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    Technical (mostly old for future debugging reviews):

    • Computer Architecture, 5th Ed. (Hennessy and Patterson, 2012)
    • Computer Systems: A Programmer’s Perspective (Bryant and O’Hallaron, 2003)
    • How Debuggers Work (Rosenberg, 1996)
    • COBOL II (Bookman, 1990)
    • Debugging C (Ward, 1986)
    • Invitation to MVS (Katzan Jr. and Tharayil, 1984)
    • System 370 Job Control Language (Brown, 1977)
    • Programs for an Electronic Digital Computer (Wilkes, Wheeler and Gill, 1957)


    • The Tyranny of Experts (Easterly, 2013)
    • 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Captialism (Chang, 2010)


    • The Once and Future King
    • Some of the Harry Potter series, I guess
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      System 370 Job Control Language (Brown, 1977)

      Why do you hate yourself so so so much?

      I have a nice hammer which you can hit yourself with…. I’m sure it will hurt less.

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        Computer Systems: A Programmer’s Perspective is a great book. The 3rd edition covers x86_64. I’m surprised I don’t see it popping up more in lists like these.

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          I read that JCL book in 1989 starting my IT career. Programmed COBOL for a few years and at some point converted a bunch of JCL to shell script at EDS.

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          Protonmail has a free tier and the personal account pricing is much better than this. Nice to see them offering the service, but the pricing does not seem to be serious.

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            Running, which I got more serious about 4 years ago.

            Board gaming with family and friends.

            Craft beer, I brewed beer for a number of years but it is so easy to find a variety of really good options now that it is difficult to motivate myself to brew a batch much anymore.

            I want to learn to play guitar, something I dabbled with over the years but never pursued.

            I am incredibly busy with my kids activities so I do more as the kids begin to be able to take themselves to activities. I used to program a lot at home and build web applications but I have started to leave most of my computing activities at work now. Occasionally I will mess around with some code, but I mostly try to spend time with people more often.

            I also try to read books not related to my field, I try to read everyday over lunch or before bedtime.

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              Would like an option to see in miles as well.

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                Just added that to the issue tracker https://gitlab.com/pikatrack/pikatrack/issues/47

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                To the author: If you’re going to design your website like that, please make it readable with CSS disabled (and with “reader modes”). Use <pre> instead of <code> with { display: block; white-space: pre-wrap }. The design isn’t bad, but it doesn’t appeal to everyone.

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                  That entire color choice is freaking my eyes out, combined with each sentence being a non-capitalized paragraph I found it tough to read.

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                    i love the style of the site fwiw

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                      please make it readable with CSS disabled

                      Not a lot of sites are doing that anymore. :(

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                        To be fair, HTML was built for single documents, and developing anything more complicated requires significant styling. Yet that’s not the case here – this is an almost canonical HTML document, which makes it all the more surprising when it breaks without CSS.

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                      I mean, “RSS”, whatever the carrying signal is, is super-useful. There is no replacement that isn’t fatally crippled; so I’ll continue to happily use my reader to collect interesting sources of info, and continue to happily find all kinds of interesting stuff.

                      This feels to me like it’s written at the wrong level of abstraction. Who cares about the XML structure of the feeds themselves, if the data is available? And what does “demise” mean – that VC money can’t figure out how to turn RSS into surveillance advertising? Pshaw.

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                        You hit all the nails on the head. Since the turning off of Google Reader I have been happily using a Tiny Tiny RSS install with no complaints. Every news source and blog has an RSS source. I have not missed a beat in the years since. Facebook, Twitter and Google would love it if RSS was dead, but if very much is not.

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                        I use https://protonmail.com. I wanted a Gmail alternative that was private and fully encrypted. I pay for the plus model so I can use my domain, I did not want the hassle or expense of a self-hosted model. I have been completely happy with Protonmail. I have used them since they were in beta.

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                          Yes, +1 for ProtonMail. From the small research I’ve done, they’re the most secure email provider. I also use my own domain.

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                            ProtonMail is great. The search function is a little bit slow, but since its encrypted at rest it kind of has to be.

                            There are a couple of features that are great. The one I get the most use out of is having multiple address connect to the same email account. I have several email addresses, one for personal use, one used for signing up accounts, one for newsletters (or other noisy notifications), one scoped to projects, etc.

                            There is also ProtonMail’s Bridge that gets around some of the security issues with IMAP/POP creating a connection over TLS, which then locally runs a IMAP/POP server on your machine.

                            They have also had their OpenPGPjs (A opensource PGP impl in JS) library audited.(1)

                            2 major caveats for anyone who is considering an encrypted email service is that

                            1. Email is inherently insecure. It is hitting protonmails server in plain text possibly without StartTLS.
                            2. You are probably going to forfeit some functionality for the this feature.

                            1: It wasn’t directly them, more the community around OpenPGPjs, which they are part of. I’m also unsure of the original ownership of this project, but that can get muddied with opensource sometimes.

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                              I also use protonmail, no particular complaints about it.

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                                I have the Visionary plan and seamlessly migrated my email to them - including my whole archive which goes back about 13 years or so, once the bridge was out.

                                It’s a very nice and simple web client, and the apps are good enough that they just work for my parents.

                                Overall, I like it very much.