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Persia -->>    Toward the end of 1951, the Parliament of Iran voted overwhelmingly to nationalize the Anglo Iranian Oil Company. This company was, at the time, the wealthiest holding of the British Empire. Naturally, this made the British a bit angry. This company (now

Another Year and Another Decade -->>    Today, we find ourselves in a New Year and a New Decade. Of course, this is not

Discipline -->>    Descartes said _je pense, donc je suis_ and later _cogito ergo sum_. His argument was something like: if I am able to doubt my existence, I am thinking, and if I am thinking I must exist. This seems to be absolutely true in a sense. If I am able to think

Word Press Mangler 4.0.1 -->>    I have worked on WPM a bit, and I am pleased to announce version 4 update 1. As

Linux Kernel 4.19 -->>    For those individuals using Linux distributions that ship with older kernels, they may find themselves needing a newer kernel for hardware support, and not having a package available. Never fear. In this document, I will be using 4.19.21, but you will wan

The New Conservatism -->>    If I were to think of what a traditional conservative looked like, I would picture men in suits and ties (even at the beach). I would picture their hats, and their long coats. I would picture women in skirts that didn't show ankle, and I would think of ha

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -->>    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Congresswoman D NY 14th {Bronx (City Island, Country Club, Morris Park, Parkchester, Pelham Bay, Schuylerville, Throggs Neck), Queens (Astoria, College Point, Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Woodside)}) was born

Mutt on WSL -->>    As noted previously on this blog, I really like Mutt. Mutt is a terminal application for the reading of mail. I typically now use it with imapfilter and IMAP/SMTP. I built an AMD ThreadRipper machine last year (1950X 16 core, 32 thread, 32GB of DDR4, AMD

The Year Ahead -->>    The end of 2018 had a few surprises.

Vanishing Privacy -->>    Many of us have become aware of the death of human privacy experienced by people around the world starting with the advent of smartphones. Some may argue that this started with wiretapping during the cold war, and others would argue that paper was no bett

Windows File Ownerships -->>    Windows is and has always been terrible, and despite performance improvements and the Linux runtime, Windows 10 is kind of worse in every way than its predecessors. One of the things that pisses me off in Windows is that after backing files up and then la

WPM 3.1 -->>    The old WP script that I created and maintained has been dramatically altered. It handles more scenarios and it works in more environments. The script will handle domain name changes, site cloning, wordpress installation, wordpress update, safe file permi

Fix Windows Update -->>    So, if you use Windows 10 now and then, you may run into issues with Windows updates failing to install and otherwise not working properly. I wrote a little script to handle that.

Humans Are Insane -->>    Sometimes, the things we do and the things in which we believe are shocking. Often enough, we normalize even the strangest of things, even the most ghastly of things, the most repulsive of things. We don't do it because we're monsters. We do it because we

Context for Communication -->>    Shared language is a myth. Having a shared language would require a shared reality. By this, I mean that people would be required to have a multitude of shared experiences before effective communication would be possible. In the past, I believe that this

War in Syria -->>    On the evening of Thursday, the 6th of April, the United States of America committed an act of war against the Syrian Arab Republic. The US Navy fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at al-Shayrat airfield (South East of Homs, and North East of Damascus, not far fro

The Naivete of Anarchists -->>    I have been told several times by both individuals on the left and individuals on the right that anarchists are naive. Personally, I find this to be not just wrong but also grandiloquent, invective, and bellicose.

War in Yemen -->>    The biblical land of Sheba is modern Yemen. There's evidence of occupation in the area from 5000 BC onward with civilization flourishing somewhere from 800 BC onward. These people went from polytheism to Judaism, then to Christianity around the 300s AD, a

Not Everything is as it Seems -->>    My grandfather never spoke of World War II. For the most part, no one ever asked either. Then, one day, I asked him about it and he answered every question with extreme patience, a level voice, enough love to spare me things that would have severely distu

A Guy in a Room Being -->>    I am just a guy. I am a guy who is in a room. Being. I focus my thoughts on my breathing. My mind strays. What did I tell to that coworker? Why did I say that? Fuck. I refocus to my breathing. I breathe in and out. I am not counting. I am not allowing mys

An Introduction to C -->>    We've covered a lot of ground with C so far. The big problem here is that we've not yet covered one of the most common tasks on a UNIX system. We have not covered files. So, let's look at files. For file I/O in C, you need a file pointer. We declare a fi

An Introduction to C -->>    So, in this part of the C Intro, I would like to say a bit about memory management.

