xargs start

Like many programmers, I’ve messed around in a lot of development environments – including the UNIX/Linux family of operating systems. One of the UNIX commands I like is xargs… this is very handy when writing one-off command lines or scripts. I like it so much that I miss it terribly when I’m in a Windows…


xkcd finds East and West confusing – what about North and South?

Stealing from XKCD again: I have a similar problem with North and South.  On the globe, there’s a clearly marked “North Pole” and a clearly marked “South Pole.” Fine. Magnets also have North and South poles.  These are typically labeled N and S respectively.  Fine. But if you consider the Earth as a large magnet…


The case of the default audio device from the future

Hover the mouse over each picture (xkcd-style) in turn to get the text that tells the story. An amusing behavior of Windows Vista recently came to my attention… sometimes the Sound control panel wants to go back… to the future! So far, so good. D’oh! Luckily, there’s a way to recover… Voilà tout.