My copy of StrongEd defaults to 1024 characters per displayed line.
2202 posts • joined 4 Mar 2009
Re: None of this is a new problem
It's also weird as it's not any multiple of pixels. Most printers and terminals could switch between 80 columns and 132 columns, and you can't even get a mathematical explanation such as something like 80x8pixels divided by 7 pixels gives 91x7 pixels, or 106x6 pixels, or 128x5 pixels. There must be some mathematical justification for 80 x K = 132. K is very close to 5/3, that would give 133 characters, but why 5/3? 800 pixels gives 80x10 and 133x6 which is a 5/3 ratio.
"Yes, it had indeed activated. But where had the beam gone?"
That's the introductory McGuffin in one of Asimov's novels. Impenatratium beam accidently passes through the test equipment, through the wall, across the city, through a passerby and transports him into the future, along with lots of small slightly tapered cylindrical bits of building and passing pigeons.
Danger zone! Brit research supercomputer ARCHER's login nodes exploited in cyber-attack, admins reset passwords and SSH keys
UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal
Does a .com suffix make a trademark? The US Supreme Court will decide as Booking marks its legal spot
Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style
Re: Uh ho ...
Reminds me of when I was called out to bug-fix an application in the early 1990s. On startup the screen would be drawn, then very quickly disappear and be replaced by a buffer overflow error. Couldn't work out what was happeneding as it happened so fast, and it worked perfectly on every other machine we tested it on.
I ended up just running it again and again and to see if I could use persistance of vision to see where it was bombing out. It drew a line-draw window, printed a few headings, then bombed out. Hmm. So it's managing to /start/ outputting to the display. Hmmm. Can I run the code with the text output redirected to a file? Ooo, yes.
Run application, let it bomb out, examine redirect file. It ended with:
Disk space free: Buffer overrun
Hmmm. Run FREE.
Bytes free: 102,000,000 bytes (or summut).
Chap had bought a brand spanking new shiny soopadooper huuuuge hard drive with more than 99M of free space (yes, huuuuge!) The application was trying to write a 9-digit number into a 8-digit string buffer.
Quick fix: Save some dummy files to reduce the free space to under 100M and it worked prefectly. :)
Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard
Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS
Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word
I've just pulled a book at random off the shelf, and.. it's monospaced and justified, with extra spaces added for justification between words, with a preference for inserting after a full stop.
Ok, another book. Proportional font, can't tell the difference between dot-space and comma-space, so I assume it's a single space.
As the majority of text is rendered in proportional fonts, and multiple spaces are run together and treated as a single token seperator (and in HTML is mandated), it's pointless to manually insrt extra ones. I've just fired up MSWord, and typed hello space space space space there and once it becomes a line break no matter how many spaces I type it remains displayed as hello space there.
This prompted me to wander over to Jakob Neilson's interface usability website.
Yeah gods! What's happened? The old site used to be nice and fast intuitive, clear, an examplar of recommended usability. It took about 40 seconds just to get the main page to load, sloooooooooooooowwwwwwlllyyy scrolled some crap up across the screen and then it killed my browser.
A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT
House of Commons agrees to allow Zoom app in Parliament, British MPs will still have to dress smartly
Why Zoom? Why not Skype or Team or Facetime or GoTo or CyberLink or Meet or many others.
As a public organisation they shouldn't be locking in to a particular application, they should be using a system where the participants can use whatever system they wish to chose to connect. We are long long past the time of "I've got a Brooks line for local calls and a Bell line for long distance". And the WHOLE POINT of the internet from DAY ZERO was that it is irrelevant what the client end user system is.
Oh Hell. Remember the glory days of Demon Internet? Well, now would be a good time to pick a new email address
ZX Spectrum prototype ROM is now available for download courtesy of boffins at the UK's Centre for Computing History
"hints of an early incarnation of the Microdrive software, which was later removed in production."
No, the code wasn't removed. The production ROM that went to customers was masked before the Microdrive code had been put in. This ROM is a continuation of the ROM development, putting code *in*, in the expectation that what Sinclair had been sending out was a temporary measure and would be replaced with the "real" finished version.
Re: Excel hate?
"Just make sure the first line (preceding the data) contains "sep=<desired separator>", like "sep=;" or "sep=,""
That just results in every other data manipulation program I use complain that the number of fields in the first line doesn't match the rest of the file, or make the title of column zero "sep=". It's a COMMA seperated file, the seperator is a COMMA.
Every replacement PC roll-out gets this.
"All my files are gone!!!!!"
"I haven't yet recently opened anything yet because this is a new mahine, so there's nothing listed in the 'recently opened files' list and I don't understand file systems and actually know where the actual file is".
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock both test positive for COVID-19 coronavirus
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Bad news: Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the world. Good news: Nitrogen dioxide levels are decreasing and the air on Earth is cleaner
Not exactly the kind of housekeeping you want when it means the hotel's server uptime is scrubbed clean
Re: It's the same everywhere
I once got home to find a card saying "we've put your parcel in the bin".
WTF???? What right is it of them to decide to throw away my parcel???
I look in the bin. No parcel.
I look in next door's bin. No parcel.
On the way back to the kitchen I notice the lid on the water butt askew. Yep. Ruined parcel of books bobbing about in the water butt.