Slipstream service pack and create a new Windows XP installation CD

I am not yet able to be Windows-free since some apps are only available on Windows and/or Mac OS X. Among those apps are those from Adobe: Acrobat and Pagemaker (or InDesign). I recently reinstalled Windows on an old laptop (I’ve actually started to use VirtualBox with Windows on my Linux laptop afterwards, but I will blog about that later) so that I can access those apps.

After reinstalling Windows, I had the auto-update ran quite a few times before Windows was up to date. Decided to slipstream the SP3 onto my installation CD. Instructions can be found here.

Also, I don’t like this whole activation thing because of privacy. This post shows how to bypass it easily.

Vietnamese Fonts

This site contains a lot of fonts. To mass download them, use wget:

 <pre class="src src-sh">wget -U firefox -r -l1 -nd -e <span style="color: #eedd82;">robots</span>=off -A <span style="color: #ffa07a;">'*.TTF'</span> <span style="color: #ffa07a;">"http://www.fontchu.com/danhmucfont.htm"</span>

In Windows, place them in “C:WindowsFonts”. On Ubuntu, place them in “/usr/share/fonts/truetype”.

ebay: investigate a buyer and feedbacks using toolhaus.org

so recently i wanted to buy some apple components output cable for my ipods. went on ebay, and some of the sellers from hong kong had them for $20 (apple has them for $50). i questioned their quality, so i went on to their feedbacks. however, they had 20,000+ feedbacks. i wanted to find feedbacks about these cables for quality assurances. ebay sucks at providing these services. googled it and found this post, which led to toolhaus.org, which provids the exact tools i need.

Publish RSS feed in google sites

Google sites is great, but there are still some features that it lacks, such as RSS feed (for updates), better file management system (for the file cabinets and attachments), copying/moving pages, and archiving/exporting/importing.

So recently I wanted to make my youth group’s google site more tech-savvy by publishing an RSS feed for updates (maybe this will motivate me for more updates). After googling, there are many services that can do this for u, however, u have to input javascript code in your page, which google sites does not allow. I emailed the owner of www.steegle.com, and he pointed me to this site, which relies on the feed43 service.

Had a quick trouble because I inputted the “search” code in the wrong box – it should be in the repeatable one. Life is super! Life is cool! MY life is nerdy! My life is super nerdy cool!

Making my personal website and course websites: iWeb + rsync

So I’ve been using iWeb on my macbook to create my personal webpage and potential course websites. I use it because i don’t really know html, and i don’t think I NEED to learn it right now. Point and click to create them is fine with me for the time being. Actually, I would prefer to create the pages in google sites, and export them to my professional-life host, ie, uci-ics domain. However, this option isn’t quite available from google yet.

My main webpage is http://www.ics.uci.edu/~vqnguyen/, and from there, i can have my personal homepage and course websites hosted. However, when I use iweb to publish multiple sites to the same destination via the sftp option, things get funny because iweb puts a default index.html file in each directory, and this file directs u to a page. As i upload multiple sites to that one root domain, re-direction get’s a little fuzzy. I fixed this by uploading the course websites first, then my personal site (root directory) last. Then, with every update, i just use “Publish Site Changes.” However, what if i want to add some more pages? I didn’t like this, and i finally did something about it.

Got my information from UCI’s EEE help on iweb.

Now, what I do is this:

  1. ICS servers: websites are in ~/public_html/
  2. Created ~/public_html and ~/iWebSites on my macbook.
  3. Publish my sites to a local folder, ~/iWebSites, instead of using sftp, one directory for each site.
  4. After every update and publishing to my local folder, i run the following script (supposing my i have two sites, one personal, and one for a class website):
   <pre class="src src-sh"><span style="color: #ff4500;">#</span><span style="color: #ff4500;">! /bin/</span><span style="color: #00ffff;">bash</span>

rsync -progress -av ~/iWebSites/Vinh_Q._Nguyen/ ~/public_html/ rsync -progress -av ~/iWebsites/stat8 ~/public_html/ rsync -progress -av -e ssh ~/public_html/ vqnguyen@chi2.ics.uci.edu:~/public_html/

Now things work great! Good thing i have passwordless ssh!

Next thing to try is html in org-mode (emacs), which i found out through Michael Zeller’s comment on here (he makes his website with it).

Firefox: find as you type

Back in the days when I used Kubuntu, I used konqueror because if I hit the CTRL key, all the links would light up with a yellow tag by its side with either a letter or a number (or some character). If I typed that character then konqueror would go to that link’s page. I love this feature because I can be efficient surfing the web with the keyboard (mouse / trackpad is slow!).

Anywho, I always wanted Firefox to have this feature. I just discovered that Firefox has a similar feature. Check this page for a description. To turn on the feature, go to preferences > Advance and check “Search text as i start typing”. Firefox just got better.

The following is taken from the previous link to remind myself of some features.

  • Type several characters into the active browser window to navigate to any link with that text in it
  • If you repeat the same character, it will start to cycle through all the links that begin with that character. However, if it can find a match with the exact string you’ve typed, such as “oo” in “woods” it will go there first. Typing “o” more times will then cycle through the links that start with “o”.
  • Use the backspace key to undo the last character typed
  • Type a ‘ before your string to search only links. Type / before your string to search all text.
  • You can use the text search field to get to buttons, text boxes and other form controls. Just search for the text right before it, and then press Tab when to move from there.
  • To cancel a find, change focus or scroll, press Escape, or wait for the timeout
  • Press Accel+G or F3 to use “find next”. Press Accel+Shift+G or Shift+F3 to find previous, with the current string you’ve typed. This respects the current “linksonly” setting. Note: ‘accel’ means Ctrl on Windows, and Cmd on Mac. On Unix, ‘accel’ usually means Ctrl, but it can be set to Alt.
  • Works with any Gecko HTML content window – embedded clients, IM conversation window, help, etc.
  • works with IME for input of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc.
  • When focused on a link, the following keys will work:
    • Enter – activate the link
    • Shift+Enter – save the page that the link points to
    • Ctrl+Enter (Cmd+Enter on Mac) – open the link in a new window
    • Insert – open the link in a new foreground or background tab, depending on the “Load links in the background” pref. under Preferences – Navigator – Tabbed Browsing.
    • Shift+Insert – same as Insert, but does the opposite of the foreground/background pref

the next big thing from google: WAVE

Google just recently unveiled Google WAVE (keynote presentation at Google I/O 2009). I read it on the news, googled it, went to the blog, and watched the video.

The video is quite long (1+hr, 300+mb). I downloaded it and viewed it. Looks like it is Google’s next big product. Email has been invented for 40+ years. They are attempting to re-invent email as if it were invented in today’s time. As always, based on cloud computing (hosted by google), uses html5 as the platform. It combines email, photos, IM, discussion board, etc., all into one interface. The API is going to allow other sites to embed and use it as well. Super cool!

cooliris is freaking awesome!

Cooliris, an add-on for most browsers (firefox, safari, even IE), let’s you browse images on websites interactively and in a very “nice” layout.

I had it before, but never got it to work because they said it works for photobucket but I couldn’t get it to work (they say press on the icon). Recently, I was looking at pictures through Picasa, and I hit the icon that appears on the picture and it took me to it. Really cool! You can do searches (google, youtube, etc) and play images and videos.

After some time googling, I found out that with photobucket (and any supported site), I can click the cooliris icon right next to the url bar / search bar. It will be un-grayed if the site is supported.

Works with facebook as well.