December 2016


Inconsistency Isn’t Harmless

Few characteristics lead to interfaces that are easy to use correctly as much as consistency, and few characteristics lead to aggravating interfaces as much as inconsistency. . . . Some developers think that integrated development environments (IDEs) render such inconsistencies unimportant, but they are mistaken. Inconsistency imposes mental friction into a developer’s work that no […]


Slot Conflict Horror Show

I’m confident even a seasoned Gentoo user fears slot conflicts. My world updates were put on hold about a week ago when something “happened” to the ncurses package. !!! Multiple package instances within a single package slot have been pulled !!! into the dependency graph, resulting in a slot conflict: sys-libs/ncurses:0 (sys-libs/ncurses-6.0-r1:0/6::gentoo, ebuild scheduled for […]


Irrelevant Hard Dependencies

Could somebody please tell me why a file manager requires me to install an audio daemon? Like, I understand the perverted logic of nemo requiring cinnamon-desktop which requires pulseaudio, but I’m not even running the Cinnamon desktop, and one of the things that attracted me to Linux in the first place was the remarkable modularity […]


Errors From Another Planet–The One Thing I Hate About C++

There is a lot of C++ hate flying around these days. Seems everyone has a snarky comment to make about my favorite language. I chalk this up to developers being raised on Fisher-Price-toy¬†languages like Javascript and a lack of appreciation for coding closer to the hardware (a.k.a. understanding how computers work, not just how the […]