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November 11, 2015

Whilst working on a project for a friend of mine, I took a look at the commercial license for the QT library for Windows.

They want $350 a *month*.

Well there goes that. Of course I prefer GPL code to not, personally, but I'm also not the type usually to let money get in the way of accomplishing something.

So I'll just go GPL3 and not spend the money. :P

These Damn Kids

October 13, 2015

I don't trust coders that gregariously socialize with other coders. Perhaps it's not a rational thing, but I just don't think that someone who likes to talk about coding rather than coding is any good at it.

Now, I am drawing a big distinction between people who socialize VIA computer (meaning, IRC, or blogging, or BBS systems, that kind of thing) and people who socialize the way college students do (meaning, parties, bars, conventions, and other "group" activities). You do not become a better coder by being popular with coders, and you do not become a hacker by putting the word "hack" in front of every fucking party you throw.

I mostly blame Apple for this shit. Programming isn't about (and should not be about) marketing, looking cool, or winning popularity contests. It also isn't about overcharging for your work nor is it about accumulating status symbols. They sell the exact same hardware as Dell and HP.

There are two perfect examples of what I mean right where I work. One of them is a down-to-earth, very bright coder who asks useful questions, doesn't socialize to excess, and knows when to stop talking and start typing. From there, we got a lot of decently written and useful code. The other is a very extroverted party-person, has not produced anything of value, but has managed to become a poster-child for the company's "innovation" shitpile, which *also* has produced nothing of value.

Guess what kind of laptop that person has?


October 2, 2015

So, despite this hurricane "missing" there will be a lot of rain, and that usually causes the power to go out.

If CC's down for a bit soon, that's why.

One day it will be moved to a 'pi or something that can go for a long time off battery and solar, but right now, it's still wall outlet. :P

But my wall outlet runs off wind and solar, so that's still okay.

BSD? More liek WTF

September 30, 2015

Trying to set up OpenBSD on a virtual machine, and got to the point where Gnome 3 should come up. "Uh oh!" because the VM's emulated video card wasn't the right kind of 3D acceleration.

I struggled with it for a bit, then discovered:


This bitchy file was making the session crap out. I just commented out all of the blacklisted devices and it came up.

We'll see if there really are any serious problems with it.


September 28, 2015

I finally got around to deriving the theme I've put together on here and naming it something new. Hello atari800.

It was getting a bit annoying having it complain at me about needing an update, when the update would trash everything I had changed, so I forked finally. ;)

Frustration, thy name is FaceBook

September 8, 2015

Once upon a time, the world didn't revolve around one particular website, and the world didn't stop when that site malfunctioned.

People were also not being experimented on psychologically, at the expense of their relationships with others.

What a terrible trade for convenience.

Cactpot-solver on Android

September 4, 2015

I have been working on learning how to build QT apps on Android, and was able to successfully run Cactpot-solver on my phone, using native C++.

Screenshot of Cactpot on Android As you can see, the UI doesn't do any platform-based magic to appear differently on the phone, and in actual use, the blue outlines are harder to see than I'd like, so some work is needed here to make this usable. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was.

I am unsure if there is any sort of syntactic magic that can be done here, or if (as I suspect) it's better to have a distinct user interface for the Android version. It would be really nice if the same UI could do both.


August 9, 2015

Screenshot from 2015-08-09 21:48:52

I'm working on a little app for viewing and sharing livestreams. So far it doesn't do very much, but at least it's a start.


Sister Update

July 23, 2015

My kid sister is done at the hospital and is about to start therapy and rehab. I'm really happy that she's recovered so much and hopefully she'll continue to improve as time goes on.