Removing Background Color from a PDF Presentation

Ever ran across a PDF export of a Powerpoint which looks like this?

Get ready to buy a new toner

Turns out it is not so easy to convert this to printable design (at least not without having access to the original presentation file, that is). Adobe Reader already allows to do the following:

  1. Press Ctrl+K ...

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Rebuilding our Jython Console Plugin for Minecraft
A Python interpreter for a CanaryMod Minecraft server

Summary and Changes

This post describes how you can create a Python interpreter for a CanaryMod Minecraft server, providing access to the full internal Canary API (CanaryLib). Commands are issued on a separate console window and do not require players or server administrators to be running the game itself.

Following ...

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Some Games to Look Forward to in 2015
Most of these are indie titles

I though it was just me, what with being busy and older and all, but it kind of looks like everybody agrees that 2014 has been a generally shitty year for gaming. Summarized, the arguments boil down to one of the following:

  • Triple-A titles are released on-schedule, instead of on ...

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This is What the Chinese Cloud Looks Like
A relaxed reverse-engineering trip into Weiyun

Introduction

It should not come to a surprise that the Chinese technology giants are — just as their western counterparts, rolling out their respective versions of cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive.

They are approaching it like most of their offerings:

  1. Explore and learn from foreign competitors ...

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List of Apps

I’ve been reinstalling a lot of Windows machines lately (cleaning house and such), and just wanted to jot down a list of apps I’ll install before doing anything else. To get the base system running, so to speak, mostly as a reminder to my future self.

Web

Chrome ...

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Joomla 1.5 Security Fixes

Although I now have moved on — for most part — from PHP, I am still maintaining a number of websites build on top of Joomla. Ever since Joomla 3.0 was released, Joomla 1.5 has reached end-of-life status, meaning that there will be no more updates nor security fixes for ...

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Small jr.js (Junior) Modification

Just a small post. I’ve been using this project lately to set up some quick static-only-but-Markdown-enabled project pages for a while now.

Basically, it allows you to set up a static website with minimal theming, but with the content rendering offloaded to the browser (in Javascript) instead of relying ...

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Converting Plain Text References To BibTeX (or Endnote, or…)

So last weekend, I’d almost finished editing a Word manuscript draft to submit to a particular journal, except for one final item on the todo list: converting the existing list of references (inserted and formatted as a plain text list) to another style.

I planned on using Word’s ...

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