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Journal of jhi (318)

Friday February 09, 2007
08:15 AM

I have nothing original to say...

But I just had to share this gem from the oh-so-painfully eighties:

Tuesday December 19, 2006
08:37 PM

shock and awe

"The following program can be compiled in ten different programming languages -- and it prints something different in all of them). The languages: C, C++, Perl, TeX, LaTeX, PostScript, sh, bash, zsh and Prolog."

%:/*:if 0;"true" +s ||true<</;#|+q|*/include<stdio.h>/*\_/
{\if(%)}newpath/Times-Roman findfont 20 scalefont setfont(
%%)pop 72 72 moveto(Just another PostScript hacker,)show((
t)}. t:-write('Just another Prolog hacker,'),nl,halt. :-t.
:-initialization(t). end_of_file. %)pop pop showpage(-: */
int main(){return 0&printf("Just another C%s hacker,\n",1%
sizeof'2'*2+"++");}/*\fi}\csname @gobble\endcsname{\egroup
ument}\fi Just another \LaTeX\ hacker,\end{document}|if 0;
/(J.*)\$sh(.*)"/,print"$1Perl$2$/"if$_.=q # hack the lang!
sh=sh;test $BASH_VERSION &&sh=bash;test $POSIXLY_CORRECT&&
sh=sh;test  $ZSH_VERSION && sh=zsh;awk 'BEGIN{x="%c[A%c[K"
printf(x,27,27)}';echo "Just another $sh hacker," #)pop%*/

Originally from pts oldalai, via raganwald.
Friday September 03, 2004
03:08 AM

grump of an old grump

Maybe it's just me but I find it crass that people use their use.perl journals as a free job ad space. Yeah, yeah, you probably get very "targeted" advertising, the people that might be eligible for the job are likely to peruse the use.perl journals, and you really, really would like to fill that vacancy. But I still do find it somehow tasteless.

Monday March 08, 2004
05:51 PM

The lyf so short, the craft so longe to lerne

I've read some these classics, but nowhere near all of them, and then there's of course TAOCP that I've yet to start. Sigh.

Friday September 05, 2003
10:33 AM


Anyone else been getting this? I've got it now three times.

From: "a duck"
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 2003 08:11:01 -0700


Quack quack quack. Quack quack quack. Quack quack Quack-Quack quack quack. Quack quack quack. Quack quack quack. Quack quack quack. Quack "quack quack" quack. Quack quack quack?

Quack Quack!

Quack quack quack.


Tuesday June 03, 2003
09:35 AM

I shall call this...

Thursday May 01, 2003
03:25 PM

At least Vlad Tepes...

Tuesday March 25, 2003
02:25 PM

The slowest CGI I've ever seen

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Wednesday January 01, 2003
10:24 PM

with users like these, who needs enemies?

For your enlightenment, I offer a recent email thread about a user having problems with Time::HiRes. (The thread is in mbox format.)

Tuesday November 12, 2002
07:55 PM

weird connotations

While reading Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, I came across a currently fashionable word, a name of a currently 'hip and cool' Linux distribution, and I have to hazard a guess that whoever came up with the name wasn't South African. Or if he was, I really have to wonder... Well, here's the word:

Gentoo. Gentoo, for prostitute, is a South African word that may come from a disparaging Hindi term for a Hindu who speaks Teluga rather than Hindi. But it possibly derives from the name of the Gentoo, a ship transporting female servants to Africa that was wrecked on the South African coast. The women were saved but lost all their belongings and were forced to work as prostitutes in gentoo houses to support themselves. Gentoo, first recorded in 1638, also means a heathen.

Some further Googling brings up also more references.