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Friday, October 24, 2008

Remove Windows (Desktop) Search

Windows Search. Installed without my knowing it and grinding my machine to a halt.

Easy enough to remove, it has an entry in Add/Remove Programs

How to remove Windows (Desktop) Search … revisited | Arno# - The cutting edge of developer waffle

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Excel INDIRECT function

How to use the text in one cell as a sheet reference for another:


Excel User Tip: Referencing a sheet indirectly

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

using distcc to build the Linux Kernel

Building the kernel is soooo slow on my old machine. Here's the steps to get it to distribute the compilation job across machines: weblog

Monday, October 13, 2008

QT4 on linux

Installing the comercial version of QT on Linux. Strangely enough..the INSTALL file has most of the directions you need.

I ran into difficulty because I didn't have the X11 xshape headers which is required to use drag and drop in QT Designer in its full glory. apt-file lets you search for particular headers:
sudo apt-get install apt-file
sudo apt-file update
apt-file search extensions/shape.h
tendra: /usr/lib/TenDRA/lib/include/x5/ext.api/X11/extensions/shape.h
x11proto-xext-dev: /usr/include/X11/extensions/shape.h
sudo apt-get install x11proto-xext-dev
sudo apt-get install libx11-dev

However, this didn't really help all that much as xshape support still wasn't detected, and I couldn't build. After considerable trolling I found this comprehensive list:
sudo apt-get install libx11-dev libxpm-dev x11proto-xext-dev libxext-dev
and then I could make, though I didn't risk turning on xshape support.

./configure -prefix /usr/local/qt4
sudo make install

Thursday, October 02, 2008

MORAE: Usability Testing Software

This looks like an excellent tool to make user experience testing happen with less effort.

User Testing and Market Research Software by TechSmith