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This is my home in the virtual world, where I write about things that I want to share. The freely available software that I've written as well as some of the photographs I've taken over the years can also be found here. Please use the navigation links on the right if you are looking for something.

Recent articles

  1. Drawing with PostScript

    PostScript (in the form of ghostscript) was for me the first way to generate vector graphics outside of a CAD program. I have several hundreds of figures written in PostScript for inclusion in e.g. LaTeX document.

    Later I’ve started using other programs like metapost and asymptote. But in a sense, I’ve always been dissatisfied with them.

    When the book Mathematical Illustrations was mentioned on hacker news, this re-kindled my interest in PostScript. And I learned some valuable lessons from it.

  2. TeXLive 2018 update

    Today I updated my TeXLive install to 2018. Although the install went fine, there was a problem with the binaries.

    Both asymptote and xetex were linked to different versions of some libraries than those that are supplied by ports. So I had to rebuild them.

  3. Using the FT232 with Python

    In this article I will try to document how to with with the FT232H using Python on FreeBSD. I will be using the Adafruit FT232H breakout board.

    Note that since I’m using FreeBSD, the library provided by FTDI doesn’t work. However, the library provided by Adafruit was written for Python 2, and doesn’t work with Python 3. I tried tinkering with it a bit to get it to work with Python 3, but that did not work out. In the end, I went with pyftdi since it doesn’t require a native library and it just works.


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