Moom mac window resizer (winsplit revolution)

Garage Door Torsion Spring Replacement

 I like to work under the safety principle that serious accidents should be physically possible only when you make two or more stupid mistakes at the same time.


arrow 6 August 2009 by litster audacity views

Audacity lets you view sounds in several ways
waveform view:
pitch view:
spectrum view:

arrow 19 January 2010 by litster All I need to know about life I learned from Avatar:

1. Corporations are evil. 
2. Marines are evil. 
3. Ex-military contractors are evil, unless they are cripples. 
4. Scientists are good. 
4. George Bush is evil. 
5. Marines are too stupid to check who swiped the escaped prisoners out. 
6. Maybe the Ewoks did stand a chance, after all.
7. Even though the Navi have "carbon-fiber" skeletons, apparently 4 or 5 shots from an assault rifle, or one well placed board are all you need to take them down.

It was a decent movie, though.

arrow 23 March 2010 by litster I want to unfollow my used car dealer. :(

WTF?  Austin BBC World Service 3/17 18:47

While listening to a recent BBC news podcast, I heard about a recent present that used car owners in Austin got; cars that would randomly start honking their horns or refuse to start entirely.  It seems that this dealership put some kind of remote (probably via cell networks) device on all of the cars they sold and a disgruntled former employee, Omar Ramos-Lopez, decided to take revenge by logging into the dealership remotely and activating the system on over 100 cars.  


This is not a computer security story, or a "Admins gone bad" story, this is a privacy rights story, as in "My two-bit USED CAR dealer can stick a GPS Tracking/Data Transmission/horn honking/CAR DISABLING  remote control device in MY freaking car!" (Granted, I don't know relevant case law about items you are paying off/leasing, but I doubt they magically disable such crap on the day of your last payment.)

Where is Congress!  Where is the EFF!  Did those poor people in Austin only buy a "license" (MPAA/RIAA) to drive their car, or is it their right as an American Citizen to not be spied on without a COURT ORDER!

I suppose people shouldn't be worried about being spied on or have their car DISABLED randomly if they have nothing to hide, right?

I guess I shouldn't be worried about this if I have nothing to hide, right?

This is ridiculous and frightening.  Forget waiting for the spiffy touchscreens and magic hand-waving from Minority Report.  People in Austin are driving their used cars today.

BTW, you guys are freaking awesome.  Thanks for your rants against the RIAA/MPAA/DRM/ACTA Gestapo.

Who hot elves (anagram for Love the show).

Other links:

23 March 2010 by litster china internet blocking is like the AOL internet of the 90's *sarcasm*

arrow 25 March 2010 by litster Wii Netflix

Netflix streaming is coming to my Wii tomorrow.  I wonder how it will do.

arrow 26 March 2010 by litster - Terrorists Could Use Explosives in Breast Implants to Crash Planes, Experts Warn

oh wow, Strap me Naked to a board!

arrow 26 March 2010 by litster TWiT 239/Transcript - The Official TWiT Wiki

Molly Wood Well, AT&T really staked a lot on it. We were talking about this on Buzz Out Loud today like they really realize that they could not afford, just PR-wise, another geek apocalypse like they had last year. You cannot have everybody whose on the cutting edge of smartphone purchasing and being online on the smartphone device talking about how crap AT&T is. So they really doubled down on it and it’s paying off.

Robert Scoble They did. One of the exec’s pointed to all the portable towers, at one of the parties I was at, and they put a lot of portable towers and a lot of brand-new antenna technology and brand-new software for the network and brand-new trunk lines that they brought into the town.

Tom Merritt

That’s great for PR and it will keep them from getting some bad press, but it doesn’t fix the problems elsewhere because they can’t bring a portable tower to every single place they have issues.

Robert Scoble True and in fact the same executive said, see those antennas, they are six foot and in San Francisco we are only allowed to use two or three foot antennas and we can get six times more capacity on these six-foot antennas but the city doesn’t let us put them in. So the geeks need to help us out and help get cities to put more networking infrastructure in. 


