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[11 Nov 2017 | Comments Off on Happy birthday Christopher! | 607 views]
Happy birthday Christopher!

Hey Christopher,
Back to being late as usual! 🙂 Hope you had a good birthday. Big milestone for you!
Love, Uncle Craig

Humour, IT »

[28 Aug 2017 | Comments Off on man page humour | 549 views]

Found this little nugget in the “find” man page recently:
A ‘%’ character followed by any other character is discarded, but the other character is printed (don’t rely on this, as further format characters may be introduced). A ‘%’ at the end of the format argument causes undefined behaviour since there is no following character. In some locales, it may hide your door keys, while in others it may remove the final page from the novel you are reading.
Reminds me of a T-shirt I have:

$> man woman
$> Segmentation fault (core dumped)

Opinion »

[26 Apr 2017 | Comments Off on Feedback sent to Staples | 788 views]
Feedback sent to Staples

I’ve been using Staples more than usual for about the last year for various reasons, and one of the things I’ve been doing is making signs for a noticeboard. For this I generally want something printed in black ink on coloured paper; nothing fancy, but not plain, white paper. However, unsurprisingly (I suppose) Staples doesn’t offer coloured paper on their self-service machines, so of course I go to the desk … for which I do expect to pay a bit more, considering I’m dealing with a paid employee.
However, what I …

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[10 Mar 2017 | Comments Off on The last days of robert mugabe | 721 views]

Interesting article by Martin Fletcher, yet another about the “coming cataclysm” that will happen when mugabe’s “portrait falls off the wall” — a rather amusing euphemism I’ve just learnt that Zimbabweans use to refer to mugabe’s oft-predicted “imminent” death.
I’m in no position these days to agree or disagree with much of what he predicts, although it’s certainly interesting. As he points out, muggers is only 93, while his mother lived “beyond 100” so we could be in for another decade of his misrule, murder and mayhem, not to mention ongoing …

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[18 Feb 2017 | Comments Off on Happy birthday Elizabeth! | 746 views]
Happy birthday Elizabeth!

Dear Elizabeth,
I’m on time for a change! 🙂 Hope you have a good birthday today.
Love, Uncle Craig