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Becky Collins15,448 Open Source Software and Hardware Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-08-23 05:10:434872310
Becky Collins12,529Software Engineering and Web Developer Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-01 05:11:3156226
Syaeful Mustofa58#CircleShare#CircleSharing#SharedCircles#CircleOfTheDay#GooglePlusTips#SharedPublicCircles#Google+#ENGAGERS#Google#buy_GooglePlus_followers#sharingcircles#SocialMedia#EngagersCircle#CircleoftheWeek#SocialMediaMarketing#SharedCircleOfTheDay#Marketing#Share#ThankYou#PublicSharedCircles2014-05-08 05:27:125016110
curator Circle0As promised yesterday, here is the #CuratorCircleEdition  4Wisdom of this circle: Take time to view the profile of those you add if you care for the quality of the content shared on G+!Some of you that show interest to be included in the circle will not find themselves in. It is not an hazard; the minimum one can do while asking for inclusion in a shared circle is to include the sharer page or profile. Also due to the maximum space of 500 profiles, others have been kept for the next circle.Rules of the circle:1. Plus and share the circle (add me if you haven't done it yet)2. Comment to ask for inclusion. And enjoy your day.2014-05-06 13:53:46501361123
Adam Roberts7,595Here are some cool people to #circle   on #GooglePlus  -  If you want adding to the next shared circle, then please add the circle, comment, share, and +1 the post.    I'll be promoting someones social accounts, every time, I share one of my circles.In this circle, I'm promoting +Jen Schubert, Jen is a lego engineer in the STEM world, she teaches kids how to do cool stuff with lego :-)Please, follow all of her social accounts.Twitter:      https://twitter.com/sillyauntjenFacebook: https://facebook.com/sillyauntjenPinterest:  http://pinterest.com/sillyauntjenGoogle+:   +Jen Schubert  #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles +Shared Circles +Share Your Circle +Shared Circles on G+ +Best Shared Circle +Circle Distribution +Team Circle Share +Share My Circle 2014-05-06 09:51:20153649
curator Circle0Curator Circle Edition 3After an astonishing success of the 2 previous Editions of my Circle, I decided to promote a new group of friends. These include among others Photographers, and a variety of engaging entrepreneurs that are active on Google+.The wisdom of the circle; only add people you think that add a value to your Google+ experience.I extend my thanks to those that shared my previous circles including: +not-just-web Marketing, +Vale mica, +Matt MacIntyre, +Bhattacharya P. +Mark Young.The circle's rules are pretty simple:1. Plus and share this circle (add me in your circle if you haven't done it yet).2. Comment to ask for inclusion.2014-05-01 15:21:54378271628
badai circle501. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle!#circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circle #googleplustips #googleplus #indonesia #artists #artist #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional2014-05-01 04:45:02456419
curator Circle0Content Curator Edition 2As I said yesterday, I am here to share my fun with people that share the passion with me.Today's Tip  Did you add people and you are wondering that no one has cared to add you back? here can be one of your issues: you did not have an attractively written profile. Make sure you add a nice picture of you, a well crafted intro and more importantly let others know your fields of interest.In this edition, I will like to thank: +notjustwebmarketing.com +not-just-web Marketing  +Vale mica  +David Oldenburg  +Blythe Ayne  +Sanchia Adolph +Anastas Georgiadis  +Ashima Dogra +Ben Capelo +Ronald Balbach +Danica Macanga Here are the rules for those that part of this circle:1. Plus the circle (and add me if you have done so yet)2. Comment to ask for inclusion if you are not in.3. I highly recommend you to add other fellows that are with you in the circle (if you want!)The next one is coming very very soon with more Tips2014-04-28 14:43:4837619415
alex fadeev3,231Русскоязычные друзья #круги   #круглим  #друзья   #дружба   #circle   #circleshare   #circles   #circlesharing  #круги   #круглим   #кругляши   #музыка 2014-04-09 18:48:38283000
Timo Kiviluoma9,935A full circle of MEN from FINLAND! Crazy but true. We Finns are artistic, witty and bit shy - you need to add this circle and fin us! #circleshare   #circles   #finland   #men   #sharedcircles  2014-04-03 13:07:45132014
Becky Collins5,363Software and Hardware Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-03-20 04:29:134326718
Ishaan Garg2,169Famous CircleSome Famous people whom I follow +rajveer singh & +Ishaan Kumar 2014-02-23 13:29:1136001
Marco Favero3,215Circle share: Google+ stuff!Enjoy!#sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #circle #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #topofthecircle  #enlargecircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday #publiccircles #publicsharedcircle  #circleme #sharewithyou #googleplus #communities #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circlesunday #shared 2014-02-20 15:49:42168002
Jaana Nyström490,177Circle share: Google+ stuff!Enjoy! #Circles   #Circleshare  2014-02-20 08:57:471673416
Сергей Данишевский16,641Мой любимый кружок на Google+Рекомендую всем! #круги   #круг   #circleshare   #circles   #circlesharing  2014-01-26 15:08:353308720
Timo Kiviluoma6,945MEN FROM FINLAND. A very dedicated circle of men, all from Finland. Strange, isn't it? Anyway, add these witty and generous gentlemen and find the true character of Finland. .-) #finland   #men   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Circles 2014-01-08 14:25:32131165
Peter Smith0#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share 2013-12-05 19:51:53440000
Peter Smith0#share #bestcircleshare #sharecirle#sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestofcircles 2013-11-21 15:09:38440000
Jan Havrda20,092Diamonds.2013-11-15 00:05:422766211
Peter Smith0Great #sharedcircle , to be shared.2013-11-14 20:36:28440002
Jack Longchamps10,803TheEngagerGlobe - a new shared circle*1. Plus this post *2. Reshare this post PUBLIC.*3. Comment on this post.   4. Add this circle to your circles.                                                                         5. Reshare anything that interests you on my profile. * = essentialWhen you add this circle to your circles, many of it's members will add you back . When you re-share this circle, the person that created this circle will add you to this updated circle next weekend.This circle contains a nice group of interactive people who shared and commented on my posts, who share awesome original content, and people that make the Google Plus community more colorful, funny and human. People without prejudice.Many new people and many very reliable ones I have been interacting with over more than half a year. People from all walks of life, from all over the globe - geeks, writers, humorous people, a few pages with supportive and interesting streams. ]Please reshare to grow and support it, and to grow and support your own circles and content !#Circle #Circles #Public #PublicCircle #CircleShare #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #awesomeness #awesomepeople #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #engagerglobe#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday 2013-11-04 21:35:27444399
Timo Kiviluoma5,304KOKONAINEN PIIRILLINEN SUOMALAISIA MIEHIÄGoogleplussaa sanotaan aavekaupungiksi. Tottahan tuuli humisee tyhjässä saluunassa, jos et ole lisännyt piireihisi sinua kiinnostavia ihmisiä.Tässä piirissä on noin 130 suomalaista miestä. Fiksua, taiteellista ja hauskojakin ovat. Osa postaa suomeksi, osa englanniksi. Sinuna antaisin heille mahdollisuuden. :-)ELI HYVÄ IHMINEN LISÄÄ TÄMÄ PIIRI ITSELLESI! (ja jaa eteenpäin...) #piirit   #sharedcircles   #suomipiiri   #suomi  2013-10-30 18:06:22131115
Brian Wolfe22,328I haven't shared a circle in a long time. Maybe too long.Anyways.. Here is the circle that my browser spends the most time on.   Just in case I become a petulant child and walk away (not that I'm planning on doing so , just in case.)2013-08-22 05:36:251941335
Tajamal Hussain8482013-07-18 08:14:05500532552
Kay Bo2,114This is my "Artecjo-Circle" These people keep me updated in regards to Ar t, tec hnics and jo kes.I included myself, even though I am not funny at all. #circleshare   #circleshit   #circle   #circlecirclecircle   #sharedcircles   2013-07-09 22:32:47228104
Erik Andersson4,047De 494 personer/sidor som Google anser är mest relevanta i mina cirklar.Ping +Mats Paulsen #cirkeldelning #deladcirkel 2013-04-23 17:46:0449224211
Joel Glenn Wright898Top Google Engagers on Google+Here is a circle I am shared with the Top Google Engagers. Trust me, if you want to increase your Google #AuthorRank  , then you will definitely want interact with these guys and have them in your +Google+ Circles.So, Enjoy......................A Little Gift From Me TO All Of You2013-03-30 00:27:40101925
Chris Row3,041This is my VoIP, HostedPBX, BYOD shared circle pt 2Most in this circle is into VoIP tech2013-03-05 15:35:35496314
Sara Indvik3,121#circles #publicsharedcircles #circlesharing #circleplus #plusmembers #googleplus #sharedcircles #addcircle #googleplusmembers #googlepluscircles #BestSharedCircle #sharecircle #publiccircles #sharingcircle#circleshare #page2013-02-11 03:20:28151302
Luke Mulvey9,808US TOP 100This weeks US Top 100 engagers on G+ in a Shared Circle and a few interesting statistics. What do they do?▸ 10% work at Google    ▸ 13% are Celebrities     ▸ 16% are PhotographersHow many followers do they have?▸ 7% <10,000 followers     ▸ 89% >10,000 followers     ▸ 4% unknown▸ 44% >1,000,000 followersWhere do they live?▸ 17% on the East coast     ▸ 46% on the West coastThank you to +Euro Maestro and +CircleCount for making this information available. **Shared Circle contains the US Top 100 engagers.Top 50 List1. +Marques Brownlee 2. +Rosa Golijan 3. +Wil Wheaton  4. +Carter Gibson    5. Jackie Chan    6. Britney Spears    7. Paris Hilton    8. +Linus Torvalds 9. +Jessi June 10. +Vic Gundotra 11. +Jack Wolf 12. +Gina Trapani 13. +Rajini Rao 14. +Denise Luisa Lane 15. Alicia Keys16. +Veronica Belmont 17. Lady Gaga18. +Koushik Dutta19. +Nixie Pixel 20. 2013-02-04 18:14:27100161130
Сергей Данишевский9,425Мои любимые круглы! Рекомендую...2013-01-31 18:24:57144014
Chris Row2,274This is my VoIP related Shared Circle. hope you enjoy2013-01-09 20:52:42405114
Chris Row1,090Someone shared this Circle with me the other day, VoIP G+ users. anyone VoIP related. If you think you or someone you know should be added let me know, I'm trying to build a really good VoIP circle.  #voip   #skype   #googlevoice   #PBX   #avaya   #broadconnect     #Shared   #circles   http://www.broadconnect.ca/ 2012-11-28 05:00:31266201
David Carver401Alright, thought I'd share my "Everyday" circle.  This contains people that use G+ frequently.  It is has a wide variety of topics, and content.  It is a grab bag full of posts and people I find interesting.  Some post pretty frequently, others post less often.Topics cover tech, video games, food and drink, beer, adult material, and much more.  Many people here have graduated from my "Following" circle to my "Everyday" circle, which is my top circle.  If you are here.  Congrats.  You only have down wards to go. :)2012-11-19 21:46:36157404
Yvan Da Silva4,840Hi everyone,As many of you already know, I have a nice circle called "ReadThis", the name says it all. From time to time I go check what that circle is doing because I know they do great posts, have absolutely brilliant minds and have caught my attention at a moment or another.You don't have to do anything special to get in, this circle is in constant movement. People get in, some people get out etc. Depending on their posts, comments and activity. If you are new to Google+ then this is definitively a circle you might consider. You do not have to add them all, you can actually select which people you want to follow! Hope it will help you find great people.Happy Friday everyone ! #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  2012-11-09 16:53:45199303
Robert Warren2,085I thought I would do a little circle share. Here is 500 (because that's the G+ share limit) of my Tech circle - enjoy! Hey +Jason Malone you need to expand your circles lol!2012-11-07 15:47:265018216
Brian Tomlinson (DarthLukan)4,858[Moar Linux Plx]The people in this circle are Linux enthusiasts, programmers, experimentalists, users, and content contributors in some form or fashion.If you're looking for Linux news, struggles, successes, and all things in-between, this circle is for you.Shared by request of +Chad McCullough and +Shane Keene2012-10-28 23:04:40693115
Claudio Gagliardini25,527Esperti di Webmarketing Italiani, cerchia condivisa #webmarketing   #sharedcircles  2012-10-16 14:34:5041519412
Chris Goldsmith3,152Here is Circle #1 of Linux users I'm sharing this out specifically for +Steven Thompson who is a Linux Newbie and wants to learn - Please share any Linux Resources you have with him2012-10-11 13:19:24481001
Cliff Wade7,287This is my Linux circle for #FollowFriday  and I highly suggest you add these awesome folks to your circles!!2012-09-28 04:27:463701127
Wilco Wings3,379Techie circle compiled by +Willo van der Merwe Thanks for including me +Willo van der Merwe  #sharedcircles  2012-09-27 08:22:399512414
Sarah Pagan1,098It's been a while, so I decided to update my "Suggested People" circle. This is a very small circle designed to be a starter kit for anyone just getting started. These are mostly great content creators or excellent sharers. There's also a couple in here that may not share often, but you would hate to miss out on nonetheless. cough Nathan Fillion cough2012-09-26 22:08:4630603
Willo „qbitza“ van der Merwe916My updated Techie circle... Please re-share. also if you want in, lemme know.2012-09-25 14:37:4395649
Yvan Da Silva4,570I know I don't always read all your post guys, but if you are in here is because you do have posts that ROCK the world :D And because I don't have time to read all your posts, I give here the chance to others to do it :D  #sharedcircles   #circleshare  2012-09-17 12:36:44183602
Hartmut Feucht685** Technology Circle **One of my largest and oldest communities on g+ . If you need some IT experts, IT innovators, thoughtleaders, #tech  decision makers  They are all here!As always if you would like to be in this circle.. feel free to comment with what languages you speak...and plse share with any IT techis , tech thoughtleaders, innovators and decision makers  you know and which are not yet here... :)Cleared of inactive poster, if you are in this circle, plse feel free to share this around! #sharedcircleday     #techcommunity   2012-08-24 19:24:454227711
Cliff Wade7,170For all of you #Linux  users out there on this #FollowFriday , this shared circle is for YOU!!2012-08-24 15:06:10369304
Yvan Da Silva4,568From time to time, I like to share my "Read this" circle.Some of you might know how this circle works in particular already so start checking it if it's the case ( ^ _ ^ )//.So what is this circle ?People gets in and out depending on their posts. They have no real point in common except one, I enjoy reading what they say. Most of the people in this circle have been in there since the beginning of it.Why ? Because they are AwEsOmE people ! I am  not saying you should check their profiles and posts, but YES you must check them out!Now that is said, enjoy. Don't get frustrated if you are not in anymore or if you would like to be in.You really can get in my circles easily, be friendly, complete your profile, do nice posts comment on others people post and for sure you'll get in as soon as I see something that I like about you :D This circle is made only and only on my own biased judgment so be indulgentI love you all, I just don't always have the time to read everything :( Big hugs to you all ! All abroad the G+ community lots of love to you!2012-08-22 22:55:20169613
Joe Nerdan0I found out about circle sharing ;)If you develop for the web, this could be interesting for you.Who do you have in your circles? I bet i missed a lot of important people/pages, so please share your nerdy developer circle with me.2012-08-17 17:11:0817000
Hartmut Feucht0Technology CircleOne of my largest and oldest circles... If you need some IT experts, IT innovators, thoughtleaders,   #tech  decision makers   etc etc . They are here!As always if you would like to be in this circle.. feel free to comment with what languages you speak... and share with any IT techis , tech thoughtleaders, innovators and decision makers   you know not here... :) Cleared of inactive poster, if you are in this circle share the circle love around! #sharedcircleday   #techcommunity  2012-08-17 14:31:21355958
Alessandro Mencarini698My Following circle, after some cleanup, is neat enough to be shared :)You'll find lots of diverse people and Pages in here. Tech, comedy, politics, random stuff. Add and enjoy it!2012-08-15 21:26:02100308

