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It turns out that Persian has a character ت called "teh". I plan to use it often; it's ت lEEt. (The word "lEEt" means "elite" and is rendered "1334" in haxxor, at least by me.) The phrase "ت 1334" should look like "" if everything is working well.
BTW, try to type "ت 1334" in a Firefox text field for loads of 1334 fun. Get it to look right in a comment attached to this message. Seriously, try it: no peeking with "view source". The implementation of mixing left-to-right Latin text with text from a right-to-left Arabic language seems kind of wacky. Key observation: "arabic" digits are language-independent.
UTF-8 is awesome, but I don't think it's quite ready to save the world yet.
[Note: I have edited the above for clarity several times since posting. Hopefully it's easier to understand now.]
It was time tonight to get USB High Speed working on my home office desktop box. I forget why it was time, it just was…
I gave a class lecture the other day in which I gave a little spiel, as I sometimes do, about the dangers of metaphor and analogy as techniques for reasoning about software systems. Some of my students reacted pretty adversely. Certainly, since then any use of metaphor or analogy around them has led to intense ribbing . Needless to say, this was not what I intended…
This is the nth in a series of tutorials I don't have time to write, really. So it will be little more than a sketch. But I'm tired of telling this story in person, so I'd like to point people here first. Here's how to debug…
Just a brief apology for the recent failure of the captchas on my blog to display any text. A combination of a system administration screwup and a Drupal captcha module bug produced this effect. I'm sorry—I'll bet that was really disconcerting.
Two rules. (1) Every piece of data you own should have at least one backup, whether you think you need it or not. (2) Every piece of data that you own on a machine that you do not control should be stored encrypted; otherwise you do not own it…
My day was crazy today. I was up until 5AM this morning with Jamey and Sarah and Jules finishing up a draft of the grant proposal due today. Slept for 2 hours, then came back to give a talk for PSU describing my work to prominent locals, gave a phone job recommendation for a former student, looked at our new hardware for software radio, met with ORSP guy about the proposal, talked to prospectives from a regional college in a roundtable forum, caught up email for the Desktop Dev Conf, revised the proposal, talked to prospective Native American students, turned in the proposal. By then it was 5:30 PM.
This evening I was pretty worthless.
Check out our SDR wiki. We have version 0 of our high-band software radio, aimed at the 800-900MHz band. Glenn LeBrasseur got it wired today.
I think it looks cool.
On Websnark recently there was a pointer to the fascinating Japanese travel diary webcomic MORESUKINE (which it turns out looks something like モレスキネ in Japanese, BTW—thanks much to gwalla on TypeKey for help with this). Highly recommended.
Not much blogging from me lately—I've been working to discharge a number of responsibilities, most notably a large grant application due very soon. You know I'll catch up, though.