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Comment I have read some (Score 4, Interesting) 381

I have them. I have studied small parts of some of them. I have been delving into them over 30 years.

For day to day programming, I do not need or use the detail in those books.

At various times in the past, I have delved into library writing, and then they were very helpful, mostly in understanding issues and problems that I had not thought about. But I think time has moved on. Hardly anyone needs the details in those books, and in many cases, some classes of problems are well solved.

Looking back, I am glad that I studied some parts. But today I would not recommend them. Unless you really wanted to look back at history.

Comment Discipline (Score 1) 312

I used to read many books when younger. Maybe four or five a week. Earlier this year, I realised that I was down to three or four books a year. I also had trouble reading longer articles. My years of web browsing and skimming had retrained my brain to only look at small amounts of text before moving on. I did not like this. So I started a programme in my life. If I came across a longer article on the web, I forced myself to read it in full. Man, that was hard at first. I had to force myself to complete this many times, until it became a habit. It also made me realise that not all long articles were crap.

Then I turned to books. I started reading again. Start with smaller fun books, and persevere till they were done. Note them, write small book reports for myself, and keep going. Almost one year later, I am reading a book a week. I will continue this and hope to increase back to two books a week.

Self-discipline is what did it for me. I am sure that there are many other ways of approaching this and changing your own behaviour.

Comment ownCloud (Score 5, Interesting) 132

I made a smooth and easy transition from Google Reader to Feedly, and that worked well. It's a very efficient way of getting through my news and blogs. Then I discovered that ownCloud ( has a built in RSS feeder. I use ownCloud on my Linode to provide a Dropbox like environment, plus my own Calendar and Contacts for my iPhone and iPad, plus bookmarks. I am currently working on replacing Evernote with ownCloud.

I already had a cloud installation with Linode, and I just added ownCloud to it. Then I started discovering all the extra stuff it can do. The RSS Feeder was a wonderful discovery. I lose the economy of scale that Feedly provides, but it works more closely to my mental model, and some of the formatting is nicer than Feedly. I've been using it for several months now, and totally love it. It's not for everyone, given the requirements (you have to set up your own webserver, then set up the ownCloud services), but the benefits are enormous. And I get a little more privacy, just me and Linode and the NSA.

Comment FVWM (Score 1) 965

Me too. I tried switching to XFCE again recently, but went back to FVWM after a day. I have too much configuration and automation built in to FVWM and it works neatly and quickly and I get my work done better. Looks like I'm stuck with it for another ten years of productive work.

Comment Re:Yes! (Score 1) 470

I use the command line in Linux and Mac all the time for almost all my work. I browse with the GUI parts but everything else, including CD and DVD ripping is done on the command line. It's far more efficient FOR ME. It's where I prefer to work.

Comment Re:A good idea (Score 2, Insightful) 297

They go for it because of the convenience. You might have other options open to you, but regular folks just want to click a few buttons and have the book on the device and ready to read. They don't care about DRM or patents or rights or morality. They just want the book there, and they don't want to have to think about it, or go to any extra effort to satisfy someone else's views on right or wrong.

Comment Re:Wait... They want them to dumb things down... (Score 2, Insightful) 511

Statistically, your attitude that 5,000 jumps compared to 500 jumps is the same as heads or tails after 5,000 or 500 tosses, is quite correct. But it doesn't take into account the human factor involved in skydiving. The skydiver who has done 5,000 jumps might have become cocky, complacent, careless, and is therefore long overdue for an accident. Statistics are fine in big picture, but the human element can trump statistics.

Comment Love the Unicomp keyboards (Score 1) 519

I've bought two of the Unicomp keyboards and I appreciate them mightily. I got one for work and one for home. They are noisier than the plastic kiddie-keyboards but they make up for the noise by being superb keyboards. My accuracy and speed increased, my physical effort decreased, and my hands and wrists appreciate the key action.

And at a pinch, I can pick these massive keyboards up and use them as a deadly weapon.

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