Dirty Rotten Spam Bots

I had enabled bad behavior on the wiki site, which is supposed block spam postings, but it is NOT working as well as it should. I’ve had to disable anonymous posting on the wiki site for now until I come up with something better. Perhaps it will be better when the 2.0 version of the bad behavior scripts are released.



Random C++ Tidbits

Did you know that the following will generate a compiler error?



"Unconstitutional" Cross Ordered to be Removed

CorruptionChronicles.com is reporting on a 17 year long battle in California to have a cross removed from a war memorial on state land. Somehow, every court that has heard the case has ruled that the cross violates Article 1, Section 4 of the California Constitution. I will quote it here:



Payroll deduction ban found unconstitutional

Hooksett growth limit ruled unconstitutional

C++ Error Handling

I’m not going to address exceptions, per se, if that’s what you are thinking about. You can find tons of info on exceptions in other places. I recently needed to build a very robust & multithreaded app for work. During the development of it I came across 2 functions I had never heard of before.



Making a Linux Daemon

I just faced this problem at work and found a great little document that gave me the insight I needed. I’m posting it here for anyone else who is interested. http://www.linuxprofilm.com/articles/linux-daemon-howto.html



The Da Vinci Code

Disclaimer: I have not read the book and currently do not plan to see the movie Focus on the Family has part 1 of 2 of a series on The Da Vinci Code on their website right now. This is one of those times where how you feel about Focus on the Family doesn’t matter.



Federal judge strikes part of state's campaign finance laws

Amazon Shipping Quality

I recently ordered a book from Amazon.com with the free Super Saver Shipping (TM, I’m sure) on April 21. Shortly after placing the order my wife tells me that her friends have complained that it is taking Amazon MUCH longer than it used to to process orders. I’m thinking “that’s OK, I’m still saving $10 by ordering it.” Well, the order was processed and shipped on April 26, which seemed like a fairly long time, but could be worse. Then I notice that the estimated arrival date is May 2 - May 4, shipping via USPS. I’m thinking, “Now THAT’s ridiculous!” Fortunately, I did receive the book on April 29, cause the USPS is bad, but not THAT bad. So, why am I blogging about this? Two reasons.