Category Archives: Computers

Galaxy S5

I got a Samsung Galaxy S5 (The T-Mobile flavor, SM-900T) a week ago. I’m pretty pleased with it overall, but many of the impressions worth sharing are not positive, particularly of the small-but-stupid variety. Much of the animus (and credit) … Continue reading

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New Chorder

I’ve been playing with chorded input devices for years, and got the itch again recently.

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Rescuing Ancient FreeBSD Discs with Linux

The ancient FreeBSD/i386 box that was running cgi.aggregate.org finally keeled over. I just blew my afternoon/evening scraping the data off of it because while the most critical stuff was backed up, not everything was. Some keyword and error string filled … Continue reading

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3D Printing KC Talk

I gave a quick primer on 3D printing as a Keeping Current (CS departmental) seminar yesterday. It’s not a great standalone deck but posted (in reduced quality, gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -dPDFSETTINGS=/ebook -dNOPAUSE -dQUIET -dBATCH -sOutputFile=/path/to/output.pdf /path/to/input.pdf is good magic). It … Continue reading

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Our regular reminder of Wirth’s Law

Another response that outgrew G+ and its failings for long form and references (Which is all I’ve thought to post here recently: I need to see to that and get a couple other things written and posted). Also, a great … Continue reading

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Command Line Bullshittery?

I started responding to Philip Guo’s Helping my students overcome command-line bullshittery that passed through my news feeds today, and my thought quickly outgrew the appropriate size for social media, so it’s going up here. I understand and often share … Continue reading

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T510 Touchpad Resurfacing

I found a forum.thinkpads thread while looking into another touchpad issue recently, and learned two important facts: The bumpy touchpad texture I never loved that had worn off my T510 is just a sticker. Those stickers are replaceable.

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It’s Complicated

I finally finished danah boyd’s recent book It’s Complicated, and It’s one of the best pieces of non-fiction I’ve read in years. I always feel there is a dramatic shortage of people equipped with both the appropriate formal methods in … Continue reading

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Inspiron 11-3000 Hinge Screw Defect

The Inspiron 11-3000 I’ve been carrying around developed a rattle the other day, and today I decided to open it up.

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New Data Integrity Tools

I’ve recently added a couple tools to my standard set, and have at least a 4x improvement in the safety of my data by doing so. The process was complicated a bit because I’ve become very sensitive about only depending … Continue reading

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