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Sep. 2nd, 2010 06:00 pm

Fun fact: the checksum size computed for tar archives is 16 bytes long. This is not documented anywhere.


New toys

Aug. 17th, 2010 11:56 pm
My iPad arrived today, when I was home sick due to weird intestinal problems (the less spoken of, the better). Man, there is no surer way to make an iPhone look tiny than to compare it to Big Brother here.

I think it'll do what I bought it to do admirably, that being reading papers for work and the like. Not sold on it as a web browser quite yet, but perhaps. The landscape keyboard is so close to being almost useful at it hurts, but the portrait is … I dunno, less useful for actual input? I can make it work but it isn't exactly flawless.

Minor annoyance is that there is as far as I can tell no iPad native LiveJournal apps. I could run the iPhone versions (which operate fine) in reduced screen mode but that is profoundly unsatisfying in a way that is difficult to coherently express. I dunno. We'll see, for sure. OS 4 for the iPad can't get here soon enough.


May. 10th, 2009 11:15 pm
Almost everyone likely to be reading this is going to be totally uninterested. However due to some rash statements I made in my youth that can be found on Usenet if you are sufficiently determined, and the impending threat of the C++0x standard, I thought I might reaffirm my position on the language.

Briefly, it is the most terrible programming language anyone has seriously advocated programming in for the last 20 years.

details, if you're curious )


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Apr. 3rd, 2008 06:32 pm

My laptop’s hard drive is dying. Fortunately thanks to the new Mac OS X I actually have backups, so I’ve ordered a new HD. It seems one can get quiet or low power but not both (although occasionally neither).

It’s a good thing I ordered cherry (my iMac) when I did, I’m finding out…

Many moons ago, I bought a PC for the express purpose of playing City of Heroes. I enjoyed the game a great deal and played incessantly, but in time I found that my mindless MMORPGing was being impaired by my bargain basement video card. Thus, I desired to upgrade, and in particular I thought that I would buy a decent nVidia card.

Enter the nVidia 6600. )

When the devil and his majordomo had a child, that child was so ugly it broke the universe. And this video card was the afterbirth. Those look like copper traces but really they are solidified hate, powered by the fires of hell itself routing elemental particles of frustration from some infinite fount into the rest of my darling computer, poisoning it from the inside. Not even liquid nitrogen could quench its burning loathing for mankind. When I rip it out of my computer, still trailing the gossamer threads with which it has infested my case, I am going to put it in its packaging and then put that into a lead box and seal it with unicorn blood and the tears of a saint and then put that into a car that I will put into a shipping container that I will put on a ship that I will sail into the Pacific, over the Mariana Trench, and then I will blow the ship up and watch in a submersible to be sure that this vile thing returns back to the center of the earth whence it came to ensure that it will afflict no other human beings.

And I defy anyone to argue that this is somehow unreasonable.

(no subject)

Jun. 20th, 2006 04:27 pm
Original parts remaining after graphics card "upgrade":
  • Case
  • CPU
  • Motherboard
  • Hard drive
  • DVD drive
  • One stick of memory
Parts replaced/upgraded/bought:
  • New CPU fan
  • Two case fans
  • New power supply
  • NVidia 6600
  • One stick of memory
On the other hand at least my CPU runs at 45 C instead of 72 C now.


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