Teaching My Son to Code. Insanity Now. Serenity Never.

A while ago my son, Ahan, started showing some interest in code. He was visiting code.org regularly and dragging random code blocks together to draw patterns. But after a few months of that without understanding much more than a loop is used to repeat things, I decided it was time for him to learn some “real” code….

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Get Rid of Adobe Reader, Flash is next?

I’ve been using Foxit for some time (maybe a couple of years) now because Adobe Reader had become a bloated piece of crap that slows down my machine, crashes browsers and uses way more resources than it should. But now Adobe has gone one step beyond just making a crappy product – they want to…

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VMWare + Win 7

I just got Windows 7 installed and running in VMWare Server 🙂 IT took a while to install but is running pretty smoothly. The only app I installed so far is Opera 10 Alpha. As I add more and play with it a little more, I’ll make some new posts in the near future. BTW…

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Excel 2007 Bug

I have a simple spreadsheet with a few floating point numbers. All two decimal places or less. The total of the numbers is zero. But Excel displays the total as 2.32832E-11 (which is nearly zero but I’d rather just see a zero). It does resolve itself if I change the format of the Column from…

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Kubuntu 8.10!

All this while I’ve been using Ubuntu on my Thinkpad and have been very happy with only a few minor complaints such as the non-functional multi-monitor utility and compiz fusion not working until 8.10. Now I decided to give KDE a try so I installed Kubuntu-desktop and logged into KDE 4.1!!! Oooh drool!!! The unreleased…

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After Vista

Windows Vista has many new nice features but it faces severe criticism and omitted several announced high profile features such as WinFS and now it seems that the next Windows (Windows 7) will be out next year. IMHO, because of Vistas failure and everybody wanting XP, maybe Microsoft should hire the guy who made this…

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Installation Woes Part Deux

I inserted my XP CD again and selected Setup instead of Repair. It didn’t even recognize the Windows partition as NTFS. So basically Windows update destroyed more than just a few files. I formatted the partition, ran XP setup again. Ofcourse now XP destroyed my MBR and I couldn’t get to Ubuntu. So I fire…

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