JRTruthTable is my new small+simple Objective-C class for resolving what state you’re in given a condition set. I have a Cocoa app I wrote back in 2004 for generating truth tables. I was going to modernize it an release it, but now I think I’ll just turn it into a Cappuccino app — there’s no need to tie it to Mac OS X. The rewrite is a little while away, however.
HOWTO Use UTF-8 Throughout Your Web Stack
Good is the enemy of Great Latin-1 is the enemy of UTF-8 You write web apps. You understand the web is global, and want to support internationalization. You want UTF-8. UTF-8 is extremely sane. Well, as sane as an encoding can be that features backwards-compatibility with ASCII. Everything you care about supports UTF-8. Trust me: you want it everywhere. Problem is, every last part of the...
QuickPick Pulled From App Store
You may recall Seth Willits, whose app QuickPick was rejected from the Mac App Store for being “confusingly similar” to 10.7’s Launchpad. Even though QuickPick has been shipping for years before Launchpad and also runs on 10.6. Seth submitted a formal appeal to Apple’s App Review Board on April 7 2011. After seven weeks Apple denied his appeal. Seth asked for a...
Drove the Chevy to the Levy
bitcartel / @bitcartel: Today: 40th Anniversary of Nixon ending Gold Standard. 1 USD was worth 1/35th of an ounce of gold, now just 1/1750th. http://t.co/m3v2LeM In 1971 you have $105. $35 goes under the mattress, $35 into a savings account at 0.80% monthly and you buy a single 1oz gold coin. Satisfied with your investments, you hop in your Corvair, get distracted upon hearing American Pie...
BART Disables Cell Phone Service
San Francisco BART: BART temporarily interrupted [cell phone] service at select BART stations as one of many tactics to ensure the safety of everyone on the platform. I’m glad this happened — it provides real-world evidence to the extent mainstream communication channels operate at the whim of nameless bureaucrats.
Cable Subscriber Inflation
Peter Svensson writing for the Associated Press: The U.S. subscription-TV industry first showed a small net loss of subscribers a year ago. This year, that trickle has turned into a stream. I pay Comcast $65/month for Cable Internet and Basic Cable. I don’t need Basic Cable — I don’t even have a TV attached to it. However Comcast would charge me an additional $5/month...
Hickey on Values, Identity and State
Rich Hickey delivers a must-watch presentation. I have a hard time watching presentations on my computer, but this one is very worth it. In an approachable and high-level manner, Hickey effectively attacks variables as insufficient abstractions, making a compelling argument and offering effective replacements. Though I’m a Lisp fan, I haven’t been too interested in Clojure since...