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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 1.8, preferably 1.8.0_102. If you can’t see the prices in your local currency, Troubleshoot. Use Firefox for best results.

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Patriot Monkey

I can train a monkey to wave an American flag. That does not make the monkey patriotic.

~ Scott Ritter (born:1961-07-15 age:55)
Java Glossary

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Java Glossary and Computer Buyers’ glossary

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  • CUDA: CUDA parallel processing.
  • SSL: How SSL works.
  • Staples: I have added and to the electronics vendors. It is very tedious work researching and entering the sku numbers for every relevant product that these vendors stock. I am about half way through so far.
  • pen: In praise of the Uniball Signo gel pen.
  • Notifier: Build a device to let your computer notify you without looking at the screen, or when it is off.
  • ComSpec: How to control which command processor to use.
  • JDK 1.8.0_102: Oracle has released new versions of the JDK and JRE.
  • BOM: Java is not clever about Byte Order Marks to figure out the encoding of a file being read. You must get the encoding right in the program.
  • Open Graph: A scheme to add extra data into HTML headers.
  • a way to abbreviate URLs.
  • Cortana: Microsoft’s chatbot for Windows 10.
  • legible fonts: Fonts where all letters are easy to tell apart without context.
  • SNI: SSL Server Name Identification.
  • Lua: a C-like scripting language.
  • mobile-friendly: Google’s demands all web content fit on a cellphone screen.
  • Windows 10: Where to find various functions in Windows 10. The work is now complete.
  • Books: Books are now sorted with the most recently published at the top of a page.
  • Funerals: Funerals and ways of disposing of corpses.
  • sprite: A technique for more efficiently downloading many small images.
  • HTTP/2: A more efficient protocol to replace HTTP and SPDY.
  • AppData: Explanation of AppData\Roaming, AppData\Local and AppData\LocalLow.
  • DEP: Data Execution Prevention. A hardware security feature.
  • root certificates: I have done quite a bit of work collecting the URLs where you can download root certificates from the original source.
  • what3words: a scheme for compactly representing GPS latitude/longitude co-ordinates.
  • *.reg files: Format of *.reg files and how to use them to modify the registry.
  • SnapTime: Applet that behaves similar to a stopwatch. Designed to measure accuracy of time sources.
  • Ensure: Utility to ensure a list of files actually exist.
  • array sort: Tidy Java source by sorting array initialisation lists.
  • IObit: IObit utilities, including defragger.
  • Malwarebytes: Malwarebytes Anit-Malware, a review.
  • PC clocks: The clock chip in a PC and various more accurate replacements.
  • JPrep manual: Manual on the tool used to create colourised snippets.
  • Progagate: Utility for replacing a chunk of text in a file, surrounded by delimiters, with text from another file similarly delimited. Copying part of a file.
  • webstore: Hints on setting up a webstore.
  • case sort: Beautify Java source by sorting case labels in switch blocks.
  • deduping: Sample code for four ways to dedup a collection.
  • xcopy vs copy: Differences between xcopy and copy.
  • file explorer: Mainly ideas to improve the built-in file explorer.
  • indexes: The indexes are now sorted in a slightly cleverer way, so that, for example, Windows 10 now comes after Windows 7.
  • OneDrive: Microsoft’s cloud storage scheme
  • FxVisor: Utility to get rid of arrows on your shortcut desktop icons.

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Ethics, Environment, Animal Rights, Human Rights, Politics, Money, Religion, Living Love, Esperanto and Deep Thoughts Essays

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Gay & Black Glossary

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Gay & Black Glossary

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pills Roedy’s health

I am doing reasonably well with HIV (Human Immuno-deficiency Virus). My new drugs are now holding down the HIV. Nausea and diarrhea are tolerable. I am not sleeping all the time. Last revised/verified: 2014-08-25

Public Domain Public Domain Status In the event of my death, the entire 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. I don’t let people repost my material with a few exceptions (e.g. print or foreign languages). The problem is I am constantly changing everything and there is still no technology to keep all the other copies up to date.
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Intractable Spelling

Because English has changed so much over the centuries from input from so many other languages, its spelling has become intractable. Even worse is pronunciation with randomly silent hs, rs, ts and ls. It is time for a simplifying overhaul to make the language spelled as she is pronounced. We need this reform for English to take on its rôle as universal second language. It is far to hard to learn as it is. We might even permit optional regularisms like swimmed instead of swam and I be instead of I am in the interlanguage. We need to look at how ESL (English as a Second Language) speakers butcher the language. We need to find simplifications so those speakers will find English more natural.

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)

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