Nick Geoghegan

Professional Yak Shaver

Moving hard drives on openSUSE

Since upgrading to openSUSE 11.4, I’ve been getting warnings about the hard drive dying – Thank you SMART disk monitoring! I’ve customized my openSUSE install a fair bit, and really didn’t want to setup everything again. Here’s what I did. Ordered new hard drive and waited for it to arrive Did a package dump with […]

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Dual monitors on openSUSE Gnome

I was recently trying to get a dual monitor setup while on campus in NUIG for a few days. While the setup was perfectly cromulent, with the mouse moving between windows and the “look and feel” the way I wanted it, showing the task bar on the “left” or external screen proved tricky. It’s not […]

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The ‘Anti-Java’ Professor and the Jobless Programmers

James Maguire’s article raises some interesting questions as to why teaching Java to first year CS / IT students is a bad idea. The article mentions both Ada and Pascal – neither of which really “took off” outside of the States, with the former being used mainly by contractors of the US Dept. of Defense. This […]

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Disable WordPress Plugins

All too often, I see a WordPress plugin misbehaving or causing a lot of grief – often locking the user out from wp-admin, which prevents them from disabling the dodgy plugin in the first place. There are a number of ways that you can disable the plugins, and a quick Google recommends that you go […]

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Life is like a box of chocolates

Life is like a box of chocolates. It’s a cheap thoughtless perfunctory gift that nobody ever asks for. Unreturnable, because all you ever get back is another box of chocolates, so you’re stuck with this unidentifiable whipped mint crap that you mindlessly wolf down when there’s nothing left to eat. Sure, once in a while there’s […]

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Footprints in the sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only. This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods […]

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Leprechaun Hunting

Happy St.Patrick’s Day

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Abstraction

A few things can confuse programming students, or new people to programming. One of these is abstraction. Wikipedia says: In computer science, abstraction is the process by which data and programs are defined with a representation similar to its meaning (semantics), while hiding away the implementation details. Abstraction tries to reduce and factor out details so that the programmer can focus on […]

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Navit in Android Market

English A German translation is below the English text. Today is a red letter day for Navit, we’re delighted to officially announce that Navit is in the Android Market! Here’s a few, important, things that have been improved upon. * Address search * Navigate to a destination from Google Maps * Navigate to a destination […]

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Navit at CeBIT

Hall 2, Booth F44

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