Monthly Archives: November 2008

Mighty Acorns: The Power of Small Things

Image courtesy stock.xchng (887999_little_oaks_2) On 17th November, I delivered my second sermon at Kings Church, Portsmouth, delivered to those who opted out of the main service. Below, I present my notes (edited for publication). I am new to this preaching … Continue reading

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Computer Science meets Pornography

I recently wrote about IT pros using language in a different way from ‘normal’ people. I’ve seen it again. Jeff Atwood, of Coding Horror, wrote a controversial article about something called, “NP-Complete”.  What is it? I must be the wrong kind … Continue reading

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Providing a Better Information Service Using Antique Hardware

The Great Mouse Switch An organisation took the following measures: It got rid of all the new-fangled optical mice, and replace them with old-fashioned mechanical ones (the ones with the little balls in them). Managers of the IT department were made personally … Continue reading

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Mini Book Review: Graphics Programming in Windows (Charles Petzold)

My personal library is overcrowded, so over the years I have found it necessary to dispose of many books on outmoded technology. This book by Charles Petzold is different. Indeed, its unparalleled coverage of graphics programming techniques make it worth … Continue reading

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Free John Maxwell MP3s

John Maxwell is an author and speaker and pastor who has written over 50 books, primarily on leadership. The following websites appear to host free MP3s of his material: You can also download MP4 videos here: … Continue reading

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The Hazards of Programming

Every occupation has its hazards. Including mine. Apparently, I use language differently from other people. Recently, I gave a talk on a programming task I had been working on. It took me quite a while to figure out why people kept sniggering every time … Continue reading

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