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2014-03-04 18:16:06 (460 comments, 103 reshares, 1032 +1s)Open 

Whee, Netgear, you kind of suck.

So I have had a Netgear N600 (WNDR3700v2) for a while, and yesterday I made the mistake of upgrading its firmware. With all the router stuff in the news, I thought I should do it. Because newer is better, right?

The "upgrade" brought back the bad old days in the configuration setup interface, but hey, I remember those days, so I didn't mind too much.  It was prettier for a while, but I can take ugly when I look at that interface maybe once a year.

But then, several hours later, I start getting emails about my WiFi thermostats no longer phoning home. Unrelated? I don't think so (but see edit). 

And sadly, Netgear has removed the old firmware version that had the prettier configuration interface, and that used to actually work. Oops.

Are there any good routers that just work? And no, I'm noti... more »

Most reshares: 674

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2013-12-13 18:20:48 (238 comments, 674 reshares, 2522 +1s)Open 

This is sad.

With all the posturing Google has done over the NSA stuff, and having encouraged people to sign the petition to require a warrant for email snooping (which I heartily agree with), this just makes Google look hypocritical.

Most plusones: 2937

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2014-09-26 03:05:55 (199 comments, 85 reshares, 2937 +1s)Open 

New family member

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2014-10-23 21:31:58 (61 comments, 40 reshares, 979 +1s)Open 

Google Now is just messing with me. It's talking about "Partial solar eclipse: Oct 23 afternoon".

Yeah, Google, I live in Portland. Here, the "partial solar eclipse" started a few weeks ago, and is expected to last until next June or so. It's not some "this afternoon" thing.

Google Now is just messing with me. It's talking about "Partial solar eclipse: Oct 23 afternoon".

Yeah, Google, I live in Portland. Here, the "partial solar eclipse" started a few weeks ago, and is expected to last until next June or so. It's not some "this afternoon" thing.___

2014-10-05 19:58:36 (25 comments, 49 reshares, 772 +1s)Open 

So as I posted a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to do the Linux 3.17 release one week early so that I could get the first week of the merge window done before travel. 

That was not to be.

So 3.17 went through the usual full rc schedule, and it's out today, rather than a week ago. Go get it, and kick the brand new shining tires.

And because I'm now traveling during what would normally be the first week of the merge window, I'm going to delay the merge window instead.  Oh well. 

But hey, if you have your git tree ready for merging, you can always send the pull request early anyway. That will help get your stuff in early once I actually start merging...

So as I posted a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to do the Linux 3.17 release one week early so that I could get the first week of the merge window done before travel. 

That was not to be.

So 3.17 went through the usual full rc schedule, and it's out today, rather than a week ago. Go get it, and kick the brand new shining tires.

