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  • A tech blog recommendation

    I recently came across this blog in my web travels. The guy is a self described C++ hater, but also a C++ (and many other languages) super-genius, being a developer of compilers and debuggers and stuff for embedded C and C++ developers in the automotive industry. His articles aren’t too focused...

  • Stay in Sync with GCal and Thunderbird.

    For a long time I have been looking for a rock solid calendaring system. I’ve gotten too used to working for companies who have Microsoft Exchange (or, God forbid, Scalix) installed which allow me to edit and update a calendar from multiple locations and even sync...

  • Software RAID 5 in Ubuntu with mdadm

    Software RAID in Linux is a great way to gain massive amounts of disk space which are required for storing digital media, with the added security of data redundancy incase one of the disks in the array fail. Many people still frown upon software RAID...

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  • When there's something new, popping on Youtube...Who ya gonna call?

    Well my local newspaper has a section for videos "trending on Youtube" so I suppose I could call them, but I'm not exactly sure what the point of that section is supposed to be in the first place...

  • Last game you played that had a happy ending


    Johnny Novgorod:
    1) narrative-driven games for an 2) adult audience and with 3) only one possible ending.

    That seems like an oddly specific set of narrowing choices.

    Well, it's not that specific, just ruling out obvious stuff. Only narrative-driven games have stories that actually end, you're obviously going to get a happy ending if it's a kids' game, and there's obviously going to be happy ending if there're multiple options.

    Otherwise just about every "mature" story seems to have a single downer ending, feels like.
    I like bittersweet/sad endings when done right but not when they're the norm and come across as obligatory.

  • New Gillette commercial "not an indictment on manhood"




    Cham Albanians? Dare I even ask what that means?

    They're a group of Albanians that hail from northern Greece who were expelled after WWII on charges of collaboration with the Axis. Many have wanted to exercise a "right of return" in the aftermath of the end of communist Albania but have not been permitted and the Greek government isn't likely to compromise.

    So Chams were a mix with Greeks and lived at the top of Greece. They were vilified and were deported to interment camps at the start of WW2. Once Italy took over, they helped Italy. This made them hated by the rest of Greece and they ran to Albania.
    Since then, they have asked to return ro Greece but no dice. I don't know recent history of the Chams so maybe that's what's offensive. But I'm not anti Cham at this time

    I just picked one of the most obscure issues I know about in order to make a comment about our expectations that companies take sides in cultural conflicts/issues.

    Ah. I think you might have needed a j/k there. Unfortunately I knew little of their issues and just assume there was one.

    I mean, there's still an issue in regards to the fact that they and many of their descendants want to return to Greece or be compensated for their lost property, but the Greeks aren't willing to give them either. I would point out the precedents set by the Partitioning of the British Raj, the Nakba/Arab Expulsion of Jews, along with the removal of ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe is one that doesn't bode well for them. Considering these all happened at about the same time.