Monthly Archives: January 2011

Building a new computer

Somehow I had managed to get this far in life without ever having assembled my own computer. Sad, but true. But when my 5-year-old Dell kicked the can a few weeks ago, I had a good excuse. Planning After looking … Continue reading

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How to create QR Codes in Java

Bar codes aren’t just for cereal boxes any more. 2-D barcodes like QR Codes are easily read by smart phones and are showing up everywhere from magazines to restaurant fronts to business cards. With some of the open-source libraries out … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dealers of Lightning

Michael Hiltzik wrote his account of Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) years ago, but Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age never seemed to get as much attention as it should have, and it’s … Continue reading

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