You Might Be an Old Hacker If…

It occurred to me recently that I’ve been using the Internet for almost 18 years now. That doesn’t put me into any particularly elite category since there were a lot of users way before I came along, but it does make me feel old to know that there are students in college now who were …
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Olympic Note Passing

A good analogy can often be useful to explain intricate technical details. In an earlier article, “Wrong Fish Food”, I related an analogy that I used to describe a technical issue to a non-technical audience. This article shares an analogy I created for a technical audience, because sometimes even techies need an analogy to grasp …
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COMPUTE! Magazine Archives!

I love the Internet! I just found an archive of COMPUTE! magazine, which is the magazine that taught me how to program in the 1980’s. Just recently I was lamenting not keeping every single issue I ever had (which was most of them), but now I can flip back through them any time. Looking through …
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Wrong Fish Food, or, Communicating Frustration Non-technically

If you’re reading this site, you’ve probably already determined that I’m a geek. A hard-core, dyed-in-the-wool, walks-into-trees-because-he’s-thinking-about-computers kind of geek. My wife and daughters, bless them, are not. Well, my daughters are somewhat nerdy, in a hip kind of way, meaning that they can quote large portions of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, …
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Accelerated C++ Solutions Moved to WordPress

I’ve finally moved my old solutions to the Accelerated C++ solutions to a new set of pages that I can edit with WordPress. There’s now a link and menu in the menu bar on this page. They still only go through chapter 2, but now that they’re moved I can start adding new solutions again. …
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A Keyword I’d Like To See in C#

Although I use C# more and more these days, I still consider myself primarily a C++ developer. C# has a few really neat language features that are just now being added to C++ (like lambdas), but I still find C++ to be more expressive, with terser syntax, than C#. One example of this is deterministic …
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Windows Drag Sensitivity Utility

UPDATE: Download the latest version from the main project page. There is also a version of this utility with a graphical interface that’s easier to use. Inspired by an article by Raymond Chen about how to correctly change the Windows mouse drag sensitivity, I wrote a quick utility called dragsens. It’s a small command-line utility …
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