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This is kind of a neat fractal.  Reminds me of stirring your coffee before you drip in the cream.  Which is appropriate, because one of the scientific uses for fractals is to simulate fluid dynamics.  This image might give you a sense of just how that works. It also provides a good segue into my […]

Some more thoughts about the OS “Wars”

Posted by grelmar on February 6th, 2011

So, I think I’ll put the fractals at the top left of the post, so people can get to them quickly without having to plow through whatever I want to rant about on any given day.  I kinda like this one, it’s a really pleasant soft orange pattern. But onto other stuff… A friend, Xepol, […]

Maybe a Fractal a day?

Posted by grelmar on February 5th, 2011

I keep wondering what to do with this space.  This blog as a whole suffers from an extreme lack of posts over the past few years.  More than once, I’ve tried to come up with a reason to do “a post a day”, but really, that’s a lot of work.  And I have a day […]

All OS’s suck… Even Linux

Posted by grelmar on December 23rd, 2010

Subtitle:  Why making simple things hard is a bad idea. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made my choices and I’m sticking with it.  Day to day, I work in Linux and that isn’t going to change.  But there’s a good reason why Linux is a “Fringe” OS on the desktop, and why it will remain […]

Dear Mr. Harper

Posted by grelmar on June 2nd, 2010

Dear Mr. Harper: If I buy something, I own it.  It is mine.  That is the nature of property law.  If I want to pry it apart with pliers, that’s my right.  If I want to hook it up to a Tesla coil to see it glow, that is my right.  If I want to […]

Momentary Geek Panic Moment…

Posted by grelmar on December 14th, 2009

Ok, sometimes there’s a downside to being a nerd. Yah, I can hear the gasps in the audience now.  But it does happen. My most recent nerdburn moment came a few minutes ago, when I finally got around to updating to the latest version of Thunderbird, bar none the best email client available, from the […]

The World’s Most Excessive Mouse

Posted by grelmar on November 12th, 2009

What do you get when you unleash Open source types on hardware design?  Sometimes, you get beautiful, quirky, devices.  Sometimes you get “design by committee” monstrosities that would have been better off never leaving the drawing board. The WarMouse, also called the OpenOffice Mouse (which seems to be how they’re branding it), falls into the […]

Code Comments.

Posted by grelmar on November 8th, 2009

This might seem a little odd, but I have a habit of reading the code of web pages.  It might seem less odd when you realize I still do a bit of WebDev now and then, and it can be a useful way of figuring out the tricks people use to accomplish different things. Sometimes, […]

I hate phones.

Posted by grelmar on November 4th, 2009

It’s funny.  On the surface, most people would think I’m a phone nut.  I’m on it a lot, and I tend to have phones right near the edge of the envelope, technology-wise. Right now, I have both an iPhone (personal) and a BlackBerry (business – paid for by my company).  I have them set up […]

The White House Goes Open Source.

Posted by grelmar on October 30th, 2009

I’m a bit under the gun here.  I was actually working, and kinda lost track of time.  Now I’m staring down 40 minutes to make my personally imposed “deadline.”  Let’s see if I can come up with a couple of hundred words. I think I’ll stick with the tech theme of the past couple of […]


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