And because I'm now traveling during what would normally be the first week of the merge window, I'm going to delay the merge window instead.  Oh well. 

But hey, if you have your git tree ready for merging, you can always send the pull request early anyway. That will help get your stuff in early once I actually start merging...___

2014-09-29 14:53:25 (42 comments, 21 reshares, 611 +1s)Open 

Nothing makes your old dog suddenly seem much smarter quite like getting a new puppy.

Nothing makes your old dog suddenly seem much smarter quite like getting a new puppy.___

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2014-09-26 03:05:55 (199 comments, 85 reshares, 2937 +1s)Open 

New family member

New family member___

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2014-09-25 16:34:42 (99 comments, 22 reshares, 516 +1s)Open 

In the interest of fairness, I have to report that +Amazon.com failed me again yesterday. It still says that expected delivery is yesterday, which seems wildly optimistic, unless the new Amazon drone project has become even more sci-fi than I thought it was.

And it's definitely not USPS this time. The carrier is supposed to be FedEx, but while they also claimed a yesterday delivery, when 8pm came knocking, that at least changed the estimated delivery to "N/A".

I don't think I can necessarily blame FedEx for it, since Amazon says "in transit to carrier", and FedEx only ever said "initiated". Which makes me suspect it's somewhere in limbo between the two.

In happier news, our personal family carrier (aka "wife") has confirmed pick-up of new family member (aka "puppy"), with estimated delivery this evening.... more »

In the interest of fairness, I have to report that +Amazon.com failed me again yesterday. It still says that expected delivery is yesterday, which seems wildly optimistic, unless the new Amazon drone project has become even more sci-fi than I thought it was.

And it's definitely not USPS this time. The carrier is supposed to be FedEx, but while they also claimed a yesterday delivery, when 8pm came knocking, that at least changed the estimated delivery to "N/A".

I don't think I can necessarily blame FedEx for it, since Amazon says "in transit to carrier", and FedEx only ever said "initiated". Which makes me suspect it's somewhere in limbo between the two.

In happier news, our personal family carrier (aka "wife") has confirmed pick-up of new family member (aka "puppy"), with estimated delivery this evening. Let's hope that delivery doesn't hit any snags, and it's just my Amazon packages that I'm having a streak of bad luck with.___

2014-09-21 23:06:56 (52 comments, 48 reshares, 720 +1s)Open 

Obey!

Hey there - Linux 3.17-rc6 is out, and I'm hoping this is the last rc for this release. 

It would be lovely if people would test it on their hardware (and with their software) to make sure it's all ready. And even if you worry about testing development kernels, by rc6 it really is pretty safe. So go for the cheap karmic brownie points.___Obey!

2014-09-18 17:46:47 (157 comments, 53 reshares, 1304 +1s)Open 

New keyboard. Halp! I can't tyep.

New keyboard. Halp! I can't tyep.___

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2014-09-11 16:05:50 (36 comments, 38 reshares, 415 +1s)Open 

So three days after I said that all Suunto dive computers are fairly similar, Suunto decides to prove me wrong. Or at least hint that they will prove me wrong. Because this thing sure as hell doesn't look like any of the existing ones.

I've heard rumors, but the only thing Suunto has actually released is the picture on their "News" page:

  http://www.suunto.com/en-US/News/Suuntos-next-generation-dive-computer/

Oh, and +Dirk Hohndel felt that it would be nice to have my dive computer writeup up on the +Subsurface webpage, so while I edited the G+ post a bit, future edits are going to be at

  http://subsurface.hohndel.org/misc/dive-computer-ramblings/linus-dive-computer-ramblings/

because the whole G+ "wall of text" was a bit excessive and the editing of long posts like that is a bit cumbersome.

So three days after I said that all Suunto dive computers are fairly similar, Suunto decides to prove me wrong. Or at least hint that they will prove me wrong. Because this thing sure as hell doesn't look like any of the existing ones.

I've heard rumors, but the only thing Suunto has actually released is the picture on their "News" page:

  http://www.suunto.com/en-US/News/Suuntos-next-generation-dive-computer/

Oh, and +Dirk Hohndel felt that it would be nice to have my dive computer writeup up on the +Subsurface webpage, so while I edited the G+ post a bit, future edits are going to be at

  http://subsurface.hohndel.org/misc/dive-computer-ramblings/linus-dive-computer-ramblings/

because the whole G+ "wall of text" was a bit excessive and the editing of long posts like that is a bit cumbersome.___

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2014-09-10 01:35:28 (123 comments, 229 reshares, 1445 +1s)Open 

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2014-09-08 20:45:44 (82 comments, 58 reshares, 500 +1s)Open 

So hey, I think I've mentioned my scuba diving addiction here before, and even a mention or two of various dive computers I'm using.

I decided I should put together a list of computers I've used, with commentary about them. I'm going to completely ignore the low end that doesn't even allow downloading of dive data, and quite frankly, I personally have used only a few so the list starts out smallish, but maybe there are enough people on G+ that some of you could fill in the gaps.

Non-divers should probably stop here, it's a long wall of text, and not going to be interesting to you anyway.

But if you are a diver, and have relevant information about particular dive computers, add it to the comments. Maybe I'll even edit this post to update it wrt dive computers I'm not personally familiar with if there seems to be sufficient consensus.
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So hey, I think I've mentioned my scuba diving addiction here before, and even a mention or two of various dive computers I'm using.

I decided I should put together a list of computers I've used, with commentary about them. I'm going to completely ignore the low end that doesn't even allow downloading of dive data, and quite frankly, I personally have used only a few so the list starts out smallish, but maybe there are enough people on G+ that some of you could fill in the gaps.

Non-divers should probably stop here, it's a long wall of text, and not going to be interesting to you anyway.

But if you are a diver, and have relevant information about particular dive computers, add it to the comments. Maybe I'll even edit this post to update it wrt dive computers I'm not personally familiar with if there seems to be sufficient consensus.

[ The actual dive computer ramblings are now available at

    http://subsurface.hohndel.org/misc/dive-computer-ramblings/linus-dive-computer-ramblings/

  and this post is unlikely to be further updated. Dirk has some commentary about the dive computers he has used too, on his own page. Look under "Misc", it's pretty obvious. ]
 
Suunto

All the Suunto dive computers are fairly similar, although they fall in two classes: the lower-end ones have just three buttons and an old-style LCD display with segments, and the higher end have four buttons and a mostly pixel-based LCD (parts of the LCD is still custom segments, but the bulk of it is pixel-addressable).

The higher end then comes in two different form-factors: the larger "puck" shaped ones (that can be put in a console housing although normally worn on the wrist), and the ones that are more watch-like. But they are generally very similar feature-wise, although you have variations in what capabilities they expose (nitrox vs trimix).

I originally started with a Gekko - the lower-end three-button kind. It's since changed colors and is now called a Zoop, but afaik it's pretty much the same computer with the same features.  The Gekko never officially supported downloading of dive data, but that was just an artificial restriction that was officially lifted in the Zoop - you could actually make even the Gekko do downloads by messing with it sufficiently. 

I currently dive a Vyper Air and a HelO2, both of which are the newer kind with wireless air integration, but still the same puck form factor. I've never used the watch-sized versions myself, but have dove with people who do, and they really are pretty much identical, just with a smaller display and buttons on the side rather than on the front.

One of the primary problems with Suunto dive computers is that it doesn't use the normal Bühlmann decompression model that is pretty much the standard, but Suunto's own "reduced gradient microbubble" model (RGBM). And it is (in)famously conservative, especially for repetitive diving, and particularly if you have short surface intervals.

The "it's very conservative" is sometimes seen and touted as a good thing, and if you're a new diver and likely to be more limited by your air usage than by your nitrogen loading, it's not very noticeable anyway. But if you commonly dive 4+ times a day when you dive, and especially if you do it off small boats where the surface interval is generally less than an hour, it can be quite annoying.

[ Side note: I dive nitrox as much as I can, and that obviously helps with a conservative dive computer. However, nitrox - while very common at the major dive places these days - is not necessarily always available, especially in remote places that can often be interesting dive destinations. ]

On the Vyper Air, you can set your "RGBM factor" to 50%, and that makes the Suunto dive computer act more like most other dive computers, and the HelO2 (as a computer for technical divers) is by default already slightly less conservative (it seems to be quite close to the 50% RGBM mode of the Vyper Air by default). But even with that, the Suunto is still going to be quite conservative, and is still going to be very unhappy with short surface intervals.

The conservatism factor isn't some small detail - I've personally had a dive where I had a 6-minute deco stop kicking against current at 13', while my buddy (+Dirk Hohndel) was still at the bottom with an NDL of 20 minutes. So the "safety" margin can actually result in people just saying "screw it", and then it's not a safety margin any more.

Another issue that is common with Suunto (as in "I've had it multiple times myself, and have talked with others who have seen it") is that the wireless cylinder pressure connection is not very reliable. This is particularly noticeable if you have multiple people using the Suunto wireless transmitters: unlike many other wireless transmission protocols, Suunto doesn't need an explicit pairing code to pair a transmitter and a receiver, but will auto-pair (and has a few different channels so that multiple different transmitters can work).

The auto-pairing can and does result in people getting cross-paired (ie your computer pairs with somebody elses transmitter), and especially on a tight boat where you might be in a hurry to get into your gear and into the water, you may not notice until it's too late.

