I haven't posted anything about martial arts yet but some activity yesterday gives me an excellent reason to post a brief congratulations to some guys who were grading for Jiu Jitsu Dans yesterday.
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Back in '97 I was working on a visual tool for the solution of some algebraic equations as part of my Masters in Computer Science and I reached a point quite quickly where my code exceeded 32KB. Windows notepad stopped working. I had a magazine CD lying around with loads of free and shareware tools on it so I had a browse through the CD and I came across a text editor that fit the bill. It was actually quite cool and it had a tabbed interface and let me open several files at once that were bigger than 32KB - I was very impressed.
The shine may have rubbed off a little and the mullet dated somewhat but I still have a soft spot for the MacGyver series and I still wish today that I knew 1% of what he did and could do 1% of what he could with a roll of gaffer tape and a pen knife. Unfortunately I ever did manage to cram everything into my head.
However I was very impressed when I came across the ultimate MacGyver multi-tool and thnking about it I have actually lost track of the number of times I've actually used this tool to fix some problem or other. Who needs a Leatherman multi-tool or the like when armed with one of these?
I use VBScript (VBS) for a lot of my scripting on Windows and I often code scripts which carry out an operation and I like to know when they finish but having to click OK at the end I find a little bit of an annoyance. So instead I sometimes use the PC speaker to give me an audible cue that doesn't require any further interaction from me.