Monday, October 18


Daily News Stuff 18 October 2021

Sweep The Rug Under The Other Rug Edition

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  • Finally getting some time to set up my two new notebooks.  Some quick thoughts:

    • 16:10 high-resolution IPS matte panels are really nice these days.  The smaller one is 14" at 2560x1600, the larger is 16" at 3072*1920.  I have an older notebook with a 3840x2160 screen, but it's a glossy finish and the colours are more muted (plus it has huge bezels).  The new screens are bright and vibrant without being oversaturated.

    • Four cores, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of SSD just aren't enough for the work I do, but that's the limit of most small laptops.  Fortunately the larger of the two has eight cores, 32GB of RAM, and a second M.2 slot.  For the last four years I've been using an eight-core Ryzen system, and for three of those, two eight-core Ryzen systems.

      I'm likely to supplement the laptops with a couple of NUCs running Linux, since I have spare RAM and SSDs just sitting around now.

    • Microsoft really wants you to sign in with an online account, and really doesn't want you to stop using Edge.  I'm still using Windows 10 so it doesn't force the issue, but that day will come.

    • Disk space disappears fast and Windows doesn't tell you where it's going.  Yes, sure, I did just install the entire JetBrains IDE suite, plus the Anaconda Python distro which chews up something like 3GB all by itself, but that still doesn't account for it all.  And none of those apps appears on the Windows app list that tells you how much space they are using.

  • How to try Windows 11 without fucking up your working system.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Bootable USB drive.

Tech News

  • Software development is an illusion; JavaScript doubly so.  (

    The author picked up an old JavaScript UI project - six months old, that he wrote himself - and tried to get it working.  

    It didn't work.

    The fix for the problem caused another problem, and the fix for that broke things even more.  The workaround for the fix for the fix failed because the library versions were incompatible and probably will be for a year.

    The alternative was also incompatible, and the workaround for that was incompatible in a different way.

    The solution to this didn't work, and the fix for the solution for the workaround for the original problem wouldn't even compile.

  • Seriously, does no-one write code anymore?  (

    I think at the end of all that you have something that will save a database record.

  • I guess if you have a 9000 sq ft home you can afford $1500 for a WiFi mesh solution.  (Serve the Home)

    Also, 10Gb to the base station and 2.5Gb to the satellites.

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Disclaimer: Are we not satellites?  We are Pomu!

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1 Started off with Assembler, Fortran, PL/I, and COBOL.  Picked up other stuff as I went along, and as it came out.  Sometimes it seems like the later gen software packages, plus the explosion of available memory, made it harder to understand the nuts and bolts well enough to create clean, minimalistic code....and the reason for same.

Posted by: Frank at Monday, October 18 2021 06:46 PM (rglbH)

2 I think it just allows you to benchmark how fast it could potentially save a database record.
Also:  "This setup works like a charm. It was battle-tested on the big load services. Of course, there were some issues like connection pooling and closed connections in the middle of the request (but this is a topic for the next blog post!)."

Posted by: normal at Monday, October 18 2021 07:52 PM (obo9H)

3 Yeah, there are not enough facepalms in the world for that part.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, October 18 2021 10:40 PM (PiXy!)

4 I loved the cargo-cult developer who was told to update his daemon to use connection pooling, and so he dutifully created one every time a new request came in


Posted by: J Greely at Tuesday, October 19 2021 01:42 AM (ZlYZd)

5 J--seems legit.  You forgot to tell him to use it properly.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, October 19 2021 02:43 AM (Z0GF0)

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