One good thing about the Suunto transmitter being so promiscuous is that you can have two computers paired to the same transmitter. That's nice if you want the redundancy of actual deco calculations (computers do fail), but obviously isn't any redundancy for any transmitter problems.

I always have either a separate analog SPG as a back-up, or have another wireless transmitter for a third dive computer. I think that's a good idea for any wireless air integration, but it's definitely the case that I've seen more failures with Suunto than with other wireless connections.

I really hope Suunto ends up redesigning their wireless connection. There were apparently a few patents in this area, maybe they are to blame for dive computers sometimes doing silly things.

The third issue I've had with Suunto is that the front-facing buttons can get pressed by mistake, and if you happen to press the right two ones in succession, bad things can happen. I've had my dive computer go into Gauge mode at least twice over the last 300+ dives. Have a backup computer if that happens, because if you started the dive, it won't come out of gauge mode for 24 hours after the last dive. You'll get the raw data and the logging, but no deco calculations.

I've had two other divemasters report the same thing, so it's not just me being a klutz, although it is possible that I'm klutzier than most.  regardless, I really wish gauge mode was in the "settings" menu (which needs a 2-second long-press to get into) than just a simple button-press away from the dive mode.

With all those complaints out of the way, I still have to admit to really liking my Suunto dive computers.  I've been looking around for alternatives, and I've been using others as my backup dive computers, but my Vyper Air tends to still be my main dive computer. But because of the issues I have had with it, I really would not ever dive it as my sole computer.

(Of course, unless you're purely a "vacation diver", I've seen enough problems with just about any dive computer that I would recommend always having a back-up regardless of what dive computer you have. Shit happens).

Small issues: like a lot of other dive computers, Suunto does deco and safety stop countdowns in one-minute increments. Funnily, the deep stops count down in seconds. I'd like to see seconds for all stops. 

Uemis Zurich

Aside from the Suunto's I've been diving, the Uemis Zurich is the dive computer I've used the most, and occasionally as my primary one. It's pretty much a small unknown company with just a single dive computer, but it has one big thing going for it: it has a beautiful OLED screen that is really very readable.

There are a few other OLED screens out there, but until recently, there really wasn't anything that combined the whole package, with a nice wrist-mounted unit that also does air integration. Some of the dive computers in the technical diving area are also OLED, but they tend to eschew air integration.  

And a color OLED screen really is a thing of beauty under water. High contrast makes for a very readable display, and the use of color adds a lot to important warning data, and to make it very clear when you are going into deco etc. You really don't have to worry about seeing the data on the display, even if your mask is fogging up or visibility is really poor (yes, Virginia, sometimes viz is a single foot or so, and you really might have trouble seeing your dive computer display!).

The Uemis also has a nice reliable wireless tank pressure sensor, and the battery in the dive computer (but not pressure sensor) is rechargeable. It also seems to use the standard Bühlmann ZH-L16 decompression model, and in general is just a pretty pleasant computer to use.

It does have a few downsides. The setup can be a bit annoying (editing numerical fields with the three buttons is downright crazy), and the pressure sensor doesn't seem to be coupled to a water sensor, so I've once had it go into dive mode when in an airplane: it clearly thought that I was diving at an altitude of 7500 ft, and when the airplane started descending, the Uemis thought I started my dive. For the rest of that trip, the dive computer was convinced that I was 8' under water, and it didn't clear until the next flight.

That's just stupid, but it seems to be hard to trigger. The problem is that once triggered, you're now screwed for that trip. Even without an actual wet contact sensor, the firmware should realize that if you're charging the dive computer you are really at the surface, and just stop thinking you're 8' under water. But nope. You'd better put the computer in airplane mode before this happens, because after it happens you're done.

The Uemis interface to download the dive data is also particularly odd (yeah, you might even call it crazy), and despite being natively USB, it is incredibly slow and inefficient.  

But when it all works, it's a very nice dive computer. 

Mares Icon HD Net Ready

This one I really really wanted to like. It's a bit big (the Uemis is big, this one feels bigger still), but it has a color display and air integration, and comes from a big company and hopefully without the quirks of the Uemis. Indeed, it downloads dive data quickly over USB, and charges that way too. What's not to like?

Sadly, the screen contrast is not good, to the point that in tropical diving in bright sunlight, it can be actually hard to see the screen in shallow water (particularly at the safety stop at the end of the dive). Which is sad, because the countdown timer is otherwise really nice, and counts minutes and seconds. If you could just see it.

The USB connector is also quite clever at first glance, but while there are ridges to make the connector click in at the right point, they are a great concept that doesn't work well in practice. You end up having to fiddle with it and get it positioned just right.  Again, like the screen, my initial reaction was "Wow, great engineering", but in the end it was just not quite there. 

Atomic Aquatics Cobalt

This one I have only played with above the water surface, but I've talked to several people who dive it, and they pretty much universally love it. The reason it's not on my personal list is that it's a bit too big and bulky for my preferences, and while air-integrated, it's hose-based rather than with a wireless transmitter.

But it has a beautiful big bright color OLED screen, and the easiest user interface I've ever seen on a dive computer. Yeah, yeah, they had a recall where the high-pressure connector would fail and the screen would blow up in your face, but boy was the shrapnel beautiful while it did so. And they did fix it. 

I'd really recommend the Cobalt as a beginner dive computer, just because it's so readable and easy to use. The only downside is that if you're a beginner diver, you might be scared away by the price. It's just not priced for a novice diver. Not that anything else Atomic Aquatics does is either, so what else is new? 

There's a "rev 2" of the Cobalt that I haven't seen, but it seems like the main difference is improved performance of the internal CPU.

Also, is is worth noting that since I haven't used it for diving personally, maybe I've missed some practical downsides.

OSTC 3

This is a really lovely formfactor dive computer with a great color LCD screen, made by Heinrichs Weikamp. And unlike the Icon HD, the LCD screen seems to be quite readable. Possibly it's an IPS vs TN issue, or just the protective glass/plastic. Or even just color scheme. Regardless, it's a good LCD screen.

There's a recreational version of it ("OSTC Sport") that does just Nitrox, and adds bluetooth communication for downloads. I've not seen that one in person yet. Even for the OSTC 3, I've seen and used just the pre-production versions of the OSTC3, and they had some annoying issues with the buttons and a bad pressure sensor, but that should all be fixed in the production versions.

And it really is a very nice and compact dive computer, with a beautiful screen and reasonably easy to use. If it had air integration, I'd be in hog heaven. But it doesn't. The technical diver version (so not the "sport") has an optical connection for rebreather sensors, but there's nothing for us open-circuit people. Oh, well. So close.

Aeris A300CS

I don't have this one yet, but it's on order. On paper, it does everything right - OLED screen, wireless air integration, and bluetooth downloading of dive data to your phone and desktop/laptop computer. Let's hope it lives up to the promise. I'll update this when I have more experience with it.

[ Editing a bit based on comments. So it's even longer. I warned you guys ]

Shearwater Petrel

This one got mentioned by several comments, and I agree: it looks like a great dive computer. It's most comparable in features to the OSTC3, sadly sharing the same lack of air integration, but with a great screen and a company with a long history of technical dive computers behind it.

I haven't used it myself, so I can't really comment more on it, but I also haven't heard anything bad about it. It seems to be much more common in the tech diving community than the recreational divers.



[Explanation of personal preferences]

So just as more background about why I care about dive computers in the first place, and some specific features of them, I'll just run through why I happen to have the preferences I do. They may not match yours, but hopefully they explain why I care about things that some people say "Why?" about.

The first issue is "why a dive computer". I realize you can dive without one, especially as a vacation diver just following the dive master. But the dive computer was the first piece of actual dive equipment I ever bought, because you need to have something down there even if it's just a timer, and you might as well have the right thing. And dive computers do a better job than tables.

Sure, there are other things that are even more important from a dive safety standpoint than having a computer be happy (be well hydrated,  don't ever do fast ascents, do your safety stop even if you don't have to, etc), so the dive computer isn't primary to your safety, but it's just a good tool. If you dive more than once or twice a year, just get one. 

Why air integration?

A lot of divers scoff at air integration. Particularly technical ones. They are wrong.

It's not that air integration is all that important under water: you don't run out of air suddenly and unexpectedly, and having a separate SPG for cylinder pressure isn't that much of an extra burden. And at the same time, it's very true that reliability is absolutely critical when it comes to air, and if your wireless link fails (or computer fails entirely), and you don't have any backup SPG's, air integration means that you'd have to abort your dive.

So technical divers in particular just see it as an extra failure point. 

But they miss the big point. Sure, you want backups (and technical divers know that), but the really big advantage of air integration in your dive computer is logging. During the dive, you can glance at your air a couple to times to know everything is ok. But after the dive, air integration in the dive computer means that you can see just how much air you used, and often also at which point in the dive. That is very useful. You can see "Oh, I swam hard after the octopus that got away, and I can see how my air consumption went up for five minutes afterwards".

Air integration also allows the dive computer to show an estimated "air time remaining" field, which is just really convenient. It's not a big deal, but it's why I tend to use my Vyper Air as my primary (it shows airtime), and the HelO2 as just a backup (it, being sold to tech divers, hides the fact that I'm sure it actually has the exact same calculations). It's just a nice useful thing.

"Why do you care about fancy screens? I can see everything important on my old monochrome LCD with seven-segment numbers".

