For many years I wanted to join the ACM, but I never had the money (first as a starving student, and then as a starving small-business owner.) Last December, however, I began work at ePublishing so I decided to take a bit of my salary and join both the ACM and the IEEE. Both organizations are a great idea for anyone working in the computing industry. While I’ve gotten a lot out of my IEEE membership, I absolutely love the ACM Professional Development Centre —especially the free online books offered to all members.
I came across an article in Nature today that discusses Stephen Hawking’s theory of how the universe began. Basically, he assumes that every possible history of the universe was present in the first few instances after the Big Bang. Within that period the histories that lead to our present universe began to dominate, while the other possibilities whithered away. Cool concept!
Customers of Sympatico’s high-speed Internet service receive instructions on how to set up their email; however, these settings are aimed at people using Outlook, Netscape, or Eudora. What I needed were instructions on how to configure my local SMTP server, Postfix, with Sympatico. Of course, that information is not available. This document details how I figured out the settings required to make smtphm.sympatico.ca happy. Installation You need a version of Postfix built with TLS and SASL support enabled.
Every working programmer or software developer ought to have a large personal library of books they consider essential–these books are mine. My list started off being very language heavy (mostly Perl), but as I’ve gotten older (and gained more experience) I’ve gravitated towards broader topics in software development. Programming Languages C/C++ C++ Programming Language, The by Bjarne Stroustrup Clojure Programming Clojure by Alex Miller with Stuart Halloway and Aaron Bedra Perl Advanced Perl Programming by Simon Cozens Extending and Embedding Perl by Tim Jenness and Simon Cozens Higher Order Perl by Mark Jason Dominus Object Oriented Perl by Damian Conway Mastering Perl by Brian D.
Since the local library is just down the street I try to read a variety of books. I also have a collection of programming books which I constantly add to. Below is a list of the books I’ve read and thought were interesting. (Boring books are excluded as well as books I’ve purchased for my programming library.) September 2017 How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use by Randy J.
For the past week I’ve been employed as a Perl web application developer at chaffee::interactive. It’s been an interesting week. I’m now starting to get the hang of the development environment. A lot of the code is older, so I’ve been spending most of my time updating the code. It’s a great job, and I love the fact that I telecommute to work. It’s especially nice when I wake up in the morning and see a foot of snow.