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Vanity URL

Finally decided to buy for my vanity URL, why not?

It points to my blog.instead of the less memorable and paying for 5 years is relatively cheap.

Key-Train Launched

In the spirit of "Release Early/Release Often" I've shipped the first version of key-train (

Here's a screenshot:

Features include: Training for all the lowercase keys on the main part of the keyboard in two languages (English/Brazilian Portuguese) and two keyboards (qwerty/ABTN).  More languages and keyboards should be easy to add.Easy for others to contribute better lessons and new keyboards.Easy for others to translate the software using the standard gettext package (I recommend using poedit). The key-train.pot file is created automatically - so don't edit it.  For your language, you would create a .po file like, this one.A reasonable progression of keys and training (27 lessons).Speed and accuracy training by typing in parts of Wikipedia articles.Only one lesson file is required for different languages and keyboards.But the program isn't complete, here's a list of the biggest problems: The package is way too big, I have to split out …

fsck'd my drive

After a few power failures during a week of storms I rebooted my Ubuntu Linux computer and fsck found some errors. Next time I booted it found (and corrected) even more errors, until, eventually I wasn't able to boot anymore (couldn't find grub).

I have a good backup system* so I wasn't too concerned (although this was my first real test).  I had run smartctl on the first sign of trouble and it didn't give any errors, so it didn't appear to be a hard disk failure. I figure this is an opportunity for me to setup 64bit version of Ubunt and I've also been thinking about dual booting to Windows® because Steam looks like an easy and cheap way to install games.

I put an old version of Windows XP in the drive and... it blue screened.  It just didn't want to install.  I tried two other versions and it also failed.  I then got the Ubuntu disk and it installed with no problems.  I tried Windows again, again it failed to install even though I had reformatted the disk …