Category Archives for Technology

Dodged the XML bullet

Years ago, when XML was the new hotness, I kept meaning to learn it. (I mean, I learned it, except the headers and CDATA, but I never figured out how to use XPath or XQuery or XSLT or do anything useful … Continue reading

13. June 2017 by luke
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Gosling on Electrical Engineers

James Gosling may use emacs, but apart from that, he’s clearly not stupid: computers were showing up in all kinds of embedded devices, like TVs, VCRs, elevators, locomotives and cellphones and all that. But it was all being done by … Continue reading

13. June 2017 by luke
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Good grief, Apple. A gigabyte? How many lines of code did you change?

20. January 2016 by luke
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Tech Links

OOPS. I periodically publish a tab sweep. Sometimes (like now) I draft and forget to publish it. This post should have been published in mid-June. MuPDF is a better PDF reader because it opens large PDFs faster than evince. Geeqie … Continue reading

10. July 2015 by luke
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Tech Tab Sweep

Krita appears to be Gimp spelled sideways, but cross-platform, or more accurately, Gimp:Photoshop::Krita:Painter. OpenSSH best practices. Mac OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” takes SSH security so seriously that after you upgrade, you can’t log in remotely. Even if you tell it … Continue reading

22. June 2015 by luke
Categories: Programming, Ruby, Technology, Windows | Tags: | Leave a comment

Tech Links – May 29

Three open-source Python shells. Don’t catch Exceptions. I must have known why I always do rescue => boom to catch exceptions. The reason is that Ruby makes that shorthand for rescue StandardError => boom. Nifty. libgrader: find quality gems for … Continue reading

29. May 2015 by luke
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Miscellany

10 Things Google Knows to Be True. Educators have a name for question stems. I never knew what they were called. The IRS caves in a bogus forfeiture case. That whole concept is (literally) medieval and needs to be found … Continue reading

18. May 2015 by luke
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Tech Links

LinuxUser (UK): Create a NAS box from spare parts. Ars: Intel’s Broadwell mini-PC. I love the form factor. But then, I’ve owned three Mac Minis. I keep thinking I should learn the R language. Of course, I used to think … Continue reading

21. February 2015 by luke
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Millennials are switching off their TVs.

The New York Post: “Traditional TV usage tumbled 10.6 percent between September and January.”

20. February 2015 by luke
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Zubrin: Mars the Hard Way

Bob Zubrin’s not enamored with NASA’s Mars proposal: The kindest thing that can be said about this quintuple rendezvous plan is that it is probably the unplanned product of the pathology of bureaucracy, rather than the willful madness of any … Continue reading

05. December 2012 by luke
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