Archive for month: May, 2007

Interesting Documents According to MC

May 31, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I was engaging in a little computer archaelogy this morning, looking up some historical information, and discovered this page chock-a-block full of interesting reading. Lots of really good stuff. Interesting Documents According to MC

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JP Brown’s Serious LEGO – CubeSolver

May 29, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

One of the mailing lists I’m on pointed out the following project to make a LEGO robot that could solve the Rubik’s cube: JP Brown’s Serious LEGO – CubeSolver Very slick, but it mentioned something I found even more interesting: Herbert Kociemba’s algorithm for quickly solving the Rubik’s cube: Cube Explorer In his testing, he […]

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Security, Counter Measures, Half Measures, and The Real Thing

May 26, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Security is mostly theater: you are forced to take off your shoes or surrender your shampoo, but random testing of airport security checkpoints reveal that their highly trained personnel routinely miss test bombs which are placed in luggage to test the effectiveness of screeners. An alert comes in, and we are supposed to “achieve a […]

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The Slug Lives Again!

May 25, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I brought up my old Linksys NSLU2 again, after upgrading it to the unslung firmware and installing a 512Mb usb stick to serve as the main storage. Check out the link: it’s served from that little box, which is running an extra copy of the thttpd webserver (the other one runs the box’s configuration webpage). […]

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May 25th is Towel Day

May 24, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Carry a towel around tomorrow. Why? In the words of the sage: A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have. Partly it has great practical value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you […]

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Homebrew CPU Home

May 21, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

The other cool project that I saw was Bill (sorry, can’t remember his last name, and I couldn’t find it on his webpage) Buzbee’s homebrew cpu: the Magic-1. And by homebrew, we really mean homebrew: he wirewrapped it from piles of conventional TTL logic gates. As I told him: dude, that’s hardcore. Homebrew CPU Home […]

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My Favorite Thing @ The Makers Faire: Tom Zimmerman and his DIY video microscope

May 21, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I saw lots of cool stuff at the Makers Faire, but the thing which evoked the greatest “this is a cool idea that I could do” factor was Tom Zimmerman’s video microscope. MAKE: Blog: Maker Faire: Tom Zimmerman and his DIY video microscope for backyard biology The link doesn’t really describe why it’s a good […]

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Yesterday the Makers Faire — Today, Bay To Breakers!

May 20, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Yep. Despite the fact that I’ve let my exercise program lapse, I’m off for the 7 point something mile race from the Bay to the Breakers, a San Francisco tradition, and the third year in a row that I’ve run it. Wish me luck, and if you see me, throw ibuprofen rather than the traditional […]

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To the Maker’s Faire!

May 19, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Today I’m heading to the Maker’s Faire! Perhaps I’ll see you there!

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Idle Python inspired by Idle Thoughts on FoxMaths

May 12, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I have a number of mathematical blogs in my blogroll: one I have found to be reasonably interesting is FoxMaths. Today, he had some idle thoughts about the a sequence of numbers that reminded me of the look and say sequence that John Conway explored. Basically, you begin with a sequence of digits (the “program” […]

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Subtlety in Algorithms: Binary Search and Alpha-Beta

May 11, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

John Bentley demonstrates quite adequately in his book Programming Pearls that to write even the simplest program, say, one that does binary search, is frequently fraught with peril and subtle errors. If you try to write a binary search, chances are you’ll get something wrong. Even Bentley’s own binary search contains a potential overflow condition […]

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Random Thought — What happened to Prolog?

May 8, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Back when I was in college, there was considerable interest in Prolog and logic programming languages, but you scarcely hear about it at all anymore. I wonder why that is? I mean, I was never a huge fan, but in most respects it just never enters any modern discussion of programming languages. Prolog – Wikipedia, […]

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Curt Schilling has a blog?

May 8, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Who knew? Probably every baseball fan on the Internet except me. He actually had some interesting things to say about the signing of Roger Clemens to the Yankees.Technorati Tags: Baseball

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Rounding the first marker…

May 8, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Was at work till midnight last night, and that was the highlight of my day. One remaining shot is kicking my ass, but other than that, work is getting there. Probably won’t be the last late night of the show though.

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Entering the home stretch…

May 7, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

If all goes well, by Friday I should be done with Ratatouille. If all doesn’t go well, I’ll be more tired and I probably still be done on Friday. Worst comes to worst, I’ll have one more weekend to go. Wish me luck, and go see Ratatouille when it comes to a theater near you.

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