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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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Down the rabbit hole
My descent began with a user reporting a bug and I fear I am still on my way down. The bug was simple enough, a windows bitmap file caused NetSurf to crash. Pretty quickly this was tracked down to the libnsbmp library attempting to decode the file. As to wh...

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I changed my mind, Erase and rewind
My recent rack design turned out to simply not be practical. It did not hold all the SBC I needed it to and most troubling accessing connectors was impractical. I was forced to remove the enclosure from the rack and go back to piles of SBC on a shelf. This ...

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Hope is tomorrow's veneer over today's disappointment.
Recently I have been very hopeful about the 96boards Hikey SBC and as Evan Esar predicted I have therefore been very disappointed. I was given a Hikey after a Linaro connect event some time ago by another developer who could not get the system working usefu...

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Stack 'em, pack 'em and rack 'em.
As you may be aware I have a bit of a problem with Single Board Computers in that I have a lot of them. Keeping them organised has turned into a bit of a problem. I designed clip cases for many of these systems giving me a higher storage density on my rack ...
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