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Palo Alto, CA
From the Apple II and Borland Turbo Pascal to today, taking breaks from computerburn.
Interests: green, peace & justice, gardening, fitness, software engineering, computer science, European and North American history, literature from 1500 on, Norse mythology, Nordic pre-history
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The alliance over the petrodollar is one of the two major United States politician-banker alliances, besides deals over pipelines and big infrastructure project financing, that keeps the U.S. fighting and creating ever more enemies and potential and actual terrorists in the Middle East, all purely to serve elite interests. Since... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at Future Proof and the Extended Now
Most commentators agree that the 2008 crash was caused by, #1, excess debt, and then #2, excess derivatives (these can magnify and transmit the impact of defaults on debt). So where are we on these metrics today, heading into 2016? In contrast to the general tone struck by the major... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at Future Proof and the Extended Now
Thanks Bill! I've updated the post with more detail on conceptual stumbling blocks with React that more experienced dev's commonly encounter.
". . . take that shiny cylinder with the mysterious sheen and open up the full world of games to it." Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Computerburn
The evolution of the front-end web stack surprised me with the appearance of jQuery. Web developers, at the time mostly unskilled in structured programming, suddenly had powerful tools to go make a big mess with. Back in these dark ages, management often viewed front-end work as not worthy of software... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Computerburn
Great stuff. I think the public unions lost because enough workers lost those kinds of deals (to globalization) that the public unioms had long ago, and they don't perceive the situation as fair. Capital is now enjoying a giant upper hand due to globalization. But the tools for organizing globally have kept pace.
Feeling under the weather today, I was working from home and the time came to get a little fresh air in the late afternoon. I had come to be a little ill due to having to build software that depends upon a certain software toolset from an unnamed large Web... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2012 at Computerburn Over the past thirteen years, I've written three different JavaScript coding standards for three different companies. One of these was a collaborative effort, and I've had to adapt to pre-existing JavaScript coding standards at another three companies. It's been an interesting experience, because I've noticed how much difference readable,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2012 at Computerburn
Surprised to learn there is so much written on this.
Ouch! If you are considering upgrading, you might want to give this one a good six months to mature. Of course, Canonical does recommend waiting until 12.04.1 for current LTS users. But that recommendation wouldn't seem to be to help one avoid the inability to boot and a failure of... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2012 at Computerburn
I read "The NY Times" article on the Obama decision on the Boeing factory issue - quite controversial. Here's the most interesting thing I found: The N.L.R.B. asserted that on numerous occasions Boeing officials had communicated an unlawful motive for transferring the production line, including an interview with The Seattle... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at Future Proof and the Extended Now
As Web mavens know, with html5, fat client is truly becoming dominant again, after many years when server-side driven, whole-Web-page-refresh Web applications were the order of the day. What they may not know is that this trend may be reaching its zenith now in the ever-swinging pendulum course from fat... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at Computerburn
. . . and probably my last! :) Not at all on account of Redman (event homepage) though - the event organizers put on a truly superb event, driven by grassroots endurance know-how from the local area. All throughout this event, the event volunteers and organizers treated everyone super-well and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2011 at Future Proof and the Extended Now
This blog continues the old one that can be found at: Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2011 at Computerburn
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Posted Sep 25, 2011 at Future Proof and the Extended Now
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