So for the past few hours, have been playing with Deck.js. I like the idea of a web based presentation format rather than a blob like powerpoint. At the same time, I’m a bit circumspect too - given the state of the tools. At least for my use, there’s really no burning need that powerpoint can’t solve (though I get the shivers everytime I have to do a presentation). All the web based/HTML5 seem raw at the moment on some much needed features (slide notes, slide prints, scaling issues etc).
So I had the bright idea (by no means original, though, as I later figured out) that it’d be great to avoid the Esc key on Vim as its so far away from the home row. The alternative to pressing Esc is Ctrl-[ which, even though I’ve mapped CapsLock to control, I still find hard. So then, after some more googling around I’ve settled down on mapping jk to Esc. Its been a few hours with this setup and while its been an absolute pain till now, I think its a great way to avoid the Esc key jump.
So I upgraded the good ole' media center machine at home to XBMC 11.0 Beta . XBMC has been one of those software finds that has been just marvellous - to the point where I can’t imagine the telly at home without XBMC. I’ve pretty much stopped watching regular tv/cable and almost exclusively on XBMC. Also, its been a great way to keep the aging laptop (circa 2006 - core2Duo 1.
So, the original post on the topic written about two and a half years ago had code snippets, but there’s been comments and PMs for the complete code. So last week, as I resurrected this blog, decided to get that code out on github. Unfortunately, that was easier said than done; it has been quite some time and frankly, I’d lost the code. I must’ve switched machines about 3 times in the interim and gone from SVN to github for personal projects.
Now that I’ve cozied up to Vim/VimRepress combo for posting to this blog, there are a few things where I’m finding issues with posting code. With straight wordpress.com, I used to be able to mark up code with the [sourcecode][/sourcecode] tag and syntax highlighting comes in. With markdown - indenting a block of code with 4 spaces renders it as a <pre><code></code></pre> tags, but I don’t know if there’s a way to let WP.
So, at work, we’re building a mobile website using JqueryMobile. The app has a bunch of publicly visible pages however, other pages require the user to be authenticated. We didn’t want the user to be forced to login on the first page. Instead, whenever a protected page is accessed, and if the user insn’t logged into the app, we’d like to take him to the login page. Once he’s successfully authenticated, then take him to the page he was navigating to.
Is it worth it? Definitely seems to be. I’ve looked at VIM in the past, tried it out too a couple of times or more, failed miserably(mostly within a day or two) and then wondered Why nutheads use VI. This would usually be followed with going back to the comfort of Emacs. I think over the years, I’ve spent more time customizing Emacs than actually getting any work done with it.
Running ubuntu 10.10 here and ubuntu repos have only vim 7.2. I’m sure there’s a ppa out there that has 7.3, but thought that compiling vim from source would be a good exercise - plus I get to compile it with the options that I’d like rather than relying on someone’s build. Here’s the options that I enabled: CONF_OPT_PERL = --enable-perlinterp=dynamic CONF_OPT_PYTHON = --enable-pythoninterp CONF_OPT_RUBY = --enable-rubyinterp CONF_OPT_GUI = --enable-gui=gtk2 CONF_OPT_FEAT = --with-features=huge BINDIR = /usr/bin DATADIR = /usr/share Here’s hte other dependencies I had to install
So now I’m in Vim land and this is the first time I’ve gotten far enough to feel a bit comfy. Decided to dust off my blog and start at it again - what better to do it in than in VIM. So - TA-DA - here’s the first post - courtsey VIM on ubuntu. However, as usual, it was rougher than it’s supposed to be. IN any case, I’ll forget how I got this far the next time so the next few posts will be around recording how to get VIM to post to WP.