Yes, you can see the numbers. Except when you can't. On night-dives, or in bad visibility, or when your mask fogs up, or when you're at 150' (40m) and narced out of your mind, you want more than "can see the numbers": you want to be able to still glance at your dive computer and see them without even having to think about it. 

Having to press a button to get a backlight in order to see your dive status is easy, yes. But there might be equipment (cameras, flashlighs, whatever) you're holding, and even if there isn't, it turns the "check your dive computer" from a quick glance to something you have to actively do.  Having the display just always be readable is just a good thing.

And color - and high resolution - adds a lot to the "it's readable" equation. If you have a fixed layout with segmented numbers, you by definition cannot change the layout to accomodate different situations, and you'll always have to basically just have these cryptic special markers to show different events. But if you have a high-res color screen, you can show good things in green, warnings in orange, and bad things in red. And you can make supplementary information in a small font in a different color etc. ___

2014-09-08 00:46:38 (192 comments, 61 reshares, 1270 +1s)Open 

[ Edit: USPS made good Monday morning, and my life is all peachy again.  I didn't even have to get out of my ratty bathrobe. ]

Tssk. I just got an +Amazon.com delivery update, where my Sunday delivery apparently didn't happen, and instead I get a scary email message about me having to pick things up myself. What? The whole point was that I can sit in my ratty bathrobe and never show my ugly mug outside!

Going to the USPS tracking site, I think they will deliver it tomorrow, but it was a close call.

It wasn't something I particularly needed today anyway, and the whole Sunday delivery thing surprised me the first time it happened. I hadn't realized that the deal with USPS had been extended to Portland too. 

So it could have been a complete non-event. Big deal. But why did I end up being really really annoyed about it?

Becauseye... more »

[ Edit: USPS made good Monday morning, and my life is all peachy again.  I didn't even have to get out of my ratty bathrobe. ]

Tssk. I just got an +Amazon.com delivery update, where my Sunday delivery apparently didn't happen, and instead I get a scary email message about me having to pick things up myself. What? The whole point was that I can sit in my ratty bathrobe and never show my ugly mug outside!

Going to the USPS tracking site, I think they will deliver it tomorrow, but it was a close call.

It wasn't something I particularly needed today anyway, and the whole Sunday delivery thing surprised me the first time it happened. I hadn't realized that the deal with USPS had been extended to Portland too. 

So it could have been a complete non-event. Big deal. But why did I end up being really really annoyed about it?

Because yeah, I'm annoyed about it, not because my package didn't arrive, but because the whole tracking page says that delivery was attempted, but the "Business was closed".

Yeah, there's been at least two people home the whole day, there was no delivery paper slip at the door or at the mailbox, and pretty clearly nobody actually tried to deliver anything at all.  Or if they did try to, they had a very "Ninja" approach to delivery.

The only business that was closed was clearly the USPS, and the previous entry about the package being "out for delivery" was just entirely made up. Or maybe it was out for delivery, but somebody realized that it's sunny and 85°F outside, and there are better things to do than lug around mail on a Sunday. Fair enough.

But guys, if for some reason you can't deliver stuff, please don't lie about it, ok? If the tracking entry and email had said "Delivery delayed until Monday, today is just too nice a day to bother", everything would have been fine. 

I love both my regular USPS delivery guy ("Raining and 50°F in January? That's shorts weather!") and Amazon ("Whee, now I have no reason to ever exit the house at all!"), and a delivery snafu wouldn't bother me at all..

But lying about it? That's just low.

USPS, Just add a "sorry, too busy, be back tomorrow" entry, if the problem is that nobody actually got around to it. Trust me, honesty is the best approach wrt things like this. Just own your failure, don't try to blame the victim.___

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2014-08-08 00:54:16 (124 comments, 178 reshares, 1411 +1s)Open 

Somebody signed a Change.Org petition in my name, and using a really old email address of mine.

So since I apparently had an "account", I reset the password, and made a petition of my own.

Change.Org - please change your dickish ways. Ok?

Somebody signed a Change.Org petition in my name, and using a really old email address of mine.

So since I apparently had an "account", I reset the password, and made a petition of my own.

Change.Org - please change your dickish ways. Ok?___

2014-07-25 22:53:14 (217 comments, 53 reshares, 755 +1s)Open 

Heh. I have a Finland section for google news, and today it talks about the heat warning in force for most of Finland.

Yeah, that's three days of over 30°C. That's 86° in Freedom units, for those that can't math.

The record this summer so far has apparently been 31.8°C, which is not quite enough to break 90F.

Heh. I have a Finland section for google news, and today it talks about the heat warning in force for most of Finland.

Yeah, that's three days of over 30°C. That's 86° in Freedom units, for those that can't math.

The record this summer so far has apparently been 31.8°C, which is not quite enough to break 90F.___

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2014-07-19 03:59:12 (70 comments, 25 reshares, 1072 +1s)Open 

Final certification dive. 

My army of scuba-diving minions is (slowly, oh so slowly) taking shape. This is Daniela showing perfect form under water at Mala Pier during her final cert dive. 

Final certification dive. 

My army of scuba-diving minions is (slowly, oh so slowly) taking shape. This is Daniela showing perfect form under water at Mala Pier during her final cert dive. ___

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2014-07-13 21:08:35 (21 comments, 22 reshares, 264 +1s)Open 

Woot! Another release of Subsurface approaches.

Of course, I'm also doing the 3.16-rc5 release of the kernel today, but with kernel RC's being a regular weekly thing, I've grown bored with even mentioning them. So I mention +Dirk Hohndel's releases instead.

Subsurface 4.2 BETA1 is out. Test it while it's fresh...___Woot! Another release of Subsurface approaches.

Of course, I'm also doing the 3.16-rc5 release of the kernel today, but with kernel RC's being a regular weekly thing, I've grown bored with even mentioning them. So I mention +Dirk Hohndel's releases instead.

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2014-06-28 01:30:25 (58 comments, 27 reshares, 752 +1s)Open 

Congrats to Patricia.

As to everybody else: you might want to avoid Oregon (and nearby states) for the next few months. It's beautiful here in the summer, but you have to ask yourself: do you feel lucky? 

Congrats to Patricia.

As to everybody else: you might want to avoid Oregon (and nearby states) for the next few months. It's beautiful here in the summer, but you have to ask yourself: do you feel lucky? ___

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2014-05-10 16:14:17 (25 comments, 26 reshares, 233 +1s)Open 

Yo Divers! You know the drill. Prettier, more capable, and fewer bugs.

Subsurface 4.1 has been released

Tons of bug fixes, a very nice visual update, lots of improvements overall.
Windows and Mac binaries are on our server, sources are available via git or as tar ball on our server. Packages for the different Linux distributions will show up over the next few days / weeks / months (depending on the nature of your favorite distro... but realistically, just build it yourself...)___Yo Divers! You know the drill. Prettier, more capable, and fewer bugs.

2014-05-07 16:41:19 (45 comments, 47 reshares, 288 +1s)Open 

[ Insert "I need you" propaganda picture here ]

Are you familiar with the OS X bluetooth stack, and how to use it from C? Do you crave fame and fortune and an open source project to show off your mad OSX BT skillz in? 

If so, you're in luck. The libdivecomputer project needs some help with the OS X bluetooth implementation, because apparently it is completely different from the Linux/Windows ones that already has some preliminary patches.

See the link for details.

[ Insert "I need you" propaganda picture here ]

Are you familiar with the OS X bluetooth stack, and how to use it from C? Do you crave fame and fortune and an open source project to show off your mad OSX BT skillz in? 

If so, you're in luck. The libdivecomputer project needs some help with the OS X bluetooth implementation, because apparently it is completely different from the Linux/Windows ones that already has some preliminary patches.

See the link for details.___

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2014-05-02 16:34:28 (12 comments, 20 reshares, 177 +1s)Open 

Hey divers! Subsurface 4.1 is just around the corner. 

Fancier dive profiles (Animated when switching dives! More accessible profile settings!). And you can save to git branches.

And we all know what comes after Beta 1, right?
Oh well, you had to be there, it really makes sense... happy to announce Beta 3...
Go out and test, please___Hey divers! Subsurface 4.1 is just around the corner. 

Fancier dive profiles (Animated when switching dives! More accessible profile settings!). And you can save to git branches.

2014-05-02 01:40:04 (93 comments, 50 reshares, 525 +1s)Open 

Hey, +Gmail, your spam filers seem to be having trouble.

I started looking through my spambox because Al Viro reported that he got spam-warning bounces when emailing me. His email actually arrived, and nothing from him was in the spam traps, but something certainly seems to have changed since April 23rd: there was a definite uptick in false positives in my spam folder.

Maybe it's just a coincidence that there seems to be an uptick in wrongly marked spam in the last week, but have you perhaps been tweaking gmail spam detection lately? Because if you have, I think it might have become a bit too aggressive.

Of course, maybe it's just that there does also seem to be more spam senders that use Markov chains to make their messages look more like real email (or just cut and paste real email into the bottom of the spam message). So maybe that's poisoning your... more »

Hey, +Gmail, your spam filers seem to be having trouble.

I started looking through my spambox because Al Viro reported that he got spam-warning bounces when emailing me. His email actually arrived, and nothing from him was in the spam traps, but something certainly seems to have changed since April 23rd: there was a definite uptick in false positives in my spam folder.

Maybe it's just a coincidence that there seems to be an uptick in wrongly marked spam in the last week, but have you perhaps been tweaking gmail spam detection lately? Because if you have, I think it might have become a bit too aggressive.

