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Impressive - a tool for pdf-presentations

Impressive is a presentation tool for pdf files. Click >here< to go to the homepage for the project on Note: At time of writing last update of project files was 18/9/2008. Read the documentation to learn about all the options for the program - including the many advanced options: You can play audio files in the background or view full screen video on entry of specific slides, put a timer on slides, set duration of talk, rotate pages, define transitions for specific pages etc. Many of these features require the use of Info scripts (RTFM) There is also a useful script gettransitions that will export Beamer transitions to Impressive by creating an appropriate Info file Click here to go to the gettransitions site . Most often the computer used for the pdf presentation will be a 32 bit Windows box. I therefore suggest to download the file and put it on the usb-pen with your pdf presentation file (and accompanying audio/video files e

Windows Remote Desktop on Linux

In this short guide I will describe how to obtain access to a Windows Remote Desktop session using rdesktop on Linux - assuming you obtain VPN access to your companys network using SSL-explorer . You are invited to make suggestions and provide alternatives in the comments section - but I will not provide support for SSL-explorer, rdesktop, Linux, java or anything else. I first tried to connect to a Windows XP box through SSL-Explorer using rdesktop on a Fedora 11 box, but soon realized I needed to change permissions for Sun Java etc. in order to succeed. Instead I installed Linux Mint and from then on, everything went smooth. Linux Mint is a distro built on top of Ubuntu - which in itself is built on Debian. Linux Mint provides a smoother experience and easy install options for several non-open-source programs and drivers. If you are not an open-source fanatic and do not hold the brown color design of Ubuntu dear, but otherwise like the Ubuntu experience, then Linux Mint is yo

What Makes Us Happy?

A recent David Brooks column entitled They had it made - refers to a brilliant essay in The Atlantic on the Grant study - one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history. Watch the video below and then go read the essay What Makes Us Happy? .

Freeman Dyson

In our family we do not watch television on a daily basis. Besides The New Yorker, various science journals and the Danish weekly newspaper Weekendavisen I use the Internet as my primary source of (mis)information. A lot of bad things has been said about The New York Times especially in recent years, but the Op-Eds by David Brooks are brilliant - and I read his columns every week on with great interest. A couple of days ago The New York Times Magazine had a magnificent profile on Freeman Dyson >Click Here< . While reading the article I remembered the time before my university studies: I read Feynman's bestselling stories (the profile even has a curious link to a Feynman anecdote) and thought I would find a community of creative non-conformists at the science departments. Well, to a large extend I was wrong - but to read the thoughts of a guy like Freeman Dyson provides comfort - and even HOPE! (and it made me order The Scientist as a Rebel )