I want pretty pictures in my code. Not ASCII art, not links to HTML pages or PDFs or Visio diagrams, I want to use my editor to put pictures in my code. I want to be able to draw in a comment block.

A long time ago, in a land far away, assuming Champaign — Urbana is far away, I had a contract with a company called Regency Systems. Regency was a Computer Aided Instruction, CAI, company, that put together training systems for companies. A lot of it was for the airlines, who have heavy re-occurring training requirements. Regency would build for them Part Task Trainers. For example, they would build a panel that would look like a cockpit Flight Management System, FMS, interface it to a PC and create a training course that would train a pilot to enter a flight plan. The lesson would be displayed on the PC, but the pilot would do all the steps of entering the flight plan on the fake FMS. …


Years ago, my two business partners invested in the SmartThings Kickstarter. After they played with the setup, I ended up with the Smarthub, a couple door sensors, a motion sensor and a light switch. Its pretty cool and I use it as my home security system. The thing its missing is a camera. Enter Presense.

I think many of us have old devices laying around cell phones and tablets laying around that for one reason or another no longer are being actively used. For me, it was my Nexus 5, which seems perfectly usable, its just not being patched anymore, so I don’t trust it. I removed most of its apps, moved it over to my IOT network and after playing with Presence for a while, I taped the Nexus 5 to the peep hole on my apartment. …


For me, I am mainly interested in computer malware or viruses, when they are associated with spam email.

In 1998, I started to get my first pieces of spam email. For a while, I was just deleting them, that got too annoying and I wrote some Perl scripts on a mail server that I controlled and thought “Problem Solved.” …

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