Ask Slashdot: Prioritizing Saleable Used Computer Books?
Keep anything, no matter how old, from O'Reilly books.
Sure. You never know when you'll need to reach for Securing Windows NT/2000 Servers for the Internet
TED Education — Video Lessons For Students
Up until about 1970, essentially every significant "American" scientific discovery of accomplishment was the work of European-born and European-trained scientists and engineers.
So Illinois and South Dakota are European states then?
Did Benjamin Franklin Invent Daylight Saving Time?
Singaporeans liked the concept of Daylight Saving so much that in 1982 they moved to it permanently.
Not so. See the article Why is Singapore in the 'Wrong' Time Zone? for a better explanation.
Common Traits of the Veteran Unix Admin
like using vi to look at a config file you have no intention of editing
For that we use view of course.
And :w! if we change our mind.
Where Are the Original PC Programmers Now?
I got the Programmers at Work book recently (picked it up in a second hand book sale). After reading the articles I looked up a few Wikipedia entries. John Page is not there at all. And PFS:FILE is mentioned only in passing in an entry on pfs:Write [sic] - in which Page is entirely absent.
Programming Things I Wish I Knew Earlier
I always thought XV was shut down for being the shareware everyone had but nobody ever paid for.
Hey! I paid for it!
The total charge was $25.00 plus $0.00 tax.
Contact: John Bradley
Solving an Earth-Sized Jigsaw Puzzle
Anyone know how the measure this stuff?
Short term (human lifetime) by using GPS, VLBI and measurements of seismic activity.
Long term (earth lifetime) by using magnetic stripe lineations on the seafloor, hot-spot tracks (eg, the Hawaiian volcano chain) and other geologic indicators.
Duke To Shut Down Usenet Server
... And nothing of any importance was lost.
Really? Just have a look at some of these posts.
New Hope For Predicting Earthquakes
True, I suppose ... although the scale of the problem is somewhat greater. Rock also tends to flow under pressure, so it's not a simple matter of shear force.
... and the places where earthquakes occur are deep in the earth and not amenable to direct observation. Earthquake prediction, in the sense of saying when any specific event will occur, is a very hard problem.
A Short History of Btrfs
Simply make the filesystem mark deleted files as "hide from directory listing, and really delete only if you need the space". Then add a couple of syscalls to examine these "recyclable" files and restore them to normal status.
Netware has a Salvage utility that relies on a filesystem with those attributes. It used to be called the Netware File System (yes, NFS). More recent versions are now called Novell Storage Services. Ported to SuSe now according to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novell_Storage_Services/
Google Earth To Show Ocean Floor
Swath bathymetry is how the high resolution mapping is done.
Unix Dict/grep Solves Left-Side-of-Keyboard Puzzle
>The longest word I got was 'redrawerredrawers',
>which probably indicates that my wordfile is corrupted
I think you've found a bug ...
% grep '^redrawer' /usr/share/dict/words
... on Fedora 9 and RHEL 4 and 5 boxes at least.
The Sounds of Failing Hard Drives
The three or four I listened to all sounded pretty similar. Still, I can imagine that some readers here might like them as ringtones...
(Useful) Stupid Vim Tricks?
This ex command impressed me.
Now, repeat it.