Safe For Seneca

Do you remember the first time someone told you about fork()/exec() for Linux? Do you remember beeing completely confused? I do, and it’s an ongoing pain in the ass for me – every time I want to call something simple without blocking and without worrying about pipes or the structure of exec()/execl()/execlp() parameters, or the …

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Check this out: andrew@littlesvr:~$ uptime 00:20:16 up 730 days, 15:13,  1 user,  load average: 0.57, 0.22, 0.11 At 4AM this morning it was 730 days, that’s exactly two years! The server would have been up for about 6 years if I didn’t decide once to upgrade the hardware, once to upgrade Slackware, and once to …

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just finished my master’s so I’m allowed to quote Wikipedia again :) In 2008 WorldDMB adopted APNG as a backward compatible extension to enable animation as part of the MOT SlideShow user application for Digital Radio. “APNG 1.0 Specification – Animated Portable Network Graphics” is included as normative Annex A in the ETSI standard TS …

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I’ve been reading about literate programming, and was reminded that most programmers don’t write comments in their code. Whether to write them or not is a question that’s asked all the time, in all circles – starting in school and all the way to teams of masters of the known universe like Linus (who I’m …

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I’ve been running my more-or-less regular backup of littlesvr.ca, and found that yet again the online APNG assembler data directory is the one taking most of the time. Turns out that even though I cleared it a few months ago there is over 4GB of PNG files in there (half of that – 5800 APNG …

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In newsgroups and many mailing lists top-posting (putting your reply above the text you’re replying to) is a big no-no. You’ll get flamed even if what you say is very useful, constructive, and nice. I’ve never quite understood the zealotry, but I figured: whatever, it sort of makes sense – someone says something, and then …

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