Manolis Perakakis world

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bike site: SingleTracks March 31, 2008

Filed under: bike — perak @ 9:08 am

A nice  web site for news and keeping track of your rides:


Podilatreis Group in Facebook! March 30, 2008

Filed under: bike — perak @ 10:49 pm

Finally,  I created the Facebook Podilatreis Group! Everyone is welcomed to join!


Podilatreis bike ride to Vryses village, Chania

Filed under: bike,outdoors — perak @ 9:32 pm
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Today’s ride around Vryses village, Chania prefecture. The weather was sunny but not too hot thus favoring bicycling.

At times we got off road, following some nice paths:

Spring in it’s best!

After the ride we had lunch in a nearby tavern.

The whole photo album (86 photos) can be found here!


Opera 9.5 beta March 29, 2008

Filed under: technology,web — perak @ 8:53 pm
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In a previous post I said that Opera is one of the few non-open source programs I use and gave the best credit for their browser. Well, since I upgraded to the 9.5 beta 1 (build 1643) I am reconsidering. It is by far the worst version of the Opera browser I have ever used! I really can’t believe they released such a buggy version to the public!

Here are some issues :

  • it doesn’t respect the cache limits: gradually took over all the (limited) free space of my home partition and I lost my (>5000) bookmark  and contacts file!!! What worse could happen, really?
  • it doesn’t respect address limit size: trying to write to the address bar may take a few minutes!!!
  • Opening loaded pages takes too much time and a 100% CPU
  • The program periodically freezes, also freezing everything!!! I get this nice message all the time: “(operapluginwrapper:9762): Gtk-CRITICAL **: gtk_widget_destroy: assertion `GTK_IS_WIDGET (widget)’ failed
  • I upgraded to this latest version in order to be able to surf sites using the latest Flash, but most of the time this also doesn’t work, so I use Firefox instead.
  • Dragging a web address to bookmarks, doesn’t save the creation time
  • Many more bugs tired to list here…

Please, Opera people get serious!


Kevin Yost @ Senso

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Chania city, as a one of the best tourist attractions in Greece,  is also one of the top destinations for many well known DJs and music producers. Although most DJs appear during summer time, we are lucky enough to have many of them performing during the rest of the year too!

After the visit of Nikos Diamantopoulos to Chania, one of my favorite music producers and DJs a few weeks ago, Kevin Yost, another great DJ came to town! The event took place at Senso club and was of great success! Since photos from the club are not that good (due to poor lighting conditions) I uploaded some photos  from the Kevin Yost appearance at Ocean beach bar,  summer 2006:


You Never Bike Alone!

Filed under: bike,places — perak @ 7:10 pm

For many years I remember Vancouver to be listed in the top 5 of the “best cities to live” world-wide.  Although it has the fourth highest population density for a major city on the continent, it  seems to be a bike-friendly city according to WikiTravel. Nevertheless it has a very  vivid biker community according to the “You Never Bike Alone” documentary:

“It is about how cyclists are building critical mass in Vancouver, Canada, and changing the face of the city. The cycling phenomenon known as Critical Mass is a reclamation of public space that started in San Francisco in the early 1990s and spread by the internet throughout the world. On a set day, at the end of every month, cyclists and other self-propelled people ride en masse through city streets. ”

Our local (Chania city) critical mass community is  called Podilatreis  and it’s activities can be tracked in this blog (in Greek). From time to time we also organize various rides away from the city, inside the beautiful prefecture of Chania. For tomorrow we plan a ride to the  Vryses village. I have got two empty slots in my car’s bike stand for anyone interested. Vrououououououououom, ready to go!

car bike stand  (more…)


Ten reasons why we love Linux March 24, 2008

Filed under: Linux — perak @ 4:00 pm

I first used Linux in ’95 for the operating systems course. A couple of years later I permantely switched to Linux, getting rid of the Windows crap for two main reasons:

First, Windows was too damn unstable, to the point of being useless. I was too tired of the “blue screens of death” and maintenance was a hell.  Microsoft was even advertising “innovations” such as sym links and a file system with more than 16 character long names… (no comment here!)

Second, Linux was such a better development platform & a  pretty learning tool for wannabe geeks, you could not resist playing with!

I was trying to persuade people and friends to give Linux a try for a long time. This came up to be difficult even inside an academic institution, so I gradually gave-up.

Although much has changed since then (Windows finally became somewhat stable,  Linux got easier installation methods/better hardware support and wider adoption), the debate is not over yet!

Dan Martin in his post “Things I can do in Linux that I can’t do on Windows” gives 11 reasons why he likes Linux. Although i disagree with item 6 (thus 10 used in the post title), overall it is a nice article that can help some people to finally change their mind 🙂