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An apology, and a good laugh

I just wanted to offer a quick apology to everyone that has sent me emails lately. Yes, I have received your messages, and I will get to them as soon as possible. I'm just a bit swamped right now, so please bear with me, and I'll get to them all as soon as possible.

In the meantime here's a fun exchange from the MySQL support pages:

1) From Person A: It's a bug that I can't write sql/ddl like this:

start_date date not null default now(),

2) Reply from a support person:

An operating system for all

Well Steve, it's taken seven years, but it's finally come true.

Seven years ago I stood on a stage, taking random questions from an audience, when someone asked what I thought of the new operating system from Apple, Mac OS X. I said "It will be the first operating system my mother and I will both be able to use and enjoy."

This week, when my mom (and my sister and nieces) open the Christmas present shown below -- an entry level iMac -- that statement will finally come true.

gvim fonts - How to set the default gvim font

Having just downloaded and installed vim (gvim) on my Mac (Mac OS X 10.5.x to be precise), and then struggling for a while to set the default font, I thought I'd make a brief note here about how to set the default font properly.

Setting a default gvim font in the gvimrc file

To set a default font for the gvim editor (in my case on Mac OS X), edit a file named ~/.gvimrc (i.e., a file named .gvimrc in your home directory), and add this line to get a 12-point Monaco font:

gvim color scheme - How to set the default gvim colorscheme

I just finished downloading and installing vim (gvim) on my Mac (Mac OS X 10.5.x to be precise), and then struggling for a while to set the default colorscheme, I thought I'd make a brief note here about how to set the default colorscheme properly.

Setting a default gvim color scheme (colorscheme)

As a friend of mine once, said "It's easy to do, once you know how to do it." For me, that applies to setting a default colorscheme for gvim on Mac OS X.

To set your vim default colorscheme to a theme named "slate", just follow these simple steps:

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