Category: Information Technology

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The Bottom for Technical Recruiting Just Keeps Getting Lower

Ordinarily I wouldn’t drag something this specific onto my geek blog, but every time I try to reply to the pimps email it bounces. I had never heard of gandi.net. Given how well their email works I suspect they won’t be around for very long. Why do I need to have an unsubscribe link when I reply to email that came through their system? How does an automatic filter identify “poorly organized content” anyway? At any rate, I doubt this pimp will be around that long. Here’s a few rather obvious reasons. Nice tag line, but you have to actually earn such a tag line. I tried, they don’t have an https:// address. Even I bothered to do that and…

Neither Flakon nor Epiphany browsers will play videos

This is really annoying. As more and more people and companies attempt to monetize OpenSource we are going to see more and more of this shit. It all has to do with licensing and it is a pain in the ass. You installed either Falkon or Epiphany (also called Gnome Web) because they are somewhat light and have “private” browsing options that will help you keep your identity. While nothing is actually “safe” on the Web, at least in these modes they purge all of the local storage when you close and they do ask sites to not track you. For the non-geek, purging of local storage is really important and not just because you might be looking at naughty…

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The Closed Question

I get a lot of shit for saying that Stack Overflow is the land of 12 year old boys, but it is the gospel truth. I don’t care how old they really are, they haven’t made it past the age of 12 mentally. Here is another shining example of why I make the statement. I stumbled across this while searching for all of the latest C++/C keywords so I could update a set of regular expressions in the Diamond text editor. Like all meaningful questions on SO, this question was closed and will probably remain closed even after my edits. It should not shock you that the tiny handful of questions I’ve asked on SO have all been closed as…

CopperSpice Experiments – Pt. 14

Why EDT? The short answer is “Because I wanted it.” The slightly longer answer is “I needed something of value to do while kicking the tires on CopperSpice. Adding themes and EDT keypad support to Diamond not only fit the bill but would benefit the world at large for as long as it could still compile.” The much longer answer is the rest of this post. I started out on the PDP 11/70 running RSTS/E. It was called a PDP because central buying policy by the US Government meant it was much more difficult to sell a “computer” than a “Programmable Data Processor”. Regrettably I can’t find an image on-line of the “RSTS/E is sexy” bumper sticker but I did…

CopperSpice Experiments – Pt. 13

Why Themes? From time to time people ask that question. Why did I want to add themes to the Diamond text editor? There are many reasons. Some of the reasons I identified in an answer I gave on Quora. Since most of you don’t read Quora I will regurgitate a bit of it here. For eons I simply used whatever color scheme was default. I came up via terminals and you could have any color you wanted as long as it was the color of the phosphor in the DEC terminal. Even then we were moving to different colors. The early white on black wasn’t really white and wasn’t really black. Then ghosting green became popular. At some point amber…