Why Opera?

Posted on Wed 28 April 2010 in articles • Tagged with Opera

There are so many browsers out there! Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari - are the major players on the market. But hey, there is another major and one of the oldest browsers in the world: Opera. You might have heard lots of rumours about it. Maybe even used it. Or maybe you belong to a small group of people, who actually use this browser everyday. Would you like to know, why I've been using Opera for 10 years?


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Inside Python subprocess communication

Posted on Sat 24 April 2010 in articles • Tagged with programming, Python

Sometimes, it's really hard to understand what happens inside a function or even a whole module of Python's Standard library. For example, the subprocess module contains a very tricky Popep class. I tried to use the the module to communicate with a MATLAB subprocess shell (e.g. send MATLAB commands to subprocess and read the output). Unfortunately I failed and was just able to pass a MATLAB script via command-line arguments. Yet, I learnt much about the Popen.communicate() method and I'd like to share this knowledge with you.


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A very long nightmare

Posted on Thu 01 April 2010 in articles • Tagged with Linux, Ubuntu, Debian, disk, fail

The worst thing has happened: I have an unexpected drive failure. That's how my Easter has started :(


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10 Amazing life lessons you can learn from Albert Einstein

Posted on Sat 27 March 2010 in articles • Tagged with life

I'm sure, you know, who Albert Einstein is. I remember the basic Relativity Theory course taught at 10th grade of school. That's when I first met Einstein's ideas. It was hard to believe that c, the speed of light - is the maximum speed in the Universe. It was hard to understand, why a time in a spaceship that achieves a speed close to c runs slower and slower. Albert Einstein explained it all. He published more than 300 scientific and over 150 non-scientific works. He is considered the father of modern physics and is probably the most successful scientist there ever was. I think we should learn a lot from him. Wandering around the web, I ran into a wonderful "10 Amazing Life Lessons You Can Learn From Albert Einstein" article by Mr. Self Development I loved Einstein's advices very much. And here they are:


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Python classes: Dynamic properties

Posted on Wed 10 March 2010 in articles • Tagged with programming, Python

Python never stops surprising me. While doing my master IT project, I was looking for a way to add dynamic properties to classes (we're speaking of new-style classes of course!). I did a little research and here are the results...


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Back to life

Posted on Wed 19 August 2009 in articles • Tagged with life

There were no blog updates during 8 month! But I am finally back to life!


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Beginner's guide to creating a GNOME 2 applet with Python (Part II)

Posted on Wed 19 August 2009 in articles • Tagged with programming, Python, Gnome

It's been a while since I wrote the first part of this guide. I'm happy to introduce you the second part of the tutorial. This part continues the story about applet-only techniques. Even if you're skilled in PyGTK, you are adviced to read this part.


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Big and Little endianness quest

Posted on Sat 01 August 2009 in Articles • Tagged with programming, G.729, C, VAD

Sometimes the bugs in programs do not depend on a programmer. For example, when a programmer expects a certain result from a built-in function, that would be the last place to check for bugs. But sometimes weird stuff happens, and it also happened to me.


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Emacs, LaTeX and pdf viewer

Posted on Tue 14 April 2009 in Articles • Tagged with Elisp, Emacs, LaTeX

A short note on how-to set a pdf-viewer for LaTeX-generated documents in Emacs.


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Byte-compiled ChangeLog

Posted on Fri 03 April 2009 in Articles • Tagged with programming, Emacs, Elisp, regex

My favourite all-purpose, extensible and customizable editor is Emacs. Mastering Emacs takes months, even years, and there is always a lot to discover. For example, I've just seen how Emacs tried to byte-compile a simple ChangeLog text document. How could that happen?


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