Archive for May, 2004

Gmail, Gopher, Giveittome!

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

Gmail—everyone seems to be talking/blogging about it, some have managed to get it just by asking, so I thought I owe it to myself to at least try asking here:
Anyone with a spare invitation wishes to help a mate out?

Gopher—being able to navigate to this gopher url is just too much for me to handle, almost makes me tear! Go Gopher!

viWord 0.4 Released

Thursday, May 20th, 2004

Thanks to everyone who have shown support and interests in this little hack of mine. I’ve been using it for quite some time now. Despite some minor bugs still lurking around, I really love it myself. This is one of my few creations that I can actually bear to use :)

Grab it here: viWord.zip

Update: To make Word use its normal keystrokes (e.g. when you need to let someone else use your computer): Go to Tools -> Customize, click on the "Keyboard..." button, then click on "Reset All...". To get rid of it completely, do the above and remove the viWord.dot file.

The ChangeLog:

  • e command.
  • c modifier (only cw and cb works for now)
  • Changed the behavior of Shift-A to move to the end of paragraph (equiv. to the end of a long unbroken line in vi) instead of just the end of the screen line.
  • Fixed (hopefully) the error 5346 that was caused by viWord trying to bind to an existing combo (Ctrl-R) used for “align paragraph to right indent” (who the hell uses that anyway?) viWord first removes that binding and then binds Ctrl-R to the Redo operation (just as VIM does).
  • x now copies the character(s) onto the clipboard so you could use xp to swap characters.
  • viWord enters normal mode without you having to hit the emulate button or the ESC key when you first start Word.

PearPC

Tuesday, May 18th, 2004

Just chanced upon the PearPC project on SourceForge. It means that soon I, the poor man, too, can run OS/X!

Broadband, at last.

Friday, May 14th, 2004

After a long period of 56K modem, we’re finally up and running with the Optus ADSL service. A broadband price war is going on here in Australia. Yes, it’s a bit slow, I know. But that’s the way it is down below. (sorry, can’t help it!)

The reason why it took us so long is many fold: first we had to wait 2 weeks for our phone line to be activated, then another week for the ADSL to be activated on the line and for the modem to arrive. Then we had to miss the courier who delivers our ADSL modem thrice, first two times because our intercom was faulty so we couldn’t hear him, and the third because the courier company screwed up. Arse luck.

When we finally do get it, we often get dropped out of the network due to “an unexpected outage”, or so I was told by the technical support guy after holding for an hour.

Just a glimpse of the crap I have to deal with sometimes. It’s not all bad though, we’re making progress, at least the real estate agent got the door bell fixed :)

I don’t miss dialup at all.

Burnt Kebab

Saturday, May 1st, 2004

The other day I decided to buy some Lebanese bread (Guildford being a Lebanese town, these are dirt cheap here) and make myself some kebabs. So I chopped some garlic, onion and tomatoes, cheese, a fat sausage, sprinkled them on a round lebanese bread and put it under the grill. Went to brush up, came back and found thick smoke coming out of the oven. Here’s the result after salvaging the stuffing:

Take a closer look…

I learnt that:

  1. The oven is pretty powerful.
  2. Never leave the grill unattended.
  3. Lebanese bread burns easily.
  4. It’s better to buy kebabs from downstairs.