Travis's lame ol' blog

yay, Travis finally changed his blog!

- Thursday, November 11, 2004

How to Learn a Language (and why that language should be Esperanto)

Kuro5hin has a post about learning a language. There is a link regarding Esperanto, of course. Maybe it's time for me to start reading my eo books and hit up lernu again. Notable quote:

Also, every time you read the following phrase in your studies, you must drink a shot. "Like the ch in the Scottish loch."

F the South and the A-Hole

A humourous rant that hits close to home. I can't imagine the amount of hate mail that guy is going to get. Most of it is probably pretty funny.

Film Strip Int'l has a funny flash movie about the miserable failure and his administration. (both from momsbox)

KS | politix

- Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Mr. T and Me

Well not me, but some other dude. I saw that it won a web standard award. Nice job. I love the Mr. T references in the HTML's source too.

KS | tech

- Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Firefox 1.0

-moz- | tech

- Friday, November 05, 2004

Code compiles faster on x64

x64 iz teh r0x0r. I've been following the x64 goodness on Craig McMurtry's blog lately. Here's a quote from one of his recent posts:

At Microsoft, I’m told that we’ve switched to using x64 machines to compile our Windows operating systems, and the effects have been stunning. Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 took 9 hours to compile on x86 machines, but just 3 hours on x64s. Longhorn took 18 hours to build on x86 machines, but just 6 hours on x64s!

So code will compile in about 1/3 the time on an x64 processor. I really wish Dell would start selling AMD stuff, those lousy luddites.

- Thursday, November 04, 2004

_AMD64_ for Win x64

I've been playing some MS webcasts on developing for Windows x64 (aka 64-bit Windows) in the background today and I just heard something kinda funny. The presenter just finished explaining that the compiler-time variable to test for the x64 version of Windows is:
#if define(_AMD64)
Then these questions followed:

Question: _AMD64_ is a definition for both AMD64 and EM64T Intel, right?
Answer: Yes. In the source code and header files _AMD64 applies to X64 as well.
Question: Will _AMD64_ be changed to _X64_? Will the Visual Studio 2005 platform "Win64 (AMD64)" be renamed?
Answer: At present there are no plans to make these changes.

He explained how at the time of development Intel had no plans whatsoever to release a 64-bit processor, and by the time they did announce it, it was way too late to change the constant's name.

I can't imagine being an Intel developer, writing drivers or something along those lines, and having to use _AMD64_. Talk about rubbing their noses in it.

Disclaimer: Every PC I currently own runs on AMD hardware, and as of this post I own shares of AMD.

The movie is kind of cheesey, but I stuck with it and watched the whole thing. To my horror, they showed that the Diebold voting software used an Access database. Not only that, but the database wasn't encrypted in anyway and had no kind of password protection whatsoever. ACCESS!! Mind-boggling and disturbing at the same time. Check out the videos here:

- Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Obama in '08

I just got an MSN alert that Kerry was planning on conceding to Bush. Oh how I wish Kerry would've lost the popular vote and won the electoral. It would've meant 3 great things for us (depending on your view of course):

  1. The Electoral College would get its much needed reform by the Republican controlled congress (this one I think we can all agree on)
  2. Bush would not be in office much longer
  3. Bush would get to see what it would be like to win the nations votes, but be shut-down by the system

I say Barack Obama for president in 2008!

- Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Voting problems already?


Today's the day.