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This is my blog, named for an old New York Lottery marketing slogan: "All you need is a dollar and a dream."

24 April 2018

Self-Hosted Fonts

Rather than settling for system standard fonts, I’ve chosen a set of fonts that I think would best display my site’s contents and self-hosted them. Initial loads might be a bit slower, but I think you’ll find that the initial performance hit is worth it. I’m using Voltaire for headings, Bitter for body text, and Cutive Mono for code samples and pre-formatted text. All are available from Google Fonts.

20 April 2018

Using Think Penguin’s Wireless N USB Adapter on OpenBSD

I received one of Think Penguin’s Wireless N USB Adapters today, and tested it on my main OpenBSD desktop. It took a little setup, but it works.

19 April 2018

Multics Lives!

trn at Lobsters recently announced the existence of ban.ai public access Multics. Yes, that Multics. I wish this had been around a couple of years ago when I was writing my novel Silent Clarion in 2015. I had put my protagonist in the position of trying to crack a Multics installation. While Unix was ubiquitous in her setting, she had no experience with Multics. While I had used http://multicians.org/ for research, reading a website is no substitute for firsthand experience.

17 April 2018

Does Anybody Else Remember the OLPC?

Does anybody else remember the OLPC? You know, the little green laptop that was supposed to be dirt cheap, durable, and so easy to learn to use that giving them to kids in Third World countries would spark an educational revolution? It didn’t work out way. The Verge digs into what happened and why.

12 April 2018

Replace JavaScript? Yeah, right.

Let’s replace JavaScript with something better,” says John Ankarström. “It’ll be easy”, he says.

06 April 2018

The Web Sucks Because of Web Developers

The World Wide Web sucks nowadays because too many web developers are ignorant techbros who fail to consider human factors and insist on using trendy tech.

02 April 2018

When You Want It Done Your Way

Open Source isn’t Burger King. You can’t always expect to have it your way. Sometimes you need to do it yourself.

30 March 2018

YouTube Must Be Destroyed

If web pages are bloated (and they are), YouTube embeds are one of the biggest culprits. Never embed what you can link!

12 March 2018

CSS Frameworks Considered Harmful

Any web developer who chooses to use a CSS framework in the absence of pressure from management is going to regret it once I take over their project and find out where they live.

08 March 2018

How to Enable Grayscale Mode on Android Smartphones

I don’t think this actually helps with smartphone addiction, but here’s a quick rundown on how to enable grayscale mode on your Android smartphone.

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