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James Graves
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A great quote from the novel Ra:

...that planet Earth is a machine: very large, continuously operating, working on a time scale too long to easily observe, towards a highly uncertain end; and to remind yourself that all the organic life that has ever existed amounts to a greasy film that has survived on the exterior of that machine thanks to furious improvisation rather than any specific dispensation.

Hybrid Sleep

Somehow when I upgraded my laptop to Windows 10, the power plan turned on the 'hybrid sleep' option for hibernate.  This is fine for desktops, but is bad for laptops because it will continuously drain battery power like sleep mode does.

At first I didn't understand how the battery could be draining, even though I was explicitly choosing 'hibernate' instead of 'sleep'.  Finally, I was digging through the advanced power options and saw that hybrid sleep was enabled.

So I'm a guy with the education and training to diagnose and resolve problems like this.  But what about the rest of the world?  How about the people who aren't interested in devoting large amounts of their waking hours to learning the ins and outs of computer technology?  What are they going to do?

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And it was such nice riding weather last week...
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I occasionally check out those high end PC builds. You know the ones, with all custom cables, fancy water cooling systems and such. They are works of art.

I think I have a long way to go before I get there.

On the plus side, it runs relatively quiet, which is important for a HTPC build. But it sure will be ugly on the inside, even after I tidy up the cables.
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After 3 years... I finally updated my blog.  I recently re-discovered OpenSCAD for 3-D modeling, and I've really enjoyed using it so far.  It seems to be a good fit for the kinds of projects I have in the pipeline.

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I've never been a fan of C++, and this is just one more reason why.  I've been mostly programming in Google Go (golang) recently, and I appreciate that what you see is pretty much what you get.

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I've been reading more about the design of the Go programming language recently.  When I had first heard of it a couple years ago, I dismissed it as not being ambitious enough.

The linked article was recently posted again at Hacker News, and I started looking at it again.  The more I read about it, the more I am impressed.

I'd like to program in higher-level, more dynamic world, but I don't think that programming at the level of C/C++ is going away any time soon.  Go seems to be a worthy contender to replace C or C++ for most systems programming tasks though. I'm definitely planning to spend more time learning about it in 2013.
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