Of course, maybe it's just that there does also seem to be more spam senders that use Markov chains to make their messages look more like real email (or just cut and paste real email into the bottom of the spam message). So maybe that's poisoning your Bayesian filters.___

2014-04-30 20:10:46 (149 comments, 190 reshares, 1720 +1s)Open 

One of the things I end up doing is do a lot of performance profiling on core kernel code, particularly the VM and filesystem. 

And I tend to do it for the "good case" - when things are pretty much perfectly cached.  Because while I do care about IO, the loads I personally run tend to be things that cache well. For example, one of my main loads tends to be to do a full kernel build after most of the pulls I do, and it matters deeply to me how long that takes, because I don't want to do another pull until I've verified that the first one passes that basic sanity test.

Now, the kernel build system is actually pretty smart, so for a lot of driver and architecture pulls that didn't change some core header file, that "recompile the whole kernel" doesn't actually do a lot of building: most of what it does is check "ok, that file and the headers itd... more »

One of the things I end up doing is do a lot of performance profiling on core kernel code, particularly the VM and filesystem. 

And I tend to do it for the "good case" - when things are pretty much perfectly cached.  Because while I do care about IO, the loads I personally run tend to be things that cache well. For example, one of my main loads tends to be to do a full kernel build after most of the pulls I do, and it matters deeply to me how long that takes, because I don't want to do another pull until I've verified that the first one passes that basic sanity test.

Now, the kernel build system is actually pretty smart, so for a lot of driver and architecture pulls that didn't change some core header file, that "recompile the whole kernel" doesn't actually do a lot of building: most of what it does is check "ok, that file and the headers it depends on hasn't changed, so nothing to do". 

But it does that for thousands of header files, and tens of thousands of C files, so it all does take a while. Even a fully built kernel ("allmodconfig", so a pretty full build) takes about half a minute on my normal desktop to say "I'm done, that pull changed nothing I could compile".

Ok, so half a minute for an allmodconfig build isn't really all that much, but it's long enough that I end up waiting for it before I can do the next pull, and short enough that I can't just go take a coffee break.

Annoying, in other words.

So I profile that sh*t to death, and while about half of it is just "make" being slow, this is actually one of the few very kernel-intensive loads I see, because it's doing a lot of pathname lookups and does a fair amount of small short-lived processes (small shell scripts, "make" just doing fork/exit, etc).

The main issue used to be the VFS pathname lookup, and that's still a big deal, but it's no longer the single most noticeable one.

Most noticeable single cost? Page fault handling by the CPU.

And I really mean that "by the CPU" part. The kernel VM does really well. It's literally the cost of the page fault itself, and (to a smaller degree) the cost of the "iret" returning from the page fault.

I wrote a small test-program to pinpoint this more exactly, and it's interesting. On my Haswell CPU, the cost of a single page fault seems to be about 715 cycles. The "iret" to return is 330 cycles. So just the page fault and return is about 1050 cycles. That cost might be off by some small amount, but it's close. On another test case, I got a number that was in the 1150 cycle range, but that had more noise, so 1050 seems to be the minimum cost.

Why is that interesting? It's interesting, because the kernel software overhead for looking up the page and putting it into the page tables is actually much lower. In my worst-case situation (admittedly a pretty made up case where we just end up mapping the fixed zero-page), those 1050 cycles is actually 80.7% of all the CPU time. That's the extreme case where neither kernel nor user space does much anything else that fault pages, but on my actual kernel build, it's still 5% of all CPU time.

On an older 32-bit Core Duo, my test program says that the page fault overhead is "just" 58% instead of 80%, and it does seem to be because page faults have gotten slower (the cost on Core Duo seems to be "just" 700 + 240 cycles).

Another part of it is probably because Haswell is better at normal code (so the fault overhead is relatively more noticeable), but it was sad to see how this cost is going in the wrong direction.

I'm talking to some Intel engineers, trying to see if this can be improved. ___

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2014-04-28 02:57:47 (47 comments, 163 reshares, 779 +1s)Open 

Ze Frank's treatise on the coolest of creatures.

I'm thrilled every time I see an octopus. They are so amazingly cool.___Ze Frank's treatise on the coolest of creatures.

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2014-04-22 15:38:33 (126 comments, 410 reshares, 1683 +1s)Open 

Interesting.

When you do this the first time, it looks like a simple oversight - left-overs from some debugging perhaps. But when you "fix" it by hiding it, it's very clearly deliberate.

Netgear, Cisco, quick question please? What exactly does it take to actually care about your customers instead of actively trying to screw them?

Interesting.

When you do this the first time, it looks like a simple oversight - left-overs from some debugging perhaps. But when you "fix" it by hiding it, it's very clearly deliberate.

Netgear, Cisco, quick question please? What exactly does it take to actually care about your customers instead of actively trying to screw them?___

2014-04-18 18:21:41 (92 comments, 67 reshares, 864 +1s)Open 

We're apparently the only people around who have random videos of our kids doing various things shot with random phones or cameras that don't always get the rotation right. 

Because I just went through several different video players until I found one that allowed me to rotate the video to be right side up.

smplayer for the win.

But that's after trying too many alternatives.

Even VLC, that does pretty much anything and has an overly fancy video geometry thing that allows you to rotate the video by an arbitrary amount gets it completely wrong. Not only does it make it unnecessarily hard to actually do a simple 90° rotation (because obviously you want an analog input thing that makes it possible to rotate by something like 82°, but no obvious way to just fix a vertical video?), but then it keeps the end result within the original aspect ratio box soth... more »

We're apparently the only people around who have random videos of our kids doing various things shot with random phones or cameras that don't always get the rotation right. 

Because I just went through several different video players until I found one that allowed me to rotate the video to be right side up.

smplayer for the win.

But that's after trying too many alternatives.

Even VLC, that does pretty much anything and has an overly fancy video geometry thing that allows you to rotate the video by an arbitrary amount gets it completely wrong. Not only does it make it unnecessarily hard to actually do a simple 90° rotation (because obviously you want an analog input thing that makes it possible to rotate by something like 82°, but no obvious way to just fix a vertical video?), but then it keeps the end result within the original aspect ratio box so that the skewed end result is wrongly cropped. I'm sure you can use another setting to edit that aspect ratio too, but after that amount of crazy who cares any more?

And the fact that we must be the only ones to ever encounter this is odd, since google actually finds a lot of people asking for this (usually with the answer being "use ffmpeg to re-encode the whole video correctly", which is one of those answers that are "technically correct, but incredibly stupid").

I'm sure there are plugins for other players, but I would like to congratulate the smplayer developers for just making it easy for people. And it even seems to remember the setting (per video!) so that once you've corrected one video you don't have to correct it over and over again.___

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2014-04-07 19:18:01 (119 comments, 14 reshares, 487 +1s)Open 

So last year I was at the Women of Vision awards gala in the Bay Area. Almost exactly a year later, I attended a rather smaller, more local but more personal version of that: NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

Congrats to Patricia.

So last year I was at the Women of Vision awards gala in the Bay Area. Almost exactly a year later, I attended a rather smaller, more local but more personal version of that: NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

Congrats to Patricia.___

2014-04-06 00:45:40 (53 comments, 60 reshares, 664 +1s)Open 

Obey the penguin!

Judging by the size of linux-next for version 3.15, the next release is going to be one of the bigger releases (in number of commits) in some time.

And while the merge window has another week to go, what is in the current -git tree should be the bulk of the merges. There will certainly be more, but we've already cracked the 10k commit limit.

So if you are feeling adventurous, and don't mind compiling a kernel out of a git tree, and like the notion of starting testing early, I must encourage you to try now. The sooner we make sure we've dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's, the better off we'll be.

Get it first, get it fresh:
  git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git___Obey the penguin!

2014-04-05 20:58:32 (106 comments, 57 reshares, 766 +1s)Open 

Q: How can you tell when a kernel maintainer is European?

A: He describes some of the changes as written by "Alexandre Belloni, Jean-Jacques Hiblot and other French people".

.. because clearly it's too hard to keep track of all those French people that presumable nobody cares about anyway. 

Heh. 

Q: How can you tell when a kernel maintainer is European?

A: He describes some of the changes as written by "Alexandre Belloni, Jean-Jacques Hiblot and other French people".

.. because clearly it's too hard to keep track of all those French people that presumable nobody cares about anyway. 

Heh. ___

2014-04-01 20:30:23 (105 comments, 96 reshares, 944 +1s)Open 

There is a real downside to working with a walking desk that the industry hasn't fully acknowledged. 

When you aren't sitting down, the cat cannot jump up onto your lap and lie there enjoying her human heat-source.  So instead, said cat will jump up on the desk and try to annoy you into picking her up by covering the monitor or batting at the cursor on the screen.

This makes the merge window "interesting". At least I haven't bought into the touch-screen crazy - another "improvment" to technology that people clearly didn't think all the way through wrt cat ownership.

There is a real downside to working with a walking desk that the industry hasn't fully acknowledged. 

When you aren't sitting down, the cat cannot jump up onto your lap and lie there enjoying her human heat-source.  So instead, said cat will jump up on the desk and try to annoy you into picking her up by covering the monitor or batting at the cursor on the screen.

