Posts from ‘August, 2009’

Getting Yum to work on a proxy

There are a number of ways to do this, apparently, but what worked for me is perhaps the simplest. In /etc/yum.conf, add http_proxy= Then: export http_proxy Another step that may help, found at Create the following files in /etc/profile.d, and then this will work in *any* shell for *any* user of the system […]

DVD Flick

Here’s some good opensource software if you need to create some DVDs. It’s apparently only available for Windows at the moment, but it seems to work very well. Flick

Typical bureaucratic stupidity

Is it any wonder people get confused? Here are two stories appearing on the same day in the Taiwan English press, one advocating holding off on Tamiflu until positive H1N1 results are found, the other suggesting that doctors can prescribe Tamiflu even when negative results are found. This is one more reason to ignore all […]

Another page of sound bites

This page might also be useful for some in the CAI class, or just for anybody who wants to waste a bunch of time listening to different stuff: Entertonement: Sounds, Sound Bites, Ringtones and Audio clips

Taking notice, or not: Pearls Before Breakfast

I received the article below by Email today, and was curious so I did a little research. This is a true story. You can find the original story at this URL. If you just want to listen to the performance, you can go to, but I recommend reading the entire article. This story […]

Posterous: Post content to the web by Email

This is a good idea. Posterous lets you post content to the Internet by using your Email address. That makes the whole process very simple. Posterous – The place to post everything. Just email us. Dead simple blog by email.

What’s on your social site?

This might be a good article for the seniors: 45% of Employers Now Screen Social Media Profiles We all know that employers are getting savvy to social networking sites and the information we share online. But what you may not know is that a recently conducted survey shows that nearly 1 in 2 companies are […]

Baloney Detection Kit and the persuasive essay

I thought the following video did a good job at explaining what makes good evidence, and good evidence is what is needed to produce a good persuasive essay. Of course, it doesn’t always have to be scientific evidence, the subject of the video. but valid scientific evidence is pretty darn convincing. Video retrieved on August […]

ClipNabber video download tool

ClipNabber is a bit buggy at times, but I did get it to work. The problem I had was that when I right-clicked on a file to download, it would try to download the html page in which the flv file was embedded. I found that if I tried a couple times, ClipNabber would eventually […]

Students affected by typhoon to receive aid, waivers

Aid measures for students affected by typhoon announced – Taiwan News Online If necessary, MOE to open temporary classrooms at various shelters, says Wu Central News Agency 2009-08-16 12:00 AM The government announced yesterday schooling and aid measures for students affected by Typhoon Morakot to ensure their education is not interrupted. Information provided by the […]