Monthly Archives: January 2005

ACM Queue on error reporting

Link. I once spent a week “twisting knobs” trying to get an COM server to do anything other than put up a dialog box saying “Error -1″. Probably one of the most frustrating development experiences in my life (right up … Continue reading

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Lock geeking

You’re probably not interested in this at all; pseudo-code for various locking algorithms.

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G0DFA7H3R

“He decided that he was a Godfather to the kid, only not for God, but for electronics…” (in conversation)

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Key Resolve

“Your cat did what?” “Yup, ripped them off. X and B. She was purring the whole time, too.” “Ummm… okay. Don’t tell that to anyone else. We’ll have a replacement keyboard out to you by tomorrow.” “I’d be happy just … Continue reading

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Under attack again

Spyware maker MarketScore is attempting to install links to their software in blog comments here. That, or one of their proxy servers has been compromised (which would be pretty bloody ironic). I’m going to ship them (and their ISP) a … Continue reading

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nuts in spaaace!

iapetus. space walnut.

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Catlap 2

“Once again, I see your lap is occupied.” “Quiet, I’m reading email.” “I shall occupy your lap anyway.” “Hey!” “To show the gravity of this situation, I shall rip off your X and B keys with my claws. Do not … Continue reading

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catlap

cats are like viruses, only more polite “i want to be in your lap” (meow) “but i have my laptop there” the four-pawed invasion takes about twenty seconds. like a camel, first the nose. paws and claws follow, then i … Continue reading

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Smalltalk again

I like Smalltalk. I’ll never ship a product in it, but it’s a fun language to play with. You can do seriously nifty things in no time at all once you “get it.” The problem is, of course, that on … Continue reading

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Buck Rogers

I have three memories of Buck Rogers: First, the book: Armageddon 2419 A.D., by Philip Nowlan. Surprisingly decent. Next, a coffee-table book: The collected works of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: I “wasted” hours and hours pouring over this, … Continue reading

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