Keynote – disable snap to objects

Sometimes, it’s quite frustrating when you can’t place object exactly where you want it. And that’s the result of “snap” feature in Keynote. You can easily overcome that by clicking Command button. Take a look below.

Diablo 3 – crashes at OS X and freezes my Mac

If you have experienced the issue with Diablo 3 completely freezing your Mac, take a look at file inside /Application/D3Debug.txt.

In my case, there was this issue that files were corrupted. You can tell that by examining the D3Debug.txt

2014.11.12 00:38:24.407071158	ERROR: Failed to validate 
file (Appearance\ Details:
F9E0777B147CBC680FB8E6358613B470 778840 1


2014.11.12 00:38:24.407202563	ERROR: [Data Validation Failure] 
Diablo III was unable to validate core data files.

What you can see here is that one of the patches is corrupted. In order to fix that, you have to go inside

/Applications/Diablo III/Data_D3/PC/MPQs/Cache/base

And remove mentioned patched file + anything that is newer than that. In my case, it was: patch-base-26451.mpq file.

After removing broken patches, application downloaded all the data once again and this time it was just fine.

Building Chromium on OS X

That’s my minimal scenario:

cd ~/bin
git clone
export PATH=`pwd`/depot_tools:"$PATH"
cd ~/opt
mkdir chromium
cd chromium/
~/bin/depot_tools/fetch --nohooks --no-history chromium
cd src
git checkout master
 'xcode_project_version=3.2', }" > chromium.gyp_env
~/bin/depot_tools/gclient sync
GYP_DEFINES=clang=1 build/gyp_chromium
~/bin/depot_tools/ninja -C out/Debug chrome

Of course, you can find details here:

As for the build process, it’s quite consuming:

└─[~/opt/chromium/src] ~/bin/depot_tools/ninja -C out/Debug chrome
ninja: Entering directory `out/Debug'
[17146/17146] STAMP

After it is finished, you should be able to open Chromium

open ./out/Debug/

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I hate Python! – importing modules from subdirectories (PYTHONPATH)

So, you have your python application, and you want to make it tidy. You want to keep all you modules in proper subdirectories (e.g. database manipulation, views, etc.). So, here you are with your subdirectories and the code.

Step one – everything at the same level


The code is really simple and looks like this:

''' '''
from module_root import *

print "Hello, I will call module_root"

and for the module_root it is equally simple:

''' '''
def fun_root():
  print "Hello from module_root"

Step two – make it runnable from any location (using PATH, chmod +x and python location)

Now, everything is just fine when we call the application from the same directory where the file is. But what will happen if we change directory to some other location?

> cd ~
> python
python: can't open file '': [Errno 2] No such file or directory

What we can do is to specify the file location explicitly

> python pythonapp/
Hello, I will call module_root
Hello from module_root

Now, it works fine, but we don’t want to specify the full path all the time.

First, let’s modify code a little bit

''' '''
from module_root import *

print "Hello, I will call module_root"
> chmod +x ~/pythonapp/
> export PATH=~/pythonapp:$PATH
Hello, I will call module_root
Hello from module_root

Step three – We want to split codes across different sub-directories

That’s cool. So far, so good. However, there is one more issue. We don’t want to keep all the sources at the same level. We want to put them inside subdirectories. Like this:

├── module
│   └──

And, of course, we want to use module_sub as well. That’s simple! Let’s modify the code a little bit

''' '''
from module_root import *
from module.module_sub import *

print "Hello, I will call module_root"

print "I will call module_sub"

and, the code for the looks like this

''' '''
def fun_sub():
  print "Hello from submodule"

Let’s roll

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File ".../pythonapp/", line 3, in <module>
    from module.module_sub import *
ImportError: No module named module.module_sub

Surprise, surprise. It doesn’t work. Well, it should. At least that’s what you expect when you are coming from Java world where everything below CLASSPATH dir is treated as packages.

Step four – We want to mark directory as module

Not in here. In python, you have to mark directory as “module” by doing it explicitly. You have to create file insde directory. Like this:

cd pythonapp/module

And your structure should resemble something like this:

├── module
│   ├──
│   ├──

And now …

Hello, I will call module_root
Hello from module_root
I will call module_sub
Hello from submodule

You are happy to GO!

View Updating by C.J. Date


Summary: Can be really tough on you

This one is the weakest in the whole series. I had really hard time while going through. I can understand the point of having views that behave as relations but I think I was not convinced that it can be easily done. Instead of listening what should be doable, I’d like to see it really working. Just as a side note. I think that this one should be watched at the very end as it requires information from previous videos.

