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    Recommended: House M.D. TV series

    31st October 2008

    Excellent play of Hugh Laurie (Doctor House), terminology-enriched plots, and the style of “medical detective story” – all add up to an excellent viewing pleasure.

    If you enjoyed Jeeves and Wooster – be sure to check House M.D.. It is completely different, but Hugh Laurie really excels in both.

    Highly recommended!

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    How to print a single page from PDF file using Linux command line interface (CLI)

    30th October 2008

    There are several ways to do that, I’ll describe the one which worked for me. Please note, that printing from CLI has an advantage of being able to print out something at work from the comfort of your home and ssh :) (provided that the printer is on and is loaded with paper).

    To extract a single page (or a range of pages), I used pdftops:
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    Citation and reference managers for Linux: short overview

    29th October 2008

    For some period of time, I had to switch to my Windows installation when writing articles with references, because I keep my references database there and there is an extremely convenient add-on for MS Office to insert citations and format bibliography on the fly.

    However, it is quite inconvenient to make/run programs/scripts under Linux, and then switch to Windows to describe the obtained results in the article-like form. Thus, I briefly investigated available citation managers for Linux.
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    CLANS: CLuster ANalysis of Sequences

    25th October 2008

    CLANS (CLuster ANalysis of Sequences).
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    Why I love Debian

    4th October 2008


    I love Debian, too.

    Though I prefer ‘testing’ (which is currently codenamed Lenny) over ‘stable’ (aka Etch).

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    Debian, fgl_glxgears: Using GLX_SGIX_pbuffer… Segmentation fault

    1st October 2008

    If you get Segmentation fault when trying to run fgl_glxgears in your Debian desktop environment, most often this would mean that 3D acceleration isn’t enabled.

    For the case of ATI (and ATI Mobility) Radeon series, the easiest procedure would be (doing all as root, or prepending sudo to all commands):

    1. aptitude update, to ensure you’ve got the list of latest packages
    2. aptitude install fglrx-driver fglrx-control fglrx-kernel-src, for the actual driver; I also installed fglrx-atieventsd and fglrx-glx (these are driver-recommended packages)
    3. aptitude install module-assistant, required for building the kernel module
    4. module-assistant prepare, to verify that you have everything needed for the module build procedure
    5. module-assistant update
    6. module-assistant auto-install fglrx, to build and install the fglrx kernel module
    7. depmod -a
    8. modprobe fglrx, to load the fglrx kernel module
    9. aticonfig ––initial, to configure ATI’s device section in /etc/X11/xorg.conf (for more options, see aticonfig ––help)
    10. reboot

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