the annoyance of providing lecture notes in ppt format
I was downloading a lot of lecture notes to read through. The majority of these were put on Moodle in Powerpoint format. This is an awful thing to do. It was making me hate LibreOffice.
So I started converting them to pdf format to read with the excellent document viewer in Ubuntu 12.04 (which even has some vim-like keybindings). I found out a nice way of doing this at the command line at AskUbuntu (a great resource!).
Here’s a script I’ve been using to convert all the .ppt or .pptx files in a folder to pdf and remove the originals. This uses LibreOffice to do the heavy lifting but hides it.
#!/bin/bash /usr/bin/libreoffice --headless --invisible --convert-to pdf *.pptx *.ppt \ && rm -f *.pptx *.ppt
browsing odd covers of Call Me Maybe on YouTube.
Some more links from the last couple of weeks. I have over 1000 unread in my feed so some of these are a bit old!
- Really excited for this film as I loved Revolution OS
- Real Programmers don’t use PASCAL: The easiest way to tell a Real Programmer from the crowd is by the programming language he (or she) uses. Real Programmers use FORTRAN. Quiche Eaters use PASCAL. Nicklaus Wirth, the designer of PASCAL, was once asked, “How do you pronounce your name?”. He replied “You can either call me by name, pronouncing it ‘Veert’, or call me by value, ‘Worth’.” One can tell immediately from this comment that Nicklaus Wirth is a Quiche Eater. The only parameter passing mechanism endorsed by Real Programmers is call-by-value-return, as implemented in the IBM/370 FORTRAN G and H compilers. Real programmers don’t need abstract concepts to get their jobs done: they are perfectly happy with a keypunch, a FORTRAN IV compiler, and a beer.
Laughed out loud reading this. I guess you can replace FORTRAN and PASCAL with C and Ruby or something.
- Fab interviews Bradley for the H
- Probably the best episode of Hacker Public Radio ever - warning: it’s long!
- But this has to be a close second
- Chrome keyboard shortcut to reopen last tab? Yes Please And others.
- Apart from the dire Linux Action Show, this is a great list of podcasts.
my favourite albums of 2012
In order, kinda:
- grimes - visions
- fiona apple - the idler wheel…
- chromatics - kill for love
- kendrick lamar - good kid, M.A.A.D. city
- twin shadow - confess
- beach house - bloom
- dirty projectors - swing lo magellan
- frank ocean - channel orange
- japandroids - celebration rock
- killer mike - R.A.P. Music
So little time in the year to listen to all of these. Ah well, there’s always next year.
A collection of links from the last week or so. Stuff you might have missed that I think is awesome, and stuff you will have no interest in.