Inklings: a tumblelog

The Hitler vs. Coulter Quiz

I got 11 correct and 3 wrong. Not bad! I was going to post this up on TCAL, but I can never get up the courage to use my account.

Snakelets: A Python Web Application Server


Snakelets is a very simple-to-use Python web application server. It provides a threaded web server (you don’t have to provide a web server such as Apache yourself), Ypages (Python HTML template language, similar to Java’s JSPs) and Snakelets: code-centric page request handlers (similar to Java’s Servlets). Snakelet’s focus is to make the creation of dynamic web sites as quick and easy as possible. To get started it is enough to extract Snakelets somewhere, add a single directory that will contain your files, copy-paste-edit a small configuration file that describes your site, and you’re set to add your own pages and images and other content!

Setting up Rails on Cygwin

Damned laptop! See what pain you’re putting me through!


Desktop Post-It notes.

Install Ruby On Rails (RoR) on Cygwin

Just in case…

The First 10 Prolog Programming Contests

The first 10 Prolog Programming Contests took place in Ithaca (1994), Portland (1995), Bonn (1996), Leuven (1997), Manchester (1998), Las Cruces (1999), Paphos (2001), Copenhagen (2002), Mumbay (2003) and Saint-Malo (2004). The contest organisers have written this book, containing the (slightly reworked) questions and an answer (in Prolog of course) for each question… The book is now also freely downloadable.

Creating a Dual-Boot Windows XP and Ubuntu Laptop

.htaccess cheatsheet

Pete Freitag's Apache cheatsheet


The DejaVu fonts are a font family based on the Bitstream Vera Fonts release 1.10. Its purpose is to provide a wider range of characters while maintaining the original look and feel through the process of collaborative development.

It appears to me that this really ought to be part of the Bitstream Vera project or considered a sandbox for expanding the font, but… - The definitive DVD backup resource

This year's Apres Match skits on You Tube

Yay! Much better than RTÉ’s jumpy Real Player streams.


CDBurnerXP Pro

Awful name, but it looks like some pretty damned good CD and DVD burning software. It can’t deal with dual-layer DVDs (yet) but they’re pretty rare anyway so I’m not too bothered.

Berlusconi to stand trial on fraud charges


Resolving conflict between Avahi and Howl

I don’t even know why I need to have them installed, but…

An excellent replacement for the now seemingly defunct Nizkor site.

75 USD for a box running Linux or *BSD

Drool! I’d love two of these!

Using FreeBSD with a USB iPod

Apparently much the same procedure will work with just about any USB device that works like a harddrive. Pity it’s not more fire-and-forget.

BSD Guides

Convert text to hexadecimal Unicode escape sequences

Office Space Icon Set for Windows Vista

Pretty sweet! Come as both .ico and .png files, so it’s usable even on OSs other than Windows.

19 Rails Tricks Most Rails Coders Don't Know

I already knew about acts_as_nested_set, but only because I’d noticed it when poking around the Rails source code.

All About Monads

A comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of monadic programming in Haskell.

Cleaning the lint that collects in your laptop's navel

Despite my best efforts, I haven’t been able to open my laptop without forcing the screws, which I don’t want to do. I’ll have to find another way.

Think Again: al-Jazeera


It is vilified as a propaganda machine and Osama bin Laden’s mouthpiece. In truth, though, Al Jazeera is as hated in the palaces of Riyadh as it is in the White House. But, as millions of loyal viewers already know, Al Jazeera promotes a level of free speech and dissent rarely seen in the Arab world.

The Republic's population hits over 4.2mil.

Ho. Lee. Crap! We haven’t seen population growth like that since the early 1800s. I’m surprised that Limerick City and Cork City have seen population dips though, especially Cork.


Console is a Win console window enhancement. It was inspired by eConsole. Console features include configurable font, color, size, background image and transparency (on Win2000 and later).

I’m not using Windows right now, but this might be useful in the future, and somebody out there might find it useful now.

Twelve Benefits of Writing Unit Tests First

Creating Smaller Virtual Machines

Not only good if you’re looking to squeeze a few MB out of your VMWare or Virtual PC images, but also great if you’re looking to squeeze some of the crap out of your own WinXP machine. Read it!

Slimming Down Windows XP: The Complete Guide

Blogging From the Belly of Beirut


Dell Inspiron/Latitude/Precision fan control utility

I thought I bookmarked this before…

Why the Strong Lose

On why strong-arm tactics can end up doing more harm than good.

Ancient manuscript discovered in the Midlands

Take that, Waghorne! :-)

Movable Type's Import and Export format

I’ll be moving a blog–not mine–to Movable Type, so I might have to hack together some export code.

Hacking Windows XP: Speed Up Your Boot

Once I get my laptop working again–if it does ever work again–and I decide to go back to Windows, I am definitely using this to squeeze out some of the crap.

Uninstall "Hidden" Windows Components

Digital Rights Ireland to challenge the State in the courts over Data Retention

Excellent! We as a country needed to do something to challenge McDowell’s contant pushing back of our rights:

Digital Rights Ireland has written to the Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Michael McDowell TD, and to the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey TD and to the Garda Commissioner. We have looked for undertakings from them to cease breaching the Constitutional, statutory and European rights of the citizens of Ireland. Failing a positive response, we have instructed our solicitors, McGarr Solicitors, to prepare legal action.

Getting Rich with PHP 5

A bit scattershot, but interesting nontheless.

Deploying Rails with Pound in Front of Mongrel, Lighttpd, and Apache

To Read.

Changing The Times the Alternate History eZine

It’s a mightly ugly site, but some of the AltHists are really good.

Writing words vs. writing software