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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 1.7 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
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)
Java Glossary

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Java Glossary and Computer Buyers’ glossary

The following essays and entries recently changed:

  • jdeps: class dependency analyser command line utility.
  • OSX: Apple’s operating system.
  • Chop and Behead: A pair of utility to chop of the head/tail of a file before or after a given text marker.
  • Relative Danger: Relative danger, from a security point of view, of the various things you may do on your computer each day.
  • Internet troubleshooting: What to do when your Internet connection fails, or what do do when you cannot reach some particular site.
  • 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.
  • CASL: Canada’s new anti-spam legistation.
  • streaming video: Services and hardware to let you watch video on your TV or computer served digitally via the Internet.
  • Google doodles: The artwork on Google Searches. A complaint about recent use of animated gifs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • console colours: Toward gaining control of console foreground and background colours using Windows and Take Command.
  • 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.
  • KompoZer: WYSIWYG HTML editor. a Review.
  • robust DVD: Student project to create a new DVD format that is immune to scratches.
  • PAD maintainer: Student project to create a way to maintain PAD files simultaneously in PAD 3.11 and PAD 4.0 format.
  • Amazon: The pros and cons of buying at Amazon.
  • NetFlix: Watch movies and TV shows via the Internet on your TV.
  • AppVisor: ASP’s new way of submitting PAD files.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gradle: Gradle system for building jars.
  • jar prune: Utility to help you prune unneeded class files from jars.
  • posters: Cheat sheet sources for printing as posters.
  • EFF: Electronic Frontier Foundation.
  • GETtoPOST: Web service to let you embed URLs on your website to fill in POST forms on other people’s websites.

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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:

  • : 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.
  • : America bigot calls for the genocide of 1.6 billion Muslims on the grounds they might not like him.
  • : 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.
Gay & Black Glossary

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Gay & Black Glossary

I recently changed the following essays and entries:

  • tooth brushing: Using tooth brushing to improve you odds of getting laid.
  • 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

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Illegal Robocalls

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)

~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 66)

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