New Machines (aka my interwebs are slow)

Mon 13 April 2009 by Peter Ward

So, 2 weekends ago, I got a new computer! It's been named "polaris". It was built from parts by my brother (since I don't generally like descending down into the hardware level).

Stats: Processor: 2x Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz Memory : 4GB (but not being …

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Erm, whoops!

Sun 12 April 2009 by Peter Ward
flowblok@aurora:~git/cgit- Z make
zsh: command not found: make

Clearly, I should have installed build-essentials a long time ago! ;-) More about what this "aurora" machine is later.

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Presentation software implementation

Tue 24 February 2009 by Peter Ward

WARNING: This article talks about pre-alpha code (i.e.: still in development). Use at your own risk.

Just over a week ago, I posted my idea for presentation software.

Since then, I've put together a PyGTK[1] application for this purpose.


  • Presenter console: Provides a window for easy navigation …
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Presentation software idea

Fri 13 February 2009 by Peter Ward

I now very much dislike how Impress was built in Java.

  • It's slow to load.
  • It's unresponsive.
  • It has an amazing ability to crash, on the most simple actions.

However, I do like the OpenDocument format. Also, presentations are to be presented, not just to be edited. And …

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Fri 06 February 2009 by Peter Ward

By the way, I have enrolled at the University of Sydney for a Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology.

But you knew that already, didn't you?

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A magical network client

Tue 20 January 2009 by Peter Ward

Game Engine:

from bezel.networking.engine import NetworkedGame, exposeclass GameEngine(NetworkedGame):
    def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
        super(GameEngine, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)
        self.count = 0

    def say(self, something):
        return 'Simon says "%s"' % something

    def add(self, num):
        self.count += num
        return self.count


#!/usr/bin/env …
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class FailEpicallyError(Exception): pass

Fri 16 January 2009 by Peter Ward

Error #1: Me failing epically at recursive callbacks:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "src/bin/ua-sidebar", line 71, in do_forall
    def do_forall(self, internal, callback, data):
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "src/bin/ua-sidebar …
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HSC Results & UAI

Wed 17 December 2008 by Peter Ward
Units Course Name Examination Mark Assessment Mark HSC Mark Performance Band
2 Business Studies 79/100 84/100 82 5
2 Chemistry 72/100 69/100 71 4
2 English (Advanced) 76/100 81/100 79 4
2 Mathematics 92/100 87/100 90 6
1 Mathematics Extension 1 46 …
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Contrast in Gmail Planets Theme

Thu 04 December 2008 by Peter Ward

If you're reading this on an LCD screen, you may need to tilt it (or move your head) to see this clearly.

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You're doing it wrong!

Mon 01 December 2008 by Peter Ward

And I apologise for the correct spelling and grammar of the title.

On his blog, Brian Jones points out (amongst other things) that you shouldn't use Excel (or any other spreadsheet product) as a replacement for a real database.

But this isn't all that is wrong in the world:

  • Don't …
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