Tag Archives: Tech

Burying Power Cables

After the recent visit by Irma, I idly wondered why the electric utilities don’t simply bury the power cables. After all, the cables in my development are buried so it’s certainly possible. As with most such questions, the answer is … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged | Leave a comment

The New Luddites Strike Again

What do you get when you mate an Apple hater with a luddite? This. If you’re one of those people who yearns for earlier, simpler times when there were no cell phones, feel free to throw yours away. Feel free … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged | 3 Comments

Jerry Pournelle, RIP

Jerry Pournelle, a well known Science Fiction writer and computer columnist died yesterday. For years, Pournelle wrote the popular Chaos Manor column for BYTE. The column considered computer software and hardware from the users’ perspective. I’ve long been a fan … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged | Leave a comment

Shannon's Six Steps to Problem Solving

I’ve written a couple of posts about Rob Goodman’s and Jimmy Soni’s book on Claude Shannon [1, 2]. If you haven’t read the articles that those posts link to, I urge you to do so. Shannon was a fascinating man … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged | Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Linux

Linux is 26 today. What started as a little hobby project that even Linus didn’t expect to amount to much has grown into one of the most important operating systems in use today and arguably of all time. Our world1 … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Apple's Open Office

Managers and bean counters tell themselves all sorts of pretty lies to justify open office plans. It will increase collaboration, they say. Employees will know what the rest of the team is doing and be better able to solve problems, … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged | 5 Comments

WeChat

Those of you who been following Irreal lately know of my fascination with the WeChat mobile app and its use in China where it serves as a wallet and messaging service. Chinese users pay for practically everything with it, use … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged | Leave a comment

Tips for Writing LaTeX documents

Speaking of —as we were yesterday—Diomidis Spinellis, who’s the Editor and Chief and IEEE Software and who has written hundreds and papers and books in has a nice set of tips for writing LaTeX documents. He has the usual advice … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged | 8 Comments

Claude Shannon Redux

Recently, I wrote about the IEEE Spectrum’s article on Claude Shannon by Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman. If you haven’t already read their article, I urge you to do so. Shannon was a fascinating man and a genius virtually unknown … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged | 1 Comment

Hosting Your Own Contacts and Calendar

Those of you who have been around for a while, know that I live in the Apple ecosystem. I like having all my devices synced up automatically and Apple does that pretty seamlessly and, I believe, reasonably securely. Still, I … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , | Leave a comment