Wolf Tattoo Restoration

MY WOLF TATTOO had been in need of major restoration job for several years now. Today I finally went to “Doc Pain”, the local tattoo shop, and had it redrawn.

This is a photo taken during the recoloring of the tattoo. It is really stunning to see how much it had degraded since it was originally made in 1995.

At first the tattooist wasn’t quite confident that it could be salvaged. In some places the contours had almost vanished and other places the skin had some tissue scarring. I wasn’t that worried though – it couldn’t get much worse I reckoned.

Now its good as new, and I hope it stays good this time around. If it does, I need to find another drawing to be tattooed.

Debian On Macbook

LIBERATED AT LAST. No more torment and self-punishment of using Mac OS X. I finally caved and wiped the Apple operating system from my Macbook and installed Debian and KDE 4. Sweet.

For a long time I’ve been reluctant to wipe the Mac OS X. I wouldn’t just give up on Mac OS X that easy. If so many people finds it that great, why did I keep hitting shortcoming after shortcoming and stupidity after stupidity?

If I should list what I like about the Mac OS X, I could list three things: Front-row is a pretty good media center. Mac OS X boots really fast. I like the zebra wallpaper – I kept that.

As for reasons that I don’t like the Mac OS X experience I could list a few. For example: Finder sux bad and is slow as molasses and stupid. The terminal is broken. I hate when CD’s won’t eject. Its frustrating that wireless cannot reconnect after standby. Hate those stupid obscure keyboard shortcuts. Feel back at Window 2000 with software updates that requires rebooting. I loathe those giant updates to iTunes which I rarely used. The multi-workspace concept in Spaces, its borked. The hibernation support is lousy at best. Hate that stupid inefficient application task switcher. And not by fault of Apple, I’m unhappy with the endless row of bad Total Commander/Krusader clones. I’m also irritated on an almost endless row of broken macports and broken fink ports.

It actually required two attempts to get the Macbook up and running. On the first attempt I followed the directions from the Debian Macbook Wiki, which preach that Lilo must be install for a later replacement by Grub. After installing Grub it was no longer possible to boot. On the second attempt I installed Debian like normal, and chose Grub as boot manager. Then it worked. Actually in a few other occasions I got into troubles when following the guides. It seems that the Debian Macbook Wiki is somewhat outdated on certain areas, as some special “jumping though loops” measures are no longer required, but would rather get you into trouble. Installing the 915resolutions package for example, crashed my X, but was in fact not necessary to get the prober resolution anyways. However it provides many valuable informations and links, and generally ease the installation considerable.

Noise Torture From Logitech And Lenovo

SO WHAT IS more annoying than having to listen to a constant high pitch noise at work all day? Having to listen to two high pitch noises at work all day!.

My Lenovo T61p laptop at work emits a terrible high pitch noise. The level of the noise varies depending on the running configuration of the computer. When not in the port replicator the noise level is just ridiculous high. Installing the laptop into the port replicator reduces the level a bit, but the noise is still unbearable irritating. Eventually I’ve ended up running with the lid down and using only an external monitor. The noise is less audible this way, but still irritating. I’m still waiting on the IT department to take action on this.

The second source of a high pitch noise was from my Logitech Mx518 mouse. With the noise from the laptop, it went a while before I realized that the mouse was also emitting a high pitch noise. Today I finally received a replacement mouse, a Logitech G5 Laser mouse. But guess what… that also emits a high pitch noise. Bummer. Two broken mouses in a row. Well, apparently this is a familiar issue with Logitech mouses.

Five Good C++ Books

C++ BOOKS IS something I’ve read quite a few of during the years. Having learned my lesson on buying Python books, I would like to share the five C++ books I value the most, and which I would not hesitate to recommend to others. The books target audience range from absolute beginner to advanced programmer.

I learned C++ programming from the book Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days. Everything that the book Core Python Programming does wrong, this book does right. It starts with very easy first steps and by top quality examples and well written texts, it gradually adds layer upon layer of increasingly more advanced C++ knowledge. This may in fact very well be the best, and most well written, programming book I’ve ever read (note that I got the 1994 edition, and haven’t read later updated reprints).
Target audience: beginner.
Rating: ★★★★★

No serious C++ work can be done without the C++ Standard Library. The book The C++ Standard Library: A Tutorial and Reference is a perfect combination of a tutorial and reference book (as the title also states). Don’t leave home without it.
Target audience: intermediate, advanced.
Rating: ★★★★★

The C++ book The C++ Programming Language is written by its inventor himself, Bjarne Stroustrup. I actually got this book before Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days but this book is not suited for beginners. This is for advanced C++ understanding, and an indispensable reference book when doing serious C++ programming.
Target audience: intermediate, advanced.
Rating: ★★★★★

Having read – and understood – the books above, one might get the urge to learn some advanced techniques on templates. For that the cult book Modern C++ Design: Applied Generic and Design Patterns is highly recommendable. This relatively thin book is written precise and to the point. Even though the topics covered are advanced, the author takes great care of explaining the details. (Sadly I seldom get the opportunity of doing such C++ hacking covered in this book).
Target audience: advanced.
Rating: ★★★★★

A bit of a joker is the book The Informit C++ Reference Guide: Techniques, Insight, and Practical Advice on C++. This book is a gold mine of tips, tricks and examples spanning the entire spectrum of C++ programming – the title covers the contents pretty well. Its a very informative book that covers a lot of topics but concentrates intelligently on areas that often causes doubts. I find it a real joy to read every time.
Target audience: intermediate.
Rating: ★★★★★

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