All posts for the month April, 2010

Java puzzle 1: fun with Loggers

I’ve been a fan of Java Puzzlers by Joshua Bloch and Neal Gafter since a colleague lent me a copy about a year ago. Every now and again, I come across weird things in Java that I think would make a good puzzle. In the spirit of Java Puzzlers, consider the following piece of code. […]

Why Windows 7 wasn’t accepting any passwords on our new laptop

We bought a new Samsung NP-X120 laptop the other day, which I’ve christened Sirius (previous laptops were called Hagrid and Lupin). I spent a couple of hours on Easter Monday installing software (Eclipse, emacs, iTunes, the usual stuff) and running Windows Easy Transfer to copy stuff from XP to Windows 7. “Hi, could you tell […]

“Operation currently prohibited by disk” considered harmful

Our DVD player will frequently show a little banner on the TV screen when you press a button. The banner reads: Operation currently prohibited by disk Prohibited. By a disk. What business is it for a DVD to say that I can’t fast forward through their idiotic and patronising piracy warnings and disclaimers? The worst […]