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“Ground-truth documents”

September 12, 2012 2 Comments
“Ground-truth documents”

A great post by Eric S. Raymond[*] (yes, that esr) on what he terms ground-truth documents: Here is an example: AIVDM/AIVDO protocol decoding. It describes the behavior of Marine AIS radios; I wrote it as preparation for coding the GPSD project’s AIS driver. It isn’t exactly or completely a hardware-interface specification, and some of its […]

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New series of posts (at bfwa.com): Readings in Software Engineering

May 21, 2012 0 Comments
New series of posts (at bfwa.com): Readings in Software Engineering

Over at bfwa.com, I’ve started a new series of posts that will present brief reviews of and excerpts from my library of software engineering and IT project management texts. Here’s the introduction to the series; and here’s the first post, covering Jerry Weinberg’s The Psychology of Computer Programming.  ..bruce..

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Rebuilding a WHS 2003 box, part I

March 20, 2012 2 Comments
Rebuilding a WHS 2003 box, part I

A few years ago, I bought an off-the-shelf (well, delivered from Amazon) Acer Aspire easyStore Home Server. It came with a single 2TB hard drive, 2 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom CPU 230 (1.6 ghz), three empty hot-swap drive bays, and Windows Home Server 2003 pre-installed; I added three more 2TB drives to the […]

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Technical bleg: simple video chat over a LAN (Mac/Win mix)?

March 15, 2012 3 Comments
Technical bleg: simple video chat over a LAN (Mac/Win mix)?

My systems are all Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. One of my desktops has a Logitech webcam on it. My wife’s systems are all Mac OS X. Her MacPro tower has a webcam on it. We’re on the same LAN, but we’re two floors apart. Is there a simple way to set up video chat within […]

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Speaking of upgrades… [UPDATED]

March 15, 2012 0 Comments
Speaking of upgrades… [UPDATED]

One of my three desktop systems — a slim Gateway tower (SX2802-01) I’ve had for about two years — notified me last week that the hard disk (a Seagate Barracuda 7200, 750 GB) was failing. I googled the Windows system message, and what I found indicated the hard drive was indeed on its way to […]

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