Tools

Tools I always install:

  • Vim
  • WinMerge: Diff & Merge, with the next two [Windows]
  • TortoiseSVN: Makes easier SVN and is required for the following [Windows]
  • VisualSVN: To integrate SVN to Visual Studio [Windows]
  • Launchy: Makes you way more productive [Windows, testing on Linux]
  • IMy: Integrates Live Messenger with Launchy. I’m thinking on extending it to Pidgin for Linux.
  • Ext2 IFS for Windows: Access ext2/3 filesystems on Windows for dual boot environments
  • 7Zip
  • PuTTY and WinSCP
  • Cygwin
  • ViEmu: Vim emulator for Visual Studio.
  • GIMP and Inkscape

Firefox addins:

  • Firebug
  • YSlow
  • Clear Cache
  • Cooliris

 

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DIY DNA: One Father’s Attempt to Hack His Daughter’s Genetic Code

http://www.wired.com/medtech/genetics/magazine/17-02/ff_diygenetics?currentPage=all

Even if it’s absolutely improbable that Hugh’s quest turns successful, he MUST go on. He is in the land of uncertainity, with a huge payoff if he succed: his daighter’s health. That reward is so great that even with a extremely low chance, it’s worth trying. This is one of the most inspiring stories I’ve ever read and send best wishes to Beatrice, Hugh and his family… I hope there’s anything we can do to help.

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Ubuntu 8.10 on XPS m1530

– Touchpad: Had to use the .8042.nomux=1 boot param for Kernel as described everywhere.

– Problems with the webcam: Cheese and Camorama useless but VLC and Ekiga ok. Seems to be some GStreamer problem. Update: new version of cheese 2.42.2 now works

– Dual screens were quite quirky to configure. Use gksudo nvidia-settings, Twin display mode and set the layout for both screens.

– I’m having some problems with sound. Sound is very low although everything is set up and loud. The master volume control for ALSA mixer sounds no-linear. There seem to be some problems with the drivers, but for now I’ll leave things like that.

– Touchpad too sensible. Fixed installing GSynaptics and enabling it as in here. (The issue is hard to test since appears as a “crazy mouse” when typing)

References

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/InstallingUbuntuOnADellXPSM1530

http://jesperdj.pbwiki.com/Ubuntu-on-the-Dell-XPS-M1530

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