Xorg has become so fussy. I’ve always used a *.conf file in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ without any issue whatsoever. Nothing complicated, I just enabled Composite, added a few options to improve video performances and that was it.
I found that I was unable to use glamor acceleration. Xorg would just bail with a llvm error which Google didn’t help to understand its mean. I had to use EXA acceleration, which sucks on latest radeon cards (or APUs, as in my case). Then yesterday I thought: why don’t I try to remove any configuration from Xorg?
That worked. Glamor acceleration enabled. Composite too. All the options (4 in total) that I wanted enabled were correctly detected and working. Fine.
The question now arises easily: why can’t Xorg just enable the options in *.conf when explicitly stated there when it is going to enable them anyway on its own?
I am going to re-read the malazan books because anything else is garbage.
Finally found the time to read 1984. It’s especially apt to the climate we are living right now in Italy (elections’ results being overturned, government imposed over our heads “because of the financial crisis” etc.). I was quite eager to read it after having heard so many references and quotes of the novel.
I didn’t quite like it. Nor hate it. I feel mostly indifferent.
I had never read anything from Orwell and expected a bit of a fuller language, more careful use of words. I didn’t find it. It’s not bad, not at all, but not great either. It’s one of those books whose main theme is what they try to convey to you as an underlying message more than prose or plot. Problem is that you get the message after the first 4-5 chapters and then it’s just “let’s see if Winston can overthrow the Party”. He can’t and this makes for one of the saddest finales I’ve ever read. Very appropriate, though, given the message of the book, an happy ending wouldn’t have fit.
So, for me 1984 goes in the ever-growing list of “good books that are a tad overrated”. I haven’t find a book that i REALLY liked in a few months now. Starting to get worried.
I am rereading some parts of A Storm Of Swords along with the third season of A Game Of Thrones after having left the book unfinished many years ago. I’m finding myself quite surprised at the low quality of the books, it is a very ’90s fantasy books and, well, we are in 2013 last time I checked. After Erikson, Martin has dropped a few rungs on the ladder of “best writers”.
The tv serie overall is better than the books, something that I wouldn’t have said even a few months ago. It has its weak moments, namely, it’s too slow at times, but the impression I’m getting watching it is that the screenwriters have done a great job in polishing what Martin wrote. Despite Martin being overall a pretty good writer, among fantasy’s bests. But his writing style hasn’t aged much well, the serie is hiding its flaws. I’m curious to watch the next seasons, especially if they will come out before the books (as it’s becoming more and more probable).
Coderwall is the online facebook for developers.
It is a great place for developers to meet, and share ideas (called protips).
One of the big features that it is lacking is the ability to search for people and other protips. I would be surprised if this feature is not on their road map, but alas does not really exist just yet.
There are a few clever tricks that you can use to search for what you need.
You can search for all protips that contain a given tag by clicking on the tag within the protip. For example clicking on a protip about ReSharper takes you to the link http://coderwall.com/p/t/resharper. Keeping this url around can be handy for finding other protips with any tag. Simply swap out the last parameter with the name of the tag you want to search for. ie. http://coderwall.com/p/t/nunit or http://coderwall.com/p/t/linq
The second method for searching lets you search through all profiles and protips thank to the power of google’s advanced search. Simply put in coderwall.com in the “site or domain” field.
This can be shortened down when typing in a google search field to simply “site:coderwall.com”. I have found this technique quite helpful for finding other friends and coworkers that have coderwall profiles. Simply append any query term after specifying coderwall as the domain, ie. “site:coderwall.com Kevin Bost”. This is also useful for search by location, team name, etc.
The second suggested tag when tracking Malazan is Karsa Orlong. Good choice Tumblr, good choice :)