Robert Scoble When you go out on a tower – I was taken out on a tower. There is one fiberoptic to the tower. So if you’re saturating that, that link into the tower or whatever it’s gone. There’s only so many connections that it can keep. It’s a Wi-Fi problem. We have these problems with Wi-Fi at every conference, right. It’s expensive and difficult to deal with a lot of people who are all using their devices and all using a lot of data at the same time.

arrow 9 October 2010 by litster Windows Live Writer and uploading pictures to Wordpress

arrow 25 February 2011 by litster english faucets

frigid polar flesh destroying water
scalding burning flesh destroying water

arrow 4 March 2011 by litster Game review: Farming Simulator 2011 - PC (From News Shopper)

Being fairly new to PC gaming - but an old acquaintance of farm machinery - Excalibur's Farming Simulator 2011 seemed like a good place to start. Offering something infinitely more exciting than most PC games - the opportunity to drive a tractor - new additions to the gameplay for 2011 include online multi-player mode and cows.

arrow 2 April 2011 by litster article about frequency of certain news items

is this a coincidence?  
or are numbers 1-100 going to be be more or less likely
(adam is a crackpot)

14 September 2011 by litster article about imagemagick and shrinking images

arrow 21 September 2011 by litster windows 8 first impressions

you use your Hotmail password to log in?
I'm sorry, but WTF?

Task mgr is different but nice and clean 

The network slidey thing is really random.  Why two completely different interfaces? 

ah, the start searc thing really isn't gone.  It is just :secret:  you start typing to get the serachfor files and such.  weird.  I don't like the fact that you have to hit "tab" to select what you want to run

at leat the windows+r thing is still there, so ar old favorite like mstsc, msconfig, etc.

soclailite?  what is this?  and why can't I get back to where I was by hitting "esc"  weird.

At least the scroll button on the mouse scrolls this weird app tile thingie.

I wonder if this is gonig to be MSFT Gadgets 2.0.   That was really an idea that didn't really take off.

change user tile.  ok.  Ah.  webcam is nicely supported.  
For heavens sake, MSFT< "tap on screen to take a picture"?

Also, let me bloody use the escape key to go back.

Computer button
GAH!  oh yeah. the ribbon.  hrm.  

IE->windows live photo gallery.  Hmm. click to install silverligt.  Interesting.  I guess IE really ISN'T going to have polugins anymore.  What does this mean for silverlight, I wonder?

Let's see what's installed by default.  Mahjong for my wife?  I suppose not.  Hrm.
Looking at Task Mgr, it's interesting that the "tile" apps are "suspended".  interesting.  

Alarms?  WTF?  On a desktop no less.  Will this be WP7 too?

I see alt-f4 doesn't work in these appy things

let's look at the "store"

oh.  sad day

well.  off to see how fast this thing boots.  I guess.  Or reboot and do something else.  I wonder if windows blows Linux away still?

or not.  how the F do I shut this bloody thing down!?

Oh, I remember that I was supposed to push the power button.  Gosh, MSFT< I know that you want people to think that you're hip, but geez.

Oh really.  It's "left corner, settings, power button?"  really?

About 70 seconds.  The swipe up to unlock thing was a little stupid.  ugh.  but tat was from bios.  let's count from actual control to windows bootloader.

Woah!  third time's the charm, I guess.  10 seconds.  from the "boot from drive" screen Again?

10 seconds again?  actually, 7 seconds to the pull-uppy thing.  wow.  I'm going back to vista to stab myself in my eye while I wait 10 years for it to boot.

gmail. hilarious.  they are using the same design dept.  square is back in.  now more roundy stuff, I guess.  Perfect.  I hate CSS for rounded corners.  Plus all of the magical roundy icons.

arrow 21 September 2011 by litster synergy nirvana /usr/bin/synergys -f --config .quicksynergy/synergy-advanced.conf
section: screens
section: links
		down(25,75) = kona(0,50)
		right(10,100) = kona(0,50)
		up(0,50) = herbert(25,75)
		left(0,50) = herbert(10,100)
section: options
    heartbeat = 5000
		switchCorners = all -bottom-right
		screenSaverSync = true


arrow 23 September 2011 by litster language rosetta stone

next iteration of a loop
check for existence
set, hashtable, array, string
iterate over object

arrow 29 December 2011 by litster i want to pee on steve jobs

installed refit
installed boot camp
installed windows
instal ubunut  (wrong version
installed right version
uninstalled ubuntu, riped out partitions, instaled ubuntu
ubuntu asked me where to install grub. I don't know, install it in ubuntu partitino

codltn boot to windows, obviously tat wasn't the rigt choice
ripped out entire windows partitions using gparted, 
mac freaks out, windows installer (not the rght type of parittion
mac - partition map check failed because no slices were found

booted back into os x for the 100th time to try and get boot camp to recreate the partitions

boot camp complains 

booting to lion recovery failed 

oh lord.  I started taking pictures of this s#$@  this is ridiculous.  

after copiuos reading, decided to wipe the disk from the recovery usb thing. 
made a "time machine" backup and restored that.  that f'ing worked
also made a "recovery usb"

download refit
install refit.mpkg

refit, doesn't show up at first.
run /efi/refit/, or reboot again


the original prblem after having gparted remove my partitions was "windows cannot be installed to this partition" i think because it was a promary somehow.

