What I desire from Wikipedia

For many years, I have valued Wikipedia as a source of interesting and useful information on a staggeringly wide variety of topics.  I wonder how long that will remain the case, though, given that Wikipedia is changing in ways some of us find unhelpful. Thinking and reading about Wikipedia’s dominant editing culture has helped me clarify …

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Why I prefer desktop computers over laptops

I have owned many personal computers over the past 30 years… but never a laptop. I’ve used others’ laptops from time to time, but only for short periods of time. Laptops are wonderful, but almost any time I have a choice, I prefer to use a desktop. I thought it …

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Dopey, the Folder-Selection Annoyance

Just about every Windows program prompts a user to select a file for some purpose, such as through the Open File dialog …

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A better use for 4.5 billion dollars

I am shocked by the recent winning bid for Nortel’s patent portfolio.  4.5 billion U. S. dollars.  In cash! More than shocked, …

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Can bcrypt’s computational expense be reduced on the server side?

(Caution: Amateur security research ahead.  Using it in a live system is not recommendable.) I recently read “How to Safely Store a …

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Facebook, the Island of the Lotus-Eaters

Last night I watched Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief on TV.  (Beware, spoilers ahead.) This moderately-entertaining movie cleverly incorporates a …

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A Solomonic Response to Username Disputes

In recent months, I’ve read of the following scenario playing out on a couple of different occasions [1]: Person “So-and-So” chooses “CleverName” …

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An immediate hiatus

As is evident to anyone checking in, I’ve so far failed to keep up with my initial, modest goal of writing once …

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Collide world!

Hello, world!  My name is Andrés Cabezas Ulate.  Yesterday, as I was reading one of my favorite blogs, I came across the …

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