Product page:

O’Reilly (video): View Updating

nulls and three value logic by C.J. Date


Summary: beware of nulls, they can surprise you

So far, this one is the best out of the five in the series.

nulls are painfull in db world. No matter how you define them (null, unknown, nothing at all). You can always use something that means – “missing value” – let it be: “sysmiss”, 999, “NULL”, 0. But there is still a problem. And that’s the purpose of this video, to show you how nulls can mess around with your data. You will learn how to become more suspicious in terms of results that you get from sql queries involving nulls.

Pay attention that this video will not provide you with definite answer on how to solve the problem of nulls. It is nither the sql tutorial. It’s rather a smoke sign indicating the problem.

There is, however one remark that make me think “come on, that’s not the proper way of giving the argument”. When C.J. Date discusses arguments against null defenders he jumps into “maybe” logic which stands in quite contradiction to what he defends over the whole course of the lecture.

Anyway, definitely worth watching.

Product page:

O’Reilly (video): Nulls, Three-Valued Logic, and Missing Information

tcsh – keeping your prompt always up to date

In case you want to put some variable’s value inside tcsh prompt you should consider using precmd in order to keep it updated. Inside your ~/.login put following code

alias precmd 'source ~/bin/'

Inside ~/bin/ you can put any definition of prompt

set prompt="┌[%n@%m variable=${ENV_VAR}]\n└[%~] "

If you use precmd you will keep the value of ENV_VAR always updated in the prompt.

You may also want to change default “cd” behavior: tcsh + pushd + cd – very convenient settings

Nullology – Empty Sets in Database Theory and Practice by C.J. Date

Nullology – Empty Sets in Database Theory and Practice by C.J. Date


Summary: that’s one of these love-hate relationsips :)

Whether you love it or hate it depends heavily on:

– whether you are concious enough to follow the material (don’t watch it at night while preparing for sleep – definitelly not a good idea)
– whether you are able to admit that SQL queries won’t give a definite answer for all the questions
– whether you are interested in the theory behind the SQL
– whether you like to force your brain to do some real work

For me, there were few surprises in the video. Especially when topics related to empty set were discussed. I mean, it’s coverage in SQL, or better said – the lack of it.

In case you are autodidact in the field of SQL, this video will for sure open your eyes. But it will not teach you the SQL, it will show you what SQL is, comparing to relational theory.

And now, for something completelly different, my perfect quotes from the video are:

“And I can think about practical examples where that could be usefull too. They’re little bit complicated so I won’t try to talk through them now and I leave it as an excersice to you.”

and second one

“Please, remember TABLE_DEE and TABLE_DUM!”

Just get it, if you want to know the limits of SQL, simply get it.

Product page:

O’Reilly (video): Nullology – Empty Sets in Database Theory and Practice

Motif – it’s still usable :)

Recently I was looking for a very fast and very simple window manager that can be used over VNC (with depth 8) so I can save as much as possible in bandwidth and remote computations. I have decided to go with mwm. Yes, with good old Motif. As soon as I did it, I had to make few changes. I wanted to change default applications that are started when vncserver is initiated, I wanted some changes inside Root Menu, and some modifications of default key bindings. After long, long search in google galaxy I have found Motif’s Holly Grail :) 20 years old book from O’Reilly. Just take a look below at the “precious”. Fortunately you can browse the whole content of it from O’Reilly’s page.


Note! I was too quick. When I started to browse for particular topics, it turned out that parts of the book are not available online :(

An Introduction to Set Theory by C.J. Date


Summary: basics that escalates heavily at the end

If you haven’t heard about set theory and set algebra, you may consider this one as a good introduction. If you have graduated from mathematics or computer science, you already know it. This video targets people who are familiar with relational database but had no chance to get familiar with it’s background – relational model and set theory. From my perspective, this video is overpriced. I don’t judge here the quality of the video, but the content. You should be able to find all the information available in the video by simply googling for the set algebra.

Should you watch this one? Well, it depends. If you have no solid background in the set theory, I would suggest to get familiar with this branch of mathematics. Especially, if you are interested in relational model. If you simply query SQL database for some basic data and you don’t have to create well designed database model – don’t bother. If you think about watching some other C.J. Date’s videos related to relational model, this one can be a good start.

Product page:

O’Reilly (video): An Introduction to Set Theory