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This is the first "blog" of any kind I've ever had, so it's probably not the greatest...

Just a little snippet about me:

I'd like to consider myself relatively tech-savvy; obviously I use Linux (Arch to be precise; K.I.S.S. FTW), and I enjoy learning new things about computers in general (both software and hardware-related).

This blog is mostly just for whenever I feel like telling the world about my experiences with computers/Linux (or just life in general), or just posting for the hell of it.

gtsh: how to use Google Translate without touching a web browser

Posted 08-09-2011 at 06:49 PM by MrCode
Updated 08-09-2011 at 06:49 PM by MrCode ("Transhlate"? WTF? :p)

I present "gtsh" (Google Translate for the SHell), a tiny(!) shell script that acts as a frontend to Google Translate:

if test -z $3; then
	echo "Usage: $0 \"<str>\" <lang1> <lang2>"
	echo "Translates string \"<str>\" from <lang1> to <lang2>"
	echo "(CLI frontend to Google Translate)"
	wget -qO- "$1&langpair=$2|${3:-$3}"
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Power usage: it just keeps going up and up and up...

Posted 02-20-2011 at 11:39 AM by MrCode
Updated 02-20-2011 at 11:42 AM by MrCode
Tags linux

...with each new kernel, it seems.

A while back, when I was still running with kernel 2.6.34/35 (and earlier) on my lappy, PowerTOP would show idle power usage anywhere from 10.x W to the occasional dip into the single-digits. Now on kernel 2.6.37, it never goes below 11 W, and sometimes hovers around 12...this annoys me, because it does take a hit on my lappy's battery life (what once was 4+ hours is now 3- ).

The backlight is always at the lowest level when...
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Tech burnout?

Posted 01-30-2011 at 01:16 PM by MrCode
Updated 01-30-2011 at 01:25 PM by MrCode
Tags boredom, bsd, linux, unix

I've been feeling kinda depressed (more so than usual ) over the past few days...I've just recently gotten over a cold, and I may actually still be getting over it, so that could be part of the problem, but I also think it may have to do with the fact that I haven't really done much *new* WRT computers/Linux recently. I mean, I took my old "clunker" computer (the one with no discrete GPU and about 256 MiB of RAM) and loaded FreeBSD on it (I heard about how Arch's init scripts...
Posted in Miscellaneous
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Re-installing...because of a MOUSE problem!

Posted 01-24-2011 at 06:55 PM by MrCode
Updated 01-24-2011 at 07:06 PM by MrCode
Tags linux

I decided to completely re-install Arch from scratch on my lappy (save for keeping the /home partition of course).

Why? Mouse issues. Specifically, the newest Synaptic touchpad driver that came with the update to Xorg 1.9. I've been having a hell of a time getting the sensitivity correct (first it was too slow, then too fast), and the pointer would also stutter on occasion (I even posted in the Linux - Desktop forum about this little issue; still hasn't received any replies)....
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Desktop wireless

Posted 12-22-2010 at 09:04 PM by MrCode
Updated 12-28-2010 at 09:27 PM by MrCode
Tags linux, wireless

Moving away from the general theme of depression and existential angst, I'd like to report a (however partial) small success: I'm posting this from my desktop computer, without the need for it to "piggy-back" on my laptop's wireless connection.

There's a slight catch, though: I'm having to do it roughly the same way I did it on Ubuntu: install ndiswrapper, set up the Windows driver for my Netgear WN111 USB wireless dongle through ndiswrapper, and hope for the best. It...
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