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Comment Yep, and got pencil-signed copies, too (Score 1) 373

Back when I was at AOL in Vienna, VA, there was a bookstore called Computer Literacy Bookstore, a few doors down from the headquarters of Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus (who annually would show off their elephant-de-jour).

I bought the first two editions there the moment I became aware of them. They're signed in pencil by Knuth himself. The fact that he used pencil I found amusing.

I bought the third edition, which was a huge, huge event as it was much anticipated, and enjoyed it better than the first two since I have rather poor mathematical ability and could relate more to the fuzzy concepts of sorting and searching than some of the more mathematical concepts in the earlier two editions.

Since I left the software engineering community in favor of what we used to call "systems programming" and now call "DevOps," I didn't become aware of the "4A" edition until this evening. Thanks for the heads-up. Maybe it will encourage me to get back into software engineering and overcome my weakness in math.

Comment Re:It's OVH (Score 1) 103

Run away from DreamHost. They're cheap but you get what you pay for, though 1and1 is now price competitive with far higher performance from my benchmarks.

But DreamHost is actually shutting down and scrapping their East-1 cloud environment in January. Data will be lost permanently in less than a month. But that's okay because they told us months ago and are giving away the service for no charge before it gets torn down. But is it?

Okay, so move to next-gen East-2 with their "SSD" storage, but then find out storage is not any faster than their "magnetic" storage on East-1.

DreamHost has become very disappointing recently. I used 1and1 and DigitalOcean and get 10x the storage speed than I do with DreamHost at the very same cost.

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