Archives April 2011

Kubuntu Natty Upgrade... Hrm...

I upgraded my main laptop to Kubuntu Natty this afternoon.  Honestly I can't tell the difference so far.  Firefox 4 is slightly different looking.  Nothing else of note seems to have changed.  I had to uninstall and re-install the Gtalk plugin, but other than that, no hiccups on the install.

On one hand, whew ...

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Columnar Sort of N Columns in 2 Directions, a.k.a. Data-grid Sorting

There is a thread on Python-list about removing the "cmp" parameter to Python's sort. One little tidbit I had missed was the introduction of a stable sort guarantee with Python 2.2. I've got lots of older code that uses cmp, so I figured I'll just start rewriting those as I come ...

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Violating my own principle in PyOpenGL sometimes works

As I've been listening to PyCon lectures in the background as I work, I'm struck by the number of times people discussing PyOpenGL refer to the OpenGL.array.vbo module positively.  It's actually one of those pieces of the API where I have broken one of my rules for the project; "Don ...

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Free Million-Dollar Idea of the Day

Add a SquareMap-style visualization to accounting software, instant visualization of your entire company's expenses, revenue, budget, etceteras.  Perfect for including in reports to CEOs, Shareholders and the like.  For bonus marks, make it explorable, with a web-based tool to which I upload simple tree-structured data-sets.

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