The CurrCon Java Applet displays prices on this
web page converted with today’s exchange rates into your local international currency,
e.g. Euros, US dollars, Canadian dollars, British Pounds, Indian Rupees…
CurrCon requires an up-to-date browser
and Java version 1.7 or later, preferably 1.8.0_11.
If you can’t see the prices in your local currency,
Troubleshoot. Use Chrome for best results.
I am so disgusted with my species. Humans refuse to even act
in their self interest. They would sooner others get less than everyone including
themselves get more. They are happy to see the extinction of their species so long as
they enjoy a slight relative advantage over others in the interim.
~ Roedy(born: 1948-02-04 age: 66)
eReader connectivity: The three ways eBook readers such as Kindle, Kobo, Nook and Sony connect to acquire new books — USB, WiFi and 3G cellular phone network.
Tindie: Tindie is an electronics candy/toystore/flea market for adult boys. It a fascinating website to spend an afternoon. Individual and small companies from all over the world showcase what they have been up to with electronics.
hit counters: I have done a fair bit of research on hit counters. I have converted from the flaky Perl based counters to StatCount counters that track total visitors to the site, any page.
CloudFlare: Cloud flare, free global caching of your static content.
OpenStack: Setting up clouds with OpenStack components.
PayPal: Links to online stores that take PayPal are now marked with a P logo.
version numbers: Some thoughts on the best way to assign version numbers to software.
lambda λ expressions: The new lambda λ expressions/closures/functional prgogramming features of JDK 1.8.
memory-free watch: Student project to design a watch you can use without memorising the manual.
Greeting Card: Applet to print greeting cards on half-fold 8.5 × 11 card stock. Very simple. Just choose an image from your own hard disk, and click print. Everything else is automatic. Source code available. You would be amazed how complicated it had to be to be that simple to use.
AffineTransform: Hints on using AffineTransform to tranlate, rotate and scale.
JSlider: How to labels ticks with other than integers.
artifact: An unlikely term used by both Maven and Ivy.
CVS: New version of the CSV utilities, now includes CSVScale.
PowCost: New version of PowCost to tell you how much various electricity-using activities cost. Now with costs in more countries included, updates prices and more activities.
The following essays and entries recently changed:
Morality of Killing: Debating an admitted American war criminal on the morality of killing British soldiers on British soil.
Genocide!: Continuing the debate with an misinformed American racist calling for genocide of all Muslims.
Crying Over the Dead: America bigot calls for the genocide of 1.6 billion Muslims on the grounds they might not like him.
More notes from an American Soldier: Imagine some serial killer started writing you compulsively defending child rape and murder as a patriotic duty and claiming he was doing the kids a favour because he bought them tee shirts afterwards. Here is what one such pervert had to say for himself.
Stance Socks: A ringing endorsement for the wild originality and high quality of Stance socks.
I am in a bit of a pickle. My HIV (Human Imumuno-deficiency Virus)
drugs have stopped working. My personal load of
viruses over the years have done an astounding job of evolving immunity to all
drugs that I can tolerate. A new drug was supposed to be released 2013-03, but it still has not appeared. My energy level is dropping
to a distressing degree. I find I have to work myself up mentally with adrenalin
to get anything done. Last revised/verified:2013-04-22
I accidentally discovered that avoiding wheat cleared up my problems with
non-stop nausea and digestive tract distress. Unfortunately, I just love baked
goods, and find the wheat/gluten-free replacements insipid. Further, getting
serious about avoiding sugar in any form, especially fruit juice, is improving my
energy level. Last revised/verified:2012-02-27
Public Domain Status
In the event of my death, the entire mindprod.com website will revert to the public domain, including
downloadable programs and source. You will be welcome to repost and modify any or
all of the material on the website. Knowledge keeps no better than fish.
The Canadian Mind Products website is now hosted by
Inter-Corporate.com. One nice service they offer is buying domain names for you
charging only flat
per year (i.e. zero markup on the Verisign Network Solutions/InterNIC fee) for
.com, .org,.net, .edu and
per year for .ca. Email
for more information. Also see domains essay for more
RackNine aka 2call is company that
makes robot phone calls during elections. Elections Canada traced fraudulent calls to
them that they made during the last Canadian federal election, purporting to be from
Elections Canada telling voters their polling place had changed. They targeted Liberal
and NDP (New Democratic Party)
voters sending them out to non-existent addresses to vote. Twelve candidates from the
Conservative party of Canada made extensive use of legitimate services from RackNine,
in their campaigns including Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Now the Conservative Party
and RackNine all claim
perfect innocence. Harper claims it must have been some rogue teenager acting on
his own. I find it hard to believe a teen was able to finance and organise a dirty
tricks campaign in over 47 ridings that has so far generated
31,000 complaints. That strains credulity, especially when
the Conservatives were caught in hundreds of other dirty tricks. Who else had any
motive to commit the crime? Who else could have done it? There might
not yet be enough evidence to convict Harper in a court of law, but there is certainly
enough to convict him in the court of common sense. He should resign. His denials are
as believable as someone into whose bank account a million dollars was embezzled.
This crime could not have be committed without the help of technicians,
speaker/actors, robocall management of three different robocall companies, people who
made the arrangements for all 47 ridings, and of course
somebody with substantial cash to fund it all. It should be only a matter of time until
somebody blows the whistle.
Cui prodest scelus, is fecit. (The one who derives advantage
from the crime is the one most likely to have committed it.)
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca (born: 4 BC died: 65 AD at age: 68)