Destructive critters…

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Those cavies are damn destructive creatures! We installed a wooden stairs made of balsa for them, basically they trashed it completely… So I went out and got a new piece of balsa, cut it to size and installed it (leaving the old one for chewing):


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Typing spanish on a Mac

I finally (well, no, I got the answer from my thread on found how to type spanish characters on Mac OS X (thanks to the wonderful Study Spanish site):

To get accents on the Mac, hold down the Option key, and while holding it down, type the letter e; then release those keys and type the letter that you want the accent to appear on:

á = Opt + e, then a
é = Opt + e, then e
í­ = Opt + e, then i
ó = Opt + e, then o
ú = Opt + e, then u

For the ñ, hold down the Option key while you type the n; release and type n again.
ñ = Opt + n, then n

To place the diaeresis over the u, hold down the Option key while pressing the u key; release and type u again.
ü = Opt + u, then u

The inverted punctuation marks are achieved as follows:
¡ = Opt + 1
¿ = Opt + shift + ?

Handy, finally I’m able to type those things instead of using the Character Palette / Keyboard Viewer!

Handy Mac software

A few days onwards with my spiffy new macbook, I’ve discovered a lot of useful tools:

Freeware apps:

Non-free software:




If I find more, I’ll list them here ;)


Yesterday I went to FEM Computer Systems in Aalst, Belgium – a local computer store that sells PC’s and Apple stuff. After my wonderful time in another store, I was kinda weary, but for nothing :) The service is great, they treat people like they should be treated :)

So, after half an hour, I walked out with a paper with the following lines (of an order) on it:


And today, around 11:50, they called to let me know that the machine is ready! Wheeeeeeeeeee! And VERY fast!
Too bad that I’ve got to work until 19:00 today, and the shop closes at 18:00… so well, picking it up tomorrow :D

Switch? No thanks.

Since I sold my trusty 3-year old Acer Travelmate 803, I was going to go and look in some stores for new laptops. Hopping around in Ghent, I walked off to the Fnac, noted the offers there (nothing that really drew my attention), and then to the Switch computer store (an authorized mac reseller). Their non-mac offerings are not too great (you can better go to another store), so I waited my turn at the counter, and when it was my time I asked for some more information about Macs and Mac OS X.

The usual fliers changed hands, and then I was offered a demo of the OS. Always nice, gives you a better insight into things, so I agreed.
Mistake. I’ve never been treated this badly in any store. You shouldn’t assume your customers are gullible children you can talk to in a way you’d talk to a 3-year old. That’s just not done. And I can’t stand it either..

So I walked out that minute, they can stuff their offers where the sun doesn’t shine!

(I have to say, Mac OS X looks damn spiffy…)

phptelemeter 1.29 released

I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.29. This version includes the following changes:

  • Added count of days left until your quota resets.
  • REALLY fix the scarlet_web parser. Thanks Gh0sty!
  • Updated the xmlparser.php external library, the fixes were incorporated upstream.
  • Migrated codebase to svn (from cvs)
  • Increased # of accounts to 99 (request from YvesDM)
  • Fixed dommel_web parser to work with new counter
  • Reformatted documentation to fit on 80-char wide terminals

As per usual, you can download it from SourceForge.