This is a great place on Castro Street in Mountain View for tapas and other, assorted Latin and Spanish-style cuisine.


Last night we finally tried the Cascale Paella – wow, it was good!

Just read Julie Morgenstern’s new book

I just finished reading this book a few days ago:

Making Work Work : New Strategies for Surviving and Thriving at the Office

There is some very nice info in here on how to make sure that your goals are aligned with your boss’s, how to concentrate on the things that really matter, and how to stave off interrruptions (“nibblers” as the author calls them). In particular, I found her advice about avoiding email in the morning to be extrememely useful. Reading email definitely has a tendency to distract and especially in the morning it seems to get the day off to an unfocused, non-productive start.

Daily Deals at

Listing your Firefox extensions and their UUIDs

Here’s how to list your Firefox extensions and their UUIDs :

14:11 Marc@Toshiba-Laptop:/cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/Marc
/Application Data/Mozilla/Firefox/Profiles
/8louy9l2.default/extensions$ grep em:name */install.rdf | 
perl -ne 'if (/({[0-9a-fA-F\-}]+})\/install.rdf:\s*
<em:name>(.*)<\/em:name>/) { printf("%-40s: %s\n", "$2", "$1"); }'

Phew! 🙂

The cygpath to enlightenment

If you have a Windows path name and want to go to that path in a Cygwin bash shell, here’s how to do it:

$ cd "`cygpath 'C:\Documents and Settings\Marc'`"

Since this may be hard to remember, here’s a handy bash function:

cdw () 
    cd "`cygpath "$1"`"

Note that you still have to enclose the argument in single quotes so that the shell doesn’t mangle it: e.g.:

$ cdw 'C:\Documents and Settings\Marc'