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Portal Free Until 24th of May [May. 20th, 2010|10:37 pm]
Portal is a free download from Steam until the 24th.

I already have it so I am more interested in the upcoming Linux client for steam.

Finally I won't need windows just to chat with my friends :D :D :D.
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あなたはばかです。 [Oct. 14th, 2009|10:41 pm]
Finally all those years studying Japanese paid off. The was flameage on YouTube that I would haven't have been able to understand if it wasn't for those Japanese lessons!

I was amusing to come across some Japanese and go "Hey I actually understand that!"
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I've switching to Chrome even though it doesn't "support" Linux. [Jul. 26th, 2009|09:57 pm]
All the web browser benchmarks I found measure how many million operations the browser can do per second. More relevant to me is the time it takes the browser to respond. So I made a browser responsiveness benchmark.

All of the benchmark are run on Ubuntu Jaunty. Since Google Chrome is not officially released for Linux, I am running the developers pre-release for Linux.

I left the benchmark running idle for a while and picked the best line from each browser:

Google Chrome(ium) 30, 29, 26, 26, 30, 30, 29, 25, 25, 28, 28 [30ms]
Firefox 3.5.1 (32bit): 28, 25, 116, 35, 29, 113, 108, 26, 99, 28, 28 [116ms]
Firefox 3.0.12 (64bit): 27, 99, 27, 96, 52, 93, 36, 102, 93, 32, 32 [102ms]

Now this is the browser running idle, except for gmail and facebook doing things in the background. I then did various things in the browser, resizing, clicking links etc. and got the following results:

Google Chrome(ium) 48, 41, 27, 33, 93, 39, 29, 46, 25, 31, 31 [93ms]
Firefox 3.5.1 (32bit): 507, 294, 204, 540, 212, 126, 28, 37, 179, 165, 165 [540ms]
Firefox 3.0.12 (64bit): 96, 101, 27, 30, 264, 774, 341, 139, 322, 473, 473 [774ms]

So Chrome performs under load than Firefox does when it is idle. This matches my experiences, on my 2.5Ghz Dual Core 2 I had continual noticeable delays, even when entering plain text. With Chrome I haven't noticed any slow downs in the browser (some websites load slowly, but that is not the browsers fault.)

Any one care to test their browser, and discuss the results here?
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See the tooltips. [Jul. 3rd, 2009|01:26 pm]
It would appear that SMBC reads xkcd.
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Middle click search in Firefox. [Jul. 2nd, 2009|03:54 pm]
Well, Firefox 3.5 has been released. Bug 414849 still hasn't been fixed.

On Linux we can middle click the icon on the URL bar to load a URL. However we
cannot perform a search by middle clicking the icon in the search bar. This is
inconsistent. More importantly, there is no one (or two) click way of searching for the contents of the middle-click buffer. So, I whipped together a script to apply my patch.

I'll note that this isn't an extension, it directly patches browser.jar, which isn't recommended. It is also completely pointless on Windows where there is no middle-click buffer. That said, I've used it; I won't wait another release cycle as this bug is constant source of aggravation for me.
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(no subject) [Jun. 14th, 2009|10:20 pm]
It occurs to me that it would be handy to have a the ability to have a public post that was not visible to some of my friends (or alternatively give my friends the ability to exclude posts with certain tags from appearing on their to-read lists).

Some posts are not private, but also not relevant to all the people on my friends list. At the moment the only trivial way to prevent such posts appearing is to de-friend people.
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Stopping Firefox eating RAM while minimised. [Jun. 5th, 2009|07:56 pm]
I find it really annoying how Firefox eats up RAM and CPU even when it is minimised. On my old 128MB Laptop, it basically meant any other software I was running would be almost unusable until I closed Firefox. Even with 2GB, it bites when trying to run Firefox and a 512MB virtual machine at the same time. Anyway, I wrote a script to prevent firefox from using CPU while minimised on Linux.

It assumes that the Firefox window ends in " - Mozilla Firefox" and the checks whether that window is minimised every second, and starts/stops firefox based on whether the window is minimised.

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Computer Stuff [Jun. 4th, 2009|11:27 am]
I just upgraded my computer to 4GB. I got new Kingston 2GB 800MHz RAM on ebay for 32 AUD, which was under half the store front price these days, and about the same price as before prices went up.

Also there are a couple of good deals on Netbooks today, a 10" ASUS D250 for $470, and the original 7" EeePC for $270 including shipping, although $270 is about what I bought my EeePC for in Thailand.
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News for Today. [Apr. 15th, 2009|12:39 am]
Someone mentioned that they'd like to read Start of Darkness (Order of the Stick) at Swancon. Anyway, I bought it and I've finished reading it.
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DVDs [Apr. 8th, 2009|08:59 pm]
I just bought 100 DVD Rs from target (au). They were on special for $20. I was using DVD RWs for recording tv shows on to, if they developed a scratch then my DVR could stop recording mid program. Also, DVD RWs need to be formatted before they are used, which is also a pain when trying to record a show.

There were also 100 CDs on special for twelve bucks, but I couldn't really justify it since there is only one CD I was thinking of burning, and I have plenty of spare CD Rs.
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