Monthly Archives: November 2009


Dumb ways to lose files, part 18

Here’s a bizarre way to lose some files:
rm foo.x `
(didn’t notice I’d accidentally hit backtick)
(always do this after file operations, it’s a weird little habit)
(oops, didn’t work. Oh, there’s a backtick in operation.)
(a bunch of errors about some files and directories that can’t be removed.)

Running a Bacula restore job as I type this…


Lost clicks in Flash Player, Eclipse

I’ve been having some weirdness in Flash Player and Eclipse, where mouse clicks seem to get lost and so I can’t click certain buttons. Turns out it has something to do with the new GTK client-side windows. It can be fixed with GDK_NATIVE_WINDOWS=1. If you need more info, ask; I’m mainly posting this as a reminder to myself, but maybe it’ll catch a few web searches…



Hmmm, one difference between hardwood floors (which I have now) and carpeted floors (which I’ve lived with most of my life) that I didn’t really anticipate: I tend to perceive hardwood floors as ‘dirtier’, in the sense that they’re more likely to give up their dirt to my sticky clothing and skin surfaces when I touch them.

That, of course, is the flip side of the ‘easier to clean’ thing, because they’ll give up their dirt to the sweeper, vacuum and dry mop more easily, too. I guess you could say it’s a more open relationship between me and housedirt. Weirder analogies are sitting in my brain, but aren’t going to get out.