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Archive for August 5th, 2016

Logo on the 6502, in honour of Seymour Papert who died this week – G+ mos6502

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/08/05

This week, Logo on the 6502, in honour of Seymour Papert who died this week. He did a lot more, but Logo is a lasting and perhaps most visible… – mos6502 – Google+



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So I accidentally broke a Skype messaging bot.. – Album on Imgur

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/08/05


// config/db.js
module.exports = {
    url : 'mongodb://localhost/acquisition'

Source: break-a-skypebot.js



// config/db.js
module.exports = {
url : 'mongodb://localhost/acquisition'

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Posted in Development, JavaScript/ECMAScript, Scripting, Skype, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

Graphical emoji are killing Unicode

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/08/05

Unicode is about Glyphs that are used in writing. Have you ever seen the emoji on the right being written like this?

This has been bothering me a while and gets worse over time.

According to: Microsoft just changed its toy gun emoji to a real pistol:

Looks like Microsoft and Apple may not be on the same page about firearm emojis afterall. Right after Apple changed its gun emoji to a water pistol in iOS 10, Microsoft replaced its toy pistol emoji with an actual revolver.

While Apple and Microsoft have gone back to edit their symbols, Google continues to use a pistol in Android keyboards and doesn’t appear to have plans to change this. None of the companies in question have adjusted their knife, sword, bomb, poison and coffin emojis, so… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

When vendors start prescribing how emojis must look like (influenced by all sorts of emotions) without the user allowing to choose (via a font – that’s what fonts are for!) how they look then it invalidates the whole Unicode principle:

Unicode is a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation, and handling of text expressed in most of the world’s writing systems.

These emoji aren’t text and should be gone from the Unicode standard before they can do more harm.

Will the next step be that vendors define their own colours for certain characters in fonts? For Windows Times New Roman A becomes red, B green, C yellow, but in Courier New we’ll permute these colours and all Operating Systems and Versions will do different random colour choices.



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When you get a black screen with mouse cursor: Fast Startup – Turn On or Off in Windows 10 – Windows 10 Forums

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/08/05

The Windows 10 installation does not warn you about it but the Fast Startup in Windows 10 will fail with many video cards and display drivers. This happens a lot on older hardware which somehow Microsoft thinks deserves to be auto-upgraded to Windows 10.

Usually you will see this when – after a previous shutdown – you boot and you get a black screen with a mouse cursor.

If you wait long enough, the machine will go to sleep and if you un-sleep it by pressing the spacebar most of the times everything will be fine.

The actual solution that works most of the time is to disable Fast Startup as described in Fast Startup – Turn On or Off in Windows 10 – Windows 10 Forums.

Sometimes there are other solutions which you can see in the below video.


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bash – How can I convert tabs to spaces in every file of a directory? – Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/08/05


Try the command line tool expand.

expand -t 4 input >output

Chrono Kitsune:

And for those systems that don’t use the GNU Core Utilities, you have a decent chance of expand being installed since it is standardized by The Open Group’s Single Unix Specification. See Issue 6, which is from 2001, though some updates were applied, hence the year of publication being 2004: expand


via bash – How can I convert tabs to spaces in every file of a directory? – Stack Overflow.

Posted in *nix, *nix-tools, bash, bash, Development, Linux, openSuSE, Power User, Scripting, Software Development, SuSE Linux | Leave a Comment »

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