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Deron Meranda
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photos - I found this nest with five cardinal chicks in a bush.  They do not have the beautiful red plumage of their parents yet, but they can chirp quite loudly, when awake.
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Google - Now that the ".google" top level domain name has been approved and issued, Google has gone all da Vinci and opened it's first site https://com.google/ which is just like the normal Google search site but in mirror-image reverse.  ... And in more Google fun, you can play Pac Man inside Google Maps on real world streets.  See https://support.google.com/maps/answer/6178227

#Google #PacMan
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photos - In the middle of March 2015 the Ohio river reached near flood levels; the result of a large amount of snow that quickly melted, along with a lot of rain.  These photos were taken on the shores of Newport, Kentucky; across the river from Cincinnati.
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Windows - Oh Microsoft, just when I thought you were getting your act together your Windows 8.1 upgrade broke my system in a most annoying way.  When under 8.0 everything had been quite solid; but after auto-upgrading to 8.1 portions of my display will randomly disappear. It may be icons, window titles, blocks of text, or even just random rectangle splotches across the screen.  It's like there's a low-level screen repainting issue, but this can happen without me opening or resizing windows or whatever.

The system appears to have plenty of free memory from what I can tell. And I'm not stressing it with any unusual workload that I hadn't under 8.0.  The only way to solve it is to completely log out, which itself can be a fun operation because typically the logout/restart menu itself is invisible and I have to guess where to put the mouse pointer!

Does anybody know how to solve this; I'm not having any luck with Google.   #WindowsFail  #Windows8.1
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Partly solved?  I found a rather weird setting that has so far made my system stable again.  I had been using the built-in slideshow background theme, where you can dump a bunch of photos into a folder and have it cycle through those to set your background image.  I had to change the cycle time, from every couple minutes, to a much longer interval.  No, I don't know why Windows 8.1 is sensitive.
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Windows 8.1 - My computer running Windows was just forcibly updated to Windows 8.1 (from 8.0 by the auto update mechanism).  The most annoying thing, besides the WiFi no longer working until I blindly poked around control panel 'till exasperated, is that for Emacs users like me you have to remap the Caps Lock key to behave like the infinitely more useful Control key.  The update to 8.1 had undone my previous key mappings, and Caps Lock was frustratingly acting like a useless Caps Lock.

If you want to remap keys (and this is more general than just Caps Lock), look at the following linked article by Lowell Heddings.  Yes, you have to edit the Windows Registry, but it's not too hard and Microsoft doesn't provide any easier method that I know about.  If you need to look up specific key scan code numbers, the reference is here: <http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa299374.aspx>

FYI rant: though I happily use Linux 99% of the time, I have to keep a Windows system around to test how Internet Explorer will fail to render websites, and also to be able to update firmware on some electronics devices by manufacturers who seem to hate anybody not using Windows (e.g. Sony alpha cameras) for no good reason other than laziness, or ignorance.
#capslock #emacs
The caps lock key is one of those remnants of another age of computers, back when people used to shout at each other more often. Unless you’re in the accounting department, it’s probably not very useful, so today we’ll learn how to disable it.
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photos - Some fireworks from the U.S. Independence Day celebration along the Ohio river in Moscow, Ohio.
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Amiga - Everyone has heard of the great early computer wars, when Microsoft and IBM and Apple were fighting to shape the future.  But there was another set of computer wars, just as meaningful, that has fallen into obscurity.   Few people today remember or have even heard of the Amiga, a computer so groundbreaking that it actually delivered the future, way before those other big guys ever did. Fewer still have heard about the story behind it, with players like Atari and Commodore. Though lost in a dim corner of history nearly every modern computer carries a bit of Amiga's spirit within. Thankfully, writer Jimmy Maher has published an excellent series of articles, and a book, retelling that history and that other set of wars to shape the future ... our now.
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After many years Ars Technica's Jeremy Reimer has published the eighth installment of his History of the Amiga series.  Also well worth reading... 
http://arstechnica.com/series/history-of-the-amiga/
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Programming - This really old issue of BYTE Magazine from 1983 is filled with articles about The C Language.  Even with today's cornucopia of modern languages, C is still, after all these years, arguably the powerhouse of languages.   It's fun to look back at where we came from.  The advertisements are quaint too.
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Farewell - A sad day, Sir Terry Pratchett died today.  Pratchett was one of the most successful and beloved authors ever, know for his fabulously funny and satirical Discworld series, among other works.  He had been battling Alzheimer's for years, and the end came peaceably.  The world will miss you.    Some farewells..

Terry's last tweet:  <https://twitter.com/terryandrob>
Neil Gaiman: <http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2015/03/terry-pratchett.html>
John Scalzi: <http://whatever.scalzi.com/2015/03/12/rip-terry-pratchett/>
 
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Famed SF/fantasy bookstore Borderlands announces that it's closing because it can't break even with a $15 minimum wage imposed on it.

Yet the people running the store say in their death statement that they support so-called "living wage" legislation.  And never mind that it not only destroys jobs, it just destroyed their  jobs.

Are bicoastal left-liberals incapable of recognizing idiotic policy even when it annihilates their very own business?  Apparently so...
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Copyright - After a long legal battle, most of the Sherlock Holmes stories are officially and fully in the Public Domain in the U.S.  Only the final 10 stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle after 1923 are still copyrighted.  This after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal, leaving intact the lower court's ruling.

This result should not have been a surprise since 1923 has long been the magic cut-off year set by the Copyright Term Extension Act (aka the "Sony Bony" act); but the Doyle Estate tried some tortured reasoning anyway.   See the attached link, or for more detail see:
* Wikipedia: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_S._Klinger>
* Supreme Court: <http://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename=/docketfiles/14-316.htm>

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Computer security - The latest huge server security vulnerability is the so-called Shellshock Bug, a critical bug in the ubiquitous Bash shell and affecting most Unix, Linux, or even Mac OS X operating systems.  Strangely, this bug is potentially remotely exploitable.

Though it is probably not as apocalyptic as the Heartbleed SSL bug earlier this year, it is still big.  In that light, I've written a detailed article (link below) about how to patch older Linux systems that may no longer be supported with easy-to-install system updates.  I have included lots of links too for those seeking additional information.
#shellshock #bash #fedora
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  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
    B.S. Computer Science, 1990
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  • Independent Software Developer, 2010 - present
  • Cincinnati Bell Information Systems
    1991 - 1994
  • MedPlus
    1994 - 2010
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