What’s New

What’s New

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.

Java Iraq, Money, Religion, Ethics… Gay Roedy’s Health
The ten commandments are extremely clear on the wickedness of idolatry, but oddly Christians, more than any other group, are the most prone to fall into idolatry in the form of flag worship.
~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 66)
Java Glossary

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Java Glossary and Computer Buyers’ glossary

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2014-08-242014-07-28
  • recipe optimiser: A app to help you perfect recipes for everything from cookies to laundry detergent.
2014-07-27
  • VIPRE: VIPRE anti-virus.
  • HashMap: Terse iteration over a HashMap with lambda expressions.
  • concurrency: The difference between concurrency and parallelism.
  • Copy: Why copying should be a feature of the OS not of applications.
2014-07-25
  • HTML Static Macros: I have just completed a major refoctoring of HTML Static macros. The main difference you will notice is in the electronics section. It won’t send you quite so often to stores unless they actually have the item is stock. On my side, I can regenerate the website more quickly since the new code uses less memory.
  • PAD: The conversion from PAD version 3.10 to 4.0 has been proceeding at a glacial pace. ASP keeps upping the ante on how perfect they want PADs to be before they will accept them. The criteria they use for acceptablilty are not posted. I have been figuring them out by experiment and documenting them.
2014-07-23
  • break: break keyword to jump out of a loop.
  • continue: continue keyword to jump to the end of a loop.
  • Elvis operator: Elvis operator for dealing with possibly null references.
2014-07-212014-07-202014-07-192014-07-18
  • jdeps: class dependency analyser command line utility.
2014-07-15
  • OSX: Apple’s operating system.
2014-07-13
  • Chop and Behead: A pair of utility to chop of the head/tail of a file before or after a given text marker.
2014-07-09
  • Relative Danger: Relative danger, from a security point of view, of the various things you may do on your computer each day.
2014-07-072014-07-05
  • Internet troubleshooting: What to do when your Internet connection fails, or what do do when you cannot reach some particular site.
2014-07-042014-07-03
  • eReaders: Overiew of eBook readers and how to select one to buy.
  • eBooks: Overview of eBooks, mainly long list of advantages and disadvantages.
  • eBook authoring: How to write and publish your own eBook.
  • 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.
  • MBR: Introduction the Master Boot Record.
  • partition manager: tools to manipulate partitions.
2014-07-01
  • CASL: Canada’s new anti-spam legistation.
2014-06-30
  • streaming video: Services and hardware to let you watch video on your TV or computer served digitally via the Internet.
2014-06-29
  • Google doodles: The artwork on Google Searches. A complaint about recent use of animated gifs.
2014-06-28
  • HTTP redirection: How it works. Why it is important to browser users, programmers, website managers of both internal and external links, and the tools you need.
2014-06-27
  • reducing writes: How to speed up your computer and extend the life of your SSD by reducing the number of writes.
  • certificate costs: Why certificates are so expensive.
  • root certificates: More root certificates added to the collection you might want to import into Java or your browser.
  • null: New ways of dealing with null and NullPointerExceptions.
2014-06-23
  • console colours: Toward gaining control of console foreground and background colours using Windows and Take Command.
2014-06-22
  • PAD 4.0: I have been learning more about the PAD 4.0 spec and the AdVisor editor.
  • USB FLash Drive: I have added two new high performance flash drives.
2014-06-21
  • KompoZer: WYSIWYG HTML editor. a Review.
2014-06-20
  • robust DVD: Student project to create a new DVD format that is immune to scratches.
2014-06-17
  • PAD maintainer: Student project to create a way to maintain PAD files simultaneously in PAD 3.11 and PAD 4.0 format.
2014-06-15
  • Amazon: The pros and cons of buying at Amazon.
  • NetFlix: Watch movies and TV shows via the Internet on your TV.
2014-06-142014-06-12
  • AppVisor: ASP’s new way of submitting PAD files.
2014-06-11
  • 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.
2014-06-10
  • CloudFlare: Cloud flare, free global caching of your static content.
2014-06-09
  • OpenStack: Setting up clouds with OpenStack components.
2014-06-08
  • PayPal: Links to online stores that take PayPal are now marked with a P logo.
2014-06-07
  • version numbers: Some thoughts on the best way to assign version numbers to software.
2014-06-05
  • lambda λ expressions: The new lambda λ expressions/closures/functional prgogramming features of JDK 1.8.
2014-06-04
  • 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.
2014-06-03
  • JSlider: How to labels ticks with other than integers.
2014-06-02
  • artifact: An unlikely term used by both Maven and Ivy.
2014-06-01
  • 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.
2014-05-30
  • kettle: Design a decent kettle.
  • finder: Build a device to help you find lost items.
  • build: The various tasks that building entails and the possible tools to help.
  • JDK 1.7: Wherever I have links to JDK 1.8 JDK/JRE I have added links to the old JDK 1.7.
2014-05-29
  • background checks: Services that let you find all manner of information about people.
  • DAISY: DAISY eBook audio format.
  • Mobipocket: Mobipocket eBook format for PDAs.
  • Jenkins: Jenkins continuous integration server for continuous build and test.
2014-05-28
  • Gradle: Gradle system for building jars.
2014-05-27
  • jar prune: Utility to help you prune unneeded class files from jars.
   
ethics

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

The following essays and entries recently changed:

2014-06-27
  • : Debating an admitted American war criminal on the morality of killing British soldiers on British soil.
  • : Continuing the debate with an misinformed American racist calling for genocide of all Muslims.
2014-06-16
  • : America bigot calls for the genocide of 1.6 billion Muslims on the grounds they might not like him.
2014-06-15
  • : 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.
2014-05-30
  • Stance Socks: A ringing endorsement for the wild originality and high quality of Stance socks.
   
Gay & Black Glossary

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I recently changed the following essays and entries:

2014-07-27
  • shaving: Information on wet-shaving.
2014-06-28
  • tooth brushing: Using tooth brushing to improve you odds of getting laid.
2014-06-22
  • Dr. John Corvino: Dr. John Corvino is the chairman of the Wayne State University Philosophy Department. He is handsome, gay, funny and in a long term relationship.
   
pills Roedy’s health

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 the HIV 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 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.
   
intercorporate_logo Inter-Corporate 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 $19.00 USD per year (i.e. zero markup on the Verisign Network Solutions/InterNIC fee) for .com, .org,.net, .edu and $50.00 CAD per year for .ca. Email  Randolf Richardsonemail Randolf Richardson for more information. Also see domains essay for more information.
When someone buys a stock, they are attempting to trick the universe into giving them money without effort. If they get ripped off in the process, it is just somebody else trying to do to them what they were trying to do.
~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 66)

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