don't delete partitions using gparted

now windows is booting by default, so, hold option, boot to os x
ran /efi/refit/ to get refit stuf to show up again (bless)

change "starup disk" in os x ss prefences to ms hd to use refit
ten had to run bloody refit again

Thank you.  holy crap.

make sure to set "nomodeset" on the installer.

arrow 23 March 2012 by litster vizio actions

Open up a web page and share it
Go to settings and look up version
Tyoe something on the keyboard
Hold the home button and bring up apps
Pictures in quickpic and gallery
menu button from the home screen
flash browser

arrow 31 March 2012 by litster I love emacs

root@fulton-bofa:~/bankenv/fulton/ws-examples# ./ -f /tmp/template.json -t base_container2
{"attributes":{"moab":{"dependencies":[{"service":"base_vm"},{"service":"base_vm"}]}},"createdBy":"admin","id":"4f7638a57341ce52dd91c91d","includedServices":[],"label":"","modified":"2012-03-30 15:37:04 MDT","name":"base_container2","tags":[],"type":"container","version":0}
root@fulton-bofa:~/bankenv/fulton/ws-examples# ./ -f /tmp/template.json -t base_container2
{"messages":["A problem occurred while processing the request","Expected a ',' or '}' at character 264 of {\n    \"attributes\": {\n        \"moab\": {\n            \"dependencies\": [\n                {\n                    \"service\": \"base_vm\"\n                },\n                {\n                    \"service\": \"base_vm\"\n                }\n            ]\n        }\n        }\n    \"includedServices\": [\n        {\n            \"serviceTemplate\": \"base_vm\",\n            \"localName\": \"1\"\n        }\n    ]\n\n}"]}
root@fulton-bofa:~/bankenv/fulton/ws-examples# ./ -f /tmp/template.json -t base_container2
{"attributes":{"moab":{"dependencies":[{"service":"base_vm"},{"service":"base_vm"}]}},"createdBy":"admin","id":"4f7638a57341ce52dd91c91d","includedServices":[{"serviceTemplate":"base_vm","localName":"1"}],"label":"","modified":"2012-03-30 15:37:04 MDT","name":"base_container2","tags":[],"type":"container","version":1}

char?  M-x goto-char!

22 October 2012 by litster using tcpdump to get wireshark traces

arrow 9 December 2013 by litster are pdf annotations portable? can I annotate a pdf and carry that to another device?

pdf annotations portability - Google Search

read later

arrow 11 March 2009 by litster recursive file copy from windows:

xcopy /S /E c:\Boot d:\Boot

arrow 16 March 2009 by litster e3 2008


Jul 15th 2008


E3 Nintendo Highlights:

More Embarrassment
Animal Crossing
Angry Nintendo Fans
No Game for Core Nintendo Fans

E3 Sony Highlights:

More Promises
Word "Imagine" Said Several Times
MAG: Massive Action Game
CGI Trailer for GOW3
Lies (covered up by even more promises)

First 18 months software units (US):

Wii - 50 million (not including Wii Sports, 45 million not including Wii Sports or Wii Play)
X360 - 28 million
PS3 - 20 million
PS2 - 42 million

Third-party sales comparisons (US):

Wii (3rd party ONLY) - 29.05 million
X360 total (1st and 3rd COMBINED) - 28 million
PS3 total (1st and 3rd) - 20 million

First 18 months hardware units (US):

Wii - 9.5 million
X360 - 5.2 million
PS3 - 4.2 million
PS2 - 8.5 million



Jul 15th 2008


Nah, this is the sort of game where it's just got too ambitious. You may get one or two good games out of this in a lifetime. Where the planets align and people do what the fuck they're supposed to do and the game goes according to plan.

But that just won't happen 9/10 times. Take EVE. EVE tried the same scale with their combat system and that just involves floating in space clicking on someone and it's nigh on impossible to organise the supposed epic battles in that in a pure (ten times more organised) RPG setting.

It's time for a big reality suppository, which is a shame, because in a perfect world. This would be the greatest game ever.
2 hearts

arrow 15 May 2009 by litster "amazon remembers"

someone takes pictures of a book and sends it to the amazon store and you can buy it later?

arrow 15 April 2010 by litster - PC Game Piracy Examined

arrow 19 August 2010 by litster Samsung I5800 Galaxy 3 - Full phone specifications

arrow 2 September 2010 by litster One Piece 585 - Read One Piece Chapter 585 Online Page 1

arrow 1 November 2010 by litster Career Advice and Tips: Slumping at Work? How Athletes Can Spark an Office Comeback -'s_Most_Popular

arrow 8 July 2011 by litster The State of Linux on the Desktop | Adventures in Linux

arrow 13 July 2011 by litster Handy Windows 7's utilities you may not know about | Workers' Edge - CNET News

arrow 8 March 2013 by litster adaptive open tab backup

8 March 2013 by litster acct

Splat Balls!!!!! « Duffy

A weird blog, but so are you for reading this.

