Error’d: Where I Come From, We Don’t Need July
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
<td width="100%" style="padding-top: 6px;"> <b><br /> sathyabhat<br /> <a href="">shared this story</a><br /> from <img src="" style="vertical-align: middle;width:16px;height:16px;" /> The Daily WTF:</b> </td> "In my native language, we don't have translations for seven months out of the year. Way to go Windows Live!!" <p> LOL. </td> </tr> </table> <hr style="clear: both; margin: 0 0 24px;" /> <p> "Someone FINALLY got it right!!" <strong>Farz</strong> wrote, "In my native language, we don't have translations for seven months out of the year.

Pirates play a gamedev simulator; go bankrupt because of piracy.
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy? → Summary of "What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy?" When Game Dev Tycoon (a Game Development Simulation Game) was released, its developer released a cracked version on BitTorrent simultaneously. After a certain point in the game, the cracked version would prevent the player from generating simulated revenue due to simulated piracy.

Alienware X51 with Ubuntu makes no sense
· ☕ 4 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
This morning in my half-woken state, as I was checking Hacker News, I spotted this piece about Alienware launching the X51 with Ubuntu. I initially thought I was dreaming, and woke up immediately and read the piece, and I was left dumbfounded when I read it again to be sure. Kind of dumbfounded at Dell launching an Alienware X51 with Ubuntu Not sure what’s Dell thinking - there aren’t any great native AAA games available, can’t imagine this would make studios to make Linux ports either

Reviving my dead Windows 8 install with no bootable USB/DVD and Linux Mint & Cr48
· ☕ 4 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
Couple of months ago, just about a month before #cpgweds - the engagement my Envy 14 laptop started showing signs of dying - weird noises coming from the vents, system freezing arbitrarily, system getting incredibly hot - and that’s really unusual because the Envy’s cooling system is probably one of the best that I’ve seen in a laptop. Soon enough, it became clear that a fan was not working - my idle temperatures hit 85 degrees C, and start any game or even xbmc, and the temperatures would hit 95-100 and shutdown sooner or later.

Salute to Fabrice Bellard
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
I probably top the ranks of lazy arses who procrastinate like there’s no tomorrow - and then there’s Fabrice Bellard Amongst others, he’s created/led A 4G LTE base station running entirely in software on a standard PC. A new ASN1 compiler generating small and efficient C code. A PC emulator in Javascript: how much time takes your browser to boot Linux ? 2700 billion decimal digits of Pi computed with a desktop computer.

My Experience on upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8
· ☕ 6 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
So after much thought, I upgraded my Windows 7 Ultimate install to Windows 8. I didn’t plan to upgrade so soon, I wanted to wait for few more months before doing the upgrade - the main reason for holding back the upgrade was lack of drivers. However with Super User‘s Windows 8 Challenge around, I could no longer use the RP for posting answers. And since the RP was working fine, including the GPU drivers which I had to install in Windows 7 compatibility mode, I decided to complete the upgrade.

Animated GIFs the Hard Way & Using Them For Realtime text communication
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
When doing the new website for the Sublime Text 2.0 launch, instead of just screenshots, I wanted to have animations to demonstrate some of its features. Animated GIF files would have been a candidate, except for two issues: the 256 color limitation, which would have made the animations ugly, and the encoders I tried spat out huge files, at almost 1MB per-animation. Instead, I wrote a small Python script that takes a collection of PNG frames as input, and emits a single packed PNG file as output, which contains all the differences between the frames, and some JSON meta-data specifying which bits of the packed PNG file correspond to each frame.

Chrome says bye to its Wrench icon
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
I noticed this few days ago on the dev build: case ya'll haven't noticed, the Chrome's wrench icon is no longer there :( — Sathya (@SathyaBhat) August 8, 2012 It’s been replaced with what I can only call.. “Three horizontal lines” which is really weird way of calling it :\ Having the wrench icon was so much better - have referred bringing up the menu quite a few times as “Click on the wrench” on Super User.

Fixing FRM-41336: Populate_List: invalid column type for column 2 error in Oracle Forms
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ Sathyajith Bhat
I spent the past hour and a half trying to fix this stupid error. Here’s the situation: I have a Poplist(aka dropdown list/ list item). The poplist is populated by a query defined in a Record Group. The query is on the lines of select id, name from employees The column types are correctly defined. And yet I kept running into FRM-41336: Populate_List: invalid column type for column error message.