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These last few days, I’m emerging from the soil my army of hard disk that contains all my data for the past 10 years. I had been totally discouraged by the amount of information, and huge quantity of duplicated files due to multiple backups.

As I’m storing a lot of files in a year, I searched a good way to organize, sort and backup all my documents, videos and music in a logical way. The purpose is also to reduce risks of losing files (after a hard-disk failure for example). If you are or were in the same case, this little guide is for you! Throughout this bunch of lines, I will show you how to keep the control on your files and your workspace, and how to jungle with your personal and professional data.

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It seems that the previous trick I have posted did not totally rose my Black&Decker batteries from the dead. The two 14.4V Fire Storm batteries seem to be bored by electroshock, and they are going out of energy in less than one day without use. Anyway, I decided to find a way to plug the drill on the  AC 220V, that would allow me to drill 24/7 :).

This time I will expose you an inexpensive hack to convert your cordless drill with batteries into a corded one, using an AC to DC adapter.

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Débarquer dans le monde de GNU/Linux, c’est un peu comme passer son permis. Le code, les heures de conduites, choses aussi lourdes que d’assimiler un bout de programme obscurcit de l’IOCCC (International Obfuscated C Code Contest). Examen passé, auto-école remerciée, et cette sensation lorsqu’on prend les commandes de la grosse merco du paternel. Voilà, vous l’aurez compris, passer le cap Linux, c’est reprendre le contrôle de son PC et augmenter drastiquement sa productivité, ainsi que sa compréhension de l’informatique en général.

Le problème, c’est que Linux a été très longtemps l’affaire de barbus comme Richard Stallman, 2ème personne la plus influente du monde informatique, devant NyanCat et WTF Guy. Alors forcément, par où commencer?

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Hi everybody! I would like to apologize concerning the unavailability of owl-black.net during approximately 1 week. Indeed, a bad manipulation in my CPanel deactivated the owl-black.net DNS redirection! I hope you will enjoy the site as it is back. Best regards

This year at school, we have a C language project to do in team, and the subject was totally free. So we had the idea to make an application that tracks Solex in real time for the Rock’n Solex fest, in order to allow people to see the position, lap-times and speed of the runners at any instant.

As we are obligated to do it in C language, we chose to use GTK+ library for our client interface, that will show a map with one marker for each runner. After some research on the web, we found osm-gps-map, a sort of widget for GTK+ that allows fetching maps from OpenStreetMap project.

The purpose of this post is to explain how to properly install and use GTK+ under Windows, and how to make the C example file provided by the official website working. The IDE that will be used is Code::Blocks.

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