First two weeks with a Pebble

sdfsdfsdfsdf By evan on Jan 14, 2014

I ordered a Pebble 1545686_379063542231007_1734852870_nsmartwatch as a Christmas Present to myself from my wife. Caught the Black Friday sale, which was even better. It took about a month to get here, even though Pebble is based in the (more…)

What is a “Hacker”?

sdfsdfsdfsdf By evan on Jan 13, 2014

hacker-background-image-882-hd-wallpapersSomeone who genuinely enjoys programming.

From the Jargon File:

[originally, someone who makes furniture with an axe]

  1. A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer

    to learn only the minimum necessary. RFC1392, the Internet Users’ Glossary, usefully amplifies this as: A person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks in particular.

  2. One who programs enthusiastically (even obsessively) or who enjoys programming rather than just theorizing about programming
  3. A person capable of appreciating hack value.
  4. A person who is good at programming quickly.
  5. An expert at a particular program, or one who frequently does work using it or on it; as in ‘a Unix hacker’. (Definitions 1 through 5 are correlated, and people who fit them congregate.)
  6. An expert or enthusiast of any kind. One might be an astronomy hacker, for example.
  7. One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations.
  8. [deprecated] A malicious meddler who tries to discover sensitive information by poking around. Hence password hacker, network hacker. The correct term for this sense is cracker.

Depreciated being the key word.

If only the media, and infosec companies like AVG would stop misusing the word, as per 8), the world would be a better place.

New ferry named!

sdfsdfsdfsdf By evan on Jan 13, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe harbour ferry has a new name.

From CBC:

The Halifax Regional Municipality and Metro Transit have announced the new harbour ferry has been named Christopher Stannix, after a soldier who died in Afghanistan in 2007.

More than 12,800 (more…)

GoTime works. Why are we replacing it?

sdfsdfsdfsdf By evan on Jan 13, 2014

Metro_Transit_new_stop_signHRM has a system called GoTime. It seems like a simple enough thing. You call, you get the time the bus will be there, you go on with your day.

This works, but is horribly inefficient. You have to call, use the (more…)

Doorknobs on city council

sdfsdfsdfsdf By evan on Jan 13, 2014

door-knobCity councillors reportedly have solved all transit and crime issues, Halifax is a utopia lauded internationally for their exemplary leadership. Sarcasm aside, from CBC:

The Halifax Regional Municipality is considering a ban on round doorknobs, in addition (more…)

Interlaced PNG’s

sdfsdfsdfsdf By evan on Jan 12, 2014

images (1)Browsing the internet the other day, I came across the “Interlaced PNG” format. This was apparently designed about 15 years ago when internet connections were much slower. As connection speeds get faster, there’s been a trend (more…)