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Learn to code with these websites

Posted by Ed on April 7, 2016

Two websites that teach you how to code are codeschool and codeacademy. They come with videos followed by interactive questions.

You can find more recommendations at:
Hongiat
Reddit
Gizmodo

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How Patreon was founded

Posted by Ed on April 7, 2016

You’ve probably heard of Patreon, a crowdfunding platform that allows people to support artists and creators via a subscription where only 5% are kept by Patreon as commission.

Listen to Jack Conte explaining how he founded Patreon together with Sam Yam. I admire the company because the idea is simple and yet so ingenious.  Conte and Yam were smart enough to recognize a niche and quickly  realise their idea.

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Playing Flappy Bird within Super Mario World

Posted by Ed on April 3, 2016

Check out this pretty impressive video by Sethbling showing how to inject the source code for Flappy Bird into Super Mario World. The programming is done within the game of Super Mario World.

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Github tutorials

Posted by Ed on February 7, 2016

Here are some nice github tutorials: Read the rest of this entry »

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Start menu in Windows 10 does not work anymore

Posted by Ed on December 8, 2015

Today I’ve finally received the notification for downloading Windows 10 as an upgrade from Windows 7. I had reserved it earlier a few months ago and was already worried that something was broken because it took so long. The installation was  smooth and went without any problems.

One thing I don’t like in Windows 10 is how the font looks like. The letters are suddenly so thin and it appears as if the antialiasing is too high compared to how they looked in Windows 7. I will have to look into this deeper later.

The next day I encountered something annoying. The start menu would not show up anymore, symbols in the task bar on the bottom right were not being displayed, and in the center of the task bar the icons for the browsers were missing. As a result, I couldn’t reopen a browser window after having minimized it.

Turns out that the culprit was Windows’s hibernating mode. When I shut down my computer I also turn off the power completely with a switch on the power strip. However, the computer needs some power in hibernating mode, otherwise data will get lost and this is probably what lead to the problems mentioned above.

Disabling the hibernating mode shuts down the computer completely and also allows turning the power off completely. To do so press the Windows Key + X and open a command prompt with administrator rights. Enter the command

powercfg -h off

This has resolved all the problems.

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Awesome Pycon 2015 presentations

Posted by Ed on April 29, 2015

Watch the Pycon 2015 presentations here. I recommend the excellent talk Facts and Myths about Python names and values by Ned Batchelder. It clears misconceptions you may have regarding assignments, references and values in Python. I love this slide.

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Some changes in Chrome

Posted by Ed on April 23, 2015

Today there were some changes for the Chrome browser that I did not like. Read the rest of this entry »

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PC does not boot and black screen – FIX

Posted by Ed on April 20, 2015

In this blog post I will describe how I solved a problem with my PC that did not want to boot and the screen remained black. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to start a blog on WordPress

Posted by Ed on January 16, 2011

Via Erica Johnson’s article I’ve learned about a tutorial that explains step-by-step how to create a blog on wordpress.

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Time Management

Posted by Ed on November 6, 2010

You probably know this situation: “I’ve got to clean the house, go to the supermarket, do my homework, check my e-mails, wash the laundry, etc.” The problem is we only have 24 hours a day. So we need some way to organize the tasks and set priorities:

– Randy Pausch gave an interesting lecture on time management. Below are two short clips that summarize the original lecture: First clip (4 minutes), second clip (5 minutes)
For me, the most important tip he gave was to ask yourself: “Why am I doing this? What happens if I chose not to do it?”

Darryl Cross talks about Covey’s quadrant that illustrates how important it is to prioritize.

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