Archive for the ‘hack’ Category

FreeBSD 10 on the Asus Zenbook UX31E

In hack on December 29, 2015 at 11:54

This laptop landed in my hands a couple weeks ago, and a quick check online suggested it was well supported by FreeBSD. So I gave it a try! It worked out of the box… nearly.

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Back to business

In experiment, hack on April 4, 2015 at 19:26

My relationship with Apple laptops and OSX: 2004 ♥ — 2013 😦 — 2015†.

tl;dr: Apple has stretched my ethical boundaries too far, so I decided to move on. I am now giving Android a shot in combination with a touch screen. So far, lovin’ it.

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VoCore #310 and #2606 reporting for duty

In experiment, hack on November 14, 2014 at 12:14

It’s alive, it’s alive!

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Lab notes: tinkering with Go

In hack, lecture on May 21, 2013 at 12:00

Recently I designed a utility for my research. To implement this utility I needed a programming language that: 1) is appropriate for fast prototyping, 2) supports asynchronous, low-latency event handling, and 3) supports efficient in-program multi-way channel polling.

So far I could find, only Go fits the bill, and so I learned Go for a couple of days.

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How my first GA application failed

In hack, reflection on January 28, 2013 at 12:00

Last week I implemented my first “useful” genetic algorithm (GA) to solve a mapping problem. Lesson learned: don’t mistake “good solution according to the algorithm” with “good solution to the problem.”

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It can’t be wrong if it feels so good

In hack, lecture, reflection on January 7, 2013 at 12:00

I did it again.

It’s like self-gratification: can’t hurt anyone, reliable pleasure, kept me busy for a while, pleasant relief afterwards.

Really, I ought to have been working on new, abstract, sexy-sounding research directions to advance my career.

Instead, I spent a half week programming and engineering. And I learned a damn lot about myself in the process.

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The holy printing altar

In hack on November 5, 2012 at 12:00

We have in our office this awesome networked multi-function laser color printer able to churn out hundreds of pages in a few minutes. It’s also our coffee corner at work. Which means I spend time quite often next to it. And therefore that I see stuff coming out of it.

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Making Scrabble more fun

In hack on November 3, 2012 at 12:58

So there’s this bunch of friends who wanted me to play Scrabble with them. I’d like to play with them. Unfortunately, my relationship with words does not involve decomposing them into individual letters: I learn and use them as a whole, not an assembly of their parts. So I can’t “see” words when faced with a set of Scrabble tiles. Therefore, I suck at Scrabble.

But then there are two components to the game: finding candidate words (which I suck at) and then finding good positions to place them on the board and maximize your score (which I suck less at). Maybe if I could get some help on the first part, Scrabble could be fun. And then I figured computers are good at finding things.

So I decided to make a program to help me.

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Reading is good, reading right is better

In hack, lecture on August 6, 2012 at 12:00

Distraction is pleasurable, but there are many ways to waste time reading stuff online. There’s the useless stuff, and there’s the stuff that makes you stupid. In contrast, choose wisely and balance useful stuff with stuff that makes you smarter and more creative. Read the rest of this entry »

Too many “friends”?

In hack on June 2, 2012 at 17:43

How to organize your contact list, 21st century-style. Read the rest of this entry »