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Brent's Cycle Detection Algorithm

Anyone who’s prepped for a technical interview or who has an interest in algorithms is probably familiar with Floyd’s Tortoise and Hare algorithm for cycle detection in a linked list. The idea is that you traverse the list with two … Continue reading

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Adtech: Everything That's Wrong with the Internet?

Kontra takes note of this New York Times article: Privacy vs. adtech, a NYTimes edition 2015: Real men don’t need no privacyhttps://t.co/xCFL5CZXtw 2018: Blossoming enlightenment https://t.co/eEJ8eBJ44Z — Kontra (@counternotions) February 1, 2018 The article is by Farhad Manjoo, who in … Continue reading

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The UPSide Project

Last week I wrote about Eric Raymond’s UPS rant. If you missed that, the TL;DR is that UPSes are horrible, don’t do what they’re supposed to do or meet their specs, and mostly excel only in inducing rage in their … Continue reading

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Paper Jams

Paper jams. We all know about them, we’ve all experienced them, and we’ve all cursed at them. What most of us probably haven’t done is think very much about them. If you’re like me you just consider them something that … Continue reading

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The UPS Follies

Eric Raymond has a splendid rant about the lossage that goes by the name of UPS systems. They are, he says—at all price ranges—garbage. They don’t, as a rule, meet their specs, have reasonable display of errors, or allow for … Continue reading

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The Suit That Would Not Die

It’s very possible that some of Irreal’s younger readers won’t even know what this is about. Older readers will just shake their heads like I did and think, “I thought that was over years ago.” But it isn’t. Sadly, The … Continue reading

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Twenty Bash Tricks

Most, if not all, developers make heavy use of a shell even if, like me, they run those shells from within Emacs or some other editor. There are lots of shells, of course, but the default these days is almost … Continue reading

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The New Luddites on iPhone Addiction

Farhad Manjoo writing for the New York Times has a particularly silly article on “Tech addiction” and how it’s up to Apple to fix it. The Apple part is the usual Tech Press anti-Apple nonsense. Given that Apple has a … Continue reading

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Pencils

The New York Times Magazine has an interesting article of one of the last extant pencil factories in the United States. The article includes a photo essay on on how pencils are made. Although the manufacturing involves many machines, it’s … Continue reading

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Experiencing the Old Days

Many of you know I like reading about early Unix history and how the original developers worked to implement the utilities that we take for granted today. A nice resource for this is The Unix Heritage Society and their mailing … Continue reading

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