Windows 10 Fall Update (1511)

Windows 10 just received its first major feature update, only known informally as “Fall Update.” The name was not changed to Windows 10.1 or the like, although System: About in the Settings app now shows the new version tag 1511 corresponding to build 10586. The original release was based on build 10240 with version tag […]

Robert Ardrey’s Hunting Hypothesis

Robert Ardrey (1908–1980) was not only a noted playwright but also the author of four influential books on evolutionary anthropology. If you’ve never heard of him that’s because he was an outsider of the academic establishment, both as an amateur and as an early critic of the ludicrous Marxist propaganda known as the “blank slate” […]

ComboBox Celebration Update

With the release of Java SE 8 Update 60 that brought WPF-style DPI scaling my two JavaFX open-source projects (MIME Browser and Star Chess) were due for an update. But then several users discovered a nasty JavaFX bug that had been introduced in Java SE 8u40 but only occurs on touch screen systems. Specifically, clicking […]

Sarah Perry’s Cooperative Ignorance

Sarah Perry’s monumental essay on Cooperative Ignorance makes a compelling point that when interacting with other human beings (as opposed to indifferent nature), it is often beneficial to be deliberately ignorant or otherwise constrained in one’s options. In this overview I’ve compiled a few highlights; read the whole thing when you can make the time. […]

∞ Click Fraud & Replication Crisis

Second batch of curiosa gathered since June, this time covering some rather unpleasant news in digital publishing and academic research. Digital Publishing Watch Bloomberg has published an extensive analysis on click fraud, the booming business of selling fake clicks on web advertising so that ad agencies can charge their customers higher prices. America’s Association of […]

∞ Streams, Lambdas, Modules, Movs

Lots of curiosa have accumulated since my last update in June. Here’s the first batch, covering programming and other computer news. Java Programming Angelika Langer (of Java Generics fame) has examined the question, How fast are the Java 8 streams? Not very fast, as it turns out. They are much slower than looping through arrays, […]

Grand .NET Project Update

As noted previously, Visual Studio 2015 has an excellent free Community edition that prompted me to revisit my .NET resources. Today it’s the turn of my four remaining .NET projects: Tektosyne, Class Diagrammer, Hexkit, and Myriarch. First, a pleasant surprise: VS2015 can read existing VS2010 solution and project files without requiring any update process or […]

Updates for VS2015 & .NET 4.6

With Visual Studio 2015, Microsoft finally provides a free Community edition that’s both reasonably feature-complete and legal to use for any purpose by individuals and teams of up to five, or of any size for non-commercial projects. That’s a huge step up from the shamefully crippled Express editions of previous versions, although those strangely continue […]

Check .NET Version updated for 4.6

After a long hiatus, I reinstalled Visual Studio since the 2015 Community edition is finally both free and reasonably feature-complete. I’ll go through my various Microsoft-related pages to see if anything needs updating, and today I start with my popular .NET version checker utility. Check .NET Version with Inno Setup now supports all .NET Framework […]

Windows 10: Something Happened

I’ve been running Microsoft’s long-awaited Windows 10 on my Dell XPS 15 (model 9530) for a week now. Yesterday I detailed the changes to DPI settings, today I cover the installation process and my general impressions of the new Windows version. I’m focusing on the traditional desktop experience as I always have a keyboard and […]