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Switching blog software

In the near future, I’m going to switch off of WordPress. It has served well for a long time, but I don’t want to worry about security anymore. The style of the site will change, but the content and all … Continue reading

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Rainbows End

I like to read, but I usually don’t spend much time on fiction. Still, every now and then I’ll read some sci-fi. A few years ago there was quite a bit of buzz again about The Singularity. I wanted to … Continue reading

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Lisp Match

(DEF MATCH (PATTERN ASSERTION) (COND ((EQUAL PATTERN ‘?) T) ((AND (ATOM PATTERN) (EQUAL PATTERN ASSERTION)) T) ((ATOM PATTERN) NIL) ((ATOM ASSERTION) NIL) (T (AND (MATCH (FIRST PATTERN) (FIRST ASSERTION)) (MATCH (REST PATTERN) (REST ASSERTION)))))) FIRST < – CAR REST

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Rob Barton Quote

“Systems programmers are the high priests of a low cult.”   Robert “Bob” Barton (1967)

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ARPA NETWORK 1973

Almost 40 years ago.

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The Old Dr. Dobbs

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Experience one of my first big computers: the ATT 3B1

A long time ago now, in the 1990 or 1991 timeframe, I bought an ATT 3B1. It was my first true Unix machine. I could tell you lots about it, but there is a Wikipedia page up for it already … Continue reading

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ubuntu – python – ImportError: cannot import name urandom

If you are on ubuntu and you get this bug, this might be because the python that you were using in a virtualenv was updated. ubuntu and some other distros may do this automatically. You can verify that this occurred … Continue reading

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