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Samsung Galaxy S4 “SIM Card Removed” Problem

I still have a Samsung Galaxy S4. It’s old and slow, the (second) battery is bad, and the magnetometer is probably completely broken, but at least it doesn’t explode. And it’s paid off. For the last few months, however, I’ve … Continue reading

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Dell Zino HD Forgets Its HDMI Port

For the last five years or so I’ve been using a Dell Zino HD as my media center PC. It’s worked pretty well, but lately, the computer sometimes “forgets” that it has an HDMI port. The TV just goes blank, … Continue reading

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Madame Toulouse Cocktail

This cocktail worked out pretty well: Madame Toulouse (2 servings) a bit more than 1.5 oz grapefruit vodka 1.5 oz lemon juice 1.5 oz peach simple syrup small drop of honey shake over ice, strain add 3 oz of sparkling … Continue reading

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Wanting a New Phone

My current phone, a Samsung Galaxy S4, is now almost 2 years old (just a week shy). For the last six to nine month, battery life has been pretty horrible, and the USB connector also doesn’t work all the time … Continue reading

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Hikes of Early 2015

The first hike was the 3.8 mile Poo Poo Point Chirico Trail, with 1760 ft of gain. This was also the first new trail for me since the end of 2013. The other hike was another visit to Annette Lake, … Continue reading

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Google Maps with Lane Guidance and Traffic

I’ve complained a lot about the Google Maps app on Android lately. Offline maps were gone, the nice navigation interface while driving was gone, favorites were gone, simple access to alternate routes was gone, distance measurement via ruler was gone. … Continue reading

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Best Papers vs. Top Cited Papers

Dr. Moshe Vardi at Rice tweeted a really cool link today: Best Papers vs. Top Cited Papers on Arnetminer. It lists the most-cited papers that were published at one of many conferences, and then also which paper received the “best … Continue reading

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Transcendence

I watched a pre-screening of the movie “Transcendence” today. Some cliches, like wildly flashing and scrolling consoles and computer-generated voices, as well as the somewhat rapid end aside, the movie was well-made and thought-provoking. Below are some thoughts that occurred … Continue reading

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OneNote for Mac, One Caveat

In my last post, I claimed that OneNote for Mac didn’t exist. That’s actually not true. My friend Chris informed me that about two weeks ago, Microsoft released OneNote for Mac. That still doesn’t help me, because OneNote for Mac … Continue reading

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Goodbye Old Work Laptop, Hello New Work Laptop

At the end of last week, I turned in my old 3.5 year-old work laptop, my rugged, trusted Lenovo ThinkPad T410. When I started using it at work, I didn’t like it. I was using the MacBook Pro I had … Continue reading

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Daily Yoga

For most of this year, I have done yoga every day. I still go to my class at the gym, but five to six times a week I do yoga at home using the Daily Yoga Android app. It’s fun, … Continue reading

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When Random Food Appears

Isn’t it weird how readily we eat food that randomly appears at work, even though we have no idea who put it there or where it came from? If I found food outside, I wouldn’t eat it. If food randomly … Continue reading

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From Dijkstra to Me in Four Papers

I haven’t written in a while. I at least wanted to write about going snowshoeing while attending an avalanche class. I’ll get to it some day. Today I found a website that computes distance between computer scientists. Kind of like … Continue reading

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Sleep Time

Mostly out of curiosity, I downloaded the Sleep Time app for Android yesterday. It’s an alarm clock that uses the accelerometer in the phone (which has to be placed on the mattress) to determine one’s sleep phase. Based on that … Continue reading

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New Phone: Samsung Galaxy S4

In January 2011, I switched from my old Pam Treo 755p to an Android touch screen smartphone. At first I was skeptical about not having a keyboard, but boy, that was the right decision. I’d had the HTC EVO 4G … Continue reading

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Healthiest On-Call Week

At work, every engineer has a pager. Every few weeks, depending on the team, an engineer is on-call and needs to respond quickly in case something breaks in the team’s products. The week ending today was, fortunately, very quiet. There … Continue reading

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A Professor’s Prayer

From PhD Comics:

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Java Executors, Continuations, and Small Step Semantics

In my book club at work, we’re discussing the book Java Concurrency in Practice by Brian Goetz et al. This Tuesday, we talked about Chapter 8, Applying Thread Pools, and in particular about how to correctly size thread pools. Listing … Continue reading

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RIP, Dell Dimension 9200

My old Dell Dimension 9200 computer broke yesterday. I took a look at it today and couldn’t figure out what the problem was. Just diagnostic lights 1, 2, and 3 lit, which according to Dell’s Users Guide means “other failure.” … Continue reading

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Problems with RejectedExecutionHandler and Futures

I’ve been working with ThreadPoolExecutor and RejectedExecutionHandler. The executor framework provides a convenient way to distribute concurrent tasks to multiple threads, and the different RejectedExecutionHandler policies, ThreadPoolExecutor.DiscardOldestPolicy, for instance, enable your program to shed load if there is more work … Continue reading

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