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Core i5-10400

This is a rebuild of the Core 4770k machine. The machine started spontaneously shutting off, then entering a “power-on for 3 seconds and power-off” loop. After cooling down, it would stay running for ~20 minutes, then shutdown. BIOS says the … Continue reading

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WordPress Comment Spam

A quick note on WordPress spam in comments – Starting 2020 November 26th and continuing until 2020 December 17th, a spammer created a bunch of comments on the one page that had accidentally allowed comments – “About” In total, there … Continue reading

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Java Self Loathing

Oracle hates its own product so much (Java) that it actively discourages people from ever running it. This is apparent in the JNLP dialogs you get when starting an application for the first time. Can you spot the difference? Both … Continue reading

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Real World Debugging Exercise

Just completed the Real World Debugging Exercise. It is a static page on this site (just like the Lot Area Calculator).

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Brother HL-2170W wifi

Having upgraded the wifi device, and changing the SSID and passphrase, the Brother HL-2170W printer needed to be updated. First, the “easy button” just failed. Never worked. Which I recall happened the last time I set up this printer. Next … Continue reading

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Amazon EC2 PassMark per ECU

Ever wondered what an Amazon ECU is worth in terms of a PassMark-CPU Mark value? (see cpubenchmark.net for PassMark scores). One way to calculate the PassMark per ECU value comes directly from Amazon’s information where they describe the hardware behind … Continue reading

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Sandy Bridge Recall Part 2

After learning the problem with the chips resides in the SataII connectors, I felt lucky. I had already ordered a SataIII SSD and a SataIII HDD, so I was already planning on using the SataIII connectors. Plus, by getting the … Continue reading

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Programming Languages Vary in Power

The title is a “controversial” quote from the book Hackers and Painters. The book’s author calls it controversial; I call it blindingly obvious but still not seen by certain people. That book serves as an example that, even though programming … Continue reading

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Commoditization of Intelligence

I just ran into the phrase “commoditization of intelligence” from Accelerando (Singularity). In the book’s context it is scary enough. But it is truly scary when it manifests itself today. Like when knowledge workers are treated like replaceable cogs in … Continue reading

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Scala Research

I just read about Scala for a few hours. Mainly from Java to Scala with the Help of Experts under the sections “Scala for Java Refugees” and “The busy Java developer’s guide to Scala”. My first take-away is “Good Luck … Continue reading

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