Top Google Results for Selected C/C++ Keywords

  • and

    1. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    2. Barnes and Noble
    3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    4. Food and Drug Administration Home Page
  • or

    1. Internet Explorer Home
    2. HOT or NOT
    3. Truth Or Fiction - email reality check - verify rumors
    4. Netscape Browser Main
  • int (all of the following are from the .int international tld)
    1. WHO | World Health Organization
    2. Europa - The European Union On-Line
    3. Welcome to the International Telecommunication Union
    4. International Herald Tribune - World News, Analysis, and Global …
  • return
    1. Official Lord of the Rings Return of the King Tickets New Movies …
    2. Your Account Within 30 days of delivery, you may return any of the following…
    3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    4. NASA - Return to Flight

And while I’m at it…

… who the heck is Parson Brown anyway?

(I’m Google knows, actually, if I only had time to ask)

Is it over yet?

When you put the 24 hour Christmas station on at work all day, you come to realize very quickly just how few Christmas songs there really are in this world.

Isolophobia: Fear of being alone.

My cat has this.

Release Candidate != Beta

Well, Firefox 1.5 is officially out, as covered by just about everyone.

I noticed quite a bit of discussion in the early hours (back when the build was on the FTP site but not yet officially announced) as to whether or not this was really the final 1.5 release or just the 1.5RC3 in a directory called 1.5. Several people mentioned that the build date was the same as that for RC3, and one person (on Slashdot) actually did an MD5 hash on 1.5RC3 and 1.5 and found them to be the same. This made several people cry “hoax” and say that 1.5 wasn’t really out yet, and that everyone who was downloaded it was just getting the “old” RC3 build.

So which is it, 1.5 final or 1.5RC3? Well, both actually. That’s the point of a release candidate. Unlike a Beta build, which means “it isn’t quite ready but you can use it and test it if you want,” a release candidate build means “this might be the final release, but we want to make sure that there aren’t any bugs in it before we ship it.” Every RC build is a candidate, or possibility, for the final release, dependant on whether or not any major bugs are found in it. The final release will always be identical to the last RC build, which is why RC3 says “Firefox 1.5” on it and not “Firefox 1.5 RC3,” since changing the AppName could possibly introduce some bug or other in the code at the last minute (which we want to avoid at all costs).

In other words, if you’re already running RC3 (which you should be if you upgraded to any of the RC builds, since autoupdate is enabled by default now) you already have 1.5 final (you’ve had it for almost two weeks now, it just wasn’t officially called 1.5 final until today), so you don’t need to upgrade.

Just thought I’d clear that up in case anybody was still confused. (Not that any of those people read this blog, but still…).

It’s comming…

Firefox 1.5 final is close. Really close. Like, within a matter or hours or minutes. Get ready…


Bad: Getting a parking ticket.
Really bad: Getting a parking ticket while driving my boss’s car.
Worse: Getting a parking ticket while driving my boss’s car and then almost wrecking the company car four hours later.

Amazingly, I still have a job. :)

Technical Problems

This blog was down for a few days last week, but it’s all fixed now. I hope its absence didn’t cause anyone severe irreparable emotional harm…. :)

Car Wheels

How many of you remember that question on the driver’s license test that talks about which way you are supposed to turn your wheels when you park on a hill? Not very many is seems. On the way up the hill in the bus this morning I was watching the cars parked on the side of the street. About two thirds of them didn’t angle their tires at all; of those who did angle their tired, it was split cleanly half and half as to which direction they were turned. What I can’t figure out is, of those one sixth of the people who actually had their tired turned the direction they were supposed to, did they actually know what they were doing or did they just get lucky?

Free tech support

My aunt called me last week. I really like her, but I was never as close to her as some of her other neices and nephews, so I was rather surprised that she called. It turned out she had a computer problem, and that after she called some of those other neices and nephews and they couldn’t help her, she decided to call me. Now, I’m usually fine helping people out with computer problems, but when she started off with "My Internet Explorer is broken…" I knew it wasn’t going to get very far. I tried to explain to her that I haven’t used IE in like five years, and even then I only did it because I didn’t have any other choice. She asked what I use. "Fire what?" (she had never heard of it). I told her to go to, but she couldn’t spell mozilla correctly. "M-O-Z-I-L-L-A" She said she’d look it up. I wonder if she ever really did….

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