Technically Speaking


A small piece of wisdom regarding programming that I didn’t find in any textbook: “In C++, pay special attention to the order in which you include your header files.”


Today I was, with a friend, part of a symbolic gesture towards uniting the three computer religions: for a system recovery, we placed a hard drive with Windows inside a Mac and accessed everything via a Linux USB stick. Amen to that!


It’s time for announcements again! Today, I will be briefly talking about three more or less new things on this blog that I deem worthy of mentioning. They are by no means any outstanding new functions of this blog but sometimes small changes are sufficient. So, let’s start at the top.

1. Taking up what I already mentioned in my last post, I will just repeat the fact that the virtual catalogue of my library is now accessible through this blog (under


As some of you know – but which you usually don’t notice on this blog –, I study Computational Linguistics, a discipline that can be characterized as “that which Google does” – a characterization as precise as it is vague. In this field, I study linguistic phenomena and the computational methods used to analyze them, and I sit, as its name suggests, a lot in front of a computer. And thus I had an idea.

As announced in one of the first blog posts (in German) – and as suggested by the blog subtitle –, this blog is about how I see the world and that which constitutes my world and its view thereof. Since I am a student for quite a while now (*cough*) and because I am more and more within the depths of computers, I found it to be appropriate to present this world to you as well.

Therefore, I would like to start with a small post on my shell setup (explanation follows), that at the same time introduces the new category “Technically Speaking”, which will focus on computer-related stuff. As you will see (today just a bit, though – in other posts or tutorials it will be clearer), this world is a text-based one, and even if it is not a literary one, it might be a world unknown to some of you.