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Why is “finite” in “infinite” pronounced differently than plain “finite”?

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/12/04

December thoughts: [WayBackWhy is “finite” in “infinite” pronounced differently than plain “finite”?… – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers – Google+


Why is “finite” in “infinite” pronounced differently than plain “finite”?
As a partially word-blind person, those differences make natural languages very hard for me to grasp.
Especially because Dutch “eindig” is pronounced the same in “oneindig” (and German “endlich” the same in “unendlich“)


  • Randy Tapson's profile photo
    My guess is that it’s easier to say. They were probably pronounced the same 500 years ago but over time it became easier (lazier) to say 3 short vowels (because they are all the same sound) versus 1 short and 2 long. I’d be very interested in hearing what the old English pronunciation sounded like.
  • Wolfgang Rupprecht's profile photo
    Steven Pinker has a great talk on irregular verbs. In a nutshell certain words when put into a typical sentence are too much of a tongue twister. If the word or phrase is used enough people develop shortcuts to make them easier to say. The interesting aspect that he identified is that if some word falls out of common usage the pronunciation becomes regular again. People forget that they can say it the easier way. His talk is about irregular verbs, but the concept is much more general than that.
  • Kim Nilsson's profile photo

    Two great explanations, which both boil down to the truth and fact that people are lazy and languages adapt over time.

    English spelling is from the 15th century, but pronunciation has changed.

    Norwegian has tried to update their spelling to be closer to the actual use, and also removed duplicate “spelling” of the same sounds.

    Some languages are sponges, and fill up with words from other languages, and either keep the sounds or change them a little, even if they don’t conform to their own language. Others, like Icelandic, create brand new words for everything.


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Posted by jpluimers on 2020/12/04

This is so cool: a site showing live road status obtained through public APIs of roads in The Netherlands and Belgium covering closures, incidents (via P2000), open bridges, etc, communicating everything to Waze:

Wegstatus, een overzicht van actuele afsluitingen en incidenten in het verkeer.

[ – Home

Soo much information:

You can view new road closures through [] (@wegstatus) on Twitter


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Mike Cardwell’s Tech Blog: Twitter to RSS with Google Cloud Function – Grepular

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/12/03

Cool, on my list of things to tinker with: [WayBack] Twitter to RSS with Google Cloud Function – Grepular at Mike Cardwell’s Tech Blog

Source at [WayBack] Mike Cardwell / funcTwitter · GitLab, of which these are the most important bits:

Via [WayBack] Mike Cardwell on Twitter: “Twitter to RSS with Google Cloud Function”


Posted in Cloud Apps, Cloud Development, Development, Google, Google Cloud Function, Internet, Power User, RSS, SocialMedia, Software Development, Twitter | Leave a Comment »

How to install Telnet with only one command

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/12/01

Source: [WayBackHow to install Telnet with only one command:

dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient


Posted in Microsoft Surface on Windows 7, Power User, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Vista | Leave a Comment »

Keep alive SSH connection with server in MacOs Mojave – Ask Different

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/11/30

Reminder to self: check if this has been worked-around yet: [WayBack] Keep alive SSH connection with server in MacOs Mojave – Ask Different

In El Captain, to maintain active a SSH connection you should edit ~/.ssh/config file to add your additional rules.

nano ~/.ssh/config

To maintain active for 1 hour you should add:

Host *
   ServerAliveInterval 3600

I cannot recreate the same situation is MacOS Mojave, it continue to close connections after some minutes. Any suggestions about this?

Via: [WayBackAsk Different on Twitter: “Can you answer this? Keep alive SSH connection with server in MacOs Mojave #ssh”



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