Friday, March 21, 2008

Humor in Operating Systems Books

In "Operating System Concepts", (Avi Silberschatz, Peter Baer Galvin, Greg Gagne) while explaining the notion of multiprogramming:
  • "This idea is common in other life situations. A lawyer does not work for only one client at time. While one case is waiting to go to trial or have papers typed, the lawyer can work on another case. If she has enough clients, the lawyer will never be idle for lack of work. (Idle lawyers tend to become politicians, so there is a certain social value in keeping lawyers busy.)"
In "Modern Operating Systems", (Andrew Tanenbaum) while referring to the "little research" being done in deadlock detection:
  • "None of it is even remotely practical in real systems.
    Its main function seems to be keeping otherwise
    unemployed graph theorists off the streets."

Sunday, March 16, 2008

κι αυτόν τον καραγκιόζη τον Αλ Γκορ

"Αυτό που με κάνει σκανταλιάρη, πάντως, είναι το politically correct. Τη σάχλα αυτή τη σιχαίνομαι - τη μοντέρνα οικολογία, τους οικολόγερους και τις οικολόγριες κι αυτόν τον καραγκιόζη τον Αλ Γκορ. Παίζει και στην παράσταση! Είδα το ντοκιμαντέρ «Μια ενοχλητική αλήθεια». Αυτός υπέγραψε για βομβαρδισμούς στο Ιράκ και τη Γιουγκοσλαβία και σου λέει μετά ότι δεν φταίνε τα πλουτώνια, πρέπει ν' αλλάξεις τη λάμπα και να κλείσεις την τοστιέρα..."

Τζίμης Πανούσης ( απο συνέντευξη εδώ )

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Kerkis Font Family (Latex pack good, TTF bad)

The kerkis font family

produces some great results, especially on latex documents and especially in greek. So you just include the kerkis package in your latex document (\usepackage{kerkis}) and you get something as pretty as this:

But beware: This font, when installed as a TTF in windows (that is, pasted in the windows/fonts directory) can cause the gdi plus windows xp library to crash! After installing the fonts yesterday, applications such as YzDock, objectDock and similar ones kept crashing on start-up. Then I noticed ms office 2008 word crashing, and finally photoshop CS2. These apps all crashed on gdiplus.dll, except word which crashed on some other dll. After a few system restore attempts, msconfig configurations, I thankfully ended up in this thread, of a forum. Yes, I had installed a third-party font. So, after a good laugh, I thought that I should warn people getting similar errors...
I want to make clear that this is about the truetype fonts installed in the windows/fonts directory and has nothing to do with the latex package which works great. If you want to install the true type fonts then do so, they can be easily removed if similar problems occcur ( go to windows/fonts directory and delete them )