2014-10-20

Truly Ergonomic Keyboard: new models

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Truly Ergonomic Keyboard

there's new model of the Truly Ergonomic Keyboard

they are switching from Cherry MX switch to Kailh keyboard switch. Kailh keyboard switch is just Cherry MX clones, made by a company in China. see http://deskthority.net/wiki/Kaihua_PG1511_series. I'm guessing it's not that much different from CHERRY MX.

looks like quite a few keyboards are using the Kailh switch. Supposedly, the Cherry MX has supply problems.

they also have some other minor changes. The ⇧ Shift key is now in conventional position. Ctrl is now at conventional keyboard's Caps Lock position. vim & emacs hackers overjoy! The HYPHEN-MINUS - and LOW LINE _ key are now in the middle, replacing the Tab ↹ there. The Tab ↹ is moved to the upper left corner. And upper right corner has a duplicated ⌫ Backspace key.

Overall, the key layout changes are now more conventional. People really don't wantto change habit. The new layout makes it easier for people to adopt.

2014-10-16

new monitor after 6 years

My monitor died this morning. The power won't come on. After some searching, i assume it's old or fried capicator problem.

VIZIO E241i-B1 tv monitor 2014
“VIZIO E241i-B1 24-Inch 1080p 60Hz Smart LED HDTV” amazon

as emergency measure, asked my roommate to drive me to Walmart and got this.

it's really a monitor designed for TV.

Vizio turned out to be a US company founded by Chinese in California in 2002, and it's popular for selling TV screens.

For me, it's a upgrade. My old served me good 6 years. It was LG L227WTG, 22″, 1680×1050. Not LED. 〔➤ Why I'm Switching from Mac to Windows

now it's 1920×1080 and 24″ and LED.

it's got what's called Smart TV

for my record, here's spec

VIZIO E241i-B1 monitor/tv Spec

Video

    Screen Size24″
    Screen Size (Diag.)23.54″
    Backlight TypeRazor LED
    Resolution1920×1080 (1080p)
    Effective Refresh Rate60 Hz
    Aspect Ratio16:9
    Viewable Angle (H/V)170°/160°
    Number of Colors16.7 Million
    OSD LanguageEnglish, Spanish, French

Audio

    Speakers/Power Output2W × 2
    DTS StudioSound™Yes
    DTS TruSurroundYes, HD
    DTS TruVolume™Yes

Inputs

    HDMI Ports1 (back)
    Component1 (back)
    Composite1 (back)
    Tuner1 (back)
    Ethernet1 (back)
    USB Ports1 (back)
    PC1 (back)

Outputs

    Analog Audio Out1 (back)

Multimedia Features

    VIA (VIZIO Internet Apps)Yes, VIZIO Internet Apps Plus®
    MusicYes
    PhotoYes
    VideoYes

Additional Features

    Built-in Wi-FiYes, 802.11b /g /n
    Remote ControlXRT112

Energy Savings
Energy Guide

    Energy ComplianceENERGY STAR® 6.0
    Power Consumption25.7W (Avg.)
    Standby Power Consumption<1W

Wall Mount Specifications

    Mount Pattern100mm × 100mm
    Screw SizeM4
    Screw Length10mm

Size and Weight

    Product with Stand Dimensions21.55″W × 14.55″H × 4.39″D
    Product with Stand Weight7.05 lbs
    Product without Stand Dimensions21.55″W × 13.80″H × 2.11″D
    Product without Stand Weight6.83 lbs
    Product Packaging Dimensions24.53″W × 16.38″H × 4.25″D
    Product Packaging Weight9.92 lbs

rule of conduct of a 4chan philosopher

in hacker discussion, there's one thing i despise the most. If you know something, say it loud, swear, insult, that's all fine. If you don't know something, but insist and put on a air, that is the MOST mfkg despicable in my book.

i often post random rants and stuff on computing in social networks. The seriousness of it is made plain in the writing style. When in discussion, you try to put on a air on something that you are idiotic of, be prepared for my wrath. (and btw, usually one has too go out of his way to invoke that. So, you don't need to worry.)

also, typically my posts are on programing topics but is not a technical issue that has a straight-forward answer. To illustrate, consider the question “how does y work in lang x”. Vast majority of coders knew this for some x. You and i can goto stackoverflow and get 100% satisfaction. But rather, i usually post subject about, syntax design, semantics, idioms, engineering practice. The discussion quality can be measured thru scientific methods. ⁖ knowledge of history of the subject, depth of logical analysis, or even creative writing. It is never “my experience is this and thus the world should be this” fuck. Example of such are fanatics of the Common Lisper macro is god fk, closure rules fk, array index should be 0 fk, gnu emacs keybinding fk, you must swap capslock/control fk, programing idioms fk.

twitter spambots talking to themselfs

twitter spambots chat 2014-10-16
looks like spam bots mentioning my name are talking to themselfs now, on twitter.

