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EEE Slate, install notes for Debian (Cont’d)

As promised, this is some tips to make the the EEE slate work right. It is tuned for Crunchbang.
Note : I tried it with Ubuntu 10.10 yesterday and everything ran fine, except the touchscreen.

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A useless way to (in)elegantly (not) hide text

I assume that when programming languages are an other world for you, it may seem impressive to see code, for instance I could write \x57\x6f\x77\x2c\x20\x31\x33\x33\x37\x20\x75\x73\x65\x64\x20\x74\x6f\x20\x72\x6f\x63\x6b\x20\xc2\xb7\x2f\x3f\x23 and that wouldn’t mean anything to you.

But, it is merely an hexadecimal reference to a unicode character! (see the article on wikipedia)

A simple way to transform letters from a string back and forth to their unicode reference follows (in Python):
>>> for letter in "Wow, 1337 used to rock ·/?#":
... t += hex(ord(letter)).replace('0x', '\\x')
...
>>> print(t)
\x57\x6f\x77\x2c\x20\x31\x33\x33\x37\x20\x75\x73\x65\x64\x20\x74\x6f\x20\x72\x6f\x63\x6b\x20\xc2\xb7\x2f\x3f\x23
>>> print("\x57\x6f\x77\x2c\x20\x31\x33\x33\x37\x20\x75\x73\x65\x64\x20\x74\x6f\x20\x72\x6f\x63\x6b\x20\xc2\xb7\x2f\x3f\x23")
Wow, 1337 used to rock ·/?#

And yes, it could be more elegant.

RXVT Unicode, 256 colors and Ubuntu

I’m sure many of you heard about or use rxvt-unicode (aka urxvt). This a quick link to a tutorial to make it support 256 colors, in a clean way.

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