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Windows 7 Upgrade or not upgrade

My home PC has been running Windows XP and an old Ubuntu Linux for a few years now. It was time to upgrade that thing with a new install of the most recent versions of everything. Upgrading from XP to … Continue reading

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Rubber stamp effect in Apple Keynote

This post will show you how to add in Apple iWork’s Keynote this kind of tag: This is rather easy although not so obvious at first. 1. Add some text and make it red: 2. Add a chalky border. Select … Continue reading

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Bad MacOS ergonomy

Macs look great and are generally very easy to use. But there is one huge usability issue though. Let’s consider this message when you empty the trash: Do you have any idea what is going to happen if you hit … Continue reading

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Grails MySQL mediumtext blob etc

I am trying to build Grails interface around an existing database in MySQL. It is more designed to take its own classes and map them automatically to the database. I’m trying to do the opposite and it requires some tricks. … Continue reading

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Eclipse Mac OS X Toggle comment keyboard shortcut

With Eclipse on Windows, you can comment a code section by typing CTRL-/ . On a Mac, this is not possible because CMD-/ is mapped system-wide to the Help feature. So, the shortcut becomes CMD-7 . That’s mentioned in the menu item and it’s fine … Continue reading

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Blog manifesto

So far, my blog was a mix of personal stuff, random thoughts and geeky stuff. I have decided to separate the geeky stuff from the rest. These refer to different audiences. I have also decided to write this technical blog … Continue reading

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