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Andy Weir’s The Martian

I’ll just say that Andy Weir’s book The Martian is the most fun read I’ve had in the last year or so. I’m not to the end yet, but I’ve been simultaneously on tenterhooks while laughing. I’ve wanted to play … Continue reading

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Klackity Klack

I make my living by typing stuff on a keyboard, all day long, so it makes sense that I use the best equipment I can find for the job. Keyboard manufacturers have other ideas, and for the most part just seem … Continue reading

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And lo!

And on the eighth day, God said, “I need a really good symbolic debugger.” [apropos of nothing]

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Defection

[tl;dr; I got a new phone. Most boring blog post ever.] After using a Windows phone for three years, and generally happy years at that (except for the last 6-7 months), I finally ditched it and went to an iPhone … Continue reading

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Minecraft / Brainfuck Computer

This description of a Minecraft-based computer implementing Brainfuck had me laughing: The program code is stored using villagers with different names for each command. While the program is running they are moved between three compartments … [These] are the 8 registers … Continue reading

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Windows audio shenanigans

I just spent about an hour two hours twisting knobs trying to get my Windows 7 desktop machine to listen to a microphone jack. I have a relatively nice USB-based audio thingamy (yes, it’s by Creative Labs, but the USB … Continue reading

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Dear Newspapers

Dear Newspapers with your “ten articles a month and then we’ll shut you off unless you pay us” model: I have no idea why you think that’s going to work, or why you think I’d give money to you over … Continue reading

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Assassin’s Creed Black Flag

I’m pleasantly surprised. After the train-wreck that was Assassin’s Creed III (and I heard that AC Brotherhood was about as much fun as a sucking chest wound), about two hours into the fourth one (pirates!) I’m happy to say that … Continue reading

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Forthcoming books

2014, the SF books I’m looking forward to are: Steven Gould, Exo (in September) Joe Haldeman, Work Done for Hire (in January) John Varley, Dark Lightning (in August) Charles Stross, The Rhesus Chart (July) That is all.  

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Dear SOAP

Dear SOAP, Please drop dead. Sincerely, /s/ an engineer frustrated with over-designed, under-implemented and uselessly complex, bloated and generally fucked-up “standards”   SOAP replies Dear Dadhacker, I’m here to stay. Suck it. -Sudsy   Dadhacker’s response Dear SOAP, My name … Continue reading

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