full path of a file


arrow 7 March 2009 by litster Emacs & capitalization

M-l: Convert following word to lower case (downcase-word).
M-u: Convert following word to upper case (upcase-word).
M-c: Capitalize the following word (capitalize-word).

arrow 7 March 2009 by litster better search replace

RegExps (also multiline)
and findr package:
interactive replace in multible files (choosing files using regexp)

arrow 7 March 2009 by litster replace with newline

The answer, it turns out, is: C-q C-j.

That's right, Control-J is the way to tell emacs to stick in a newline. In retrospect that makes a lot of sense.

arrow 7 March 2009 by litster Fixing emacs backspace in screen [permalink]
When running emacs insde of screen, screen helpfully turns the backspace/delete key into "^[[3~", which gets turned into a forward-delete. Unfortunately, just bashing deletechar into backward-delete-char-untabify caues backspace in incremental search to cancel the search, which is annoying.

One option is to set the TERM env var to rxvt:

% setenv TERM rxvt

Before cranking up screen.

arrow 7 March 2009 by litster perl nochange

^L for wierd
;?#\|\|\s(\|\(\w\|\s_\)+:[^:]
but cperl-set-style whitesmith is a lie
GNU works, kindof

arrow 7 March 2009 by litster select rectangle

> How do I select rectangular blocks of text in Emacs? For example, in Vim,
> the Ctrl-v command starts Visual mode block-wise.

Found that "apropos-command rectangle" gives the relevant commands.

M-x apropos-command

7 March 2009 by litster indent block

arrow 7 March 2009 by litster tiny tools

emacs tiny tools

arrow 27 July 2009 by litster configuration

init-lun loads line numbers (linum.el)

arrow 27 August 2009 by litster multi-hop tramp

edit a file on another machine locally

arrow 3 October 2009 by litster make caps lock key CTRL key

start gnome-kyeboard-properties->layouts->other options->Ctrl key position

arrow 9 March 2010 by litster Dark Secrets of Emacs Word Wrapping « Learning Lisp

of kind-of the way it is sort-of way. To turn this off, type M-x toggle-truncate-lines. Now you will have a text editor that’s almost as good as notepad with “Word Wrap” turned off!   This should make the wrapping lines extend off the right side of the screen.  Note that this command makes using the SQL mode much nicer… though sql-ms/isql still screws up your column headings with the timer text: “1> 2> 3> 4>”.

One core NotePad feature has only recently become available to Emacs users via Emacs 22. M-x longlines turns the feature on, after which M-x longlines-mode toggles it on and off.  Longlines mode gives you the easy reading soft word wrapping of NotePad with “Word Wrap” turned on.

arrow 15 March 2010 by litster override mode loading - load nxml-mode instead of html-mode

   (fset 'html-mode 'nxml-mode)

arrow 15 March 2010 by litster autoload mode upon file recognition

 '("<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC \"-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN\"" . nxml-mode))

arrow 15 March 2010 by litster autoload modes for certain files

(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("\\.js\\'" . js2-mode))

arrow 15 March 2010 by litster load file

(load "~/.emacs.d/nxhtml/autostart.el")

arrow 15 March 2010 by litster which mode am I in?

C-h mode

arrow 15 March 2010 by litster cheatsheets

vi <-> emacs

ref card

arrow 30 April 2010 by litster EmacsWiki: Parenthesis Matching

  C-M-f     Move forward over a balanced expression
  C-M-b     Move backward over a balanced expression
  C-M-k     Kill balanced expression forward
  C-M-SPC   put the mark at the end of the sexp.

arrow 30 April 2010 by litster stub for howto automatically comment the end of a block

emacs-fu: balancing your parentheses
(defun paren-match ()
"Tries to jump to the matching parenthesis to the one currently
under the point. Useful if the matching paren is out of sight. "
(cond ((looking-at "[{\[\(]") (forward-sexp 1) (backward-char))
((looking-at "[]})]") (forward-char) (backward-sexp 1))
(t (message "Point not at a parenthesis."))))

I usually bind it to C-x C-p globally.

arrow 30 April 2010 by litster Tutorial: Emacs for Programmers | Linux Journal

arrow 10 September 2010 by litster ubuntu packages


arrow 16 February 2011 by litster OMG! 5.3. XML Validation commands

C-c, C-n
Move to the next location where the document structure is not valid.

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