So Long House M.D.

As this awesome TV show comes to an end, it’s cool to remember some of the old patients and thus old episodes House had.

http://www.buddytv.com/slideshows/house/the-best-house-patients-of-the-week-71365.aspx

But I suppose these are just the famous patients that were in the show and not the best episodes. As I recall, “All In” was a really good episode, as well as the “Last Resort” episode that’s already mentioned in the previous link. I guess, for me, what counts as a better episode is whether or not the episode has a good story that revolves mainly around a diagnostic with lots of medical terms flying around.

So maybe “intriguing” would be a suitable adjective for these episodes. Sure, fun and games and jokes are also an important part of every House episode – but they don’t make an episode as memorable as all the mind-boggling differential diagnoses scenes that a single episode offers.

Oh well, who am I kidding, House M.D has just too many awesome moments / episodes. yarp. Best anti-hero ever.

Some Cool jQuery Plugins

Even though there are countless awesome jQuery plugins, not all of them visually enhances the page in a way that is meant for the end-user.

Here are some that I’ve found recently:

  • Experimental Flipboard layout: A demo page that uses CSS3 transforms to simulate page flipping. Though it’s not in a jQuery plugin format, it results in a pretty neat effect. The page also has a responsive design which means it will collapse to a list if the screen/window width is less than a threshold (690 pixels)
  • Real Shadows: A jQuery plugin that updates box-shadow CSS property when the mouse moves to create a realistic shadow effect. 

That’s all folks!

How I Fixed My Constantly Disconnecting MSN Messenger

A quick search shows that some great deal of people are having this problem. And it included me, until now.

After being plagued by this very problem this evening (around 10 disconnects in a row), I decided to end this menace. Especially since I often had the same problem in the past.

So I was searching for a solution on the Internet, skipping very old or trivial ones (such as reinstalling MSN or deleting some roaming appdata folder of MSN Messenger), when I stumbled on a solution that worked for me.

So if you’re reading this and are having the same problem AND using AVG Antivirus, you can stop MSN Messenger from signing you out by simply disabling AVG’s “Instant Messaging protection” (located in Overview->Online Shield->Instant Messaging OR Tools->Advanced Settings->Online Shield->Instant Messaging). Optionally you can only disable MSN Protection.

GitHub Profile

I’ve put together a GitHub profile today and uploaded some Windows programming and DirectX 11 code that I’ve been working on recently. Also uploaded are an old Java project with a ME wrapper that implements Hangman and a collection of solutions to a few Project Euler problems that I wrote recently.

Some Songs to Listen to

Just found this and this on 8tracks. Some cool stuff to listen to while installing stuff and whatnot.

Good enough to listen to for the moment as a refreshment from all the classical music I’ve been listening to, until I get my old applications up and running. (reinstalled Win 7 yesterday, it was getting a little too cluttered) And maybe fix some decent playlist afterwards.

How to Install Ubuntu Linux on your Windows Computer

After reinstalling Ubuntu today, I saw that it changed a lot since the last time I installed it. One big difference is the new Unity desktop interface, which is basically the main reason it looked so different. After discovering some more new features, I decided to write a post about how to install Ubuntu to show my undying love it off.

The installation process was easier than ever. In fact, it is so easy that the main challenge is to actually start the Ubuntu installation. I’ll begin with the Ubuntu installation process detailing each step. I didn’t take screenshots while installing Ubuntu, so the images are from Ubuntu’s homepage and they show Ubuntu installed alongside another older version of Ubuntu.

Download it: Obviously, you first need to download Ubuntu. Afterwards, burn it on a DVD using a CD burner software such as ImgBurn. Preferably burn it on a rewritable DVD since you need it only once and Ubuntu gets new versions around twice a year. Alternatively, you can install it using a USB drive with the steps described on the Ubuntu homepage.

Start the setup: To start the Ubuntu installation, restart your computer. If the installation process doesn’t start even though you have the DVD in the drive (or the USB connected) you either need to configure the Boot Order through BIOS or you didn’t burn the DVD properly. You can find more information about how to boot from CD on the Ubuntu Help page. From this point on, the installation is pretty much a piece of cake.

Welcome page: After the installation starts, you’ll get to choose the language of the Ubuntu setup. On the same page, you get to select if you want to try Ubuntu without installing it or if you want to go ahead and install it.

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Choosing the installation language and if you want to install or just try out Ubuntu

Preparation page: On this screen, the Ubuntu setup will make sure that your computer actually has enough space for installing Ubuntu on it. It also makes sure that you aren’t running on battery (so that they don’t run out in the middle of the installation). You can also connect to Internet at this stage. This allows you to install the newest modules directly during installation.

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You might want Internet access while preparing for the Ubuntu installation to have the latest modules installed.

Allocating space to Ubuntu: This stage depends on what Operating System you have on your computer, if any. You choose whether you want to use Ubuntu together with another OS such as Windows, if you want to upgrade an older installation of Ubuntu or if you want to replace the current operating system deleting all the files. At this point you can also opt to choose the partition sizes yourself. I chose to install Ubuntu along with Windows 7.

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Choosing if you want to replace or upgrade an existing operating system, or if you just want to add a new one.

How much space?: If you selected one of the easy routes, on this screen you’ll be able to choose how much space to allocate for the new Ubuntu installation with a slider. That’s right, no more allocating space for 3 smaller partitions, it’s done for you. How much space you need for Ubuntu depends on how you are planning to use it and whether you want your media files on it or not. Ubuntu can access the files on your other partitions so it’s all up to you.

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Selecting how much hard disk space will be used by Ubuntu.

Installing Ubuntu: At this stage, Ubuntu begins copying its files to the space you allocated for it on your hard disk drive. However, while waiting for the files to get copied (and for updates to be downloaded, if you chose to setup your Internet connection) you get to customize your Ubuntu installation a little. Customizations at this stage include your timezone, keyboard settings and basic user information.

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Selecting the timezone as a part of the Ubuntu installation. If you chose your location at the start of the Ubuntu installation, your timezone will already be selected.

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At this stage, you can select your keyboard from the list or take the funnier way of pressing the requested keys and see Ubuntu figure your keyboard out.

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On this screen, your username and login settings are determined. After this point, all you have to do is wait for the Ubuntu installation to finish.

Enjoy Ubuntu: At this point, the installation is complete and Ubuntu will ask you to restart your computer. After the restart, you will be able to choose Ubuntu from a list if you chose to install Ubuntu alongside another operating system like Windows. Here is a screenshot which shows how your Ubuntu desktop will look like right after installation:

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The Ubuntu Desktop right after installation. You should probably remove some of the shortcuts to the left.

I guess this is enough about Ubuntu for now. I may write again later about the new features but now I have to go customize all the settings. Bwahaha :)

Gmail Gets A Sleek New Look

I have used this for a few days now, so I decided to share it.

Gmail has a plethora of different themes and color styles that you can choose from (through Settings -> Themes). Last week, Google added two new themes to this list as a sneak peek, which are called “Preview” and “Preview (Dense)”.

The new themes look pretty sleek. Here are some images from Gmail’s blog, showcasing the new theme.

Viewing the Inbox in Gmail's new theme

The view of Inbox with Gmail's new theme. "Dense" version looks more condensed.

A group of mails viewed as a conversation

Viewing a conversation in Gmail's new theme.

After playing around with them a bit, I chose to have the dense version of the new theme since it is a lot more compact. Which allows you to see more stuff at the same time.

Did you like the new themes? Or which other theme do you prefer?