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Found Objects

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Something to keep in mind for future conferences is perhaps a wiki page (world-writable) for lost-and-found. I ended up with a Medion brand USB stick, 64MB, with .tex source files on it and a bunch of PDFs and some family pictures. The TeX sources look have this attribution:

\author{Departamento de Matematicas \\ I.E.S. Santa Maria de Guia}
\title{PO. Numeros enteros}

It’s primary school quizzes on whole numbers! Was found in the music hall, but I haven’t had time to notify about it yet. I will take it to the conference at the ULPGC and leave it at the desk there. (Wasn’t there a news item recently about the dangers of plugging in random USB sticks? And if you’re looking for objects, consider this method.)

Women in Dutch IT

Friday, June 26th, 2009

I’ve written about women in Dutch IT before — on the old bobulate, which no longer exists. I can point to women in IT in Switserland / Brasil and Denmark and lots of other countries and even the Netherlands, but the Netherlands on the whole remains a problematic area. Since 1994 or so — possibly earlier — the participation of women in IT and university IT education in particular has been very low. I usually cite numbers around 3-5% of the students. A new EU study (PDF, 4.7MB, reported in Dutch as well) reconfirms this dismal view: the Netherlands is down at the bottom.

Depeche Mode on static variables in shared libraries

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

$ nepomuk-rcgen
Segmentation Fault (core dumped)

In Chains
$ CC -V
CC: Sun Ceres C++ 5.10 SunOS_i386 2009/03/06

static QMutex s_mutex;

Fragile Tension

$ nepomuk-rcgen
Usage: ...

(and I don’t even particularly like Depeche Mode, but reading Sebas’ plans made me give it a try. And I’m kind of hoping Thiago will point out “The truth is …”)

Even lower tech

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

I’ll be out of the office and out in the woods for two days. The annual school camp for my kids school is on this week and — like last year — I have volunteerd to spend two days in the kitchen. Just like last year my regret is that the menu is entirely fixed by the school’s camp plan and there’s no room for weird experiments. Anyway, I’ll be away for two days and will no doubt come back to a mountain of email and to-do’s — on friday I also get to teach my first workshop on SSL/TLS for high school kids.