Now they have two problems…

Today, I’m going to write a bit about programming. But first, a short detour into the wonderful world of USENET, and the adaptability of certain quotes to any situation… There’s a fairly well known quote (among programmers, at least), that goes like this: Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use… Continue reading Now they have two problems…

One Small Victory…

Last night, walking back to work from dinner, I happened to pass by the Scientology building in downtown Mountain View. As I passed by, I studiously ignored a Scientology drone as he tried to hand me a pamphlet explaining some of the finer points of L. Ron’s philosophy. As he asked me “Would you like… Continue reading One Small Victory…

Fun with eBay lenses

I’ll need to add a couple of pictures to this post to illustrate, but I just received a lens I purchased on eBay. It’s a well-used, manual-focus Vivitar 70-150 “Macro” zoom. I put Macro in quotes because it doesn’t appear that this lens gets anywhere near the range of true macro 1:1 magnification. The closest… Continue reading Fun with eBay lenses

The best-laid plans…

Okay, so I haven’t been updating this as often as I’d like. I guess that’s not too surprising, given my “issues” with writing. Of course, that’s a major part of why I started this ‘blog – to get practice writing, to improve my comfort level. In that spirit, here’s an update. I complained in an… Continue reading The best-laid plans…

Getting my feet wet (again)

I’ve decided that I need to exercise my coding muscles a bit more. I’ve been doing little tiny programs as part of my day job as a software tester, but it’s been a few years since I’ve done any original, from-scratch application development. Since I’ve got a Mac, and Cocoa is the environment I’m most… Continue reading Getting my feet wet (again)

First Post!

Heh, just kidding. But at least with my own blog, I’ll always get the first (and last) word on whatever discussion I’m in. -Mark