Stavros' Stuff

On programming and other things.

Boa Constructor

These past few days I realised I’m a bit rusty on my appication programming, having mainly programmed scripts and websites for quite a few years. I decided I wanted to go back to the good old Visual Basic days, but if possible without VB. Since wxPython is apparently the best toolkit available for Python, I decided to give it a try.

Needless to say, I was swamped. Sadly

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It is time for another one of my updates, and this time I bring you an important scientific discovery. I would like to bring to your attention a new logical fallacy, which I herewith name “argumentum ad urmomum”. It appears that noone else has ever thought of this name[^1], so I would like to claim it myself.

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How to resolve hostnames in linux

This last month I have grown very fond of Ubuntu. I have installed it on some 4 PCs around the house and at work, and it works very well (also, I love Beryl). While I haven’t completely switched from Windows, Linux beats Windows on a server by far.

One of the things I could never get to work is local hostname resolution under Ubuntu. None of the PCs I installed it on could resolve hostnam

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If you know me, you’ll know that I like to waste my time on playing in my favorite MUD (Multi-User Dungeon). If you don’t know what MUDs are, you have been born after 1970. MUDs are online multiplayer games (think WoW) but without all the graphics and fanciness. It’s purely text-based, so it takes a while to get used to, but the writing on good MUDs is great (and I mean novel-level, and not anythi

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New tutorial

It is time for me to create something magnificent, but I am all out of ideas. Ideally, I’d like to write a tutorial or something to that effect, but I don’t know what on. So, what would you like to learn? I guess if you knew what you wanted to know you’d already know it, but I’m open to ideas. Post comments here (you don’t have to register) and I’ll get right on it.

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Digg vs Slashdot? No.

People (especially Diggers, I think) like to compare Digg and Slashdot in various areas (and often say how one will kill the other). This comparison has always struck me as baseless, but I’ve never seen anyone saying anything about it (yes, that may be because I haven’t looked :P), so this is what I think: Digg and Slashdot are two very different bea

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What is PyPy?

If you’re like me, you have probably stumbled upon PyPy by now, and if you’re like me you didn’t understand exactly what it is. If you’re not like me, PyPy is a Python implementation written in Python, but, uhh, what does that mean?

The PyPy site isn’t all that helpful. It says:

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The Gallery

PERSONAL NOTE: It appears that Eva-Marie herself has read this page and commented here, which is quite awesome. Eva-Marie, if you ever read this again, e-mail me or something, don’t be a stranger :P

I like music. I listen to it all day. I listen to all kinds of music, classical, pop, rock, metal, whatever. Obviously, there many ingenious pieces, like the Swan Lake, Falling off the Edge of

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Since I’m no good at prologues, I will get right to the subject. I guess that was a prologue, though. Turns out I am a bit good at them. It wasn’t particularly good, but oh well, it serves its purpose. So, without further ado, I present to you… Hamachi!

Hamachi is “a zero-configuration virtual private networking application with an open security architecture and NAT-to

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Trashing Linux

Have you ever wondered what the joke answer to every Linux-related question (“rm -rf /”) actually does? You know it deletes everything, but have you ever seen it? Well, for your viewing pleasure, I have trashed my Ubuntu system. It wasn’t really what I expected it to be, nothing blew up. I won’t spoil it for you though, I’ll let you see for yourself. If the video runs a bit fast it’s because I’ve

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