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{ Monthly Archives } October 2005

Windows Vs Unix linking dynamic load modules

An very nice and short description of the differences between dynamic module linking between Windows and Unix. It helped clear up one misconception I had about Windows linking. .lib files are NOT static libraries that you link into your program as I originally thought. Chris explains it nice and succinctly: In Windows, there are two […]

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

Saw the trailer and it looks amusing. Wonder if it will make it to Japan, though. Memorable Quote Lady: You’re not a Jew are you? Al Brooks: Not… this minute Watch the trailer

FreeBSD USB Hard Disk HOW-not TO

I picked up a shiny new 160 gig drive to replace the current drive in the server. The old approach to backup was something like this: General Steps for backing up data partition (Note: not exact steps) Power Down Server Insert new disk drive on a free IDE bus Setup new hard disk to be […]

A visual guide to RAID

Wow this is an awesome explanation of RAID without using more than 12 words!

Slinking by 8th grade math in the U.S.

James Robert links to a mock 8th grade math test for U.S. students. Out of curiosity I took a look at it and did okay. Although, in my opinion too many number formulas and not enough problems to help translate from a word problem into a math equation. Those tend to be harder but I […]

Interesting Quote of the Day

I might be more thrilled at this prospect if I thought it would make us better, happier, nicer human beings. But that’s not immediately obvious to me. – Charles Petzold, “Does Visual Studio Rot the Mind?” Unfortunately, that is the way I feel about technology these days even though I enjoy geeking out. Read the […]

Things to remember about Matlab

Pi != pi > eval(cos(pi/2)); pi cos(—-) 2 > eval(cos(Pi/2)); 0

How to Write Badly

Mainly aimed at academic journals but some of the principles are relevant to becoming a better writer. Writing is important … Even if ideas are great, when nobody can understand them, they are worthless. Read it yourself (PDF)

Squeak Weekly

Squeak is a great programming tool that lots of coders will never get a chance to truly exercise (yet?). One thing about getting into any software project is also learning about the community that keeps it alive. Usually this means finding websites with information on it or keeping up with mailing lists. However, the Squeak […]

Fixing ‘invalid charset name’ message in Debian

It seems that Debian always finds some way to have small niggling issues that end up being a major problem if you follow unstable. Unstable is very good for getting the latest packages prebuilt however as it is said. It’s unstable. My latest issue was anytime I used the command man I got the following: […]

Chinese becoming a more mainstream secondary language in U.S. K-12 Education?

There’s an article in the New York Times on Chinese becoming more popular in K-12 schools. It’s interesting that China has given some funding for Chinese teaching materials, scholarships for Chinese teachers, and on the curriculums. The article cites a lack fo qualified teachers to teach and many schools have waiting lists to add Chinese […]

The Everglades aren’t what they used to be

It is unknown how many pythons are competing with alligators in the Everglades, but at least 150 have been captured in the past two years Releasing an animal that came from Southeast Asia into the Southern U.S. is NOT what I consider releasing it back into the wild. I consider that tampering with the ecosystem. […]

Converting OGG to Mp3 en masse (Win32)

As much as I find the Ogg Vorbis codec very cool for its lack of any encumbering by patents, copyrights, or other IP minefields the practicality of using it as a standard format across multiple systems has been impractical for me (need to load Ogg Vorbis plugin into all instances of iTunes I use, my […]