Comfortably Numb Archive

Posts for January, 2011

Ponderings on Microsoft's ARM announcement    6 January 2011

Warning — Warning — Warning My horrible bias shows a great deal throughout this, and most of what I say is pure conjecture. Enjoy :) Since Microsoft announced that Windows 8 would run on both x86 and ARM, I’ve been doing a little pondering. My pondering was whether or not we’d see ARM desktop CPUs suddenly become ‘viable’.

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Is this thing on?    1 January 2011

I guess I need to brush the crickets out and actually start posting again…

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Posts for September, 2010

Dead Snow    7 September 2010

Early this morning, whilst wandering about ${SUPERMARKET} (Think the UK subsiduary of Wal*Mart. Big, green; you can’t miss it.), Furaiya and I came across a zombie movie for the princely sum of three English Pounds Sterling. “Dead Snow”. You can’t really miss it, either; the front of the box certainly stands out.

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Ping!    1 September 2010

Once again, September has crept up on me. And so, since I have this blog for a reason, I thought I’d have a status update. # Harlie Harlie has been left alone for a significant amount of time (Two months, according to the git logs. Good grief, time really has flown past.), due to lack of interest. I think it’s about time I just

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Posts for August, 2010

Little things that wind me up, #12.   14 August 2010

HTML Email. Seriously, who the hell thought this up? I need a browser to parse a page of HTML so I can read the three lines of actual text that was sent. And why do I have to put up with this bullshit? Apparently so that the sender gets to use their favourite font on email. -twitch- Or so that they can put their logo and stylesheet on it. Seriously, WHY?! It’s an email, not a website!

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Little things that wind me up, #23   13 August 2010

For what little good it will do, I’d like to note my frustration with the countless people misusing "could care less" where they should be saying "couldn’t care less". It’s annoying, because those three characters completely change the meaning of what you’re saying. If you could care less, it means you do care about it; whereas if you couldn’t care less, it means you don’t care about it one jot.

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Posts for July, 2010

OpenBSD/sgi   31 July 2010

Last time I tried to install OpenBSD on the SGI Octane2, it didn’t go well. –insert flashback here, lots of swearing and possible violence– This time, installing OpenBSD 4.7, it worked wonderfully. Whatever issue caused the spurious IRQ 2 from the xbridge has been fixed, and now I can actually put it to use. Finding a use to put it to, however, is going to be more interesting. Maybe run that AI project on it…

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Free Electronic CAD woes.   21 July 2010

As I ranted about previously, I’ve switched to KiCAD after hitting some frustrations with EAGLE. However, KiCAD does not have quite the array of component libraries that EAGLE does. One well-recommended library is a collection of all the EAGLE libs run through a well-recommended converter script. Unfortunately, it seems that the less-used parts (The SO-DIMM socket, for example), are horribly horribly mangled. The well-recommended script also seems to have destroyed the library I created for the Loongson (Which was my first

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Posts for June, 2010

Principle of Least Astonishment [Edit x1]   23 June 2010

Okay, web developers, It’s time we had a chat. You know that little thing you keep doing with password fields, autocomplete="off"? Yes, that violates the Principle of Least Astonishment. It’s also frustrating and (believe it or not) makes things less secure. If I tell my browser to save passwords, I want it to (surprise, surprise) save passwords. What right do you have to override my preference? This misguided, halfarsed attempt at security is making my

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Entropy Attacks   23 June 2010

With the (start of the) addition of user management in the bot, it looks like I’m beginning to get somewhere with the bot. However, I am beginning to dislike working on some of the code because of the state it’s in; yes, I know it’s my fault it’s such a mess! In my defence, this is mainly due to how parts of it have been developed. As I didn’t intend for it to grow to the point it is now, there was no real plan (It was originally meant to be a simple

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