26.8.08

Yahweh

Here's a neat grammar tidbit:

Yahweh, the Hebrew word for God, is actually an archaic imperfect form of 'to be' (at least in Hebrew). Imperfect here means imperfect tense, not flawed. The imperfect tense is used to signify action that started in the past and has or has not been completed, e.g. I have been running or I have not finished bagging the groceries.

What's so neat about that is that Yahweh then takes on a whole different meaning. Not only does it mean, 'I AM', but means, 'I HAVE BEEN, AND AM, AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE', thereby capturing not only the present existence of God, but His existence in our past and His presence in our future. It captures the timelessness of God.

23.8.08

Das Blinkenlights

Some more hacker humor, this time courtesy Wikipedia. I now know how to refer to lights on computers =]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blinkenlights

P.S.
Happy 100th post!

20.8.08

Howto: Cross-Compile stuff in Linux for Windows

So, I've learned something else nerdy (regular readers can skip this if they want =]): how to set up Linux to cross-compile to a Windows target. In less geek-speak that means to make Linux make programs that run on Windows.

This is really really easy. However, it took me about 3 google searches before I found out how to do it.

If you have Debian, all you have to do is install all the mingw packages. Either look them up in Synaptic or run ap-get install mingw32. That should catch all the dependencies.

Once this is done, you are good to go! Congratulations!

Alright, so now you need to know how to actually use the tools. Well, if you're a wimp and use an IDE, you can just set your IDE up to use the compiler (which I'll mention in a minute). If you're a hard-core programmer who uses just ed and gcc, it's a little harder. (But not much.)

Anyhow, the actual compiler executable is in /usr/bin. It's called something like i586-mingw32msvc-c++. Now, you could just use it like this, and type in that really long name whenever you want to compile. (IDE users: this is the executable to set your compiler up with.)

Or, you could cheat, and set up a symbolic link (ln -s, to get you started =]) with a name like mingw-c++, which is what I did.

You're good! Mingw syntax is pretty much the same as gcc, so you don't have to learn a bunch of new tricks.

Oh, you might want to install Wine to test your windows executables, now that you can make them.

8.8.08

Tips for selling a house

Ever want to know what not to take pictures of in your house? Look here:

http://lovelylisting.blogspot.com/

2.8.08

Magic/More Magic

Today I ran across a story about hackers 'back in the day' at MIT, and a switch labeled 'Magic/More Magic'. It's pretty humorous:

http://catb.org/esr/jargon/html/magic-story.html