Mozilla Labs Concept Series: Pie Assisted Gestures

A few days ago, Mozilla Labs invited students to answer the question: “What would a browser look like if the Web was all there was? No windows, no unnecessary trappings. Just the Web.” I thought I’d take a crack at it myself, even though I’m clearly going to get my ass kicked by the engineering… Continue reading Mozilla Labs Concept Series: Pie Assisted Gestures

Dual Booting Ubuntu 8.10 with Tiger on a Santa Rosa MacBook Pro

This weekend was taken up by one huge discovery: it is possible to use Gparted on Ubuntu Ibex to resize an HFS+ partition non-destructively. This one fact made it incredibly easy to dual boot my MacBook Pro with Linux. Here’s how: Backup everything you might want to keep from your Mac just in case. Resizing… Continue reading Dual Booting Ubuntu 8.10 with Tiger on a Santa Rosa MacBook Pro

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Comcast HSI troubleshooting

I recently solved a problem that’s been bugging with me on Comcast HSI (High Speed Internet), and just in case this helps anyone else, I wanted to document it. In my case, I’d first plugged in the cable modem, then my Macbook, and gotten zero. The Mac had been issued a DHCP address that looked… Continue reading Comcast HSI troubleshooting

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Outsourcing Trust

Are you familiar with the UAC prompt in Vista? Or the “%Application would like to use your current location” prompt on the iPhone? We – the nerds – can make fairly accurate decisions about the security of a product. My mum probably can’t. Strangely, she’s being asked all the same questions as I am. This… Continue reading Outsourcing Trust

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Office 2007 Picture Transparency

A very small hack. In Office 2003, once you have inserted a picture you can make it transparent. If you love transparency, you’ll have been disappointed to discover that this function has been removed in Office 2007. However, there is a way around. It’s a little bit ugly. Insert a regular vector object like a… Continue reading Office 2007 Picture Transparency

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Restoring GRUB on Ubuntu

Possibly the only useful article on the previous incarnation of this blog was this on, detailing how to pull GRUB back up under Ubuntu. This was written with reference to Ubuntu 4, which I was hooked on like a turbot. There are many standard ways of reinstalling GRUB – most involve using a Linux rescue… Continue reading Restoring GRUB on Ubuntu

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