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Jul 2016


Sun 3-Jul-2016 09:16

Well played sir. Well played. :)

A case against syntax highlighting

Wed 6-Jul-2016 14:24
I cannot agree.
Colores can be misleading or helpful. In your paragraph of quoting, you make it misleading, although you marked all words of same type with the same color, because it's not structured like we do in programming and so it cannot stand. Even you argue it's not part of your article, the image you use tends to mislead readers to agree with your point. So it's not proper.

And, if we think colors can be distracting, can indentations be? And wrong formatting? My point is, all these visual elements help us to understand the semantic part, and are useful for many. If they mislead you, they are not properly used, doesn't mean it is nothing worthy. And, if you skim and ignore important informations, maybe you skim wrongly. You cannot blame the colors.

One example of mine: when I enter a new Company, I need to adapt myself into new projects, and syntax coloring helps me to identify each element and each type, to get to know the structure of every function, method, class, etc. If I have glipsed several lines of Calendar.getXXX(), which has a distinct color to make themselves more distinguishable, I know this part is about processing date and I skip this part to the next bloc. At last we seperate code in different lines, we use indentations, we use spaces to make it more readable, not only syntax coloring. Reading code is a combination of format, not only marking them with color.

So, I insist that if we find that the format or syntax coloring is misleading, it may not because we are not paying attention, or they distracted us, but we use them in a wrong way, so we change them to fit our purposes.

Extended discussion for Cryptic Crossword #2

Thu 7-Jul-2016 13:13
Fantastic. (I haven’t solved it, but did figure out all clues except one and understood the construction.)

I didn’t like PENS for WINGS.
It’s not abundantly clear if LOOP or POOL is the answer (because “over” could modify both before and after).
The Eve clue is way too hard and doesn’t even contain a straight definition.

Thu 7-Jul-2016 13:18
Oh, and some solvers dislike removal of an anagram (as in ALE*). According to that school, subtracted letters must be present in the right order.
Linus Åkesson
Thu 7-Jul-2016 22:37
Your first objection is a matter of a pinion (ba-dum tsch!), but I've updated the clue to make it more fair. And you're right about Eve, so I turned her into an ornament. The loop/pool ambiguity is duly noted, but the matter is resolved by the crossing words, so I'll leave that the way it is. Same with the regurgitated ale; I've learned something, but I don't think it's necessary to change the clue, especially if that's not a universal rule.


The Chipophone

Fri 8-Jul-2016 23:21
Fan vad ballt! Du är cool.

Captcha: Vergency

The TTY demystified

Fri 15-Jul-2016 23:14
This is just awesome! I have old phone co UNIX books that don't go into this depth! Thx for this info
Sat 16-Jul-2016 21:19
Nice one. Thanks.

The bitbuf

Wed 20-Jul-2016 15:20
Would love to buy one!
Me too, please take orders!

The TTY demystified

Sat 23-Jul-2016 16:39
I'm using python on Debian os.
I've interfaced bluetooth to uart.
The data coming from bluetooth is received and can be monitored on ttyS0.
Can someone tell me how to copy that data.
I want to paste it in a text file


Sun 24-Jul-2016 11:11
I've been returning to this page for a couple of years now, and I point it out to other people on a regular basis, too.

I'm not particularly interested in SIDs or in classical music rendered with computers or anything, but you have created something really special here.

Reading the comments once again I just realized that I agree with Lukas from Prague's statement about how this particular 8 bit sound suits this music so well that it has become (his second and) my favorite version. Someone else, I believe, is saying that the synthetic timbres match the "unworldly chord progressions", well, that is just exactly how I feel about it.

I hope Lukas from Prague doesn't read this last sentence about how my former favorite version was the one for male voices and cellos by the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis.

Anyway, to put it in one word: thanks.

J Canters

A Computer In My Backpack (And A Chiptune In My Heart)

Sat 30-Jul-2016 17:22
I played it on my real C64. Playback seemed faster than the reference mp3.

I got the same playback issue when running it on MAME c64 driver (NTSC).
When using the MAME c64p (PAL) it played nicely.

Any idea what's the issue and if there's anything I can do to play it correctly on my real C64 ?
Linus Åkesson
Sat 30-Jul-2016 18:07
Yep, it's a PAL tune. Most demoscene-related C64 software is made for one TV standard only (and usually it's PAL). However, you can use Sidplay64 to play the tune on an NTSC machine. The latest version is here:

The tune is also made specifically for the new sid chip (8580). This is also very common in the demoscene, because the filter behaves predictably on the new chip, and that's obviously good for the composer's nerves in a competition. On the original 6581, each individual chip has a very different filter curve.