Return of Patronage

Who will pay for intellectual works that are easily copied over the Internet, and why? I think the strongest component will be voluntary payment, a.k.a. patronage, and it’s already much more common than generally admitted. The core distinction is the following: People will pay after “consuming” (listening, reading, watching, playing) a work if they decide […]

.NET Core: Hype vs Reality

The great excitement over Microsoft’s announcement to open-source a cross-platform .NET Server Core (explanation by Tim Anderson) is frankly rather puzzling. As Mike James correctly analyzes, The bottom line is that Microsoft has open sourced code that was already available as open source as Mono. The only difference is that this is the real original […]

Returning to Wjjsoft myBase

Wjjsoft myBase is an “outliner database,” one of an old and illustrious group of applications whose perhaps most famous specimen is TreePad. TreePad has existed since 1995, myBase since 1998. Both are still under active development, but their user interfaces are clearly children of the 1990s. While certainly usable they look rather cluttered and ugly, […]

Enter the E-Cigarette

Nicotine is an effective nootropic second only to caffeine in popularity. Lately it has been on the decline through little fault of its own, as the standard delivery method of burning or chewing tobacco is extremely unhealthy. Tobacco contains a powerful mix of carcinogenic chemicals (which do not include nicotine!), and inhaling smoke particles damages […]

Windows 10 Announced

Microsoft has officially announced the successor to the ill-conceived Windows 8, codenamed “Threshold” and now surprisingly numbered Windows 10 rather than 9. You see, “Windows 9” also matches the start of “Windows 95” and “Windows 98”… and a lot of short-sighted coders used a startsWith string check to determine Windows versions. Also, the internal version […]

Passau Veste Oberhaus

Founded in 1219 to overlook Passau, Veste Oberhaus is a true medieval fortress at its core. That’s unmistakable when you try to reach the castle: the ascent covering a height of 100 meters resembles Frodo’s journey into Mordor, except with more sunshine and American tourists. As for the way back down, it’s so steep that […]

Aperture & Macro Photography

The constant maximal f/4 aperture of the Sony Alpha 7R’s two standard zoom lenses – SEL-2470Z (24–70 mm) and SEL-70200G (70–200 mm) – allows for a wonderful amount of light and great bokeh. However, one area where it’s not terribly useful is macro photography with screw-on magnification lenses, in my case the Marumi DHG Achromat […]

∞ Win32 High DPI & FontForge

Over at Dr. Dobb’s, Gastón Hillar has published two articles on Windows 8.1 desktop applications that properly support high DPI displays. Part 1 covers basic concepts, and part 2 shows C/C++ sample code for the Win32 API. The first article is strongly recommended for all Windows developers. The second one, while no doubt useful, sadly […]

Sony Alpha 7R & SEL-2470Z

After 1.5 years with the Sony NEX-7 (APS-C format) I realized I wouldn’t stop boring people with my amateur pictures anytime soon, so I might as well upgrade to a full-frame camera. I considered the new Nikon D810, a traditional DSLR that got excellent reviews, but eventually settled for the mirrorless Sony Alpha 7R using […]

∞ Scientific Languages & Java Memory

Programmers apparently double down on publishing articles and updates during summer vacations. Here’s the second link collection this month that’s exclusively concerned with software development, and mostly with Java… Lambda the Ultimate recently linked and excerpted two excellent posts on scientific computing by Graydon Hoare. Published in March, the first article looks at the history […]