Introduction to LaTeX

Posted on: Thu, 04/26/2007 - 13:49 By: dae

In this section, I will describe LaTeX especially what is LaTeX, what it can do, its strength and weakness. I will not bother give the introduction on using LaTeX, since there are many good introduction already available. Check "Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX2e". for a good starting place in using LaTeX.

LaTeX is a document preparation system. It is used to produce a document just like what exactly MS Word does, only nicer, simpler and more exquisite.

Using Thai LaTeX in Windows

Posted on: Thu, 04/26/2007 - 13:09 By: dae

In this series of article, I will describe a use of LaTeX as a document preparation platform for Thai document in Win32 (WinXP) environment.

There are numerous reason why one should use LaTeX: free (both gratis and libre), easy, content-oriented, etc. However, my particular reason is that it resembles programming and fits more perfectly to my style. Typing math is also much less painful, if not joyous.

What does Ph.D. mean

Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2007 - 19:30 By: dae

Doctor of Philosophy? -- that's the canonical meaning. Permanent Head Damage? -- that's a good one. But the one I came across many months ago and believe that it is very interesting is this quotation from Rondam Ramblings' "Top ten geek business myths".

The only thing a Ph.D. means is that you're not a moron, and you're willing to put up with the bullshit it takes to slog your way through a Ph.D. program somewhere.

Please check out the full article.

Mind Bogglingly Large

Posted on: Fri, 03/09/2007 - 10:37 By: dae

Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.

-- from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

A few days ago I was asked, how likely the hash function used in eMule would collide. Well, eMule use 128-bit MD4 which could have 2^128 distinct value. So, how big is 2^128?

Tamiya Paint

Posted on: Sun, 03/04/2007 - 12:10 By: dae

This weekend is three days long and to me it is a good opportunity to tidy up the house. The target is to get rid of anything I no longer need (but somehow is still in the possession of mine). I started by trowing away all used PC parts, mobos, sound card, vga card, old ram. I found a 486 board sitting in the cabinet, with 8MB of rams that I once kept in the hope that it might be useful someday, a bad habit that will eventually render your place into a garbage castle.

Latex DocClose applet

Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2007 - 14:05 By: dae

LaTeX is a de facto standard for most academic publications. Just like an html, a LaTeX document is a plain text file which could be edited by any text editor of our choice. Some editors stand out for being tailored specifically for LaTeX. One nice free (as in a free beer, but not quite as in Free Speech) is LEd (LaTeX Editor). However, LEd lacks one tiny feature that I need most.

Chill Out

Posted on: Sat, 02/24/2007 - 00:40 By: dae

Admittedy, I am not a trendy man. I cannot follow what is out there in those eccentric character style. Some new thing, slang, fashion, trend starts there and spread into mainstream somehow later. Late enough so that the eccentric group comes up with something cooler, or kinkier, or just plain flat out of the box.

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