Monday, January 26, 2009


My latest home coding project is working :) It's a program (well, programs) that forwards global hotkeys from one client to another over the network.

It consists of two parts, a client on the computer the keyboard is connected to and a program on the computer you want the keyboards to be sent to. Then you register the global hotkeys you want to send(for example control+shift+home) and connect the client. Then whenever you press that hotkey it's sent to the other computer and any programs that has registered that global hotkey act as if they had been pressed on that computer.

Usable? for anything? Well, normally by home coding projects are mostly useless but this one i actually use myself. I'm running a music player on a computer in my closet and have set up certain global hotkeys for common actions (play/pause, next song, previous song etc) there. Then I use my program to send the keystrokes from the computer in my living room to the one in the closet, controlling the music player. This way I don't have to see the player, don't have to use VNC or something else. I control it the same way I did when the player was running on this machine.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Being a single guy

Being a single guy was quite fittingly described by Barney Stinson
"No, it's not like being in a candy store. It's a lawless post-apocalyptic wasteland. Every hombre for himself."


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

To Pay or not to pay

This principle of guys paying for dinner when they go on a date with a girl has gotten way more complicated, it used to be easy, If you are a guy you pay. Now it might upset her because
  • it's an expression of the archaic patriarchal society repressing the freedom of women, including the freedom to pay. She's a 21th century girl/woman and can take care of her self.
  • she doesn't want to feel like she owes anything to the guy, likes to feel independent.
  • she might interpret it as if the guy is trying to pay her for sex
  • to quoute a friend "she's a grownup, not a baby"
or if the guy doesn't pay it might upset her because
  • he's rude, haven't been brought up properly
  • he doesn't know how to take care of a girl
And that's just the basics, if you add to this mix the difference in income at the age of 20-25 when some people are looking for jobs and are broke, some are studying and are semi-broke and some people work and got a boatload of money it get's even more complicated. And some girl want to be asked just so they can say no. And if it isn't the first date then you have to consider who took the initiative for the date, and if you or she has paid previously and how much and how expensive those restaurants were.

To summarise the problem: "peh..."

And to finish off this whiny post on a lighter note a nice quote; "Would you like some cheese with that whine"

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Great pic

Just got a link to this picture in a message and I think it kind of sums up my current world view pretty well.