1. Meat and potatoes or why IIFYM does not work for me

    Almost no food has the same down-to-earth ring as meat and potatoes, as not even steak and eggs became synonymous with the basics and fundamentals of things. Given that it has been a staple food in Germany and Central Europe for at least a hundred years and many dishes in …

  2. How to perceive the value of money

    Money has an absolute value. If you hold a bill, there is a number printed on it, which is determining its value. However, depending on the way you earn money and your financial goals, its actual value for you changes and it becomes all perception.

    Say you work for an …

  3. Tabbing in vim

    vim is one of the tools one can use for years and still discover new features or better ways to accomplish something. One of these features are tabs, which I didn't know exist until today. Although splitting windows is fine for most tasks, sometimes I wish to edit multiple files …

  4. LaTeX todonotes

    Currently I'm writing my bachelor thesis in mathematics and for noting what I still have to do or mark some difficulties, I used to add comments to the .tex-code. However, when printing the file or viewing the compiled output, these obviously won't be displayed. Gladly a quick search for …

  5. Installing Surfer on Funtoo

    Surfer is a program for visualizing algebraic surfaces. Since I need it for my algebraic geometry class, I wanted it to compile and install on my funtoo machines, however the usual configure, make, make install procedure failed and I needed two additional steps to make it work. Here is how …

  6. Beginning Haskell the practical way

    I found many useful tutorials for Haskell which do a great job explaining the language details and the mathematical nature of it, however, almost none gets you hacking in a few moments so you can experience Haskells power in the real world. But since using a new language is at …

  7. Using phosphor xscreensaver for displaying htop

    I guess everyone knows the default xscreensaver collection, and yesterday a friend of mine showed me that one can use the screensaver phosphor as terminal emulator via invocation of

    /usr/lib64/misc/xscreensaver/phosphor -scale 2 -delay 5 -program bash

    (the path might vary, this is for gentoo amd64). Having …


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