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full circle - issue #4

Full Circle - the independent magazine to the Ubuntu Community are proud to announce our fourth issue.

It contains:
* Edubuntu - What’s in it for the kids?
* How-To : Hosting Code on LaunchPad, Learning Scribus part 4 and Keep your kids safe in Ubuntu.
* Preview of Miro 0.9.8.
* Interview with Ubuntu Developer Colin Watson.
* Letters, Q&A, MyDesktop, MyPC, Top5 and more!

Get it while it’s hot!


What does your favorite text editor say about you?

Sounds pretty accurate, What does your favorite text editor say about you?:

Vim or Vi

You are a minimalist at heart, but you value raw power of a sophisticated, and yet simple editor. You hate to waste key strokes. You laugh derisively at the fools fighting with their silly Notepad like editors. You either use a traditional unix keyboard or you switched around Ctrl and Caps Lock so that they are in their popper places. Chances are that you might be (or have been) a sysadmin. You think that Emacs is not a text editor, but a fucking operating system with a built in kitchen sink, and a circus tent. You might as well use an IDE.

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Checkout the current version of my vimrc.



Sorry I haven’t posted anything during the week but I have been quite swamped with work and working on my own vim project ( basically a temporary project until I start on my own editor ( which I’ve been planning to do for about 5 years so don’t get your ‘hopes’ up ) ).

Currently it’s basically a merge between Amir’s vimrc and Ciaran’s vimrc plus some changes. I keep telling myself that it’s just temporary but anyway, if you want to check it out make sure that you have Bazaar installed and run this command:

bzr branch


How to write a Gtk Widget

I found a couple of good tutorials on how to write a Gtk widget, first a C version and then a python version ( it’s the same tutorial except the implementation language ):


Image links

I just learned how to create image links in markdown, It’s pretty much just to combine creating a link and creating a image ( go figure :P ).

How to define a link in markdown:

[link]: link "description"

How to define an image in markdown:

![alt text][image]
[image]: link "optional title"

Image link:

[![alt text][image]][link]
[link]: link "description"
[image]: link "optional title"

As you can see I use the expanded link and image syntax, I find it a lot easier to read when you define all the links at one place ( that is the bottom of the page ).

If you are interested in more information about Markdown.

This page contains a pretty good introduction to Markdown as well.


Which Programming Language Are You?

I think I took this test before but I don’t think I was lisp then ( I’ll try to find it ). The thing about parenthesis feels pretty accurate ( at least in regular text, not so sure I do that in programming though ).

Which Programming Language Are You?

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I started to listen to this weekend and I have to say that so far I like it a lot ( one downside is maybe that I haven’t found any good desktop applications for it yet but .. ).

It’s really great way to find new and interesting music which roughly matches your taste ( at least after you have used it a while ) and without the biggest drawback radio has, you can change song if you don’t like it.

I guess I’ll find out tomorrow if it works at work or if Ericsson’s mighty firewall blocks this service ( I might be able to tunnel it from home but I don’t know if it is worth the trouble ).

I’m ‘phaero81′ ( I want to strangle the one who has taken my regular user name ) if someone wants to be my ‘friend’



For a long time I’ve been wondering why I don’t blog more and one big thing is that I’ve never been one that wanted to go to a web page and fill in a form to post an entry.

Sure that is perfectly acceptable when you are at work or somewhere else ( e.g. not at home ) but when I’m using my computer I want to use a desktop application.

I’ve tried a few different application on Linux ( such as Drivel, BloGTK, Gnome Blog among others ) but all of them had something that irritated me.

Some where too complicated for what I needed to do ( I just need to post an entry now and again ) and most tries to login to the site before you would be able to start writing your post and since my server is pretty slow most of the time that’s a major problem for me.

So what is a programmer to do? Well you of course start writing your own software that will satisfy all your needs.

sBlog will be a very simple blog software but hopefully pretty powerful to, it will not contain any blog editor so you have to use some other editor ( you can use whatever you want, Gedit, vim or even OpenOffice ( just make sure you save to text or send in a patch to allow sBlog to import a OpenOffice document ) ).

Stay tuned for more info about sBlog.


New job

Sorry I haven’t written anything in the past month but I’ve been busy with my new job. Yes, I got a job ( thanks to A. ) at Combitech which is a consulting firm owned by Saab, I’ve been rented out ( is that the correct term? ) to Ericsson for a month now so it’s still pretty new.

Unfortunately I have to code in C++ but it’s pretty low level anyway so I still get to learn a lot about Linux programming which makes up for it a bit. Hopefully I get to program in Python a bit too at a later date ( the test framework they use is partly in python ).

I don’t know how often I will be able to update this blog but I will try to do it a bit more often, but an 8 hour day and a commute on approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes each way doesn’t leave that much time in the week.