Showing posts from December, 2016

Time behind the wheel

Yesterday I got a notification on my phone that my car is due for service. I checked the odometer and few other bits of information available on the digital console of my car. These days the on-board computers in cars capture useful data about the vehicle. My car has done about 70,000 km in last about 42 months, and I have been the sole driver on this one. What struck me more than the kilometres run was the time I have spent behind the wheel. Following are few other bits of information captured by car's system: Distance run is 69227 km at an average speed of 38.8 km/hour. Fuel economy has been 20 km/litre. This means that during last 42 months: I have burnt 69227÷20 = 3461.35 litres of diesel and burnt about 3461.35×50 = 173067.5 Rs. (Assuming average fuel cost to be 50/litre.) on fuel cost alone. I have been sitting behind the wheel for 69227÷38.8 = 1784.20 hours of my life with my attention intensely riveted on the road looking at tar and the poetry written

TexMaker quirks on Linux

I'm noting here for myself a solution to an error which I have faced repeatedly when setting up a new machine for my work. These error messages occur when compiling the .tex files in a fresh installation of TexMaker. The error messages often go like: Error : could not start the command : latex --output-directory=build -interaction=nonstopmode ... or it could also be something like: Error : Log file not found! These errors arise despite a properly working texlive installation being available on my machine. What I have found is that for some strange reason TexMaker, when launched from a shortcut , is not able to see the latex binaries. Solution that has worked is: Launch the TexMaker from a terminal once and build a .tex file. It should work fine if latex binaries are in path. In all subsequent launches of TexMaker, regardless of whether from a shortcut or otherwise, it should be able to find the latex binaries.