A Monokai Theme for Konsole

Through the Github Atom editor, I recently discovered the Monokai colour theme. This theme was originally created for the TextMate editor and then converted to Atom. Because I find it quite pleasing to look at for long periods of time, I decided to give my terminal a similar look. »

Release an Android Library on Maven Central

If you’re coming from the javascript/npm world, release a module is as easy as running one command. Maven Central being a java thing is much more involved and verbose. Hopefully this post makes the hoops you have to jump through a bit more clear. »

New Year: New Blog

I have been running a blog in one form or another for a multitude of years. The past years I’ve mostly been using wordpress, but the maintenance was becoming very annoying. There are also very limited offline writing options. In short, it was time for something different and because I was already creating my drafts in markdown, jekyll seemed like a good choice. Currently it’s still a bit empty here, but I intend to move over the posts from my other blogs over the coming weeks. »

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MX Player and DTS sound

MX Player is one of the better video players available for android, but on my Tegra 3 powered tablet it required a bit of extra work before I could get the sound on most of my video files to work, particularly movies encoded with DTS or AAC. Fortunately, if you know where to look you can get it all working in a few minutes. Enable the software decoder for audio By default MX Player will try to use hardware decoding for as much files as possible. »

Wlan and the Networking service on Ubuntu

Because I have a mix of GUI and CLI systems, I configure all my machines through the command line. For networking this means I edit the /etc/network/interfaces file. Most of the time, this works just fine, except that after upgrading to the newest Ubuntu release on my laptop, all of a sudden my wireless network wouldn’t come up at boot. In a previous version of this post, I wrongly suggested that removing network-manager would solve the issue. »

Developer menu on Android 4.2+

If you recently bought a Nexus 4 or upgraded your phone to Android 4.2 you’ll probably be missing the “Developer options” in your settings menu. Fortunately, Google didn’t remove the developer options from their new version of Android, they just hid it from prying eyes. If you press 5 times on the Build-number in the About phone menu, your phone will recognise you as a developer and the Developer options menu will magically reappear. »

Open Files With Long Lines in KWrite, Kate and Kile

In a recent KDE upgrade, the katepart text editor, which powers, kwrite, kile and kate, has been modified to open files with long lines as read only. Sometimes it will tell you about this in a warning, sometimes you’ll just notice that you cannot modify the file. It also turns out that the maximum line length is actually very short: 1024 characters. You will have no trouble finding log files with lines longer than this. »

Precompile pgfplots using tikzexternalize

Using pgfplots allows you to quickly create very beautiful plots, that look like they belong to your paper, by automatically using the correct fonts and styles. It does this by using the latex compiler to make the figures. This approach is very powerful but has a major drawback: the latex compiler was not made to do this. As a result, latex tends to run out of memory very fast, and projects with a lot of pgfplots tend to take a long time to compile. »