the Peerless drivers. 5.1 system coming in 2010/2011…
  • finally moved out of my parent’s house. Still both happy and sad about it.
  • quit an uninspiring and not too much intellectually and professionally developing day job.
  • took out a mortgage to buy a new flat. A wonderful flat.
  • got significant financial help from the government to start my own company. Almost started it in 2009. I’m starting in the first days of 2010.
  • planted a seed. A significant seed.

The best goals list for 2010 is to have no goals. Come what may. Embrace the chaos.

Dream notebook for 2010

December 31st, 2009

Would include:

  • 14-15″ OLED screen
  • <1,0 kg weight
  • 100GB on-board integrated SSD (pushing 1GB/s read/write speeds)
  • >3GHz Core i3/i5 (yet TBA on 2010/1/3)
  • no ide, no sata, no cd/dvd/bluray just USB 3.0 and hdmi

All of this is possible to make. No new technology needed. There are SSDs on PCI-E. There are OLEDs like this (AUO, LG). There are laptops on CULV processors below 0,8kg (Vaio X). There is just not a single laptop (not even announced!) that would combine it all.

I’m quite positive there would be lots of folks willing to pay the premium price (around 3-4K$ should be sensible) for this package. I would probably buy it for 50% a year later. Sadly, this system is just a dream.

On the other hand – I’m certain we will see similar designs in 2012/2013.

Happy New Year!

Update: Concept 16″ OLED Dell laptop is here. That’s a first.