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ESR Evaluates Go

Last month I wrote about Eric Raymond’s (ESR) work on NTPsec and his comparison of Go and Rust with a view of replacing C with one of them as an implementation language. As part of his work on that comparison, … Continue reading

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Digital Workflow: Pocket Carry Edition

The other day, I wrote about my digital workflow and scanning and then I saw an article about putting ATM cards on our smartphones. This isn’t just pie in the sky. JPMorgan Chase already has a pilot program in four … Continue reading

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Scaling Git at Microsoft

Brian Harry has a fascinating post that discusses Microsoft’s use of Git. At first blush that may seem profoundly uninteresting but consider: for various reasons Microsoft maintains very few repositories so, for example, all of Windows core is in a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Ken

Today is Ken Thompson’s birthday. There are few people in our industry that have had a bigger effect. Unix, regular expressions, chess, UTF-8, Go: the list goes on and on. He’s a giant and at 74 still going strong.

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Dumb Phones and the New Luddites

Vlad Savov1 over at The Verge has another of those annoying articles in which he complains that smart phones are too distracting and considers dropping back to a “dumb phone.” I’ve seen a lot of articles like this lately and, … Continue reading

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An Overview of ASCII

Last Wednesday Eric Raymond (ESR) wrote a blog post noticing that younger engineers no longer understood the ASCII code set at the bit level and didn’t understand what many of the non-printable characters were for. He speculated that this was … Continue reading

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Open Offices are Bad for You

Who knew? It turns out, though, that besides the noise and risk of contagion, open offices are also bad for your memory. Research shows that we retain more information when we sit in one spot. That’s because ideas and details … Continue reading

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Working Remotely

Yan Lhert has drawn a line in the sand: He will no longer accept jobs that don’t allow him to work remotely. Working remotely is popular these days and many people extol its virtues. Those virtues often include something that … Continue reading

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Linus on XML

It’s Friday and I don’t have anything very interesting so here’s a troll instead. "XML is crap. Really. There are no excuses. There's just no reason for that horrible crap to exist" - Linus Torvalds — About Programming (@abt_programming) November … Continue reading

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Cables

We have it pretty good these days. Not very long ago cables were everywhere and they were always breaking and otherwise causing problems. These days we are relatively cable-free. We still have power cables, of course, and cables for a … Continue reading

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