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The Falsehoods Series

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 19:25:38 +0000

Falsehoods programmers believe about time More falsehoods programmers believe about time Falsehoods programmers believe about time and time zones Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Phone Numbers Falsehoods programmers believe about addresses Falsehoods programmers believe about geography Falsehoods programmers believe about maps Falsehoods Programmers believe about Gender Falsehoods programmers believe about networks […]


Thu, 24 Jun 2010 18:25:48 +0000

WordPress 3.0 upgrade complete. Apparently my hand-crafted theme still works, although I’m going to experiment a little with some of the new themes and maybe drop it…

summer heat

Thu, 03 Jun 2010 06:22:52 +0000

We’ve been having summer temperatures in May, and my drive temperatures were edging up, so I shutdown the server, blowed all of the dust out, and powered it up again: The discontinuity in the graph shows a nice 4-5 degree temperature drop, just by removing dust from the fans, case openings, and the surfaces of […]


Mon, 29 Mar 2010 01:23:55 +0000

I have about 10 pages of links waiting to be dealt with (including blogging here). I spent most of January dealing with priority interrupts instead of anything on my TODO list. March is our fiscal year-end, so we’re scrambling to get stuff done before Wednesday. That’s why it’s so quiet around here lately :)


Wed, 06 Jan 2010 22:50:08 +0000

I’d already concluded that desktop Linux sucks, but I’m now giving up on my PVR too, because Linux hardware support sucks too. I guess the old guard device driver hackers have moved on… I spent too much of a day (Sunday) trying to get a supported 802.11n adapter working; after much research on the various […]

copyright and piracy

Sat, 02 Jan 2010 16:07:24 +0000

Why the networks have lost the copyright battle, in a nutshell. Tim Bray wants to watch episodic TV without commercials, and on his own schedule. He’s willing to pay, but being in Canada, nobody is willing (or able) to sell to him. The best way to obtain TV shows this way is, unfortunately, BitTorrent. […]


Sat, 07 Nov 2009 01:36:13 +0000

(No, not retinal scans :) After upgrading the home server today, I was looking through the logs, and noticed several simultaneous username/password guessing scripts probing the machine, connecting via SSH. Fortunately the machine that actually serves incoming SSH connections is a virtual machine, locked down with few packages installed and (relatively) good passwords. I still […]

employment update

Sun, 25 Oct 2009 18:27:16 +0000

Back in June I mentioned that I had a 4-month contract at UHN. Four months was up just over a week ago. My bosses decided to offer me a permanent position instead of extending my contract! So, I have a full-time job again! Woohoo!

traffic shaping

Thu, 22 Oct 2009 14:30:14 +0000

The CRTC recently announced regulations around traffic shaping. The way I (and many others) read the announcement, this is a significant restriction imposed on the carriers by the CRTC; they must give customers 30-60 days notice, they must actually prove that traffic shaping is the only option available, and they cannot slow traffic so much […]

less than one percent

Thu, 22 Oct 2009 00:38:12 +0000

I saw a story recently about a musician who took out an ad in a magazine to sell CDs, and ended up only receiving four orders. I don’t want to quote the whole thing, so the original is worth reading (and if only one percent of those people…). In particular, the punch-line struck me as […]