Showing posts from March, 2010

ffe (Flat file extractor) - Tool for parsing flat and CSV files and converting them to different formats | Ubuntu Geek

Just to remind me that this tool exists.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Trailer

Oh yeah. This one looks like its going to be cool. From Edgar Wright.

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64-bit RMySQL on Mac OS X 10.6

There are currently problems with the pre-compiled binary of RMySQL for the 64bit version of R on macs. To get round this you have to download the source and run the following command:

R CMD INSTALL --configure-args='--with-mysql-dir=/usr/local/mysql --with-mysql-inc=/usr/local/mysql/include --with-mysql-lib=/usr/local/mysql/lib' RMySQL_0.7-4.tar.gz

This is based on a post at Andrew's musings

OK Go - This Too Shall Pass

Another super fine video from OK Go. Check it out.

Visualising the deficit ahead of the budget |

Nice plot done by the Guardian, showing what a poor state the UK's finances are in. Interesting that the net debt as a percentage of GDP has been rising since 2002, so we were going in the wrong direction even before the recession.

Tune MySQL like a pro with MySQLTuner

This looks a marvellous script that helps you optimise your mysql server easierly without any knowledge what so ever - just what I want.

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Using dropbox as a git repository

Git on Dropbox

Rather than creating a repository and working copy in the Dropbox directory, this time I wanted to create a Git bare repository in Dropbox. Based on this excellent article, I was able to accomplish this in a matter of minutes. Here are the steps:

  1. I already had a Git repository in ~/Documents/livemesh/myproject. Before doing anything, I ensured everything was committed.
  2. cd ~/Dropbox
  3. git clone --bare ~/Documents/livemesh/myproject myproject
    (this created a bare repository in ~/Dropbox/myproject)
  4. cd ~/dev
  5. git clone ~/Dropbox/myproject myproject
    (this made my Git working copy in ~/dev/myproject)

Now I can do my day-to-day work in ~/dev/myproject. After committing any new edits, I can type git push to send my changes to Dropbox. On the other computer, I can receive changes by typing git pull.

So far Git has been far easier than I imagined, therefore I am kicking myself for not learning it sooner. Since I’m rambling, I’ll point you to git-osx-installer, which makes Git installation trivial on OSX.

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Trending Topics on Wikipedia

Someone has looked at the page views on wikipedia and come up with a summary where you can see what the current most popular topics are and the fastest rises in popularity. Additionally, you can enter any topic and see how its popularity has varied. Nice.

Official Google Reader Blog: ​And now for something completely different

I’m happy to announce an experimental product from the Google Reader team that makes the best stuff in Reader more accessible for everyone, while giving Reader users a new way to view their feeds. It’s called Google Reader Play, and it’s a new way to browse interesting stuff on the web that’s easy to use and personalized to the things you like. Best of all, there’s no set-up required: visit to give it a try.

Google Reader Play screenshot

Another interesting way to waste time created by the good folks at Google.

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New Google Tool Visualizes Public Data in Animated Charts

New Google Tool Visualizes Public Data in Animated Charts

Google has just launched Google Public Data Explorer. The new Google Labs tool offers a visual way to look at and analyze large public data sets on a variety of popular search topics.

The tool is specifically designed for avid data crunchers like students, journalists, policy makers, and could be seen as Google’s prettified approach to a user-driven computational search engine (think Wolfram Alpha). Public Data Explorer is its own dedicated utility that expands and improves upon existing functionality added to the search experience last year.

Wow, this is amazing.

Infographic: Famous Movie Quotes

How to Setup Your Own Web Proxy Server For Free with Google App Engine

Interesting idea to use Google app engine to host a proxy. The only thing is that they do not seem that advanced, so no chance of getting Hulu yet.

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Comparing: BBC Radio 1 to BBC 6 Music - Compare My Radio

BBC Radio 1 played 1,040 unique tracks

BBC 6 Music played 3,193 unique tracks

The stations share 170 unique tracks

BBC Radio 1 shares 5% of its playlist with BBC 6 Music

BBC 6 Music shares 5% of its playlist with BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music have 4% of their combined unique playlist which is the same (which is 170 unique tracks)-->

Good site that compares the playlists of various stations. Makes 6 music look pretty unique.

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Dan Bull - Dear Auntie [an open letter to the BBC about 6 music]