Web Spam, Scam, Blackhat SEO Collection

computer language: mixed list & hashtable

these days, some lang has array/list and hashtable mixed into one. It is popularized by php.

php started that way probably due to a hack. The lang doesn't have arrays, but what it calls array is a mix of hashtable. When used like array, the keys are automatically filled with 0, 1, 2, etc. 〔➤ PHP: Array Basics

JavaScript is a different story, but also hack and incompetence. It did NOT intent to have mixed array/hashtable, but rather, in order to be simple, it's array is implemented as hashtable (which is its object), so it pretent to be array. 〔➤ JavaScript: Understanding JavaScript Array〕.

nobody liked these, because they are even less than a design decision. The JavaScript here is simply fk'd up.

though, i heard lua is also mixed array/hashtable. Anyone know if it's really good?

2014-10-12

Google Chrome to Replace Gtk+ with Its Own Aura

old news from . Announcement by Elliot Glaysher at https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/forum/#!topic/chromium-dev/Zpu9801pPRc. Quote:

We aim to launch the Aura graphics stack on Linux in M35. Aura is a cross-platform graphics system, and the Aura frontend will replace the current GTK+ frontend.

discussion on reddit http://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/207zr3/google_to_replace_gtk_with_its_own_aura_in_chrome/

Google Chrome to Kill Plugin

netscape back in 1990s created a plugin API architecture, called NPAPI. That's what allows you to have (Macromedia) Flash, Apple's QuickTime (for video), display MathML, use Java applets, and hundreds of others. Now, Google is killing it, and pulling it out of Google Chrome.

This means, no more Java Applets. By the way, the Flash bundled with Google Chrome isn't using NPAPI.

Google cites security reasons for killing NPAPI.

Saying Goodbye to Our Old Friend NPAPI By Google. @ http://blog.chromium.org/2013/09/saying-goodbye-to-our-old-friend-npapi.html

some discussion on chromium-dev here: https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/forum/#!topic/chromium-dev/xEbgvWE7wMk

2014-10-09

Do Not Use Dart or CoffeeScript

Do not use Dart or CoffeeScript. Just use plain JavaScript. If you must use something fancy, use TypeScript.

Dart is basically JavaScript with Java syntax & semantics. Java is bad. Goole do it because Google can't divorce Java.

CoffeeScript is no good because it's a layer of complexity, with ad-hoc syntax, and benefit isn't big enough. It will never be standard.

TypeScript is acceptable, because it's JavaScript compatible, with benefit of type system (math foundation❕),not hacker whims of idioms & styles & patterns & OOP crud.

see also What do Microsoft, Apple, Mozilla, say about Dart?

2014-10-06

Poetry in Chinese vs English

月不圆花不好… 浮云散明月照人来,团圆美满今朝最。清浅池塘鸳鸯戏水,红裳翠盖并蒂莲开。双双对对恩恩爱爱,这园风儿向着好花吹。柔情蜜意满人间。�� 周璇 ⭐〈月圆花好〉 ��

Poetry in Chinese, is far deeper than English can possibly ever go. Chinese language,… here's a brief random Xah Edu Corner brief: Chinese language, is such that, not going with formality n all, but for ya American monolinguists to get a sense of Chinese, u can think of stringing together similar words that are on the ballpark of your meaning. And that's how Chinese is. In a sense, every phrase is a idiom. Note the word Every. So, when you study Chinese, you are actually study history. Chinese lang, is rather terrible for any science or engineering work. But for poetry, a english saying is that poetry is like honey, but in Chinese, it's like honey injected directly into your bloodstream.

2014-10-05

JavaScript Web Development = No Documentation Hell

Heavy work on JavaScript tutorial in past month again. Hope you like it. Xah JavaScript Tutorial.

there are lots JavaScript tutorials or blogs out there. Typically, they are either too basic, covering the syntax and not much else, often misleading info. Or, they are far advanced, blogging about latest ecma standard news or new libraries & frameworks for those who worked with JavaScript professionally for years.

JavaScript is not like emacs lisp, where there is a nice juicy reference manual. JavaScript doesn't have any documentation (there's the spec〔ECMAScript Language Specification - ECMA-262 Edition 5.1〕, but written for implementers). Worse is that to write web apps, the DOM & BOM, again has no readable documentation. (BOM is entirely not documented)〔JavaScript: Browser's Window Object, What's Browser Object Model (BOM), Document Object Model (DOM)〕I hope my JavaScript tutorial gives a good help.

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