Friday, May 07, 2010

(require 'cl)

Most, if not all, .emacs files I've read worth reading have (require 'cl) somewhere near the top.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Ask Dr Aybabtu: How to make a Gnome behave civilly

Dear Dr Aybabtu,

I installed Fedora 12 and I can't get the mouse to behave properly. WTF?

Frustrated in Ft Collins,


Dear Foo,

Allow Dr Aybabtu a Clintonian moment without blue dress collateral damage: I feel your pain. Dr Aybabtu will not editorialize about the reasoning behind Fedora 12's removal of access to the One True Way of dealing with WIMP interfaces, namely that the focus follows the mouse. And no, focus does *not* mean changing the stack order, raising, or anything other than focus. Fortunately, you can put it back. From the mighty command line, issue:
yum install control-center-extra
You may need to sudo that, or do it as root. Then, navigate the Gnome menu thingie at the top of your desktop (or wherever the hell you've put it):
Check the box labeled:
Select windows when the mouse moves over them
Under *no* circumstances check the box labeled
Raise selected windows after an interval
Surely madness and damnation lie down that path.

Whatever you do, do not seek advice about this on slashdot or other places on the interwebs, because you'll get answers like "use blackbox" or "I have Steve Jobs' sweat on my iDork and I will never ever wash it!", which may be interesting enough, but not the answer to the question.


Dr Aybabtu

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Bocce at Leon's

Nothing works up a thirst like house hunting, and what a better way to slake a thirst than a pint of Victory Hop Devil at Leon's Full Service?

Leon's has a bocce court, which puts it in a special place in my heart. This is from a match I was having with my friend Beth.

I won't say who was green...

Bind and my memory of it are not in sync

The PostScript bind didn't work the way I remember it working. It only works on operators, not procedures. bind replaces the name by the operator, which saves a look-up at execution. There are times when I want to replace things late, but there are times when I would like to replace things early. PostScript with macros, anyone?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Right now, a coffee maker is obeying a timer, grinding beans in a kitchen in a house that used to be my home. It's still a home, just not mine. Presently, a woman, once the love of my life, will glide blearily into the kitchen and grope for a cup. She'll smile, thinking of a man that is not me.

And, you know, that's OK.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Naughty, naughty, naughty!

It's not really naughty, but I just caved into something that I wish I had caved into *years* ago; getting a fountain pen that not only works, but kicks ass. I am so doomed, because I now need -- yes need! -- more pens to sling the ink that needs slinging. The pen: Lamy AL-Star, medium nib. AL is periodic table, not American gazetteer, BTW... The colors: r, g, b, c, m, y, k -- I have k -- and all of the glorious combinations their mingling might produce!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Windows Rules to Live by: The Registry

Never deploy code that writes to the Windows registry without having tested sister code that removes what was written from the registry.

Thought for the Day: Unit Tests

Keep your documentation close, but your unit tests closer.

Ah! Post unit test build complete!

Back at it...

Thursday, February 05, 2009

GeoPDF Now OGC Best Practice

After many long years, GeoPDF is open and an OGC best practice. I would have like to have seen this go down in 2003 when I first wrote the specification. It would have been very different, since it would have been designed for external consumption (too many naught bits hang out in the LGIDict specification, but it had to get done in about a day and a half...), but it should have been open from the get-go, IMO. A little gruntle for the ranting set, too...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

In Praise of Mavericks

Col. Michael Wyly's AFJ article made me think about what "professional" means. John Boyd, mentioned in the article, was an interesting cat.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

C++ Frequently Questioned Answers

The C++ FQA is priceless.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Artistic License

Go forth and take (get) your artistic license. Be sure to click on the license itself so you can take in the grandeur that are the codes.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Teach Yourself Programming in 10 Months

We'll almost no matter what you do, you can't learn programming in 10 months. However, Eli Bendersky shows one how to make the most of your first 10 months of the process. I'll leave it to
Peter Norvig to explain why learning to program is takes more than a few weeks with a "21 days" book...

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

When ever you hear...

"linux", substitute "mobile". Pictures get a whole lot more interesting...