This makes the merge window "interesting". At least I haven't bought into the touch-screen crazy - another "improvment" to technology that people clearly didn't think all the way through wrt cat ownership.___

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2014-03-27 17:14:53 (408 comments, 530 reshares, 2503 +1s)Open 

One of my pet peeves (and yes, I've got a lot of them) is how my grocery store that carries high-quality groceries also is all crazy about homeopathy. Apparently there s a sad overlap between "I like my foods not overly processed" and "I am a big moron when it comes to medicine".

Guys, Homeopathy is a scam. And when even the manufacturers know that and try to make their products actually do something by adding real medicine into it, you have to ask yourself just how stupid you have to be to believe these jokers/scammers.

One of my pet peeves (and yes, I've got a lot of them) is how my grocery store that carries high-quality groceries also is all crazy about homeopathy. Apparently there s a sad overlap between "I like my foods not overly processed" and "I am a big moron when it comes to medicine".

Guys, Homeopathy is a scam. And when even the manufacturers know that and try to make their products actually do something by adding real medicine into it, you have to ask yourself just how stupid you have to be to believe these jokers/scammers.___

2014-03-13 00:24:58 (110 comments, 16 reshares, 483 +1s)Open 

Minky caught a shrew. 

Again.

And brought it into the house.

Again.

And promptly let it go.

Of course.

Now the shrew sits behind our washing machine. 

Minky caught a shrew. 

Again.

And brought it into the house.

Again.

And promptly let it go.

Of course.

Now the shrew sits behind our washing machine. ___

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2014-03-10 22:19:59 (109 comments, 101 reshares, 472 +1s)Open 

Required reading to understand why Swedes are the way they are. I'm resharing this from one of the crazy bastards, and his reaction was to lament the fact that he can't get the really "good" stuff where he lives now.

They have this great PR department, and all people outside of Sweden seem to know about them always seems to involve hot women with blue eyes. WAKE UP SHEEPLE!

Now I need to place an order from http://www.swedishfoodshop.com/. Unfortunately they only have Röda Ulven, which is a pretty mediocre brand. But they have tunnbröd so it can be consumed like it was meant to.

As almost all reviewers of surströmming, this author seems to make the mistake of thinking that you just cut a piece of fish off and eat it. It's not how it's done, and yes that would be quite stomach-turning.___Required reading to understand why Swedes are the way they are. I'm resharing this from one of the crazy bastards, and his reaction was to lament the fact that he can't get the really "good" stuff where he lives now.

They have this great PR department, and all people outside of Sweden seem to know about them always seems to involve hot women with blue eyes. WAKE UP SHEEPLE!

2014-03-06 17:42:57 (221 comments, 233 reshares, 1546 +1s)Open 

I'm combining elements from two very different projects I started..

In +Subsurface, I originally used XML as the save file format, because while it is probably the worst format ever designed, it's what other projects used, and subsurface wasn't originally really capable enough to stand on its own.

Now, I did the best that I could with XML, and I suspect the subsurface XML is about as pretty and human-readable as you can make that crap, but it really doesn't scale as a file format, and it's generally a complete disaster. 

So me and +Dirk Hohndel (who maintains subsurface, I long since gave up that role) have been idly talking about better save formats for months now. But binary formats are evil and generally not extensible, and besides, you want replication and network transparency, plus the ability to combine dives from many different sources. Binaryb... more »

I'm combining elements from two very different projects I started..

In +Subsurface, I originally used XML as the save file format, because while it is probably the worst format ever designed, it's what other projects used, and subsurface wasn't originally really capable enough to stand on its own.

Now, I did the best that I could with XML, and I suspect the subsurface XML is about as pretty and human-readable as you can make that crap, but it really doesn't scale as a file format, and it's generally a complete disaster. 

So me and +Dirk Hohndel (who maintains subsurface, I long since gave up that role) have been idly talking about better save formats for months now. But binary formats are evil and generally not extensible, and besides, you want replication and network transparency, plus the ability to combine dives from many different sources. Binary blobs are just horrible for all of these things.

So I've wanted to use the +Git object database format, because it's actually very well designed if I say so myself. Not only does efficient deduplication and compression, it has the advantage that it still does a really good job at line-based textual representations, while allowing a very natural representation of multiple different events as separate files, with git itself tying it all together.

And you get backups and history for free, plus a lot of tools to look at it all, seeing readable diffs for format changes or just new dives etc. In fact, both I and Dirk ended up already using git to track our XML files, because of these issues, but it wasn't very nicely integrated.

So I've been thinking about this for basically months, but the way I work, I actually want to have a good mental picture of what I'm doing before I start prototyping. And while I had a high-level notion of what I wanted, I didn't have enough of a idea of the details to really start coding.

Until a couple of days ago, when everything came together.

So now I'm happily hacking on a new save format using "libgit2", and apart from the git_treebuilder interface being horrible I think I'm making good progress. ___

2014-03-04 18:16:06 (460 comments, 103 reshares, 1032 +1s)Open 

Whee, Netgear, you kind of suck.

So I have had a Netgear N600 (WNDR3700v2) for a while, and yesterday I made the mistake of upgrading its firmware. With all the router stuff in the news, I thought I should do it. Because newer is better, right?

The "upgrade" brought back the bad old days in the configuration setup interface, but hey, I remember those days, so I didn't mind too much.  It was prettier for a while, but I can take ugly when I look at that interface maybe once a year.

But then, several hours later, I start getting emails about my WiFi thermostats no longer phoning home. Unrelated? I don't think so (but see edit). 

And sadly, Netgear has removed the old firmware version that had the prettier configuration interface, and that used to actually work. Oops.

Are there any good routers that just work? And no, I'm noti... more »

Whee, Netgear, you kind of suck.

So I have had a Netgear N600 (WNDR3700v2) for a while, and yesterday I made the mistake of upgrading its firmware. With all the router stuff in the news, I thought I should do it. Because newer is better, right?

The "upgrade" brought back the bad old days in the configuration setup interface, but hey, I remember those days, so I didn't mind too much.  It was prettier for a while, but I can take ugly when I look at that interface maybe once a year.

But then, several hours later, I start getting emails about my WiFi thermostats no longer phoning home. Unrelated? I don't think so (but see edit). 

And sadly, Netgear has removed the old firmware version that had the prettier configuration interface, and that used to actually work. Oops.

Are there any good routers that just work? And no, I'm not in the least interested in dicking around with custom firmware, part of the "just work" package is that the damn thing shouldn't need that.

Recommendations, people?

Edit: it seems that the thermostat problem wasn't in my network, and really was unrelated after all. So I guess I can live with the ugly configuration interface.

Edit2: Ok, switched to OpenWRT.___

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2014-02-24 20:24:58 (18 comments, 43 reshares, 300 +1s)Open 

Hey summer-of-coders! +Subsurface is a SoC project this year and looking for participants. There's a number of SoC project ideas for various skill-levels and environments.

Are you interested in closed-circuit diving features? We've got ideas for you! Or are you afraid of water and would never dive, but are comfortable coding for iOS devices? There's an app idea for that too!

Subsurface has for the first time been accepted into the +Google Summer of Code 
If you are interested in participating as a student (or if you are interested in general to find some cool ideas for projects to work on), please check our idea List wiki page
 ___Hey summer-of-coders! +Subsurface is a SoC project this year and looking for participants. There's a number of SoC project ideas for various skill-levels and environments.

Are you interested in closed-circuit diving features? We've got ideas for you! Or are you afraid of water and would never dive, but are comfortable coding for iOS devices? There's an app idea for that too!

2014-02-21 16:07:35 (181 comments, 64 reshares, 1087 +1s)Open 

Damn Swedes.

Damn Swedes.___

2014-02-20 22:57:28 (110 comments, 7 reshares, 410 +1s)Open 

The joys of home ownership #956: being told that your furnace heat exchanger is cracked.

The joys of home ownership #956: being told that your furnace heat exchanger is cracked.___

2014-02-03 00:37:54 (113 comments, 207 reshares, 2314 +1s)Open 

Hey, this time I'm raising a thumb for nvidia. 

Good times.

___Hey, this time I'm raising a thumb for nvidia. 

Good times.

2014-02-01 20:58:42 (218 comments, 159 reshares, 2032 +1s)Open 

Why, AT&T, why?

So Daniela broke her phone yesterday (it's a Nexus 4 we got her last year, there's something wrong with the screen, we'll see if we can RMA it back to Google).

No biggy, in the meantime she can just use another phone - for some unfathomable reason it turns out that we have a couple of extra Android phones just lying about. So let's give her the S4 that nobody is using. Right?

So we switch the SIM-card, and everything is fine. We've done this before. Sometimes you have to call AT&T and give the new IMEI, because AT&T tracks whether you can do LTE and whatever. Annoying, and I don't see why AT&T should care what equipment you have, but there you have it.. An annoying cellphone carrier? Who knew?

So this time, we do it because the whole AT&T visual voicemail thing (do we want it? I don't think so, but... more »

Why, AT&T, why?

So Daniela broke her phone yesterday (it's a Nexus 4 we got her last year, there's something wrong with the screen, we'll see if we can RMA it back to Google).

No biggy, in the meantime she can just use another phone - for some unfathomable reason it turns out that we have a couple of extra Android phones just lying about. So let's give her the S4 that nobody is using. Right?

So we switch the SIM-card, and everything is fine. We've done this before. Sometimes you have to call AT&T and give the new IMEI, because AT&T tracks whether you can do LTE and whatever. Annoying, and I don't see why AT&T should care what equipment you have, but there you have it.. An annoying cellphone carrier? Who knew?

