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Jon Stewart: Voice of Reason

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 19:26:18 +0000

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot at a public event in Arizona on Saturday, 8 January 2011. Several others were shot as well, and some died. The person who did the shooting was subdued by bystanders. After his arrest, he was described by police as “disturbed”. He has not commented on the reason for the shooting, […]

Blogstrapping, Finally

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 19:08:18 +0000

Just over three years ago, I wrote an entry here at SOB entitled Blogstrapping, in which I mentioned I was “planning to spin off a development weblog from SOB.” I then said: At first, the main focus is likely to be on writing weblog software, since the idea of this spin-off is that I will […]

using recursion to solve a real problem

Sun, 19 Sep 2010 21:55:32 +0000

Back in the days when discussing the FizzBuzz problem of interviewing programmer job candidates, Dan Kegel had this to say: Speaking on behalf of software engineers who have to interview prospective new hires, I can safely say that we’re tired of talking to candidates who can’t program their way out of a paper bag. If […]

How bad a programmer am I?

Wed, 15 Sep 2010 23:43:04 +0000

I’ve come to realize something today: I think of myself as a worse programmer than I actually am. I don’t get as much code written as I would like. I run into a wall a lot of the time when trying to get something done, and it feels a little like I’m running up against […]

Video Link Cable = Model Anatomy

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 17:24:59 +0000

I’m just slightly confused by a recent recommendation I got from Amazon. You know how Amazon will say “You viewed . . .” and show some product you recently viewed at Amazon, then say “Customers who viewed this also viewed . . .” and show other products, hoping to entice you to buy one? Well, […]

15 Stupid Google Interview Questions

Tue, 11 May 2010 19:17:39 +0000

Okay, so the title isn’t exactly accurate. They aren’t all stupid. Some of them are actually kind of clever. Others are obviously just designed to see how the interviewee works. Some, however, are definitely stupid. I ran across an old article at Business Insider: 15 Google Interview Questions That Will Make You Feel Stupid. In […]

A “New” Motorcycle

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 23:45:22 +0000

A few weeks ago (three? four?), I put an end to a seven-year famine in my life. It has been seven years since I moved across the country and, as part of the move, sold my motorcycle to a friend (since I had no reasonable way to either transport or store it, and it wasn’t […]

another writing gig

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 05:45:23 +0000

In addition to being the primary name on TechRepublic’s IT Security column, I have another (semi-)regular writing gig now. I’m not on an actual schedule at Troll in the Corner, but the idea is for me to write as close to once a week there as I can reasonably manage amidst the rest of the […]

editors who are wrong

Sun, 28 Feb 2010 03:45:51 +0000

I’d just like to say really quickly that I do in fact know when and how to use a semicolon. It is quite likely that, any time you may see a grammatical error of some sort (or misuse of the UNIX trademark or other such issues that are not strictly technical) in one of my […]

Documentation Documentation

Thu, 04 Feb 2010 08:21:24 +0000

No, the title of this is not two thirds of a joke about Steve Ballmer’s “Developers Developers Developers” dance. I’m talking about documentation for documentation. The Set-Up There are at least two types of open source development projects in the world. There’s the fakey-type open source development project, where someone writes code in a closed […]

How I Use XTerm

Wed, 03 Feb 2010 00:14:22 +0000

I thought I had already posted something about this to SOB, but I just realized that I had only talked about it on a mailing list. Basically . . . one of the things I dislike about XTerm is the way it handles multi-click text highlighting by default. Another is the fact that it doesn’t […]

I don’t know what came over me.

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 02:59:33 +0000

I’ve been running a PRPG campaign via IM chats once a week, using Paizo’s Legacy of Fire Adventure Path. We haven’t gotten far yet — too much actual roleplaying has gotten in the way of actual progress through the AP (much to the delight of n8, a player who was amongst the recurring members of […]

Wanna help Haiti?

Fri, 22 Jan 2010 00:25:23 +0000

The SigO and I decided to take advantage of a deal offered by DriveThruRPG to both donate money to aid Haiti in its time of need and get something for ourselves at the same time. DriveThruRPG has this deal linked right there on the first page of its site, but I’ll provide a direct link […]