An Introduction to C -->>    Some time has passed since I last did anything with my C tutorial. This is largely due to work and having several different projects going at any one time (learning Chinese, developing a hobby OS, a gaming community, etc...). However, I felt that I ought

The Millenial Anarchist -->>    Like all children, I was curious. I had a hunger for knowledge that almost all possess due to evolutionary pressure. This hunger was only destroyed when I began attending schools. It's odd really. Children go into the system ready to learn, eager to learn

An Introduction to C -->>    It's time for a cake walk. Here's an array of integers.

An Introduction to C -->>    In the last post, I briefly introduced arrays and strings. Let's look a little more closely.

An Introduction to C -->>    So far, we have already covered the use of the character data type, but what happens when you want to print more than one character to screen? This was strings are for.

An Introduction to C -->>    So far, I have thrown a lot of information at you very quickly. Let's recap with completely useless programs.

An Introduction to C -->>    Now for something odd.

An Introduction to C -->>    As you might imagine, a large series of conditional statements could get really tedious. Imagine a series of 20 if statements... and imagine typing that out. Very quickly, it would become very annoying. For this reason, C has the switch-break.

An Introduction to C -->>    Programs are a lot more useful if users can interact with them. It is equally useful to be able to perform specific operations depending upon what input is gained from said users. That's the topic for this entry.

An Introduction to C -->>    So, in this installment, let's talk about loops. So far, all you have had is sequences. Programs only consist of sequence, loop, selection, and data. Looking at it this way, you're nearly ready to call yourself a programmer. So, don't get discouraged.

An Introduction to C -->>    Last time, we got into the absolute basics. This time, let's cover something more useful.

An Introduction to C -->>    C is a computer programming language that was designed for the purpose of implementing system software. Today, it is still used for that task but is also used for implementing application software. C is insanely widely used. C is the bedrock of UNIX, Linu

An Introduction to Slackware Linux -->>    People often look at Slackware with a certain amount of trepidation. It appears complicated, difficult, or tedious. If you ever felt like trying Slackware but didn't because of those fears, this is an article for you. I am going to cover installation ste

It's Not the End of the OS -->>    In a recent article over at MyBroadband, Alastair Otter says that the end of the OS is nigh. I couldn't disagree more. His argument is that cloud applications along with browser innovations will replace our normal applications. He argues that cross platfo

An Introduction to Find -->>    Learning find can seem daunting at first, but it is worth learning. There is no single more useful search tool for UNIX like systems. You could almost consider find a very primitive scripting language in itself as find can find the files you request and t

An Introduction to VIm -->>    A long time ago, in a college far far away, some nerds were playing with UNIX. At that time, UNIX shipped with ed. Some rather clever programmers made a replacement for ed called em. Em became en. En became ex. Ex is Vi. Why is this important? Understandi

An Introduction to Mutt -->>    It seems as though every time someone sees me at my desk reading my mail, they ask what it is I am doing. I tell them I am reading my mail, and they're shocked. They see me pull up image attachments, and office and all this, and they think I am some kind

Manual Backups with dd -->>    There are several different ways to make backups of data for any operating system. In the "glory days" of UNIX people would usually write a cron job that would create a Tape ARchive of their system and write that TAR to a tape drive. Well, those days are

OpenSource Operating Systems -->>    Well, I figured that I should take an opportunity to introduce a few opensource OSs that really haven't been in the lime light much. We all know about Linux and many of us also know about Darwin and BSD. Still some know about OpenSolaris. Which ever ones

Clouds Eventually Burst -->>    So often lately, I hear of the cloud and the wonderful things it will do for the world. I increasingly hear that any software effort that is not directed toward the cloud is going to fail. So much, I hear that desktops and laptops are antiquated due to th

Building your own Slackware Distribution -->>    Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and SuSE have system for making respins. Slackware's package manager has an easy to use makepkg script, and the installer is wickedly easy to customize to meet your needs. So, let's go through making a Slackware-based distribution.

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