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(mis)adventures in software development...

29 March 2012    Programming

Scripts for batch renaming of files to add a date prefix

A financial institution of which I am a customer (which shall remain nameless) frequently (like almost every weekday!) emails me PDF statements. I rarely need to refer to said statements, so I could just configure my email client to automatically filter them away into some folder and not give them the slightest consideration. But occasionally I might need to check something in one of these statements, usually around Tax Return time, and usually something from many months/years past. Sifting …

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03 March 2012    Trading

Programmatically playing with AmiBroker watchlists

If you’re an AmiBroker user, you may have spent much time painstakingly creating and editing watchlists of stocks, with all the repetitive pointing and clicking that entails, to get them just right. With that done, and your watchlists for each and every database now organised to perfection, you might now be wondering: “How can I fuck it all up completely in the minimum amount of time?” Got Perl installed? Well then have I got the perfect Perl script for …

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28 January 2012    Trading

Goodbye crappy overpriced overhyped charting application, hello AmiBroker

So I’ve had this idea for a post/rant knocking around in my head for ages, but been unsure whether I should actually write it. For one thing, it would essentially amount to a review of software I no longer use, haven’t used in a long time, and have no intention of ever using again. However, I do use one of it’s competitors, which I consider a much superior piece of software, and which I will happily …

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06 December 2011    Linux

Goodbye Unity, hello once again KDE

Goodbye Unity. I gave you a go, I really did. You are a bold move in the world of Linux, which is good to see. But you’re just not working for me. You’re OK, and no where near as bad as some have made you out to be, but as a development machine desktop, I find you’re less than ideal. So I’m going back to KDE. Which is not to say that KDE is perfect, just …

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07 November 2011    Linux

Enable Apache userdir

If I’m using a Linux box as a development machine, I usually like to have Apache installed with userdir enabled, even if I’m not necessarily doing web-development, just in case I need to play with something webby/internety.

Enabling the userdir module on Unbuntu and its derivatives is usually something like:

sudo a2enmod userdir

If required, further tweaking of userdir configuration can be done by editing:

/etc/apache2/mods-enabled/userdir.conf

Then restart apache:

sudo /etc/init.d …

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03 November 2011    Linux

Make Firefox open new tabs at far right

Looks like I’m gonna have to do this every time I do a fresh Linux install — configure Firefox to open links in new tabs with the new tab positioned at the far right. The way I like it.

Type the following into the address bar:

about:config

If a warning shows up, promise to be careful.

The option that needs to be configued is:

browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent

Easiest way to find it is enter it into the search box …

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