Topic: Computers Java, feh
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11:27am, Monday 6 September 2004

So if your Mozilla crashes whenever you open a page with an embedded Java applet, try upgrading the libgcc1 package which contains one of the support libraries. Nicely documented - not!

Java - write once, debug everywhere...

Topic: Computers Maybe. Maybe not.
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2:45pm, Friday 25 June 2004

Someone at work was bemoaning the lack of /bin/maybe. So I wrote it. GPL (though I don't believe this is the first implementation ever!)

#include <stdlib.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <unistd.h>

int main() {
        srand(getpid());
        if(rand()<(RAND_MAX/2))
                return 0;
        else
                return 1;
}
Topic: Computers Mandelbrot
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11:58am, Monday 22 March 2004

[Mandelbrot] I found a web page describing how someone did ray-tracing on his 1980's pocket calculator. I have a calculator just like that, so I taught it to calculate a Mandelbrot set.
[more...]

Topic: Computers The morality of open source software
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10:15am, Wednesday 17 March 2004

Internet Week asks whether free software is morally correct. Best line: "SCO has argued that open-source supporters are hell-bent on putting for-profit companies out of business."

Topic: Computers When code re-use is bad
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5:25pm, Thursday 12 February 2004

I recently got hold of a copy of "Maze" by Christopher Manson and I wanted to solve the maze. [more...]

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