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The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.
I fear that I may have worked in a similar office environment to  Robert Frost . Certainly his description is familiar to those of us who have been subjected to modern " open plan " offices. Such settings may work for some types of job but for myself, as a ...
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Irony is the hygiene of the mind
While  Elizabeth Bibesco  might well be right about the mind software cleanliness requires a different approach. Previously I have written about code smells which give a programmer hints where to clean up source code. A different technique, which has recent...
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You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear
I needed a small Ethernet network switch in my office so went to my pile of devices and selected an old Dell PowerConnect 2724 from the stack. This seemed the best candidate as the others were intended for data centre use and known to be very noisy. I insta...
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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet
Often I end up dealing with code that works but might not be of the highest quality. While quality is subjective I like to use the idea of "code smell"  to convey what I mean, these are a list of indicators that, in total, help to identify code that might b...
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The minority yields to the majority!
Deng Xiaoping  (who succeeded Mao) expounded this view and obviously did not depend on a minority to succeed. In open source software projects we often find ourselves implementing features of interest to a minority of users to keep our software relevant to ...
The minority yields to the majority!
The minority yields to the majority!
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Rabbit of Caerbannog
Subsequent to my previous use of American Fuzzy Lop (AFL ) on the NetSurf bitmap image library I applied it to the gif library which, after fixing the test runner, failed to produce any crashes but did result in a better test corpus improving coverage above...
Rabbit of Caerbannog
Rabbit of Caerbannog
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The pine stays green in winter... wisdom in hardship.
In December 2015 I saw the  kickstarter for the Pine64 . The project seemed to have a viable hardware design and after my experience with the hikey I decided it could not be a great deal worse. The system I acquired comprises of: Quad core Allwinner A64 pro...
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Paul Hollywood and the pistoris stone
There has been a great deal of comment among my friends recently about a particularly British cookery program called " The Great British Bake Off ". There has been some controversy as the program is moving from the BBC to a commercial broadcaster. Part of t...
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I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in
Sometimes it really helps to have a different view on a problem and after my recent writings on my Public Suffix List (PSL) library I was fortunate to receive a suggestion from my friend  Enrico Zini . I had asked for suggestions on reducing the size of the...
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If I see an ending, I can work backward.
Now while I am sure Arthur Miller was referring to writing a play when he said those words they have an oddly appropriate resonance for my topic. In the early nineties  Lou Montulli applied the idea of magic cookies to HTTP to make the web stateful, I imagi...
If I see an ending, I can work backward.
If I see an ending, I can work backward.
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