Question From a Reader

The following question came in from a reader who happened to catch one of my posts on a programming email list. ==== As usual, I quite enjoy your detailed analysis coupled with historical contexts, since I learned my trade through those days (Sun SPARC workstations, VAX minicomputers running VMS, etc.).  They are always entertaining, usually …

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The getkey Trap

This topic came up on my Jed mailing list the other day and, once again, I got in touch with my inner Bill. Your inner Bill? Yes, that cranky old man who isn’t putting up with the world around him and wants it to be his way. The older you get the easier it is …

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How OpenSource Bugs are -fixed-

      These 3 “solutions” are what typically “fix” all OpenSource bugs. Close without testing because “code has changed too much.” Declare it an “upstream” bug so you get credit for the close without actually doing anything. Let it rot until the version it was logged against is “no longer supported” and tell the …

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The Visio Alternative

I was poking around today and stumbled across a true treasure, Dia. This tool really solves a problem. Some corporate type users are still clinging to those archaic Microsoft Office products and using the excuse “OpenOffice doesn’t come with Visio” to do it. While it is true that OO doesn’t come with a drawing program …

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