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Computer Languages as Weapons

For those of you who like such things, here’s a list of popular languages and the weapons they correspond to. My go to languages are Lisp and C so I guess I’m crazy and dangerous but toting an old—if reliable—weapon. … Continue reading

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Google Apps

Regular Irreal readers know that I avoid Google and its applications as much as I can. I use DuckDuckGo for web searches, use Org mode for writing and publishing—and when I must, NeoOffice to interact with documents from the unenlightened—and … Continue reading

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Keeping A Lab Notebook Webinar

I came across a nice Webinar on keeping a laboratory notebook. It’s from the National Institute of Health and is therefore aimed at medical researchers and the type of labs they work in. Still, there are, I think, valuable lessons … Continue reading

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More on ed

Last month I wrote in amazement that there was someone who (still) liked using the ed editor. If you’re coming in late, ed is a line editor that was used extensively by the early Unix developers. That made a lot … Continue reading

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The Case for RSS

Recently, I stumbled across a couple of posts about the virtues and superiority of RSS. I was a little surprised because it seems like a no-brainer to me. What’s the competition? Facebook and G+? Those are systems for harvesting your … Continue reading

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Bloat? What Bloat?

Via Karl Voit: 1969:-what're you doing with that 2KB of RAM?-sending people to the moon 2017:-what're you doing with that 1.5GB of RAM?-running Slack — I Am Devloper (@iamdevloper) November 3, 2017

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Technical Problems with Today's Post

Today’s post featured a Kontra tweet but when I published it, the tweet didn’t display. The HTML markup for the tweet showed instead. I spent a little time troubleshooting but couldn’t get it to work. Thus, you’ll have to enjoy … Continue reading

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The Unix Philosophy

For many people, the Unix Philosophy is captured by the aphorism, “Programs should do one thing well.” That’s an important part of the Unix philosophy but the actual philosophy is much richer and more subtle. Actually, there’s no formal philosophy … Continue reading

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Lists in Word

So true. So very, very true: Making a list in Word 1. Word plz make me a list2. No wait what are you d 2. 2. wtf is this c. no this isn't what• WTF — Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) October … Continue reading

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Mathematical Typesetting

I’ve always been fascinated by the typesetting process and have a particular fondness for the old mechanical typesetters such as the Linotype. I wrote about that in this post from a couple of years ago. That post has a link … Continue reading

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