Preserving Purchasing Power

Why invest one's money? A common answer would be "to make more money", yet a successful investor can only start making money once they have stopped an hemorrhage that's easy to forget, inflation. Present in most countries, it is the phenomenon by which money loses purchasing power over time.

If I think of investing, the bare . . .

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May 18, 2014

Debian on Macbook Air

The small details

After being a Debian user for years, I switched to Ubuntu when I bought my Macbook air. I was worried that the exotic hardware wouldn't work well out of the box with Debian and I didn't have time to debug. Turns out I did spend a lot time tweaking things and they were never perfect. Now that time is more abundant, I'm back to . . .

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May 15, 2014

PDP-11 keyboard

Along with Trammell, we got our hands on a DEC PDP-11 to play with. "Modern" DEC VT100 terminals came along with it. This is what their dusty keyboards looked like.

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The arrow keys are in a very strange position and they do not follow the hjkl layout. The Set-Up key seems to be used as an escape to control terminal features. . . .

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April 28, 2014

Fixing tethering on Android KitKat

As Daniel Pocock points out, Google made a change in Android 4.4 which allows operators to know when users are using tethering and conveniently block tethered devices from accessing internet.

This can be fixed permanently using the following procedure (UPDATE: no root required):

  1. Enable developer mode (Go to Settings -> About phone, and . . .

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April 25, 2014