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Monthly Archives: August 2006

Worth repeating – what Al Gore really said about the Internet


Doing my 2¢ to kill a meme… Urban Legends Reference Pages: Internet of Lies Claim: Vice-President Al Gore claimed that he “invented” the Internet. Status: False. Origins: Despite the derisive references that continue even today, Al Gore did not claim he “invented” the Internet, nor did he say anything that could reasonably be interpreted that […]

“Subtext” and alternate representations of program structure


Alarming Development » Blog Archive » Alice in Subtext-land “Let’s face it: syntax is a simple and intuitive way to represent structure. But a fundamental principle of Subtext is to avoid syntactically encoding programs so that their semantics are explicit and immediate. It should be possible to use syntactic techniques as a visualization in the […]

Mobile phone advertising offered as journalism in Wired News?


Ran across a puff-piece in Wired News covering new cell phones. Gosh, they really sound wonderful. Wired News: Mobile Phones Worth Gabbing About Why are the published cell phone reviews so uncritical – and essentially untrustworthy? Every cell phone I have owned up to and including my current Motorola Razr is a design disaster. I […]

Patriotic Girl Reporter


Orwells reporter lady on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Judge Halts NSA Snooping (maybe)


Wired News: Judge Halts NSA Snooping A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government’s warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it. Think they will really shut this down? Want to bet? Expect at the very least they (NSA and the Administration) will drag their feet as long as possible. The […]

Why bother?


High-priority media apps For most people, most of the time, a faster computer won’t make much of a difference. There’s nothing CPU-intensive about reading and writing email, surfing the web, or using most other applications. The notable exception to the rule, of course, is audio and video processing. Nowadays I often find myself staring impatiently […]

Compiling PCRE on Win32 using MSVC6


There are lots of different ways offered to compile the PCRE library on Win32. I needed something that could drop cleanly into an existing Win32/MSVC workspace. The attached files are the result. — contains a complete, buildable MSVC6 workspace for PCRE 6.7. — omits the generic PCRE 6.7 source distribution files. As a […]