These pages contain various pieces of information, tips, shell scripts that I gathered or wrote.

linux

My operating system of choice is linux. The very one I installed was slackware and it's still the one I use these days. I have used/installed other distributions in the past, including Red Hat, Caldera, debian, openSuse... But in the end I find that slackware is the one that suits me the best.

I also use live linux systems from a usb stick when I am away and I don't want to use the ubiquitous MS-Crap. These live systems are also useful for carrying tasks such as repairing filesystems, repartionning (non-destructively), or simply for using tools such as texmf, ImageMagick, etc.

One of my usb sticks is set up with a multiboot menu that can launch systems such as systemrescue, RIPlinux, avg live antivirus, etc. (all of these are linux systems).

There are also various shell scripts and other tips, tricks, pieces of information...

slackware

slackware is a source based distro. When you need a piece of software, basically all you need to do is just grab the source archive, build it (./configure && make), then package the result. In the configure process you'll know whether a library is missing.

Another nice thing about slackware is whenever you need to (re)configure something all you need to do is edit some file(s) with a plain text editor. There's no gui tool that comes afterwards and messes up what you've done or tries to impose on you what the default should be.

texmf

TeX is a state of the art typesetting system. That's what I use whenever I need to output nicely formatted documents. It's good for letters, resumes, math articles, books... You can even typeset music scores. Most of the times, I use the plain variety (over latex).

art stuff / movies

The pages at the art gallery section display a few drawings, paintings I've done in the 1990s.

The movies section include blurbs, pictures of a few movies I've seen and liked. The four directors shown here are very different in style, themes, but they all share a great sense of cinematography.

Aki Kaurismäki is my favorite movie director. His movies have a poetic quality, a quirky sense of humor, and show empathy for the underdogs ...

ukulele

I became obsessed with the ukulele lately. I've learned and I'm learning a few songs (and a few instrumentals). I'll post my songsheets in here.