Archive for February, 2004

Acrobat Bloat

Sunday, February 29th, 2004

With each incarnation of Adobe Acrobat Reader it gets more sluggish and clunky, and in version 6 they’ve outdone themselves. On my PIII 1GHz notebook, it takes 8 seconds to start up for the first time. I do not have the patience to wait for my computer the slave, not for something as trivial as a document viewer.. and while it’s loading in the browser it’s even more unbearable.. I can’t do anything but watch everything go blank. It’s not long enough to go make a coffee either.

THAT does it! I’m switching to GSView.

IDN-OSS

Saturday, February 28th, 2004

I’ve been working on IDN-OSS for a few months now. Although we have yet to produce a usable product suitable for the general audience, we have just released an alpha-quality plugin for Internet Explorer 6 on Windows 2000/XP. There is also a simple IDN conversion tool for Windows.

There is still a lot of work to be done, so I will continue to work on the client for the next couple of weeks to bring it to the masses. Stay tuned!

Toys and Flybar

Wednesday, February 25th, 2004

Was reading Slashdot and saw a link to Toy Fair’s Top 10 Strangest Products review, some of the stuff is really funny..

Especially the Flybar.. this stuff is supposed to bounce you 5-6 feet off the ground! Imagine how irritating it would be to see them on the streets! I thought skateboarders were morons… to think that I was doing quite a bit of Rollerblading almost 10 years ago.. guess I’m gettin’ old. *sigh*

viWord 0.3

Sunday, February 22nd, 2004

I am sticking to the “Release early, release often” mantra!

Well, the truth is, I’ve been using it and have been find lots of fault with it so I had to fix it for myself.

ChangeLog:
1. New commands – :q :q! :wq (this one’s for Dean)
2. Goto line using count-G (23G brings you to line 23, as would :23)
3. Delete word in both directions – dw db
4. Delete to end-of-line without getting into insert mode: D
5. Binds all other symbols ([{}]\|;'"?,<.>) so that hitting one of these in normal mode won’t suddenly insert it into the document.
6. Search backwards: ?
7. Fixed some glitches.

Grab it here!

Leave me a comment if you like it, hate it, or doesn’t work for you…

Tropfest

Sunday, February 22nd, 2004

Just came back from Tropfest (Australia’s largest short film festival) at the Domain – there were over 100,000 people where they screened 16 finalists. The size of the crowd was absolutely stunning! It was truly an amazing experience and I love it! The only bummer was that it started pouring at the last film.. so we rushed off without seeing the award ceremony.

viWord community on Orkut

Saturday, February 21st, 2004

I’ve created a viWord community on Orkut, and spammed the Vim community with an announcement 😉

While creating the orkut community, I quickly whipped up this crappy logo for it

In any case, if you’re on Orkut and would like to join, just search for ‘viWord’ or use this link.

viWord 0.2

Saturday, February 21st, 2004

I have made quite significant improvement to the first version of the macro, a lot more usable now. Give it a try again if it didn’t quite work for you.

Grab it here. See the README.txt within for installation instructions.

Changes include:
“/” – find text
“n” – next occurence of the search text
“N” – prev occurence of the search text
“^” – go to beginning of line
“C” – delete to end-of-line
“G” – go to the end of file
“:w” – save current file
“.” – repeat last command
“dd” – delete current line
“s” – substitute (works with count prefix too)
“p” – paste (not exactly Vim’s behavior, only works as Ctrl-v)

Man’s Best Friend

Wednesday, February 18th, 2004

My morning cuppa! This coffee though contained in a Starbucks mug is home made. The beans are roasted by the roasters at Coffee Alchemy, which I ground and made using this moka pot. Smooooth.. babē!

It’s no longer morning, as much as I love having my strong coffee first thing in the morning, my stomach can’t take it. I’ve got to have something substantial to eat before coffee.

Car Woes

Tuesday, February 17th, 2004

Finally, got the car battery changed. Feels wierd driving the old lady again after abandoning it for a month or so when Raymond lent us his car. It’s about time for a trip to the mechanic but am so afraid of the bill. Last April when it was time for renewal, the mechanic told me to just register it for a quarter and see what happened, stressed time and again that I should not spend any more money on it. I renewed it for a full year anyway and it did pretty well, though not without problems…

Just looking forward to the day that we can afford a proper Japanese car that consumes less fuel, less squeaky and has an air-conditioning system.

viWord

Sunday, February 15th, 2004

While digging through some old archives, I found a piece of MS Word macro I wrote almost 3 years ago as a proof-of-concept, dubbed viWord. It allows you to use vi-like keybindings in Word. It should work for Office 2000, XP and 2003. vi-philes who are forced to work in Word might like it.

However, as this is only an experimental toy, it is not intended to be used seriously. However, given enough interests I might consider reviving it and making it into a proper product (for free, of course).

Implemented keybindings:

  1. Switching from Normal to Insert: i, a, A, o, O
  2. Insert to Normal: Esc
  3. Movements: h,j,k,l,w,b,$,0,Ctrl-F,Ctrl-B
  4. Undo, Redo: u, Ctrl-R
  5. Editing: x,X
  6. Count-movement: 10-j (move down 10 lines)

Get it! You know you want to.

Instructions can be found in README.txt