Saturday, March 3, 2018

What was I reading in February 2018?

This month's reading list is quite light as I was on travel (multiple times) for most of the month. I'm also focused on generating another Element14 hardware review and attempting to get a user group organized. I also passed the GPYC certification.

Somehow I do this to myself at this time every year (volunteer for stuff in the Nov/Dec timeframe, slog through the obligations from Jan to Jun). In any case...


- Opera users claim that Microsoft is opening new tabs to advertise Edge Leopards. Spots.
- Programming the Linux Framebuffer - I may need this for the upcoming hardware review.
- Why Microsoft Office is a bigger productivity drain than Candy Crush Saga - Cause and effect, or just correlation?


- How to deal with NBSPs in a terminal
- Troubleshooting Tips: Failed Debugging with GDB - Having taken the Doulos class, I'm still trying to learn this. The Doulos course included an example of remote cross-platform debugging. For me, it's a much needed skill.
- Checking the Ubuntu Linux kernel updates on Spectre and Meltdown - The other time sink this past month.
- The SCO Vs IBM Zombie Shambles On - The annoying part of this bit of undead theater is "SCO's source code". I thought that it had been decided (in court) that SCO didn't own the source code. WTF?


- Running Microsoft SQL Server pod on OpenShift


- How writing can change your career for the better, even if you don't identify as a writer


- OpenBoard - the best interactive whiteboard for schools and universities
- How did Google Talk change from a dream to a nightmare? - I believe the author's problem is that he's using the tools provided by Google. I'm still using Bitlbee to connect to GT and little has changed since Day 1.


- FCC report finds almost no broadband competition at 100Mbps speeds My mom still can't get the Internet (without a satellite connection). She has to visit her children to update her Kindle.
- Eplox/TCP-Starvation
- Fizz Buzz in Tensorflow


- ARISS - Amateur radio on the International Space Station
- dtrace for linux; Oracle does the right thing
- The Risks Digest - For my own reference. I'll need it later.
- The cost of forsaking C - My opinion: C should be considered a basic skill. You should be able to read/fix C code, even though you don't use it on a daily/weekly basis.
- Appropriate Uses For SQLite - Should be required reading for "some people".
- Background removal with deep learning


- On Python Shebangs
- cknadler/vim-anywhere - I used this years ago. I don't remember why I stopped using it (given that I like to avoid mouse-based surfing).
- New Spectre/Meltdown variants leave victims open to side-channel attacks
- blog/unix/XNetworkTransparencyFailure
- How To Become A Centaur - Not surprising.


- The Benjamin Franklin Method of Reading Programming Books
- Determining Cat Chirality - Really? Someone needed to study this? (Hint; chirality = cat curls up clockwise or counter-clockwise.)


- Managing Someday-Maybe Projects with a CLI


- nuclearcat/cedarkey SSH key storage on cheap hardware


- Understanding the Limitations of HTTPS
- Who's Missing From America's Colleges? Rural High School Graduates - I'm a farmer's kid so this resonates a bit. I don't like concentrated city living but I don't fit in back home either. I work in tech and commute daily from what amounts to a small town.
- A Practical Introduction to Container Terminology
- Enhance an image - How it's done
- How to get yourself out of a funk
- Why Self-Taught Artificial Intelligence Has Trouble With the Real World - Reading for later.


- Study: students believe they are prepared for the workplace; employers disagree - This is why interviews include fizz buzz or similar. Also, author needs a dictionary (see if you can spot it).
- Heisenbug - ... and other fun "animals".
- Standing desks 'increase pain' and slow down mental ability study suggests - I could have told you that, but I'm old and my feet are having to deal with years of abuse (think 20 years of flight deck boots).
- AMP: the missing controversy - I can't help but feel tht this is a sour-grapes article. "Theoretical controversy" might be an indicator that the author is inventing conflict for the sake of clicks. It's open source. Don't use it if you don't want it. Me? I like reading content without the 40 or so advertisements pasted into the margins (or triggered pop-ups in the middle of an article).

Above was generated by a homegrown bolt-on script for Wallabag, which is a free utility for capturing web content so that it can be read later.