Monthly Archives: July 2004

Voteware

“Buy you another?” “Uh, I was jus’ drinking along. Alone. Um, sure.” “Do I recognize you from work?” “You work for Diebond?” “Yeah. I’m a developer in the voting machine group.” “Wow, me, too. What division?” “Republican.” “I’m with the … Continue reading

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Flashless low-light photos

This is a good article explaining the ISO setting on many digital cameras, which explains why my indoor shots usually look pretty bad. (I *still* don’t know what ISO stands for, unless it’s a generic reference to the international standards … Continue reading

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Good reads

Okay, some good books, then. I’ve written him up before, but: Anything by Charles Stross. Don’t miss his short story collection Toast, his novels Singularity Sky, Iron Sunrise, and the two stories in The Atrocity Archives. China Mieville. I didn’t … Continue reading

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Dead bits

Documents should be more than dead bits. Writing documents is still a lot like shovelling snow, even with tools to help build indices and so forth. Skribe is an interesting attempt to combine programming (in Scheme) with document formatting. It’s … Continue reading

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"Snake Plissken? I thought you were dead!"

In a move surprising to me, Cray posted a loss in revenue. Ignorant me, I thought they were long gone… If I recall correctly, Cray split from Cray Computer in the 80s (Chen’s move to IBM might have had something … Continue reading

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Silver bullets are for werewolves

CNN has an article on an expert system (I’m tempted to put that in quotes) that supposedly helps you debug stuff. Have pity on the poor bastards that today will have their management chastise them for their lack of debugging … Continue reading

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Sour Fiction

About twenty years ago, my dad visited me for a week or two, and he had the time to go through some of the books on my shelves. Now, I’m proud of some of those books, and rather ashamed of … Continue reading

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Another Layoff [redux]

[note: this is fiction. i have not been laid off… work is going great] So, another layoff has passed you by, and you’re packing up in the middle of a sea of empty cubicals. This is where you and your … Continue reading

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Headbacks

Apropos nothing, book covers featuring the backs of heads

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Smalltalk again

A nice little bit on how Squeak is ported. (via making it stick).

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