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GCC Configure Settings

March 23rd, 2007 No comments

I’m blogging this as much as a reference for myself as for everyone else. After trying to find out what flags were used to compile GCC on Fedora Core 5, I found this page which, if you’re paying enough attention, subtly tells you how to do it. And it’s amazingly simple, and works for all deployments of GCC (so will work with any distro, and any platform).

To get the GCC config parameters, do the following:

gcc -v

Simple, really.

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Saving Through Paying

March 20th, 2007 1 comment

Recently, Lloyds TSB in the UK having been showing adverts for a new saving method they have. Basically, everytime you pay for something on your Lloyds TSB debit card, they round that amount to the nearest pound, and pay the difference into a Lloyds TSB savings account.

So, for example, if I spent £13.47, they would pay 53p into a savings account, and deduct £14 from my current account.

Although I’m not a Lloyds TSB customer, I realised that doing that for any account wouldn’t be too difficult. So I’ve taken my bank statements for 2007, looked at all the payments out that had a “pence” amount. I took the each pence amount away from 100, and totalled all the results.

It’s taken me about an hour to produce a spreadsheet and do this for almost 3 months worth of statements (next time, it won’t take me so long as I’ve already created the spreadsheet).

My savings account is now an impressive £11 better off – and that’s not including the values for March (which I’ll add in at the start of April). I’ve got a feeling I might manage to save a fair amount of money this way.

The other thing that I was planning, and haven’t done yet, is to look at the closing balance each month and round that down to the nearest pound (or even £5, or £10), and pay that into the savings account as well.

Could work quite well, as long as I remember to do it each month!

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Someone Sums It Up For Me

March 14th, 2007 No comments

Unlike a lot of other people in the industry, I don’t read Slashdot. I’ve always had personal reasons why.

This comment (amusingly on Slashdot) sums up everything perfectly for me.

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This, I Like

March 5th, 2007 No comments

OK, so maybe it’s not the best design in the world, and it’s probably not that user friendly, but I quite like it. It’s probably taken a fair amount of work to get it going as well, so well done to whoever created it!

Anyway, this website has a 3D interface! (Requires Flash) http://www.screenvader.com/root.html

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Kelly Brooke

March 1st, 2007 No comments

I’m currently watching Hotel Babylon, and Kelly Brooke is playing a posh girl. Damn that girl can’t act to save her life.

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