So this time, we do it because the whole AT&T visual voicemail thing (do we want it? I don't think so, but whatever, and the S4 wants it) doesn't work because her previous phone - being unlocked and nexus - either didn't support it or AT&T doesn't support it. Whatever.

But dammit, not only does AT&T care what equipment you have, they now say "That SIM-card doesn't work with that phone". Never mind that we called them using that SIM-card and phone combination. No, "it won't work, and our system won't let me update your IMEI number, you'll have to go into an AT&T store and get a new SIM-card".

Oh, I'm sure their system knows that it's an old full-sized SIM-card, and that the S4 takes a micro-SIM.  So I "have to go to the store" to get a new SIM-card. Never mind that I cut that SIM-card down to size long ago, and it was a micro-SIM already in the Nexus 4, and never mind that I called you with it, and you could have picked up the IMEI automatically yourselves and just done the right thing.

Christ, AT&T. Your system is fucking moronic. 

Is there a #attsucks  hash-tag? Because I'm going out on a limb here and guessing there is.___

2014-01-24 17:18:23 (80 comments, 27 reshares, 580 +1s)Open 

I have a zombie shuffling desk!

So normal people call it a "walking desk", but quite frankly, I have a hard time typing (or particularly using the mouse with any precision) at any speed setting over one mile per hour, so it really is more of a zombie shuffling thing than actually walking.

But even that should be better than sitting all day long, right?

Wish me luck. Or at least persistence.

I have a zombie shuffling desk!

So normal people call it a "walking desk", but quite frankly, I have a hard time typing (or particularly using the mouse with any precision) at any speed setting over one mile per hour, so it really is more of a zombie shuffling thing than actually walking.

But even that should be better than sitting all day long, right?

Wish me luck. Or at least persistence.___

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2014-01-14 13:37:21 (165 comments, 78 reshares, 1388 +1s)Open 

Robber Crab, Christmas Island.

Robber Crab, Christmas Island.___

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2014-01-03 01:36:01 (71 comments, 39 reshares, 686 +1s)Open 

The guitar strumming is either kitschy or just annoying, and the choice of pictures is very random and a bit creepy.

So I really should not find it kind of endearing how google tries to do these things. But dammit, it's kind of cute. Toilet paper kitten and all.

The guitar strumming is either kitschy or just annoying, and the choice of pictures is very random and a bit creepy.

So I really should not find it kind of endearing how google tries to do these things. But dammit, it's kind of cute. Toilet paper kitten and all.___

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2013-12-29 02:53:00 (344 comments, 115 reshares, 2400 +1s)Open 

No cake, no problem.

I don't know what the thought process was behind this, but it must have gone something like this: "We don't have any cake, but we do have a lot of chicken wings"

No cake, no problem.

I don't know what the thought process was behind this, but it must have gone something like this: "We don't have any cake, but we do have a lot of chicken wings"___

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2013-12-25 04:18:03 (130 comments, 62 reshares, 1965 +1s)Open 

The aftermath of a Finnish Christmas Eve celebration..

It turns out, people don't really need to know the words to the drinking songs..

The aftermath of a Finnish Christmas Eve celebration..

It turns out, people don't really need to know the words to the drinking songs..___

2013-12-25 00:51:47 (33 comments, 7 reshares, 182 +1s)Open 

Snapsvisor med engelsk fonetik?

Jag vet att det finns häften med snapsvisor med engelsk fonetik, för jag hittade ett för ett par år sedan ("Hell and gore" för Helan Går). Kan någon hitta en kopia på webben? Jag har glömt var jag hittade dem..

Vi har finsk jul med grannarna, med de har lite svårt med sångerna..

Snapsvisor med engelsk fonetik?

Jag vet att det finns häften med snapsvisor med engelsk fonetik, för jag hittade ett för ett par år sedan ("Hell and gore" för Helan Går). Kan någon hitta en kopia på webben? Jag har glömt var jag hittade dem..

Vi har finsk jul med grannarna, med de har lite svårt med sångerna..___

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2013-12-16 17:30:25 (19 comments, 30 reshares, 327 +1s)Open 

Three weeks ago I reshared the BETA announcement of the new Qt-based +Subsurface release, and yesterday +Dirk Hohndel released the actual real 4.0.

+Subsurface is the dive log software I use track my dives.  I started the project many moons ago, but +Dirk Hohndel has been the maintainer now for the longest time, and since the work lately has been about UI, I'm no longer even remotely in the top developer list any more, as Dirk keeps pointing out.

But it's actually a pretty capable dive log application, running not just on Linux but on Windows and OS X too (which was one of the reasons it got ported over to Qt - the Gtk suppot for other platforms was pretty ugly), and supporting most dive computers out there that can download information to a real computer.

Subsurface 4.0 has been released, our first version based on #Qt.
We're very happy with the improved UI and especially with the amazing help that we have gotten from the Qt developer community in migrating to Qt.
Lots of changes, many cool new features. Please take a look at the announcement below for details.___Three weeks ago I reshared the BETA announcement of the new Qt-based +Subsurface release, and yesterday +Dirk Hohndel released the actual real 4.0.

+Subsurface is the dive log software I use track my dives.  I started the project many moons ago, but +Dirk Hohndel has been the maintainer now for the longest time, and since the work lately has been about UI, I'm no longer even remotely in the top developer list any more, as Dirk keeps pointing out.

But it's actually a pretty capable dive log application, running not just on Linux but on Windows and OS X too (which was one of the reasons it got ported over to Qt - the Gtk suppot for other platforms was pretty ugly), and supporting most dive computers out there that can download information to a real computer.

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2013-12-13 18:20:48 (238 comments, 674 reshares, 2522 +1s)Open 

This is sad.

With all the posturing Google has done over the NSA stuff, and having encouraged people to sign the petition to require a warrant for email snooping (which I heartily agree with), this just makes Google look hypocritical.

This is sad.

With all the posturing Google has done over the NSA stuff, and having encouraged people to sign the petition to require a warrant for email snooping (which I heartily agree with), this just makes Google look hypocritical.___

2013-12-05 19:57:27 (35 comments, 12 reshares, 205 +1s)Open 

I'm doing penance for my evil google maps ways..

I wanted to fix the location for the dive shop we used in Palau, because Tova and Navot were very good at getting us diving, And that was despite the typhoon that decided to visit the same week (you may have heard of typhoon Haiyan - yes, the very one that hit the Philippines a few days later).

But either MapMaker has changed (I know I have moved markers in the past), or it depends on details of the locale: I couldn't just move the marker. So I ended up having to delete the old incorrectly placed entry entirely, and creating a new one.

So now I'm doing penance for deleting their entry, and trying to publicize the new one. 

I'm doing penance for my evil google maps ways..

I wanted to fix the location for the dive shop we used in Palau, because Tova and Navot were very good at getting us diving, And that was despite the typhoon that decided to visit the same week (you may have heard of typhoon Haiyan - yes, the very one that hit the Philippines a few days later).

But either MapMaker has changed (I know I have moved markers in the past), or it depends on details of the locale: I couldn't just move the marker. So I ended up having to delete the old incorrectly placed entry entirely, and creating a new one.

So now I'm doing penance for deleting their entry, and trying to publicize the new one. ___

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2013-11-28 06:18:08 (31 comments, 35 reshares, 296 +1s)Open 

So it's been pretty quiet on the Subsurface front, but that's not because nothing has been happening, it's because the UI got completely redone and it is now using Qt rather than gtk. It's prettier, there's a better map, and cross-platform support should be better.

Anyway, it took a while, but I've been using the Qt-based version for the last couple of dive trips, and +Dirk Hohndel is getting ready to do a real release any week now. So if you're a diver, or if you just want to play with developing a Qt app (that is how several of the new subsurface developers got started) go check it out..

Here we go. Subsurface 3.9.1 BETA has been released.
Please check our website linked below.

Binaries for Mac and Windows are up, Linux users currently will need to build from source to try the beta.

Please test. Please report bugs and issues at http://trac.hohndel.org/. And most importantly, PLEASE BACKUP YOUR XML FILES before using the Beta ;-)

Enjoy___So it's been pretty quiet on the Subsurface front, but that's not because nothing has been happening, it's because the UI got completely redone and it is now using Qt rather than gtk. It's prettier, there's a better map, and cross-platform support should be better.

Anyway, it took a while, but I've been using the Qt-based version for the last couple of dive trips, and +Dirk Hohndel is getting ready to do a real release any week now. So if you're a diver, or if you just want to play with developing a Qt app (that is how several of the new subsurface developers got started) go check it out..

2013-11-26 20:31:45 (54 comments, 10 reshares, 482 +1s)Open 

I just went through my photos from the last dive trip.

Let's just say I have hit a new low. The only thing uglier I have ever seen is the occasional Movember mug-shot here on G+. 

I think I'll leave the photography to the professionals, and just sticking to what I do best underwater: float around upside down.

I just went through my photos from the last dive trip.

Let's just say I have hit a new low. The only thing uglier I have ever seen is the occasional Movember mug-shot here on G+. 

I think I'll leave the photography to the professionals, and just sticking to what I do best underwater: float around upside down.___

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2013-11-16 02:18:08 (49 comments, 37 reshares, 586 +1s)Open 

I need eye bleach after going through my spam folder.

I need eye bleach after going through my spam folder.___

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