Archive for April, 2009

QT4 look and feel for Swing

UPDATE (2009-05-09): The ‘laf’ option to the Netbeans executable should be preceeded by a double dash (–laf) instead of a single one. Corrected. From the first moment that I used Linux, some 9 years ago, I was a KDE user. When KDE 4 came, I switched to Gnome, because I found KDE 4 unstable and […]

Jaunty Jackalope

I just upgraded my desktop box to Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope). The new notification system seems to be working. I had only one hickup: no network. Well, I appeared to got an IP address, but I couldn’t send anything. Luckily I own more than one computer, so after a bit of googling I found out […]

Server migration: taking a shortcut

Yesterday evening, I migrated this server (the one you’re reading this blog on) to a new machine. I had only a few seconds down time, and it took me less than three hours. Here’s how I did it. As you can read on my homepage, I use this server for a number of things, like […]

Fractal map creation

For a small msx adventure game I’m creating, I needed a map with three islands. A big one and two smaller ones. I’m not going to tell you what kind of game it is and if  I will ever finish it (because chances are I won’t), but that’s not the point here. The point it, […]

Politicians focused too much on market, says politician

This is absolutely brilliant. Mr. Tjeenk Willink, chairman of the Dutch government’s primary advisary board, the Raad van State, says that politicians have been focusing too much on market mechanisms in the past. Really? Did we really need a financial crisis to realise that? I remember thinking that when they sold off our postal services […]

50 Dutch quacks spread nonsense (surprise!)

Yesterday, many Dutch news sources reported that a group of fifty physicians recommended further study into the harmful effects of radiation from cell phones and other wireless devices and a moderation in the usage of such devices. They observe a raise in unexplainable complaints and a raise in the use of such wireless devices, and somehow […]