2009-11-12

Directions from Bristol to Timbuktu

If you plan to drive your car from Bristol to Timbuktu you will get the correct directions, according to this funny article published on ThisIsBristol (online edition of the Evening Post daily newspaper):



2009-11-11

Install GCC 3.4 on Ubuntu 9.10 [UPDATED]

It seems that Karmic Koala, the last version of Ubuntu, has dropped support for versions of GCC/G++ prior to version 4.1.
Here is a quick script to add GCC and G++ 3.4 from the repository of the previous version:
mkdir DELEME
cd DELEME
wget http://ge.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/gcc-3.4/libstdc++6-dev_3.4.6-6ubuntu3_i386.deb
wget http://ge.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/gcc-3.4/cpp-3.4_3.4.6-8ubuntu2_i386.deb
wget http://ge.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/gcc-3.4/gcc-3.4_3.4.6-8ubuntu2_i386.deb
wget http://ge.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/gcc-3.4/gcc-3.4-base_3.4.6-8ubuntu2_i386.deb
wget http://ge.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/gcc-3.4/g++-3.4_3.4.6-6ubuntu3_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
cd ..
rm -rf DELEME
UPDATE: As of 2012-09-02, I have been warned that the previous installation process does not work any more; it appears that the repository does not contain all the required files, so it fails on the second one (cpp) producing error message 404 (Not Found).
I don't need this version of GCC right now so I am not going to try it myself, but a quick web search returned another alternative repository on Launchpad. But this new repository does not include the first and the last package (libstdc++ and g++), so only these will still have to be taken from the old location.
Then the installation process now becomes:

mkdir DELEME
cd DELEME
wget http://ge.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/gcc-3.4/libstdc++6-dev_3.4.6-6ubuntu3_i386.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~yofel/+archive/off-ppa/+files/cpp-3.4_3.4.6-8ubuntu2_i386.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~yofel/+archive/off-ppa/+files/gcc-3.4_3.4.6-8ubuntu2_i386.deb
wget https://launchpad.net/~yofel/+archive/off-ppa/+files/gcc-3.4-base_3.4.6-8ubuntu2_i386.deb
wget http://ge.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/gcc-3.4/g++-3.4_3.4.6-6ubuntu3_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
cd ..
rm -rf DELEME

2009-11-04

Beatles Apples & Flowchart

Today I found two interesting news about The Beatles.


First, EMI is going to release an apple-shaped USB memory stick containing the whole remastered Beatles catalog and some extras:




Second, thanks to Andrea Spadaccini, I found this great flowchart of "Hey Jude"...