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Posted on 2012-03-07, by Tom
I am probably the last person to figure this out, but, never mind.
I had a bunch of problems with Python matplotlib package after I installed OS X Lion. It did not work, I could not get it to work and my workaround for the time being was to stop using it. Not the most beautiful solution - but it worked for a while.
Now I am in the progress to solve that problem as I really want to use matplotlib. So, one step was to check my XCode installation. It turns out, XCode is now available in App store. But I had an old installation already on my Mac.
So, uninstall old XCode.
Went to App store, downloaded/installed XCode. Opened terminal. GCC - command not found. Why, why, why is this happening?
So, after (actually not too long) a while I figured out that XCode command line tools are now installed from within XCode, menu Preferences-Downloads. Who would have figured?
Last modified on 2012-03-07 at 16:28:50

Posted on 2011-03-01, by Tom
Yes, updates.
Why do I fail to update by blog? Have I nothing to say? Well - in some sense yes. I have not had that many things to say that I feel a need to share with anybody who happens to stumble onto this web site. So I have not had that many things to share.
And I also think that life - what is going on outside the computer - is interfering with online life.
Will I make a commitment that I will update more often.
No.
Will I try to update more often.
Yes and No.
But then why - well, there's always good to have a forum if I feel a need to share something. But I would hate it if I forced myself to. So, until next time - may it be in a day, in a week or in a month - ciao.
Last modified on 2011-03-01 at 14:27:31

Posted on 2010-10-21, by Tom
I think Apple is on the right track. As I have mentioned before, I have been a PC. And a Linux. But after I got my iPod, I moved to an iPhone and then became a total Mac by buying a computer from the Apple company.
And now I watched the key note from Steve Jobs, live stream, on my iPhone, on my way home from work. I must be Steve's dream customer. A PC turned Mac. And Steve&Co are on the right track. The new MacBook Air is the perfect laptop. Reasonably priced, thin, instant on, light, high-res, long lasting battery. And the new MacOS X Lion. Mayby not a huge difference from the current version, but still.
I have heard people's reaction that I bought I Mac instead of a PC. "It's so user friendly". "It's so limited". But I think that's the old Mac. Today MacOS X is BSD based. Which computer is limited, a Windows PC or a Mac? Well, which comes with Python, C, Perl compilers? XCode? X? Unix programs? Do I need to write more...
Last modified on 2010-10-21 at 19:34:59

Posted on 2010-09-20, by Tom
.. of countries in Europe in which populistic anti-immigration parties has received parliamentary seats. Maybe not so surprising, as earlier polls have shown high support for the sweden democrats, and both Norway and Denmark (Sweden's neighbour countries) already have anti-immigration parties in parliament since years.
There has been a clear change in Sweden's politics in recent years. The liberal-right coalition has been popular in Sweden and has taken the place as the largest block in the last couple of years - making this election the first time in Sweden's history that a liberal-right party or coalition has been elected for a second term. Perhaps due to the high confidence and trust ratings that the prime minister Reinfeld and financial minister Borg receives from the public, while the fairly new social democratic leader scores very low in most polls. Uncertain times need certain leaders..
The election winners (the liberal-right coalition) have now reached out to the green party to create a majority, and I really hope the green party accepts the invitation. Both blocks have stated that they will under no circumstance cooperate with the sweden democrats, leaving few options to create a majority.
The next government must be declared by the 5th of October, giving Reinfeldt about 2 weeks to consider his options and create a majority.
Most popular party leaders at Förtroendet minskar för partiledarna .
Last modified on 2010-09-21 at 16:44:36

Posted on 2010-04-10, by Tom
This has been all over the media recently. The more you look into the scandal, the worse and more widespread you realize that it is.
In the last couple of years it has become clear that Roman Catholic priests have abused children in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom ... and that is not even the complete list. And those are only countries in Europe! Then add North America, South America and Oceania and you see how widespread the child abuse within the Catholic Church has been. (Source)
In Boston the local sexual abuse scandal was unravelled by the Boston Globe, whose reporters and the newspaper were awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for its public service by exposing the abuse scandal. One way to quantitatively try to grasp this local abuse case is by putting figures on it - the Boston Archdiocese paid a settlement to 552 alleged victims of abuse. 552 victims!! (Source)
In the end of March this year, the New York Times obtained documents kept secret by the Roman Catholic Church that show that the church miserably failed to act when they had identified a priest who had molested as many as 200 deaf boys. The documents from within the church shows (according to the NYT) that the Catholic church did discuss the matter of whether or not to dismiss the priest, but as their top priority was to protect the church from a scandal and not to protect the children from abuse, the identified child molester was instead of being diciplined moved to to another parish where he continued to work as a priest, working with children for the next 20 years. (Source)
Newsweek's Katie Paul has written an excellent commentary of the scandal, the recent media attention and the Vatican's response.
The whole case and cover-up is disgusting!
Update:
Pope Benedict XVI commented on the child sexual abuse scandal. He refers to it as 'petty gossip'. Petty gossip!? Britney Spears relationships are petty gossip! So is talk about who is dating who at school! Systematic sexual abuse of children is definately not!!! The Guardian has more details.
Last modified on 2010-04-15 at 17:53:36